Fly Reel Reviews

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

  1. Redington Run Fly Reel Review

    Redington Run Fly Reel Review

    Redington’s niche is creating high-performance rods and reels at a very reasonable price, and the Redington Run certainly aligns with that ethos. The Run is Redington’s entry-level metal fly reel. Not to be confused with Redington’s plastic entry-level reels; the I.D., and the Crosswater, the Run features a cast aluminum frame and spool with some thoughtful design features. Keep reading to learn more about this value-packed reel from Redington.

  2. Galvan Euro Nymph (GEN) Fly Reel Review

    Galvan Euro Nymph (GEN) Fly Reel Review

    Galvan is known for producing quality USA-made reels that can stand up to abuse for years. The Galvan Euro Nymph (GEN) fly reel fully encompasses this ethos as a high-performance Euro Nymphing reel with some clever design features. Although it comes with a hefty price tag, tight-line practitioners will appreciate the GEN’s solid build quality and nymphing-specific features. Read on to learn more about the Galvan Euro Nymph fly reel in our full review.

  3. Ross Cimarron Fly Reel Review

    Ross Cimarron Fly Reel Review

    Ross Reels has brought back the Cimarron fly reel, a USA-made freshwater reel that features some nice technology upgrades with classic Ross aesthetics. The new Cimarron is the most budget-friendly reel in Ross’ lineup, which will undoubtedly grow their customer base in these times of ever-increasing prices. While this new reel isn’t the highest-performing trout reel in any one category, it scores solidly in many aspects. Because we pride ourselves on giving unbiased reviews, we’ll also discuss the things we didn’t love about the new Cimarron. Keep reading to learn more about this resurrected trout reel from Ross.

  4. Sage Trout Fly Reel Review

    Sage Trout Fly Reel Review

    The latest iteration of the Sage Trout fly reel is here, featuring a blend of classic aesthetics and modern technology. Like its predecessor, the new Sage Trout is a full-cage reel that balances out longer Trout Spey or Euro rods nicely, while offering decent performance across the board. We thoroughly inspected the Sage Trout, identifying the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s the right reel for you. Keep reading to learn more about this updated freshwater reel from Sage.

  5. Redington Zero Fly Reel Review

    Redington Zero Fly Reel Review

    Redington has long been known to produce functional products for a reasonable price, and the Redington Zero fly reel certainly lives up to that philosophy. The Zero is a featherweight click-and-pawl reel that gives anglers a great budget option in today’s market. Although it may not be the highest-performing freshwater reel in some categories, the Zero will please many creek junkies and weight-conscious backcountry anglers alike. Read on to learn more about this cool trout reel from Redington.

  6. Orvis SSR Disc Fly Reel Review

    Orvis SSR Disc Fly Reel Review

    The Orvis SSR Disc Fly Reel is Orvis’ spey-specific reel built on the popular Hydros platform. Like the Hydros, the SSR features a smooth and powerful drag system, solid componentry, and Orvis’ excellent warranty. Additionally, the SSR (Swing, Step, Repeat) features several design attributes purposely built for spey applications. Below, we’ll discuss how the SSR differs from the Hydros, and why this is one of the best spey reels in its price category.

  7. Hardy Sovereign Fly Reel Review

    Hardy Sovereign Fly Reel Review

    Hardy is one of the most iconic names in fly reels, having produced beautiful reels since 1873. Longtime fans of Hardy’s heritage reels will be intrigued by the remastered Hardy Sovereign, a classic solid-plate reel that hasn’t been available to consumers since the 1970s. The new Sovereign maintains the original model’s elegance and thoughtfulness, with significant modifications for the 21st century. Read on to learn more about this charming heritage reel from Hardy.

  8. Shilton SL Fly Reel Review

    Shilton SL Fly Reel Review

    Shilton has a longstanding reputation in South Africa for producing solid, trustworthy saltwater reels. Only recently have more western anglers begun to choose Shilton’s for their big-game pursuits, and we hope that trend continues. Today, we’ll examine the Shilton SL fly reel, a mid-range cork drag reel from Shilton that offers some impressive features at a reasonable price. Keep reading to learn more about this saltwater-specific reel from Shilton.

  9. Sage Click Fly Reel Review

    Sage Click Fly Reel Review

    The Sage Click fly reel series has been around for quite some time, and since its introduction not much has changed. The current iteration of this click-and-pawl reel features a classic clicker feel with modern technical attributes which we have come to expect from Sage. Today, we’ll examine the Sage Click, a fun reel that combines old-school technology with some high-performance features.

  10. Greys Tital Fly Reel Review

    Greys Tital Fly Reel Review

    The Greys Tital is the new “all-water” big game fly reel from Greys. As we’ve come to expect with Greys fly reels, the Tital offers great features at an affordable price. We found many reasons to like the new Tital, and a few drawbacks, too. Keep reading to learn more about the Greys Tital, and why it might be one of the best values in its price category.

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