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Description

The Islander Steelheader (IS) is one of the best center pin float reels on the market. Super smooth is the only way to describe this reel. Just grab the handle and spin the spool. The spool spins effortlessly, which is the result of precision CNC machining, bearings and balance.

The refined design, with only twenty five parts and perfect machining, make up the Steelheader. Its simple clicker drag is only meant to help prevent line over run, other than that, the highly polished palming rim will supply all the drag you will ever need. The clicker drag can be engaged and disengaged using a frame side button. Also, there is no need to convert from the left-handed to right-handed retrieve because of its ambidextrous design.

The Islander Steelheader Float Reel has the following features:

  • Ultra Smooth Bearings - 2 super shielded stainless steel bearings
  • Corrosion Resistance - like all Islanders, the Steelheader is constructed out of anodized aerospace grade aluminum, Delrin and stainless steel
  • Two year manufacturer's warranty
  • Available in Gold, Black, Clear/Silver (natural silver aluminum), and Slate Grey
  • Free-Spool Mode- by moving the frame side clicker control button, you can put the IS into free-spool mode, great for letting the river take the line for you.

Like all Islanders, the Steelheader is built to take abuse. A thick aluminum frame and spool with a large stainless steel spindle give the Steelheader a very solid reputation. While taking on a 35-pound chinook is not its intended use, you can.

Additional specifications for the Islander Steelheader Float Reel are provided in the table below.

Specifications
Spool Dia.Spool WidthSpool Vol. (in3)WeightCapacity
4.50".77"5.29"8.5 oz300 yds./
20 lb. mono
Reviews
Review Summary
4.8
( 12 Reviews )
of customers would recommend this product.100%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (7), Professional (2)
Pros
Durable (10)
Reliable (7)
Smooth Reeling (6)
Easy Casting (3)
Smooth Drag System (2)
Cons
Best Uses
River Fishing (8)
Steelhead (3)
Shore Casting (2)
Steelhead fishing (2)
Float fishing (2)

Great Reel
Verified
Buyer
About Me:
Not Specified
Can't sya enough of the IS. You get what you pay for. Is this a pricey reel..? yes. Is this the most expensive reel out there..? no. This reel is very durable and my go to in bad weather. Only knock is it's stock ABEC 3 bearings which is easy to upgrade.
Pros: Durable, smooth
Cons: None Specified
Best Uses: None Specified
Great Center Pin
Verified
Buyer
Cleveland, Ohio
About Me:
none

After much research and comparison, I decided to go head with IS.  The quality and price makes this the best all around reel.  Very smooth and excellent start.  I purchased a clear/silver because I think it will wear the best.  It is a nice fit for my 13' Loomis GLX.  Can't go wrong with this baby!

Pros: Generally, everything you would expect a centr pin to be.
Cons: IMO none
Best Uses: Steelhead, but could be used for all sorts of species.
everything u need in a centerpin
northern michigan
About Me:
Avid Fisher
bought mine used from a friend who took great care of it. i upgraded from a okuma aventa. best money i spent on a fishing reel.
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Easy to maintain, Durable, Reliable, Easy Casting
Cons: none
Best Uses: Salmon, River Fishing, Steelhead
Good product
Verified
Buyer
New York, NY
About Me:
Avid Fisher
Good product, but need some training to use it.
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Line Doesn't Tangle
Cons: Difficult To Cast
Best Uses: River Fishing
Simply the Best!
Verified
Buyer
Mount Vernon, WA
About Me:
Avid Fisher
The Islander Steelheader reel is very well built and the free spool is excellent. If you're thinking seriously about float fishing, then this reel is definitely worth the investment.
Pros: Reliable, Durable
Cons: none
Best Uses: Steelhead fishing, Float fishing, River Fishing
Best ever
Verified
Reviewer
West Seneca New York
About Me:
Avid Fisher
I bought mine back in 1990 the original Pacific Steelheader. Ive never even changed the bearing and have caught 1000's of fish. Best Ever
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Reliable, Smooth Drag System, Durable, Easy Casting
Cons: none
Best Uses: Jigging, River Fishing
A Favorite Among Pinners
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Reviewer
Erie, PA
About Me:
none
This is an excellent, time proven reel that continues to maintain its excellent reputation after many years on the market. It is a great center pin for beginners and experts alike.
Pros: High Quality, Durable, Good Value
Cons: none
Best Uses: Salmon, Trout, Stream and River Fishing, Steelhead
great reel
Verified
Buyer
ny
About Me:
Professional
excellent reel highly reccomended
Pros: Durable
Cons: none
Best Uses: Shore Casting, River Fishing
Excellent reel and excellent website
Verified
Buyer
buffalo, ny
About Me:
Professional
Excellent reel, one of the very bests!
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Durable, Reliable, Smooth Drag System
Cons: none
Best Uses: River Fishing, Shore Casting, Fly Fishing
perfection
ontario
About Me:
Avid Fisher
perfection at it best!
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Reliable, Durable
Cons: none
Best Uses: River Fishing
Great buy, everyone should own one
Verified
Buyer
East Lansing, MI
About Me:
Avid Fisher
Great reel bullet proof easy to clean very smooth worth the investment, will have forever
Pros: Reliable, Smooth Reeling, Durable
Cons: none
Best Uses: Steelhead fishing, Float fishing, River Fishing
Excellent reel
Wherever the fish are, Pennsylvania
About Me:
Avid Fisher
This is a really nice reel. Unless you buy a completely handmade centrepin, you will be hard pressed to find a better reel on the market. The startup on this reel is excellent. As far as the last review I think that guy needs to learn how to cast or get some more practice. Every centrepin is going to tangle your line or wrap it around the foot of the reel if you don't know how to cast correctly. Learn how to cast the correct way, straight off the bat, and you will have less problems down the line.
Pros: Easy Casting, Reliable, Good Construction, Great Startup, Durable
Cons: Ported backplate
Best Uses: Fishing w a float
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