Classic Fly Reels: Manufacturers’ shortlist.
I am currently renewing some of my equipment for the season in Northern Europe and I have been looking into bringing some style into my gears. I decided to post a few examples of the classic style reels I came across. From trout to salmon fishing, you can find a great variety of reel size to fit your needs…and budget!
So if you are looking for a reel that will last longer than you do, this is a list for you!
The William Olson reels are among the top handmade fly reels available on the market. The guys at Just-reels.com made a very precise description about the reel features.
Available in a total of ten different sizes which is far and away the most options out there size-wise. Prices of these amazing reels are starting from 950 to 1300 euros. Sizes available are #6/7/8 to #10/11/12.
The popularity of Olson’s reels is testified by the waiting period from the date of the order until completion and delivery which is about 10 to 12 months… But it seems to be worth the wait!
Tradition with Attitude! This one is my favourite!
Specs from Loop tackle:
- Housing and spool machined from one piece aircraft aluminium
- Waterproof and salt tolerant
- Components in stainless steel and anodized aluminium
- All screws secured with Loc-Tite
- Mechanized components from European manufacturers
- Easy-grip brake knob
- Weighted overrun prevention
- Classic click independent of braking System
- Precisely counterbalanced
Reel sizes available fro #4-6 to #10-13 and prices around 500 euros.
Check out for more details on their website Loop Tackle
Hardy offers 4 differents models of Classic fly reels. The Cascapedia reel design presented here above resembles the original 1930s model but has all the top features of a modern game reel. Available in weights of 2/3/4, 5/6/7, 8/9 and 10/11.
A few more specs from Hardy:
- Machined from high grade aluminium.
- Anodised finish for durability.
- Solid front plate.
- Trout models with adjustable click check system.
- Salmon models with smooth disc drag system.
- Reel back secured by a dovetail and two stainless steel screws.
Check out for more details on their website Hardy
ELKHORN CLASSIC FLY REEL
Designed for Single Hand rod fly fishing, the Elkhorn Classic fly reels are very durable with an authentic Click/pawl drag system. The price range is starting from 240 euros. Left or right handed and available in sizes #2/3/4 or #4/5/6.
Perfect for precise and presentation fishing in small rivers.
Check out for more details on their website Elkhorn Classic fly reel
The Baby reel is design for light fly fishing and is a very smooth freshwater reel. Available in Black, Silver and Gold colors and 2 sizes #2-3 and #3-4.
The price are depending on the colors chosen and starting from 95 euros.
Check out for more details on their website Marryat Baby Fly Reel
Inspired from the classic “Edward Vom Hofe Reel” The Bradley reels are designed to fish small streams and rivers.
Prices are starting from 395 euros and are customised upon orders.
Check out for more details on their website: Bradley Reels
BELLINGER NICKEL SILVER REEL
Rims and accents are machined from German nickel silver. Solid sideplates are Delrin, spool is aircraft-grade aluminum. All screws are stainless steel.
Our Nickel Silver model reel features a non-adjustable click and pawl drag system. Available in right or left hand retrieve, and includes a quality mayched reel bag and box and a materials and workmanship guarantee. Reels capacities available: #3 to #7 either with DT or WF lines. The price for this piece of art is 690 euros.
Check out for more details on their website: Bellinger Reels
PEERLESS FLY REEL
Available for trout or salmon fishing, the Peerless reels are all handmade and build to be fished and fished hard! No shiny finish, but anodized to prevent corrosion and provide resistance to scratches. Spare spools can be provided by Peerless as well and must be fitted exactly to your reel as they are handmade.
They have the whole range of size available from #1-2 for trout fishing to #9-10 for salmon/steelhead fishing. Prices stand between 530 until 680 euros according to conversion rates.
Check out for more details on their website: Peerless Fly Reels
Among the SpeedLine range of products, the SpeedLine Classic reels represent the Peux model of great prestige. They offer utmost elegance in their traditional shapes and all of the possible characteristics of a Peux reel.
Reel sizes available from #4 to #10 and prices starting from 460Euros. Check out their website for more details: Peux Speedline Reels
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