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The Islander Steelheader (IS) is one of the best centerpin 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.

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.

Features of the Islander Steelheader Centerpin Float Reels include:

  • Ultra Smooth Bearings - 2 ABEC 3 shielded stainless steel ball 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
  • 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.

Islander Steelheader Centerpin Float Reel
Line Capacity
IS4.50.778.5300/202 ABEC + 3 Stainless Steel BB
Review Summary
(12 Reviews)
of customers would recommend this product.100%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (7), Professional (2)
Durable (10)
Reliable (7)
Smooth Reeling (6)
Easy Casting (3)
Smooth Drag System (2)
Best Uses
River Fishing (8)
Steelhead (3)
Shore Casting (2)
Steelhead fishing (2)
Float fishing (2)

Customer Reviews
 Great Reel
Pros: Durable, smooth
Comments: 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.
Cleveland, Ohio
 Great Center Pin
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.
Comments: 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!
northern michigan
everything u need in a centerpin
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Easy to maintain, Durable, Reliable, Easy Casting
Best Uses: Salmon, River Fishing, Steelhead
Comments: 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.
New York, NY
 Good product
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Line Doesn't Tangle
Cons: Difficult To Cast
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: Good product, but need some training to use it.
Mount Vernon, WA
 Simply the Best!
Pros: Reliable, Durable
Best Uses: Steelhead fishing, Float fishing, River Fishing
Comments: 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.
West Seneca New York
Best ever
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Reliable, Smooth Drag System, Durable, Easy Casting
Best Uses: Jigging, River Fishing
Comments: 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
Erie, PA
A Favorite Among Pinners
Pros: High Quality, Durable, Good Value
Best Uses: Salmon, Trout, Stream and River Fishing, Steelhead
Comments: 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.
Professional Angler
 great reel
Pros: Durable
Best Uses: Shore Casting, River Fishing
Comments: excellent reel highly reccomended
buffalo, ny
Professional Angler
 Excellent reel and excellent website
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Durable, Reliable, Smooth Drag System
Best Uses: River Fishing, Shore Casting, Fly Fishing
Comments: Excellent reel, one of the very bests!
Pros: Smooth Reeling, Reliable, Durable
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: perfection at it best!
Selle's custom rods
East Lansing, MI
 Great buy, everyone should own one
Pros: Reliable, Smooth Reeling, Durable
Best Uses: Steelhead fishing, Float fishing, River Fishing
Comments: Great reel bullet proof easy to clean very smooth worth the investment, will have forever
The Dude
Wherever the fish are, Pennsylvania
Excellent reel
Pros: Easy Casting, Reliable, Good Construction, Great Startup, Durable
Cons: Ported backplate
Best Uses: Fishing w a float
Comments: 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.
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