12 Best Fishing Apps [REVIEWED]

Best Fishing Apps in 2019- Free for Android and iOS

The two most unlikely worlds have begun to converge. We are watching a slow collision between technology and the great outdoors. It’s like watching planets collide. Its pretty interesting if you have been paying attention. It’s also unavoidable. There will come a day where tech and apps are as common as a tackle box and that good old hat you love.

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⇒ Use Technology 

From a distance, the tech world and the apps developers see the great outdoors as a massive, mostly, untapped market. Technology is a greedy thing. It just keeps getting better and better. Now with the help of apps and phones this tech is finding its way right into the hands of fisherman. These apps can bring valuable information right onto the boat or shoreline.

The outdoorsman is primarily the most reluctant party in this relationship. While many prefer the break from technology its seems others are finding uses for these apps. What we are seeing is a group of people who are often heavy on gear seeing tech in the periphery. I think they like what they see. If a fisherman can spend weeks choosing just the right reel for his setup there is no reason why that same focus would be wasted on tech.

⇒ Fish Smartly 

Like the average fisherman these fishing apps can go from incredibly basic knot tying tools to apps that log every bit of information about your fishing trips. You will find that these apps can be as responsive as you’d wish. While you may not be much of a app or tech person today I would take the time to explore these apps and find out what they are all about.

⇒ Look At Trends

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One of the very best ways to increase your catch, year over year, is to look at trends. The most successful businesses in the world are all running off trends and metrics. As an outdoorsman we should take a cue from these business owners. The fishing journal is one of the most effective ways to take advantage of this.

⇒ Log Your Catches

Fishing apps like the pro angler app have the ability to log all sorts of information for you to refer to. Whether its conditions or locations, baits or catches, you will find it to be valuable information in the future. Let’s say you are facing a day on the water that is offering bad wind and rough conditions. Its not your first rodeo and having access to prior trips will allow you to see what you did to combat those rough conditions.

⇒ Be Successful

We are on the doorstep of a revolution in the hunting and fishing world. While traditionalists are struggling to keep the doors shut on technology it seems the flood of apps and tech is just too powerful. That said, the time is now for you to get involved. If you want to become more serious and more successful with your time in the outdoors taking advantage of these apps is a step in the right direction.

The very best part about all this is that these apps are completely free to try. You can install them and use them completely free. If you don’t like them, merely delete them. You have nothing to lose!

Best Fishing Apps Reviews

1. Pro Angler Fishing App – Saltwater Fishing App

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There are many words that can be said about the Pro Angler app. ♦ What I must say is WOW! If you are a fisherman who prefers the ‘salt life’ or spends a lot of time on the coasts and fishing those deep blue seas, you will be blown away by the capability of this app. I have never seen anything like this and I am wondering why it has taken so long for something like this to surface.

Pro Angler is so thick with information it’s incredible. I have a tough time understanding who could put this app together. Whether it’s the complete list of coastal cities and even Guatemala that this app offers information on or the fact that you can drill down into the app and learn more than you can imagine, the app is a one stop shop for all your saltwater fishing needs in America.

⇒ There are even more options within the app for those who decided to pay. The app comes to life with real time reports and charts if you pay $4.99 per month. The app is full of information but it becomes a bit more tailored to you and to the season in the paid version.


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2. FishBrain Fishing App – Saltwater Fishing App

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It seems that every hobby these days has an over-saturation of apps for it. The same is true when it comes to fishing apps. Most of the time these apps don’t do much of anything that is really useful. Every once in a while though there is a fishing app that will surprise me with just how well it works and how much it can enhance your fishing experience. Such is the case with a newer fishing app called ‘FishBrain’. It is the latest must have smartphone or smart tablet app for those that like to fish.

How does FishBrain enhance your fishing experience? Let’s just say you will be amazed with all this simple to use fishing app can do for you. You can simply use it as a convenient way to record your catches or you can take that a big step further and become a part of the FishBrain online community. That is one of the great things about this app. It lets you become as big or as small a part of the FishBrain experience as you so desire.

Let’s take a closer look at how the FishBrain will help you greatly expand the fishing world that you currently live in.


