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Best Fly Fishing Reels

Updated December 2018
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    A quality reel is a necessity to a functional fly fishing rig. You want one that will seamlessly allow you to pull line and reel in once you’ve got a bite. Fly fishing also requires a lot of line, so make sure whatever reel you get can easily handle at least 50 feet of line – even more depending on what kind of fly fishing you will do. Most rod manufacturers also make reels, so if you like your rod it might be easiest to get the same brand reel – that way you will know for certain that they are compatible. Since your reel will likely be getting wet, make sure you get one that’s made from materials that won’t corrode or rust over time.

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