Fly Reel Reviews

Learn about new fly reels from great brands like Tibor, Sage, Waterworks, Lamson, Hatch, Redington, Ross, TFO, Hardy and Greys.

  1. 2015 5-weight Fly Reel Shootout & Review: What's the Best Trout Reel?

    2015 5-weight Fly Reel Shootout & Review: What's the Best Trout Reel?
      When we released our 8-weight reel shootout, we began to demystify fly reels. We proved that cork drags didn't perform as well as modern disc drags. We also showed that it was possible to create a reel with virtually no startup inertia. It was not only was it the first reel shootout that was widely published, but it remains the...
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  2. Lamson Litespeed IV #2 Fly Reel Review

    Lamson Litespeed IV #2 Fly Reel Review
    Spoiler alert. We've given away the punch line. The Lamson Litespeed IV is the winner of our 2015 5-weight Reel Shootout. So, you can probably just go ahead and buy it now, but if you really want to know what makes this reel so great, read our full review below.
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  3. Redington Rise II 5/6 Fly Reel Review

    Redington Rise II 5/6 Fly Reel Review
    Redington is well known for making great value-priced products, including great rods like the CPS and the Classic Trout. We test the the Redington Rise II in our 8-weight shootout, and it didn't do so well. It wasn't that it was a bad reel, it was just up against some pretty stiff competition. Let's see if it does better as a trout reel.
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  4. Galvan Rush Light Fly Reel Review

    Galvan Rush Light Fly Reel Review
    Ask and you shall receive. You wanted to see how Galvan reels stack up, and as it turns out, quite well. The Torque turned out to be one of our favorite reels, and we were excited to see if Galvan could churn out a great value reel as well.
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  5. Fly Reel Spool Width: Wide vs. Narrow

    Fly Reel Spool Width: Wide vs. Narrow
    Fly Reel designs have changed a lot in recent years. From the odd-but-now-classic Ari T. Hart to the space-age Lamson Vanquish to the neo-classics like the Hardy Lightweight. Everyone is trying to build a better mousetrap, so to speak. That's one of the reasons we work so hard to bring you great reviews like the 8-weight Challenge and 5-weight Reel Shootout.
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  6. Lamson Guru 2.0 Fly Reel Review

    Lamson Guru 2.0 Fly Reel Review
    The Lamson Guru fly reel has long been the entry point for made in the USA quality, and one of our best selling reels. A top contender among 8-weights, we're excited to see how it performs as a trout reel.
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  7. Ross F1 #2 Fly Reel Review

    Ross F1 #2 Fly Reel Review
    Based in Montrose, Colorado, Ross is one of the world's leading fly reel manufacturers. Over the years, Ross Reels have become a virtual household name in fly fishing. We really liked the Ross F1 fly reel the last time we tested it, and we were particularly excited to see how it would fare in a freshwater-oriented test.
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  8. Abel SD Fly Reel Review

    Abel SD Fly Reel Review
    When Steve Abel started building fly reels, they were some of the finest fly reels ever built. They were well machined and had some of the best drags in the business. This was proven by the countless world records that can be attributed to Abel reels. Fast forward to today. The world of reels has changed. The best reels are the market are made by the likes of Nautilus and Hatch and cork is no longer the best drag material. Enter the Abel SD fly reel
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  9. Hatch 4 Plus Fly Reel Review

    Hatch 4 Plus Fly Reel Review
    Hatch. One of the finest reel makers in the business. We know this, not because their made in the USA, not because we've spent hours with them on the flats, and not because we're Hatch fans (well, we kind of are), but because the 7-Plus won our 8-weight Reel Shootout. But, as we've said repeatedly, trout is a different game with different rules. We're eager to find out hot the 4 Plus measures up to its big brother.
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  10. Bozeman RS325 Fly Reel Review

    Bozeman RS325 Fly Reel Review
    This job is a lot of fun. We get to try out a lot of exciting new gear, and this is certainly one of them. Design, built, tested in Montana, Bozeman reel was born in trout country. We love innovation in the fly fishing world, and we were excited to test a reel from one of the newest manufacturers on the market.
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