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3. Animated Fishing Knots App

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In the fishing world there seems to be one skill hides in the shadows. While there are shows and, magazines all about various fishing techniques and gear. It would seem the fishing world cannot get enough gear or methods for reeling something in. We are spending over $10 on a single lure and there is very little concern or emphasis on how this lure is affixed to that hook.

The world of apps is a pretty impressive one that lends itself to fisherman if he is curious enough to try them out. ⇒The app is called Animated Fishing Knots and it’s got a massive collection of knots that can do several things.

In the world of angling knots can help with all sorts of things. Some knots affix lines together so that you can utilize things like leaders and tippets. Other knots affix baits to your line.

Some knots even offer you the ability to affix multiple hooks to one line. Finally, there are several knots that allow you to employ several types of fishing techniques. The first one that comes to mind is the drop shot.


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4. Fishing Knots Lite App

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You probably have a few winning knots that are part of your fishing tool kit. If I had to guess, you have something to tie a lure to your line. You may have a knot that also ties a leader to a line, as well. Distinct types of fishing call for several types of knots. When I am hauling in giant river catfish upwards of 40lbs, I use a snelled hook. When I am flinging lures for smallmouth, I use an improved clinch knot.

As fishermen, we always want to know more. It’s usually time or money that negatively affect that goal. For years, I contemplated learning new knots but there was just not enough time and I was using effective knots already. That is, until I downloaded fishing knots lite.

If you are truly looking to expand your knowledge and technique you should learn more about knots. There are knots like a dropper loop and alpine butterfly that will allow you to drop shot baits into just the right spot. We learn about gear and we learn about baits but fisherman so rarely take the time to try new knots.


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5. Bass Pro Shops App – RETIRED

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Bass Pro Shops has set itself apart as the go to location for all things fishing. With the recent acquisition of Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops has become the hands down leader in supplying all the gear you could possibly need. As a fisherman and outdoors man, I love that I can go to one place and get what I need.

I was equally excited to learn that Bass Pro Shops had an app for my smartphone. If you are anything like me, you are always curious about what new gear is out there that you can add to your bag. I was hoping I would be able to use the app to find new toys when inspiration strikes.

Unfortunately, ♦ Bass Pro Shops is in the process of retooling their app and online store. After I installed the app, I was all set to start hunting for the gadgets my wife swears that I don’t need, but discovered that all shopping was routed to BassPro.com.

⇒ The app is still worth getting your hands on, though, especially if your credit card statement routinely lists triple digits sliding toward Bass Pro Shops. You may be wondering, “how?” Well my friend, the app’s current function is housing all of the information for your Outdoor Rewards.


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6. Fish Rules Fishing App

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I love being able to fish, but I am terrible at fish identification. Knowing the difference between a greater and lesser amberjack, or all the different types of tuna swimming around the vast blue ocean is extremely confusing.

Not to mention, the stiff penalties associated with making the tiniest mistake. I feel like I have to take a course at the local college just to be able to fish without fear of the game warden. Sure, you can buy a fish ID book, or get all the regulations from the local office and online, but then I spend my whole fishing day trying to identify if the fish I finally caught is a legal species. Then I have to account for how to measure each species, legal size minimums and maximums, and how to store the darn things.

I’m not a sport fisherman, I fish for fun and for food. Nothing quite like conquering your meal before you eat it, right? So, I don’t go out looking for a specific fish. If I did I probably wouldn’t have this problem. Fortunately, I came across an app that solved my problems and concerns. ♦ The Fish Rules app, while not perfect, has helped me relax more every time I put reel to water.


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7. Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time App – Best fishing weather app

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We are all looking to maximize our time on the water. This is no surprise to anyone reading. The app we are looking at today uses all of the available environmental tools to help you deduce the very best days and times for your next outing.

A basic forecasting tool Fishing and Hunting Solunar Time is an app with a lot of potential to help the average outdoorsman. This app has pulled lots of important data into one location to keep you from jumping around to find things like tides, temps and sunrise/sunset. This collection of data can be manipulated by location as well.

This data is all built into a very pleasing and easy to use interface. I find it to be a familiar app to use. The best word I can come up with is familiar because though ♦ it offers a unique set of data all in one place the use of the app feels and looks very familiar.


