The Top Fly Fishing Reels Reviewed

fly fishing reel reviewsFly fishing is a popular pastime, but it requires a specific set of gear to participate. That includes wet and dry flys, rods and a good reel. If you’re new to fishing, or just not really all that familiar with fly fishing, then you may be wondering, “what’s a fly fishing reel”. There are a few things that set fly fishing apart from other types of fishing, but you will need a good reel for the activity.

Really, instead of asking the question “what’s a fly fishing reel” it would make more sense to ask what you should be looking for when you are buying a fly fishing reel.

The primary role of fly fishing is to hold the line, but there’s a lot more to it than that – you’ll need to be able to fight the fish – the drag on the fly reel will make all the difference between landing a big fish or having that fish get away.

The main things that a fly reel does is hold the amount of backing and fly line, and cope with the weight of the rod that you would be fishing with. If you were going to use, say, a 5-weight fly rod, then it would be important to choose a fly reel that can accommodate the fly line and weights ranging from 4-8.

Rods can range from $50 for a beginner reel that will leave you frustated if you are a serious fisher, to up to $400 or even more if you want a good drag system and a dcently sized reel that can give you a smooth cast.

The Best Fly Fishing Reels

Our favorite fly fishing reel is the Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel. While it is not on par with the high-level reels, it does have a nice collection of features, especially at this price point. Here are some of the details about the reel:

1. Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel

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Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel with CNC-machined Aluminum Alloy Body 3/4 Space Gray
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Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel with CNC-machined Aluminum Alloy Body 3/4 Space Gray
  • THREE-YEAR WARRANTY - Your reel has been set at the factory for left-hand retrieve. To convert your reel to right-hand retrieve, please contact us for guidance.
  • SILKY SMOOTH DRAG - Multi-disc cork and stainless steel drag system with one-way clutch bearing for smooth immediate drag engagement. Accurate click drag and silent retrieve.
  • SOLID and LIGHT WEIGHT - Precision CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminum alloy for high-impact durability; Larger CNC hollow design makes the reel lighter than ordinary ones.
  • CORROSION RESISTANCE - Hard anodized for surface protection increases abrasion resistance and weather fastness; Cold forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity.
  • Mid-ARBOR DESIGN - Reducing line memory while also facilitating lightning-quick line pickup.

2. Sougayilang Fly Fishing Reel

Sougayilang Fly Fishing Reel Large Arbor 2+1 BB with CNC-machined Aluminum Alloy Body and Spool in Fly Reel Sizes 5/6,7/8
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Sougayilang Fly Fishing Reel Large Arbor 2+1 BB with CNC-machined Aluminum Alloy Body and Spool in Fly Reel Sizes 5/6,7/8
  • NEW for 2017!This fly reel is made of CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminum alloy,that made it more durable and corrosion resistant in all environment.larger CNC hollow design makes the reel lighter than ordinary ones.
  • 2+1 Ball Bearings and 1:1 Gear Ratio, One-way roller bearing engages drag in one direction,Strong All-aluminum construction, Large arbor design for smooth immediate drag engagement accurate click drag and silent retrieve.
  • Finely machined and knurled metal screw caps to loosen the spool and easy to change left to right hand retrieval conversion.Hard anodized for surface protection increases abrasion resistance and weather fastness; Cold forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity.
  • A killer freshwater fly reel for multi-species fishing in rivers, lakes, streams, creeks.,Ideal for all around fly fishing species such as Trout, Grayling, Salmon and other predatory fish.
  • FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY!If Any Problem about The Product,Please Contact Us Firstly and Our Customer Service Will Solve It for You Soon.Your reel has been set at the factory for left-hand retrieve. If you want convert your reel to right-hand retrieve, please contact us for guidance.

3. Redington Behemoth Fly Reel

Redington Reels Behemoth 7/8 Reel, Black
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Redington Reels Behemoth 7/8 Reel, Black
  • Most powerful drag in its class, adjustable, Carbonfiber drag
  • Unmachinable, unique die-cast construction, twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
  • Large arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory, easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
  • Deep v-spool for increased backing capacity
  • Lifetime Warranty

4. Orvis Battenkill Reel

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Orvis Battenkill Reel/Extra Spool
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Orvis Battenkill Reel/Extra Spool
  • Material: machined bar-stock aluminum
  • Drag System: click-and-pawl
  • Backing Capacity: [I] 75 yards, [II] 75 yards, [III] 100 yards, [IV] 200 yards
  • Diameter: [I] 2.75 in, [II] 3 in, [III] 3.25 in, [IV] 3.75 in
  • Fly Line Weight: [I] 1 - 3 wt, [II] 3 - 5 wt, [III] 5 - 7 wt, [IV] 7 - 9 wt

5. OKUMA Sheffield Float Fishing Reel

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Okuma Sheffield Float Fishing Reel
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Okuma Sheffield Float Fishing Reel
  • Precision-machined, stainless-steel spool shafts. 1-piece machined rigid frame construction. On/Of click ratchet for added spool tension.
  • Machined aluminum anodized spools. Ported spool with exposed rim for easy control. 2 stainless-steel German ball bearings.

When you are choosing a reel, you should first think about how much money you have to spend. There are some mid-range reels that are good if you are just learning how to fish – such as the Lamson Lightspeed Hard Alox range, which are budget, but well-made. There are others, such as the Ross Flystart Fly Reels that are in the lower price range and that are still good for people who are just experimenting and aren’t sure, yet, whether they are going to stick with fishing.

Ideally, you should talk to people about the different types of fly fishing reels that are out there, and try one that someone owns so that you can get a feel for it. There are a few different styles, and to an extent fishing is all about personal preference – so you may like a rod and reel that others find too fast or too heavy. Reviews can only help you so much, and personal experience will make all the difference. Remember, though, that you get what you pay for with fishing, and cheap kit will have downsides to it. There’s no point in spending a fortune on a reel if you would only go fishing once or twice a month, but if you want to fish competitively, or take the activity seriously, then it is a good idea to invest in your gear.

Fly Fishing Reel Video

Here is a video discussing various types of fly fishing reels:

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