Fly Reel Reviews

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

  1. Abel Super 4N Fly Reel Review

    Abel Super 4N Fly Reel Review
    It should come as no surprise by now that classic reels don't perform as well as modern reels in our shootouts. In our 8-weight Reel Shootout, the Super 8 finished in the middle of the pack. But, trout is a different game. Let's see if the smaller Abel fairs better.
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  2. Nautilus NV-G 5/6 Fly Reel Review

    Nautilus NV-G 5/6 Fly Reel Review
    The Nautilus NVG is one of the most talked about reels on the market today. It's a quality product that's made right here in the US. Better still, it's received many awards and acclaim. But all of that has been for how the NV would perform as a SALTWATER reel. We're here to see how it stands up to the rigors of trout fishing.
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  3. Sage 4250 Fly Reel Review

    Sage 4250 Fly Reel Review
    Sage is undoubtedly one of fly fishing's iconic brands. While they're mostly known for their fly rods, Sage also makes some pretty good reels, the now-discontinued 1880, did very well in our 8-weight shootout. While the 4280 was only mediocre, we have greater hopes for the Sage 4250.
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  4. Nautilus FWX 5/6 Fly Reel Review

    Nautilus FWX 5/6 Fly Reel Review
    The Nautilus FWX is the little brother to the much-loved NVG. The so-called 'FeatherWeight eXtreme' is deigned to be lighter weight, but still heavy on performance. It's also more geared towards the freshwater market, so we expect it to be a hit in this test. Read on to see how it does.
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  5. Orvis Mirage III Fly Reel Review

    Orvis Mirage III Fly Reel Review
    Love them or hate them, Orvis makes a lot of really great products. The Helios 2 won our 5-weight shootout, and the Mirage took 3rd in our 8-weight reel shootout. So, we knew that the Mirage was a pretty nice reel, but as we've seen a lot of great reels haven't done so well when paired down to trout sizes. Let's see how the Orvis Mirage fly reel does when we put it to the test.
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  6. Sage 2250 Fly Reel Review

    Sage 2250 Fly Reel Review
    We loved Sage's 1880. While not the prettiest reel, it virtually re-defined entry level quality for fly reels. When it was discontinued, we were a little sad, but excited to see the new replacement. When they based the 2200 series on the acclaimed 4200 series, it was sure to be a winner. How great is the Sage 2250? Read on to find out.
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  7. Galvan Torque T-5 Fly Reel Review

    Galvan Torque T-5 Fly Reel Review
    When we published our 8-weight shootout, the two comments we got most of all was "why did you test [Galvan and Nautilus]." So naturally, we tested them both this time. The Galvan Torque is their top-of-the-line reel. While not excactly new to the market, the Torque is beautifully machined and comes from a great family-run business in California. We're excited to see how it does against the big boys!
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  8. Ross Animas Fly Reel Review

    Ross Animas Fly Reel Review
    One of the two exciting reel launches from Mayfly Outdoors is the Ross Animas. At first glance, the Animas looks like a change of color on the drag knob and handle. So, you can understand why we didn't get that excited about it. But this Vexsis replacement is a sleeper. Read on to find out why.
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  9. Lamson Speedster Fly Reel Review

    Lamson Speedster Fly Reel Review
    The Lamson Speedster was one of the reels we were most excited to test. After all, it was designed with some of our key performance features in mind - fast retrieve and narrow spool. Lamson also stands behind its reels and makes them right here in the USA. Here's how it stacks up.
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  10. TFO BVK II Fly Reel Review

    TFO BVK II Fly Reel Review
    When most people think TFO, they think about fly rods. More specifically, they think about great value fly rods. When you mention the name TFO BVK, people are definitely thinking about the award winning fly rod series. And if you tell them that you're talking about a reel, your likely response is going to be something like, "They make reels?" They do. Like the rod, the BVK reel is TFO's highest performance reel. Let's see if it too stands out from the competition.
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