Top 5 Best Fly Fishing Reels 2022 – 2023 [BUYER’S GUIDE]

1, Hardy Duchess

The first new Hardy ‘classic reel’ in over a decade. Handmade in Alnwick, England by skilled craftsmen, the Duchess features innovative features including a split frame design and dual line guards within a classically styled high quality reel. Made in Alnwick, England Engineered and hand crafted from bar stock aluminium Ambidextrous, fully adjustable click check mechanism Vented frame and spool ‘Split cage’ frame design Twin line guides for full LHW/RHW compatibility Hollow recessed stainless steel spindle Wooden handle

2, Lamson Force SL Series II

The evolution of Force Superlight reels arrives with a new line storage format, enhanced CNC machined structural development and more fluid, refined styling. The Force reels have, since the introduction in 1997, pursued what Waterworks-Lamson feels is the Holy Grail of fly reel performance: delivering the highest possible ratio of retrieve rate to reel weight. To this end, while other super arbor reels add weight in order to gain speed, Force reels maintain their featherweight specification by being pure muscle and bone.

Force SL II has an integrated foot, frame and drag cassette. The integration of the cassette to the frame and foot creates more strength and durability in the reel overall and less weight with fewer added parts.

Features Include:

Format: Large Arbor
Materials: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Stainless Steel
Finish: Hard Alox
Drag: Sealed Conical Drag System
US Made, Idaho Built

3, Orvis Mirage

Orvis’ Mirage USA Fly Reel is ready to battle everything from wild steelhead and rainbow trout to big tarpon and redfish. It smooth and sealed stainless steel disc drag system is able to withstand the elements of fresh and saltwater fisheries and is fitted with a ball and ramp drag mechanism, which gives the drag knob a smooth feel that won’t overpower your leader or tippet when you need to make quick adjustments to the reel when battling uncooperative fish. A super-large arbor delivers blisteringly fast retrieval rates, and an ergonomically shaped handle helps reduce fatigue when it becomes a battle of attrition just to bring your catch to net.

4, 3-Tand VIKN

Ultra-Large Arbor Fly Reel 3-Tand released the new VIKN reel series. This ultra-large arbor fly reel is fully sealed to protect components against harsh salt water environments. VIKN is pronounced “Vixen.” Choose from V-50 (5-6wt), V-80 (8-10wt) or V-130 (11/13wt). On single hand, switch and spey rods the V-80 feels well balanced.

5, Redington Rise 

The all new RISE continues Redington’s ongoing quest to think beyond the bounds of traditional reel designs. It features a u-shaped large-arbor and a compact carbon fiber drag system that offers smooth fish stopping torque. Lightweight design shows through in the modern aesthetic of the RISE, and thoughtful details like twin molded soft-touch handles and oversized drag knob help the reel perform in the hands of any angler.

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