"Our large arbor Mirage fly reel combines superior performance and a great price to put it in a class all by itself. Using the same principles employed for the brakes of fighter jets, the carbon to stainless drag gives smooth, consistent, and infinitely-adjustable stopping power—from free spooling to a dead stop.
We’ve always been impressed with the Orvis reels, and here’s another good one. These reels are made in Korea for Orvis, but the craftsmanship is excellent and this is a high quality reel for not too much money. About the only thing you need to keep in mind on these Orvis reels is that the backing capacity is a bit less than other 8-weight reels. We checked these with a WF-8-F and 160 yd. of 20 lb. Dacron was all you would want to put on the reel without having it too full. So if you want more, go with one of the PE backings. The handle could be a little longer but it’s not too bad. This is a classy looking reel, finished in a dark gray color with silver highlights. The drag was excellent and the adjust knob is a lot better and easier to use than most, with good detents.