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


5.55 ounces - too heavy for the average trout reel.


  At 6.23 lbs, the NV-G is unsurprisingly one of the best in our test! Better still, Nautilus drags are EXTREMELY smooth and they exhibit virtually no startup inertia.





If 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.


The 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.


Nautilus 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.


Handle: 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.


Average. 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.


Lifetime to the original owner + $20 fee.   Price: $560



  There's no question that the Nautilus NVG is an amazing reel and one of the best reels on the market today. If this were a lightweight bonefish reel test, this would have been undoubtedly one of the top contenders. For trout, it's just a little too much. Too heavy, too wide, and too expensive to be in the top 5 trout reels. But if you're going to be taking it into the salt, consider it carefully.   Like our reviews?  Get it here.


  • Great made-in-the-USA workmanship
  • One of the top drags in the test.
  • Fast retrieve


  • Heavy
  • Expensive