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What is an arbor?

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It might help to think of it this way. Imagine the large reel that electrical wire comes on, like the ones people used to make tables of. The larger the center of that reel, the arbor, the more wire would be rolled up on the reel on each turn, but it would hold less line. In other words, one would have to compromise somewhat; do I want to take in more wire when I turn the reel, or do I want to load the maximum amount of wire on the reel. In general, large arbor reels hold less line and backing, but retrieve line at a much faster rate. Small arbors hold more but retrieve less, especially as the diameter of the spool diminishes as more line is let out. It would seem that most salt water fly fishers that I know prefer mid- or large arbors.


Hope this helps.


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