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8. Fishidy Fishing App

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Social media is everywhere today. You can’t watch a game or buy a good drink without being shown a Twitter of Facebook logo. We love social media, because it keeps us in touch with all the wonder of the world. We can share accomplishments, ideas, photos, jokes, videos, and so much more. Sometimes, though, you want to be able to get to the good stuff without weeding through endless vacuum riding cat videos and photos of your weird cousin’s DIY projects.

This is where Fishidy comes into play. This app is social media for the angler. Whether professional, or just starting out, ♦ this app is designed to make, “fishing more accessible and encourages people to go out and try it” (www.fishidy.com/about). I picked up the app and gave it a spin on a recent trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California.

It has been about twenty years since I have fished in the area, so I picked up Fishidy to help me get the lay of the land. For those who aren’t familiar, the Lake Tahoe area of the Sierra Nevadas has dozens of fresh water lakes and rivers. As an amateur fisherman, I needed more insight to help plan out my fishing weekend.


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9. Fishing Points App – Best fishing weather app

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One of the most powerful tools in a fisherman’s toolkit is not even in his tacklebox. For years I have been keeping a diary of fishing expeditions. This diary is critical for the following years success. I have yet to find a fisherman that can remember what baits he used, water temperature and conditions from exactly a year ago. Therefore, it’s so important to keep a journal. You will know what works and what doesn’t.

♦ The Fishing Points app is the 21st century answer to the pen and pad journal of the 20th century and prior. This app offers you some incredible information as well as the ability to capture that inspiration in the form of locations and fish caught. The app also comes with other critical information that can help you along your path as an angler.

You will get up to date conditions on the day of angling as well as fish activity, tides and a solunar chart to be used to your advantage. This is all governed by GPS access that pinpoints your location. There is even an active wind read on the home screen that gives you wind speed.


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10. Fish Track App

“Mirror, Mirror in the boat tell me where to cast my float. Help find the place to fish that will answer my dream and wish.”

Based on your track record, I would say the closest super market.

“Stupid sassy Mirror!”

If you’re like me, you often wish that there was a magic crystal ball that could divine the best place to fish, and how to lure the fish into your hook.

Unfortunately, science has not progressed far enough to make magic a reality. So, for us regular, every day anglers we typically have to go by our wits, and hope that luck is in our side.

Or, you can take advantage of the wonders of modern technology and hard work of engineers to help you gain a rod up in the search for a successful fishing day. Welcome to Fish Track, the intersection of technology and fishing.

♦ Fish Track is an app developed specifically to help ocean anglers find the best conditions on any given day. There will always be an element of chance involved whenever you jump into your boat and take to the sea, but the more you can reduce that chance the more likely you will end the day with a trophy and a good meal.


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11. Fishing Knots App – Best bass fishing apps

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Every fisherman has a collection of knots they lean on. This could be for tying on baits or securing line to a spool. If you are a fly fisherman than you also have knots for securing fly line to leaders and leaders to tippets. If you are going after massive fish in the ocean your snelled hooks with high test line look very different than the average bass fisherman’s rig.

No matter how you look at it fisherman need knots. A fisherman’s repertoire is often based on which knots he has practiced most.

The Fishing Knots app offers you a chance to carry a collection of knots in your pocket as well as the instructions to tie those knots. If you think this is merely a matter of ‘which knot is best’ there are many more benefits to using this app.

Techniques like the drop shot require specific types of knots to be tied to achieve this productive fishing method. This app offers 30 knots of distinct designs for various uses in your next fishing adventure.

♦ Fishing Knots has a very simple interface that is made up basically of a list of knots you can click on and the directions that follow.


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12. Animated Knots App

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For most of us there very real limits to what we are capable of in the angling world. Most fisherman have their level of expertise. There are certain skill sets and certain fish that anglers are better prepared for.

Unless you are a die-hard fisherman who travels coast to coast, you cannot know everything. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to. If you want to enhance your techniques and skills quickly, there is only one ally.

Your quickest avenue for advancement of skills is technology. Fishing apps have created a new way to advance your skills. ♦ The Animated Knots app is such an incredible example of that exponential learning ♦ that an angler can undertake with technology at his side. While you might be thinking what good is a collection of knots.

