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The Frabill Straight Line 261 Reel has a super strong composite body which makes it warmer than reels made of alloy and lighter. It has an ultra smooth drag system and fast 2.6 to 1 retrieve for those larger fish lurking deep below the surface. The Frabill Straight Line 261 Reel also features an elongated stem and oversized ambidextrous handle that makes reeling a breeze, even while wearing gloves.

Features of the Frabill Straight Line 261 Reel include:

  • 2.6:1 reel ratio with super smooth drag & instant anti-reverse
  • Large and balanced spool to maximize retrieval rate
  • Line feeds straight off spool, eliminating line coiling and spinning of tackle
  • 4 plus 1 ball bearing reel with Ultra-Fine free spooling
  • Audible / silent bait alarm switch
  • Frabill’s exclusive Sub-Zero lube ensures smooth operation in the coldest temperatures
  • Free spool to easily drop the smallest jigs


Review Summary
(6 Reviews)
of customers would recommend this product.100%
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Free spool (2)
easy to hold and balance (2)
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New York
 Good reel, nice for the price
Pros: price, quality, Free spool
Comments: This is a great reel- the only thing I'll mention is- it's not quite as light in weight as some sites list. It's still fairly light overall.
 A nice reel
Pros: easy to hold and balance
Comments: A very good reel it helps stop the line from twisting as it does on spinning reels
United States
 Frabil Straight Line 261 Reel
Comments: I bought this reel after seeing it at the Schaumburg fishing show. The drag is extremely smooth and the free spool button is a nice feature. It's very easy to add additional drag by applying pressure with your finger on the reel.
Metro Minesota
 Great in-line reel
Pros: not cold like metal, light weight, smooth free spool, easy to hold and balance
Cons: drag system could be smoother
Comments: Great reel, its lighter and more balanced than the ECILIR. The long stem is way better to grip the rod, especially a rod with a short 5" handle. The drag could be a little smoother, seems to have a rough or (high) spot with-in system. Only downfall would be the retaining nut on back side of reel can loosen causing drag/retrieve malfunction. I just had to center the gear and retighten.
 My new favorite ice reel.
Pros: Free spool, star drag, minimal line twist.
Cons: Hard to find!
Comments: Absolutely the best reel I've ever used on the ice. The free spool and drag are easy to get the hang of, and when you do...Get ready to catch more fish. The reduced line twist makes a gigantic difference. I've already ordered 4 of these, and soon I'll not own an ice rod without one!
Comments: Free spool makes straight lining deep water viable. The star drag is touchy, and if you aren't watching your bait drop on the flasher, backlash can be an issue.
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