I think I’m probably in the minority when it comes to reel seat preferences because I simply like them all. I see advantages and disadvantages to all of them, and I don’t much care what reel seat is on a rod as long as it looks right and functions as it should.
I used to be leery of dual sliding bands, but have never even had a problem with them, and overcame that perception pretty quickly.
If pressed I’d say my favorite reel seat is a cap and ring, and for a trout rod I have no concerns over using one that is well executed, regardless of the line weight of the rod.
Every indication I have is Chris’ seats are well executed, and in my opinion certainly look fantastic.
Brett, Rich and others, I have no doubt that your concerns about a reel falling off a rod are completely valid. It happens to everyone. I do have to say though that I would not design or put my name on a rod that I felt you could only gingerly walk up to the water and timidly cast with. My rods are built for real life fishing situations which include scrambling through tight spots and sometimes making your own way. Whether that’s along an Ozark stream, in the Smokies scrambling over boulders, in the Driftless on hands and knees or walking a mile through a farm to get to a favorite bluegill pond.
I chose the highest quality seat hardware I could find and designed it for holding on all day long. It almost goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, any seat attachment needs to be checked throughout the day. Also, user error happens.
I build fly rods that people will enjoy fishing with. I also want them to reflect my preferences. I also have gone into this knowing that I will not be able to please everyone with my designs. I’m okay with that. I’d still be in the planning phase if I tried to do that. I am humbled that so many people like what I’m doing and I truly appreciate that.