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Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice who's serious about learning the craft, FishUSA is the place to find fishing reels that outperform the competition time after time. We have high-quality fishing reels for sale that cover every type of angling.

Whether you're looking for a spinning, trolling, fly or baitcaster reel, or any other type of fish reel, you'll find the best selection at FishUSA.

Fishing Reel Basics

A fishing reel is designed to hold the fishing line as it's cast or released into the water and rewound to the angler. Most fishing reels are designed to attach to fishing rods 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, reels for fishing only became widely used and manufactured over the last 400 years or so. Wooden spools and winches were the original fishing reels mounted to rods for line management. Gears were added to speed up the amount of line being rewound onto the reel, and metals were introduced for durability.

Most modern reels for fishing are constructed with rustproof and corrosion-resistant materials or coatings to prolong life and improve the performance of the reel in both freshwater and saltwater conditions.

Types of Fishing Reels for Sale

Just as rods are designed and built for specific tactics and species, there are reels for fishing in different ways, as well. Reels come in various sizes and styles, with prices ranging from just a few dollars for plastic ice fishing reels to thousands of dollars for saltwater reels. The different types of fishing reels for sale at FishUSA include spinning, baitcasting, spincasting, trolling/conventional, fly, centerpin, mooching and inline ice reels.

Spinning Fishing Reel

A spinning reel is mounted to the underside of a rod. Often referred to as "open-face reels," these fishing reels excel at light tackle fishing without complicated settings.

Baitcasting Reels for Fishing

Baitcasting fishing 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 Fishing Reels

You can mount spincasting reels to either spinning rods or casting rods (depending on the specific model). Spincasting fishing reels are also known as close-face reels.

Trolling Reels

A trolling reel (or "conventional reel") mounts on top of a casting or trolling rod and is typically used for open-water fishing from boats. A trolling fish reel has a robust drag system and large line capacity.

Fly Reels

A fly reel for fishing pairs with fly rods and allows the angler to manage fly lines which are usually much heavier than other fishing lines.

Centerpin Reels

Similar to fly reels in shape and style, centerpin fishing reels differ in that they are much larger than fly reels. Centerpin reels are also designed to hold monofilament line in significant quantities for float fishing in flowing water.

Mooching Reels

Mooching reels look like fly fishing reels but are typically used for a West Coast tactic involving bait for king salmon and other large saltwater fish in a vertical presentation.

Inline Ice Reels

Another style inspired by fly fishing reels, inline ice reels are specifically designed to feed and retrieve line to the spool without twisting the line during ice fishing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fishing Reels

Explore these questions that we've had from other anglers, then contact us if there's anything else you need to know before you buy fishing reels or any other products available at FishUSA.

Can I Adapt My Reel for Different Types of Fishing?

Some manufacturers offer spare spools for certain models, which can make one fishing reel into a multi-purpose tool for several tactics and species. Many fishing reels are also reversible, meaning you can easily modify them to work for both left-handed and right-handed anglers.

What Brands of Fishing Reels Are For Sale?

Popular brands of fishing reels available at FishUSA include the following:

  • Shimano
  • Okuma
  • Daiwa
  • Abu Garcia
  • Penn

Do I Need Compatible Rods for My Fishing Reels?

When you buy fishing reels, we encourage you to purchase compatible products for the best experience, including:

All of these products are available at FishUSA, along with the reel accessories needed for a successful outing.

Get the Finest Fishing Reels at FishUSA

Whatever type of fishing you do, FishUSA has you covered. We have plenty of fishing reels for sale, along with all the angling equipment you need to enjoy your favorite activity – whether it's your hobby or your profession. You can rely on FishUSA for high-quality fishing reels and all your angling needs. Shop online today!