Proving that cutting-edge design doesn’t have to be complicated, the ultra-lightweight Brookie Series from Galvan is an entirely new kind of fly reel. With a revolutionary approach to line tension and a commitment to lasting performance, the Brookie is a modern reel built on old principles: quality craftsmanship and simple, dependable componentry.
The difference lies in Galvan’s new Click-Ball Tension System, a foolproof departure from traditional click and pawl reels. Delivering customizable spool tension with minimal moving parts, the Brookie’s Click-Ball System strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and versatility. Achieving your desired level of resistance is as simple as a few turns of an Allen wrench, leaving you to enjoy impeccable line retrieve without worrying about adjusting your drag. This feature makes the exceptionally smooth Brookie ideal for palming and the perfect tool for trout anglers who value the subtle play that’s crucial to fishing with light tackle on technical water. The Click-Ball System simplifies the concept of drag so there is virtually no interference between you and the fish.
On the exterior, the Brookie features distinct porting and a weatherproof finish. Aside from giving it a unique style, this precision machining process eliminates virtually all excess weight from the fly reel making it one of the lightest fully machined American-made reels available. This reduced weight, combined with the superior dependability of 6061 bar stock aluminum, provides a reel that is as bulletproof as it is light. From the raw materials and the machining to the innovative spool tension system, every element of the Brookie fly reel is built to ensure a lifetime of use and performance that won’t be compromised by long days on the water.
Available in four models for 0-to 5-weight lines, the Brookie Series is an achievement in light tackle and the ideal complement to today’s ultra-lightweight fly rods. More traditional anglers will appreciate its straightforward design and sure reliability, while new-school anglers will love the look and feel of the reel. Both will appreciate the seamless line retrieve. Regardless of what draws you to the reel, Galvan’s Brookie Series is certain to change the future of the lightweight fly reel.
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We got our first look and feel today of the new Galvan Brookie and hats off to Galvan for answering to the need of a lighter reel for todays ultra light weight fly rods. Straight out of the box the reel is simple, smooth, light and quiet and preset to a nice operating drag resistance. However we are a bit concerned by the actual adjustment which leads us to identify a couple things you may want to know if you're considering owning one of these. The Drag, although adjustable requires removing the spool and using a supplied allen wrench. Also the drag tension applied is on incoming as well as outgoing so the same tension exist while reeling in. So if you like to have some control of your drag this may be an issue. If you're looking for that simple, minimal, and lightweight trout reel with just enough tension to stop over runs than you found it.
Gorge Fly Shop Team