It didn't take me long to figure out what the reel was called. What did take me a while was raising the funds to purchase it. I must admit that I had a little bit of sticker shock when I first saw the price of the Mirage reel. At $515.00 for the size V model it really didn't seem worth it. Still it was one of those sure things, I couldn't find a bad review anywhere online. I spent a couple weeks selling extra gear, drinking less energy drinks, and being extremely helpful around the house (needed spousal approval). Once I got the okay to make the purchase I headed over to Orvis of Madison and placed my order for a Mirage V and a spare spool. Total cost? $765.00, I had buyers remorse before I even left the parking lot. "It better be as good as they say" I muttered to myself, "I could have bought a lot a gear for that amount of money." I tried to reassure myself over the next few days that I had made a good decision and must say that I was nothing but smiles when the package arrived at my door.
The Mirage Reel is available in 8 different sizes and 3 different finishes. The size V is a true large arbor for fast line retrieval. It's milled from 6061 T6 anodized aluminum and is extremely strong for its weight. The reel has a clickable drag that uses carbon and stainless steel discs and the knurled drag knob is diamond cut for a sure grip. Even the reel handle is specially designed to help prevent the line from tangling when a fish heads for the horizon. The Mirage is a really well thought out fly reel. For more information on the features of this reel follow the link here.
The real question is, How well does it fish? So far it has performed flawlessly. I've used this reel on multiple rods while chasing many species of fish. Whether I have had it on a 7 weight for bass, an 8 weight for carp, or a 10 weight for muskies, this reel has handled them all. The large arbor makes line management a breeze and the handle is easy to find when fighting fish on the reel. The clickable drag makes finding the sweet spot quick and it stays consistent even during prolonged fights with large carp or Great Lakes king salmon. All in all it's a great reel, but it's not perfect.
The biggest complaint I have with this reel is the spool knob. It's pretty common for me to have to tighten down the spool multiple times during a full day of fishing. I'm not sure what causes it to loosen up, but it does and it drives me a little crazy. The other issue is the clicking sound the reel makes when retrieving line. In the past I always removed the clicker on my fly reels so I wasn't advertising to other anglers that I was fighting a fish. As best as I can tell you can't remove the clicker on the Mirage V. In areas with a lot of anglers I've found that the sound of a reel clicking kind of draws attention and I soon find myself surrounded by other anglers. It may not be a big deal in your area, but I thought it worth mentioning since it bothers me. The only other possible issue I can think of is the price, it's a rather expensive purchase if you're on a budget.
|Big or small it can land them all.|