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. 5-Weight Challenge Full Results
WEIGHT5.55 ounces - too heavy for the average trout reel.
DRAG TEST GRAPH
SOUNDIf there's one thing we didn't like about this reel is its sound. There's no sound on the incoming and it's muted, although pleasant, on the outgoing.
SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATEThe NVG has a solid spool design as well. It's got a very fast retrieve (almost 8 inches per turn!), but is just a little wider than we'd like. It holds an estimated 125 yards of backing.
LOOK & FEELNautilus makes a great looking reel. It's very well machined and we like the ability to choose between custom colors and parts. They've also added some great features like a fully ported spool so your backing dries extra fast. There's a reason you see more and more of these on the flats.
ERGONIMICSHandle: The handle is excellent. It's long enough to be comfortable and has a curve in just the right place. Drag Knob: The drag knob isn't exactly oversized, but it's actually really easy to grab and very comfortable. Spool Change: The spool is very easy to change.
THE DROPAverage. The finish on the Nautilus showed average scuffs and divots despite it's light color. It's not a reel that you'll want to drop frequently. No Damage.
WARRANTYLifetime to the original owner + $20 fee. Price: $560
- Great made-in-the-USA workmanship
- One of the top drags in the test.
- Fast retrieve