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Best Freshwater Reels

Updated December 2018
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  • 22 Models Considered
  • 7 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 196 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    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.

    Freshwater reels are the most common type of reel fishermen will use. Whether you’re fishing in a lake, pond, or stream, you’ll have a lot of choices for a freshwater reel. Freshwater reels don’t need the same corrosion protection you’d find with saltwater reels. This means you can save a bit of money. The freshwater reel style you select will depend on how you like to fish. Casting freshwater reels are made for more advanced anglers seeking tough game fish. The casting freshwater reel adjusts the level of resistance on the spool, based on the size of the fish. Spinning freshwater reels work better for small fish. They’re easier for fishing novices to use successfully. Fly fishing freshwater reels are made specifically for experienced fishermen. They work best when employing fly fishing techniques.

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    • Kyle
      Kyle
      Writer
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      Melinda
      Web Producer

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