Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel Review

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Ben F There have been 4 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


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


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.




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


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.


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.


Lifetime to the original owner + $40 fee.


Price: $380


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.


  • Great looks
  • Outstanding price
  • Pulls line in FAST


  • 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


  • 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
    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

  • @Scott Monroe
    I very much doubt that Cheeky and Wright&McGill are selling the same reel at different prices. For one, the Sabalos has no spare spool availability, which suggests a bit of disposable nature, or perhaps a beater backup. For two, the drags are not identical as you claim. Cheeky does not use any cork, but rather stacked PTFE and stainless elements. The spool design is also significantly different, and if you think those differences are negligible than you are probably W&M's target market.

    Posted on November 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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