Well, knots can allow you to fish in new ways that you never have before. If you need a concrete example, consider learning to tie a drop shot and jig your baits in this new way.

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#3 Best [SPINNING REELS] Reviews

Best Spinning Reels Under $50, $150 & $250 Reviews

It doesn’t matter if you fish lakes and rivers for bass and catfish or inlets and estuaries for speckled trout and redfish, a well-made spinning reel is what you need to get the job done. So whether you’re searching for the latest and greatest or simply need a high-quality but affordable first reel, this article will fill you in on the three best spinning reels currently available.

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Who Should Choose a Spinning Reel?

But before we get into the reels, let’s address a common question… who should choose a spinning reel?

The short answer:

Anyone who’s serious about fishing and wants a reel capable of handling a wide variety of fishing scenarios and species.


First, spinning reels are hands-down the most versatile fishing reels ever made. They come in a huge range of sizes from small, ultra-light models made for finesse techniques to giant-spooled behemoths with extra-heavy drags capable of hauling in a tuna.

Secondly, spinning reels are the easiest-to-use style of reels available — that’s why they’re widely recommended as the best fishing reels for beginners. Simply pinch the line to the rod, flip the bail, and cast away. Make sure the drag is properly adjusted and you’re all set — no complicated braking systems to fuss with and minimal risk of the infuriating tangles that are so common when using baitcasters.

Finally, high-quality spinning reels are incredibly durable. The models we’ve chosen made the list because they’re stout enough to take a beating and can stand up to the stress of hard fishing. And the good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great reel that will last for many seasons to come!

Now the question is:

Which spinning reel should you choose? After all, there are hundreds of spinning reels on the market across a wide range of prices. How can you tell what’s good and what’s junk?

Review Criteria: What Makes a Good Spinning Reel?

Here are the five most important things to consider when shopping for a spinning reel:


Affected by gearing, rotor, and body material. In simple terms, the more rigid the reel, the more hook setting and fish fighting power it has.

# Corrosion resistance

Reels with sealed bodies and non-corrosive materials like graphite can withstand rust from water and corrosion from saltwater.

# Bearing count

Typically, the more bearings a reel has, the smoother it casts and cranks.

# Drag material and strength

The drag material used affects the smoothness and fish-stopping power of a reel.

# Reel size and line capacity

Most reels come in several different sizes which hold different amounts of line. Generally, the bigger the fish, the more line needed.

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These parameters affect everything from a reel’s casting and fish-fighting ability to its long-term durability and overall performance. The three reels we’ve chosen surpass the competition in all these areas, making them the best reels for each budget level.

Now, without further ado, let’s dig into the nitty gritty of our reel selections…

1. Best Spinning Reel Under 50$

Okuma Ceymar

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  • Multi-disc oiled felt drag system.
  • 7 stainless steel ball bearings, 1 Quick-set anti-reverse roller bearing.
  • Precision-cut brass pinion gear.
  • Corrosion resistant graphite body.
  • Precision Elliptical Gearing system.
  • Machined anodized aluminum spool.
  • Cyclonic Flow Rotor.
  • EVA foam handle grips.
  • 5 sizes available.

When you compare this reel’s spec sheet with its price, it almost doesn’t make sense… How can such a smooth, powerful, and all-around high-quality reel cost so little?

But even if you aren’t shopping for a budget-friendly reel, you shouldn’t pass up the Okuma Ceymar. With a lightweight and corrosion resistant body, machined anodized aluminum spool, and Okuma’s Cyclonic Flow Rotor design, the Ceymar is an amazing reel for first-time anglers and perfect for anyone searching for an inexpensive but high-performing backup reel.

The Ceymar has plenty of fish-stopping power thanks to a straightforward-but-effective Multi-disc oiled felt washer system. Seven stainless steel ball bearings give it silky smooth action on the retrieve and its EVA foam handle is easy to grip even in wet conditions. And although it isn’t completely sealed, all of the Ceymar’s components are corrosion resistant making it ideal for both freshwater and saltwater use — just be sure to give it a good rinse with fresh water after each use.

Overall, the Okuma Ceymar is lightyears beyond all other reels in the under-$50 price range. Check it out!

