8-Weight Challenge

  1. Abel Super 7/8N Fly Reel Review

    Abel Super 7/8N Fly Reel Review
    The Abel Super 8, along with the Tibor Everglades, made up the "classic" portion of our 8-weight challenge. These reels have not only stood the test of time, but have countless world records to their credit. How do they stack up against more modern competition? Let's find out.
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  2. Sage 8000 Pro Series Fly Reel Review

    Sage 8000 Pro Series Fly Reel Review
    Sage introduced the 8000 Pro series last year at IFTD. We got to check out some of the great upgrades from the 2012 6000 Series. Since then, we've been eager to get our hands on one.
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  3. Sage 4200 Fly Reel Review

    Sage 4200 Fly Reel Review
    The Sage 4280 is one of my favorite reels from Sage. It's light, looks good, feels great, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Let's find out if it will hold up to the rigors of saltwater use.
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  4. Lamson Guru Fly Reel Review

    Lamson Guru Fly Reel Review
    The Lamson Guru was one if the best performing value-priced reels in our test. Want made in the USA quality in a great looking, super light package with a tiny price tag? This is your stop.
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  5. Tibor Everglades Fly Reel Review

    Tibor Everglades Fly Reel Review
    Of all the reels we tested, the Tibor Everglades is the one most likely to be passed on to the next generation. It's beautiful and simple and made in the USA.
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  6. Sage 1800 Fly Reel Review

    Sage 1800 Fly Reel Review
    When we tallied the results to our recent 8-weight Challenge, no one expected that Sage's entry-level reel would out perform ever other reel by Sage. We were shocked when a reel that costs a mere $139 tied for 4th place! Thus, the Sage 1800 Fly Reel earns our coveted "Best Buy".
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  7. Orvis Mirage Big Game IV Fly Reel Review

    Orvis Mirage Big Game IV Fly Reel Review
    Great drag performance, fast retrieval, light weight, and great price- what's not to love?
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  8. Hatch Finatic 7-Plus Fly Reel Review

    Hatch Finatic 7-Plus Fly Reel Review
    Winner of our 2013 8-weight Challenge! It suffices to say that we love the Hatch Finatic 7-Plus. Here's why.
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  9. Hardy Fortuna X Fly Reel Review

    Hardy Fortuna X Fly Reel Review
    It was tough choosing a winner between the Hatch Finatic and the Hardy Fortuna X for the title of "best saltwater fly reel". If we were only scoring drag performance, the Fortuna would have won, hands down.
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