At a Glance: Fly Reels
Fly reels are specifically designed with small holes and openings in the side pieces to decrease the weight of the reel itself and increase the speed in which the line is able to dry. The main purposes of a fly reel are to house the fishing line and make casts and drag as smooth as possible. The handle on most fly reels can be manually moved from one side of the spool to the other, depending on the angler's preference.
The top fly reel brands at FishUSA include Waterworks-Lamson, Redington, Temple Fork Outfitters, Sage and Echo.
Check out Fly Rods, too.