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2. Best Spinning Reel Under 150$

Abu Garcia Revo SX

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  • 8 stainless steel HPCR (High-Performance Corrosion Resistant) bearings, 1 anti-reverse roller bearing.
  • Computer optimized precision machined gears.
  • Carbon Matrix hybrid drag system.
  • IM-C6 (insert molded C6) carbon fiber body.
  • Lightweight graphite rotor.
  • Rocket line management and spool lip design.
  • Braid-ready machined aluminum spool.
  • Stainless steel main shaft.
  • 4 four sizes available.

If you have some extra money to spend on a reel but still want something reasonably affordable, there’s no reel finer than the Abu Garcia Revo SX.

Although Abu Garcia is most well-known for their baitcasting reels, they’ve clearly stamped out their place in the world of spinning reels with the Revo SX. And like their baitcasters that are hugely popular with hardcore bass anglers, the Revo SX is a phenomenal reel for targeting largemouths thanks to an extremely lightweight design that’s ideal for long days of repetitive casting.

The Revo SX’s feather-like feel in the hand is largely due to Abu Garcia’s signature IM-C6 carbon fiber body and graphite rotor. The reel is also very rigid and responsive thanks to its X-Craftic gearbox that keeps the precision machined gears in perfect alignment. Further, its machined aluminum spool features Abu Garcia’s Rocket Lip design that allows the line to peel off the spool without resistance for longer, more accurate casts.

Think of the Abu Garcia Revo SX as the fast, nimble sports car of spinning reels. And if you’re a bass fanatic who’s hooked on baitcasters, the Revo SX is a great reel to expand your arsenal.

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3. Best Spinning Reel Under 250$

Shimano Stradic CI4

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  • 6 shielded stainless steel ball bearings, 1 anti-reverse roller bearing.
  • Magnumlite rotor.
  • CI4+ (Carbon Interfusion) body.
  • Hagane cold-forged gears with X-ship pinion bearings.
  • Coreprotect water-resistant sealing.
  • Aero Wrap II two-speed line oscillation system.
  • Super Stopper II anti-reverse bearing.

If you’re looking for a bomb-proof spinning reel that will crossover from freshwater to saltwater, look no further than the Shimano Stradic CI4. Although it isn’t Shimano’s most expensive reel, it features many of the company’s most advanced technologies making it completely corrosion resistant, extremely rigid and powerful, and lighter than practically any reel in its class.

The secret to the Stradic CI4’s lightweight design is found within its name — “CI” stands for Carbon Interfusion, and “4” represents the number of electrons in the carbon atom. According to Shimano, the Stradic CI4 weighs 25% less than similar sized reels thanks to its carbon fiber body and rotor. It features a Hagane cold-forged gear with Shimano’s X-Ship system which adds bearings to both ends of the gear drive to maintain perfect alignment even under heavy loads.

Greatly increasing the lifespan of the reel, the Stradic CI4 is fully sealed with Shimano’s Coreprotect system. The parts of the reel most susceptible to water penetration and corrosion including the roller clutch, body, and line roller, are sealed without inhibiting the smooth action of the reel. So while you will spend more money on the reel up front, the Stradic CI4 will likely outlive any reel that isn’t sealed — now that’s a wise investment.

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  • Gear Ratio: 6.0:1, Weight: 5.60 ounce
  • Mono line capacity lbs/yd: 2/270, 4/140, 6/110
  • PowerPro Line capacity lb/yds: 10/95, 15/85, 20/65

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Choosing the Best Spinning Reel For You

As with most things fishing-related, reel selection depends on many different factors including the type of water you fish, the species you target, and the techniques you use. Simply put, a reel that does it all doesn’t exist.

But if you’re looking for the most versatile reel possible, one that you can fish for bass one day and flounder the next, consider choosing one of the three spinning reels we recommended today. Be sure to choose the right size for your endeavors and pair it with a suitable rod. Then, it’s time to go fishing!

Sharks Count!

Sharks Count and Why They Are Important For The Ecosystem ?

As the apex predators of the oceans, sharks keep our largest and most important ecosystem healthy. Our existence, in part, is dependent upon theirs. Remove sharks and that balance is seriously upset.

