Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Fly Fishing Reels

Sage 3250

93

2015

Sage 3250

The Sage 3250 reel proved itself a powerful tool capable of handling big trout as well as delicate adjustments. 

Redington Delta

87

2015

Redington Delta

The Redington Delta earned a solid reputation as a trout-fishing workhorse after more than a year of heavy use.

Orvis CFO II

88

2015

Orvis CFO II

The Orvis CFO II offers traditional anglers the option of a brand new reel built in a classic style. 

Orvis Access II

90

2015

Orvis Access II

The Orvis Access II performed yeomanly duty whenever we took it out. It’s mid-sized arbor means line pick-up is a bit slower than some of the other reels in the test, and its looks are not going to draw appreciative looks from other anglers. 

 Cheeky Boost 350

94

2015

Cheeky Boost 350

The Cheeky Boost 350 reel earned praise from every angler I had testing it. The Boost’s fast line retrieval and ultra-smooth drag were universally praised as was the clean, yet vibrant design. 

Montana Fly Company Madison IIa

90

2012

Montana Fly Company Madison IIa

A high performance reel that doubles as piece of art.

Sage 4650

89

2012

Sage 4650

The Sage 4650 is Sage’s premiere large-arbor reel, well suited to big rivers, big fish and fast retrieves.

Orvis Access Mid-Arbor

88

2012

Orvis Access Mid-Arbor

Part of Orvis’s mid-sized arbor reel series, it's designed to keep weight and costs down without sacrificing performance.

Redington Rise I

87

2012

Redington Rise I

The Redington Rise is a premier mid-range reel ideally suited for trout rods.