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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Basin & Range Outdoors was created to share the adventures experienced by two brothers in the American West. From the highest alpine terrains to the lowest sonoran deserts we will chronicle the pain and triumph that accompanies all of our outdoor pursuits.

There will be no high-fence hunts, no fly fishing lodges, no streamside caviar and wine breaks. Instead, you can expect cold nights sleeping in the dirt, flat tires on old trucks, and big dreams realized on small budgets. With Basin & Range Outdoors you will find useful reviews of hunting and fly fishing products, techniques, locations, and a general review of our outdoor expeditions on public land.

Friday, March 5, 2010

J. Ryall Fly Reels

I found my first J. Ryall fly reel while nosing around in a small fly shop in Maryland.  At the time I had planned on taking a break from chasing small stripers on Chesapeake Bay and heading inland to sample some of Virginia's trout.  I needed a four weight reel, with a reliable drag and lightweight but durable construction.  I was suprised to find in the fly shop's glass case a classicly designed reel, named Julianne.  It fit all of my criteria, and I can say after ten years and hundreds of fish the reel continues to perform flawlessly.
The reel has been fished hard all over the country in the past 10 years and the drag is still smooth and all
mechanics working well.  I credit the durability of the reel and its drag to the J. Ryall Patented Drag System.  It is fully self contained and requires no upkeep, lubrication, or tuning.  Except for a few nicks and dings to the spool and casing the reel is in perfect condition.

10 years of service.

I have contacted J. Ryall customer service on occation to get additional product information and in each case they have been very helpfull.  When you call you may get a voice recording of a company called MMI, don't worry, just press zero and ask for Ella.  She will be able to assist you and answer all of your questions.

J. Ryall Fly Reels

20555 N. Sunshine Rd. • Sonora, CA 95370
Phone 1 209 533 7840
Fax 1 209 533 3661
E-mail flyreels@jryall.com

If you are serious about fly fishing and aren't impressed by flashy designs, large arbors, and big industry names, the Julianne fly reel by J. Ryall is the best you can buy.

Julianne at work.