Wes asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationFishing · 7 years ago

What is the best trout fly fishing reel for a decent price?

I saw a new reel company on facebook (www.taylorreels.com) and was wondering how they compare to some other main brand people. Looking for something less than $150 and best quality possible.

8 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Best Answer

    Those reels from Taylor look nice and sound nice to me. I see that they have a lifetime replacement program and that sounds good to me. Just from what I read about these Taylor reels I can say that they sound like they were made by someone who knows about quality reels.

    Some of these companies in the links that I am sharing do have reels in your price range and they also have some expensive reels. Any of these companies I would recommend them just from hearing a lot of good about them.

    Have you looked at Allen fly reels? They have been getting a lot of great reviews on their stuff and I see a lot of happy customers on their facebook page.


    Temple fork outfitters. They have a new HSR reel that is in your price range.


    Echo. Their Ion reel has a lot of people really liking them.


    Redington. I would look at the Surge, Rise and Delta reels.


    Greys is a company that has a lot of people liking them.


    Guideline has a reel called reelmaster la and it is in the price range that you're looking for, but this reel is one that you might end up having to order online, because it isn't in too many store.

    Sage does have an 1800 series fly reel that is getting a lot of happy fly fishermen and it costs about 140.00 bucks.

    In fly fishing for trout it is very true that some places the reel is mainly just something that holds line and a reel with a nice disc drag isn't really needed, but some people still prefer to have a reel that has a nice disc drag incase if they should ever hook into a nice trout that would take line.

  • Todd
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Honestly, for trout, all you really need the reel to do is hold the line. Unless you're hooking into steelhead, you probably don't even need a drag.

    Those taylor reels look beautiful. The warranty sounds like a sweet deal. However, the website doesn't give any stats to it, and the only thing you can tell about the reels is the line weight range. I would probably not buy from the company just for that, honestly.

    Orvis reels are very high quality, and they have a click and pawl standard arbor battenkill for just under 100 bucks. If you want a drag, their Battenkill bar stock and Access mid arbor reels are very nice. Both are around 150 dollars, with the BBS slightly cheaper.

    The Lamson Konic or Konic II is another great reel, if you want an inexpensive large arbor. The Drag on them is very nice. Price will be about 150.

    I also like Sage reels. The 1800 is a good reel for 140.

    If you're just going for trout, I'd recommend an Echo Ion. I have one and the drag is fantastic, it's stylish, and cheap at 80 bucks for the 4-5wt model. The downside to them is that they are not recommended for salt water. Their warranty is pretty good too.

    Honestly, I don't think you could go wrong with any of the above reels.

  • 7 years ago

    At your price point you have many avenues you can/could take.

    I am partial to Lamson, but everyone will have their favorite brands.

    Here is a Lamson Konic- http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Fly-Fishing...

    If I were you, I'd spend a little less on your reel and put that towards your rod. Stream Trout (to 4LB's) don't require a crazy expensive reel. If your averaging 1 LB to 2LB trout- (which can be atypical depending on WHERE your located in the lower 48)- think about getting a Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops branded reel. They make a decent reel for a fair price.

    Just make sure you get a decent rod, ($250-$500). Having a good rod can REALLY change your fly-fishing experience and help your casting techniques, (esp if your new to the sport).

    Hopefully, Ghost, PT, Dan B, and some of the other resident YAnswer's Fly-fisherman will answer your Q too.

    Hope this helps ya?

    UPDATE: Anony- In some regards you are totally correct. (I actually own a Temple Forks rod too. Got it 8 years ago at the BPS in Destin Florida while on vacation.) Similarly, the Cabelas Three Forks are pretty dang good for the $60 price tag.

    But, many years ago, (when I had more money than sense- lol) I bought my Dad an expensive Sage rod.

    Without going into major casting details, that rod gets my fly where I want it more than the cheaper rods. (And you know I don't go for the "more expensive must mean quality" theory.) But the Q is- Will someone who is new to the sport understand or be able to perceive the difference?? Maybe...

    Anony- Have you ever used a $600 Sage rod? It's insane.....

    I guess the real Q is- When is my Dad gonna give me that Sage rod? !!! (LOL) It has an original Lamson reel on it too! A damn fine combo!

    Anyway, Thumbs up to everyone. Everybody here has a nice point on this Q.

    Source(s): 'OF
  • 7 years ago

    I started fly fishing last year (Colorado), and honestly, I only catch trout on it and I've never used the reel for anything but holding line. I retrieve the fish the same way I work the fly, by stripping line by hand. A good rod, line and some flies will go much further than spending more on the reel.

    Also, I disagree with one comment...I haven't found a need to spend $250-500 on a rod. I have a "cheap" $170 Temple Fork Outfitters rod with a BPS Hobbs Creek reel. The reel/line combo was $60, and honestly, other than dropping it in the sand and it getting gritty, I don't have any problems with it.

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  • 3 years ago

    Best Fly Reel

  • 4 years ago

    trout fly fishing reel decent price

  • 5 years ago

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  • 3 years ago

    Wow! Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. I looked for the answer on the internet but I couldn't find them.

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