Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel Review

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Ben F There have been 3 comment(s)

Not a lot of people have heard of Cheeky.  They are one of the newest reels on the market - but they are certainly making a splash. The Cheeky Mojo 425 is their "inshore" model, designed for 8-9 weight lines. The reel looks great, but how does it perform?

 

8-Weight Challenge Full Results

WEIGHT

7.35 ounces - one of the lighter reels in the test.

DRAG

Unfortunately, Cheeky's drag was as strong as some of the top reels in this test.  At 3.67 lbs, it's plenty for freshwater and even steelheading, though. Cheeky's drag is fully sealed, which is a nice plus for saltwater use.

 

Note: we previously published that the reel was unsealed - that was an error.

DRAG TEST GRAPH

 

SOUND

The Mojo sounds great, but it's a little softer than I'd like.

SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATE

The Cheeky Mojo was near the top of the class here.  It's got a lightning fast retrieve, reasonably narrow spool, and plenty of room for 9-weight lines as well.  The spool is also easily removed for quickly changing lines.

LOOK & FEEL

No reel made today has a more "love it, or hate it" look than Cheeky.  Personally, we love it.  There's absolutely no mistaking it for any other reel out there. The colors are bold and certainly stand out in the crowd.  But more than that, the Mojo feels solid and has a great handle.

WARRANTY

Lifetime to the original owner + $40 fee.

 

Price: $380

CONCLUSION

Cheeky has done a great job on this reel. Amazing colors and a great spool design all for an entry-level price.  Take it to your local river now.

PROS

  • Great looks
  • Outstanding price
  • Pulls line in FAST

CONS

  • Missed the mark in terms of drag strength

 

 


This post was posted in 8-Weight Challenge, Fly Reel Reviews and was tagged with bonefish reel, fly reel test, steelhead reel

3 Comments

  • Ben, do you guys stock cheeky reels?

    Posted on March 12, 2013 at 6:26 am

  • Ben F says:

    Not yet...

    Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

  • I think they are essentially the same reel as
    http://www.wright-mcgill.com/fly-fishing/blair-wiggins-saltwater-sabalos-fly-reels
    that I have seen for $150. Not that that's a terrible thing, but probably not a good deal at nearly $400.... Drag mechanism looks identical. Both sourced from China.

    Posted on September 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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