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Ross Rapid Fly Reel
Ross Rapid Fly Reel
The Ross Rapid Fly Reel is a large arbor reel offering performance at an affordable price. This large arbor reel reduces line memory and provides a fast line pickup. The reverse-tapered Delrin handle yields a solid grip. This reel also features an enclosed, infinitely-adjustable, Rulon disc drag for a super-smooth retrieve. For unique style and performance, add the Ross Rapid Fly Reel to your collection!
$99.99 - $119.99
$79.99 - $99.99
Clam Dave Genz Power Stick Ice Spinning Reel
Clam Dave Genz Power Stick Ice Spin...
The Clam Dave Genz Power Stick Ice Spinning Reel is lightweight with an over-sized spool. This reel has two ball bearings for smooth rotation and infinite anti-reverse. Clam designed the Power Stick reel using quality components to offer the perfect, affordable ice fishing reel.
13 Fishing Black Betty FreeFall Inline Ice Reel
13 Fishing Black Betty FreeFall Inl...
The 13 Fishing Black Betty FreeFall Inline Ice Reel features a freefall trigger system with a metal trigger. With an aluminum handle and star drag, the reel has a magnetic drop speed adjustment with a 2.5:1 gear ratio. This instant anti-reverse reel is perfect for ice fishing.
Frabill Bro Series Ice Spinning Reel
Frabill Bro Series Ice Spinning Reel
The Frabill Bro Series Ice Spinning Reel was designed with the help of ice fishing guru Brian "Bro" Brosdahl. Every feature of this reel considers the unique demands of ice fishing. The reel comes with two spools for specific applications.
HT Enterprises Accucast Ultralight Spinning Reel
HT Enterprises Accucast Ultralight ...
The HT Enterprises Accucast Ultralight Spinning Reel offers a tremendous value in an ultralight, front drag spinning reel. The HT Enterprises Accucast Ultralight Spinning Reels are perfect for ice fishing with features such as an extended reel foot for easier use with the sliding rings found on some ice rod handles, longer necks to leave room for use with gloves or mittens, and an increased angle which puts the spool in line with the guides of shorter ice rods.
$15.99 - $20.99
$13.99 - $17.99
Temple Fork Outfitters Prism Cast Large Arbor Fly Reel
Temple Fork Outfitters Prism Cast L...
2 Models available
Temple Fork Outfitters Prism Cast Large Arbor Fly Reels are designed to serve an angler's every need from freshwater to saltwater. TFO Prism Cast Fly reels are made from cast aluminum with a low-maintenance cork disc drag and a one way clutch bearing for instant drag engagement. Prism Cast Large Arbor Fly Reels are available in sizes 4/5, 5/6. 7/8, and 9/11.
$99.99 - $109.99
$59.99 - $67.99
Redington Surge Series Fly Reel
Redington Surge Series Fly Reel
2 Sizes available
Redington Surge Series Fly Reels are built for the toughest predators around. These reels feature fish stopping power and a contemporary design. These reels are constructed from cast aluminum, with a Rulon disk drag mechanism to hold up in the most demanding situations. Surge Series Fly Reels have a quick and easy left to right-hand conversion and a quick change spool design.

At a Glance: Reels

A fishing reel is designed to hold fishing line as it is cast or released into the water and wound back to the angler. Most reels are designed to be attached to a fishing rod and can be made from a combination of graphite, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, rubber or composite materials. While fishing rods have been used for thousands of years, fishing reels only became widely used and manufactured over the last 400 years or so. Wooden spools and winches were the original reels, mounted to rods for line management. Gears were added to speed up the amount of line being wound back onto the reel and metals were introduced for durability. Most modern reels are constructed with rustproof and corrosion resistant materials or coatings to prolong the life and improve the performance of the reels in both freshwater and saltwater conditions.

Just as rods are designed and built with specific tactics and species in mind, fishing reels are also designed for specific uses. Reels come in various sizes and styles, with prices ranging from just a few dollars for plastic ice fishing reels, up into the thousands of dollars for saltwater reels. The different types of reels offered through FishUSA include spinning, baitcasting, spincasting, trolling/conventional, fly, centerpin, mooching and inline ice reels. Some manufacturers offer spare spools for certain models which can make one reel into a multi-purpose tool for several tactics and species. Many reels are also reversible meaning they can be easily modified to work for both left-handed and right-handed anglers.

Spinning reels are mounted to the underside of a rod and are often referred to as open-face reels. These excel at light tackle fishing without complicated settings. Baitcasting reels mount on top of a rod and are widely used by bass anglers and those who target large predator fish because of the strength of the drag systems and casting distances. Spincasting reels can mount to either spinning rods or casting rods (depending on the specific model) and are often referred to as close-face reels. Trolling or conventional reels mount on top of casting or trolling rods and are typically used for open water fishing from boats. These have strong drag systems and large line capacities. Fly reels pair with fly rods and allow the fly angler to manage fly lines which are usually much heavier than other fishing lines. Centerpin reels are very similar to fly reels in shape and style, but are much larger and are designed to hold monofilament line in great quantities for float fishing in flowing water. Mooching reels look much like fly reels, but are used for what is typically a West Coast tactic involving bait for king salmon and other large saltwater fish in a vertical presentation. Inline ice reels are another style inspired by fly reels. Inline reels are specifically designed to feed and retrieve line to the spool without twisting the line for ice fishing.

When purchasing a reel, an angler may also want to purchase a compatible rod, along with line and lures.

The top five brands of reels at FishUSA are Shimano, Okuma, Daiwa, Abu Garcia and Penn.