WHAT: Quintessential essential fly-fishing reel
WHY: Modern-day construction meets vintage craftsmanship for an age-old angling standby
This nicely evolved specimen of a classic reel design is the perfect complement to a carefully selected rod. Built in Bozeman, Mont., the Stream Creek SC reel is sturdily constructed of bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel with a durable click-pawl drag. The ambidextrous internal click-pawl eliminates the need to adjust for left- or right-side retrieve, allowing anglers of every hand to jump right in. The reel comes in a couple of diameters, but we recommend the 3-incher (SC 325, $675).