With advances in modern technology the quality of reels has improved dramatically over the past 10 to 15 years and now you can get some excellent kit without breaking the bank. This Buyers Guide will cover the Top 5 reels for angling whilst considering budget, discipline, sea fishing, big predator fish and ease of use so you can find the best reel for your needs.
Designed for anglers who want all the reliability, durability, and quality of unrivalled Shimano Baitrunner technology, but who don’t want to pay the price tag, the Shimano Baitrunner ST RB is a perfect choice.
Shielded Stainless Steel Bearings
Super Stopper II
“Fantastic for the price! Plenty of room on the spool for heavy lines and the movement is so smooth. Have ordered a second one for my other rod now.”
“Had borrowed a Shimano Bait runner to try. Wanted one straight away. Have not fished with my own reel as waiting for a line to arrive. With the right guidance, I feel I can buy a very good kit without spending a fortune. Only time will tell on this.”
One of the top fly fishing reel choices on the market, the GreysGTS 800offers 3 different models in the range. The first of these is a WF5 reel, which is ideal for AFTM rated 5/6# fly lines. This is ideal for lightweight fly fishing and for targeting smaller species. The second reel is the WF7, which is best used with AFTM 7/8# line. This is an ideal intermediate reel type. Finally, the largest reel in the range is known as the WF10. This has an AFTM rating of 9/10/11#, making it the most versatile performance piece in the range and ideal for the larger of the UK’s game fish.
Cost: £116.99 - £159.99
Full 6061 bar stock construction
Vented side plates
Rulon disc drag system
Quick spool release
Large arbour design
Supplied in a neoprene pouch
“All I expected from Greys GTS800, goes well with my rod”
Like all good surf reels, the ShakespeareAgility Surf has been fitted with a large capacity spool. This allows you to cast the kinds of distances that you require to reach out far beyond the surf to all the waiting fish that lay past the breakers. This long casting spool is supported by a smooth operating drag system that you’re able to lock down when casting. This allows you to cast out to the seawith full confidence, maximising your power potential.
7 + 1 Stainless steel ball bearings
Anodised aluminium spool
Anti-twist line roller
Smooth, strong drag system
Saltwater protected - corrosion resistant
One way clutch with anti-reverse
Aluminium power handle
Low ratio power gear system
Supplied with graphite spare spool
“Good reel for the price and a second graphite spool is really useful when the aluminium one gets an unexpected dink off the shore.”
“Excellent quality that I have come to expect, from Shakespeare reels.”
The Daiwa20 Emblem is the golden edition of big pit carp reels. The update of the Daiwa 19 Emblem 45 SCW QD, the Daiwa 20 Emblem 45 SCW QD-OT offers a retro one-touch handle as well as the exclusive gold reel that is bound to make heads turn at the bank. The folding handle is perfect for anglers that love to keep their rodsclose together.
45mm LC long cast Gold Spool
Slow Cross Wrap
QD Quick drag
HIP-High Impact Line Clip
One-Touch folding handle
Features wooden knob
Supplied with a spare spool
“Really nice reels to look at and can’t wait to see how they are on the bank.”
“Great looking reels, can’t wait to get out and use them, should be a great match.”
Spinning fishing reels are ideal for beginner anglers as these are easy to cast, can be swapped for left hand or right-hand usages and are perfect for lighter catches and baits. The Vanford features Shimanos cold-forged HAGANE Gear and many of Shimano's premium technologies for increased fishing performance and years of durability. From ice fishing and drop-shot fishing for smallies in the freshwater to stalking tailing fish in the flats, the Vanford is well suited.
Cost: £180- £194.99
Built upon a CI4+ body
Lightweight feel &carbon rigidity
MagnumLite (MGL) Rotor
Up to 48% less rotational inertia than the traditional rotor
Quick response in critical situations
Cold-forged HAGANE Gear
MicroModule Gear II
Long Stroke Spool technology
“Lovely bit of kit, slightly smaller than I expected, but feather-light and smooth.”
We hope you enjoyed our list of Top 5 Fishing Reels. Of course, there are many more reels on the market that are certainly leaving an impression. If there is a reel that you think every angler needs to know about, let us know via our social media.