Around the world sharks are in big trouble, with over 90% of the world’s sharks wiped out through fishing, cruel shark fining and shark mitigation strategies. As a result, between 70 and 100 million sharks die a year. That’s over 10,000 every hour. Few know, often blinded by misguided fears, of the shark’s current struggles and the impact this could have on human life. Sharks are quickly headed for extinction.

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How To Cast a Fly Rod For Beginners

How To Cast a Fly Rod For Beginners?

Fly fishing is a fun and unique hobby for many outdoors-men. It takes skill, precision, and knack for understanding the ever-changing conditions of the wind and water.

Though it is rewarding to master, fly fishing has a steep learning curve compared to other outdoor activities, and comes with its fair share of challenges.

First among these is the process of casting the rod. It requires an air of finesse and some practice, but is absolutely crucial to perfecting the art.

In this article, you will learn the important steps and tricks to making successful casts and bringing in more fish. Read on to find out how!

Step #1: Before You Cast

To begin, let out about 3x the length of the rod in line. Since 9ft is a common length for fly fishing poles, 27ft of line is standard. This is only a rule of thumb, and most rods specify on them how much line to let.

Of this length, some of the line will be either floating in the water next to you or hanging down at your feet depending on if you choose to wade or fish from the banks.

The amount extending from the eye of the pole is based on how far you want to cast. More should be at your feet for shorted casts, less for longer ones.

When I am on the water, I prefer to cast with my forearm rather than my wrist. It relieves strain on the joint and allows for more control of the rod throughout the casts.

To do this, hold the rod in a choke grip with your thumb on top of the rod and past the reel. Some of the rod should be below your wrist and in contact with your arm before you begin to cast.

Step #2: Casting The Rod

Fly in front of you to its targeted destination. Do not allow the fly to touch the water unless you are satisfied with the distance it has traveled.

Repeat as many times as necessary, lengthening the line slightly from the free hanging loop until the desired casting distance is reached. On the last stroke, allow the fly to contact the water.

If done correctly, the line should lay itself down on the water’s surface and “unfurl” before finally, gently dropping the fly down.

Remember when forming the narrow loop on the front and back casts, make sure to give the line time to unwind before switching directions.

Wait until the line is almost straight before breaking that pause and beginning the forward swing. This prevents the line from cracking like a whip and breaking the fly off.

If the distance is far enough, on the final front cast it will often be necessary to add extra power and let the free line run out so that none is left at your feet.

Putting some muscle into the stroke and letting your arm “follow” the outbound line will give it the push it needs to gain those few extra yards.

Some Technical Aspects

  • One of the most important aspects of the cast is loading the rod. This is the term for the collection of potential energy within the pole, evidenced by wide bend in its upper half. It occurs twice per casting cycle, and is necessary for the fly to gain momentum and travel forward and back. Without it, you cannot reach targets that are farther away than the length of the rod.
  • There are three common angles at which to cast: straight up and over the shoulder, side arm (parallel to the water), and at 45°. They are all equal, it is just a matter of preference and finding which one is most comfortable for you. Regardless of the angle that you use, keep in mind that the line should never wrap or curve behind you. This would reduce accuracy and power.
  • The speed of the line should be monitored and adjusted to fit the conditions. Calm days and shorter casting distances require a less speed, while long casts or windy conditions may call for more in order to counteract the slowing effects of air resistance. Use a more leisurely arm movement in the first case and a more forceful one in the latter.
  • Another thing to consider is the movement of the arm and hand. For long distance casts, a wider arc should be drawn by your arm on each movement, and a follow through is key. Movements may be a bit choppier for short range, precise casts to ensure that the fly accelerates quickly enough to keep it from falling short of its intended target.

Things to Consider

  • It is good practice to watch the line on the back cast. The more aware you are of its position, the better you are able to gauge when to pause and begin the forward cast.
  • The tip of the rod should not begin too are from the water. If it is, this would prevent a buildup of momentum on the back cast and may cause the fly to hit the water behind you before the narrow loop can form and extend.
  • Avoid the “tail loop”. This is when the line curves too much and hits itself on the front cast, causing knots and even collisions with you, the fisher. Do not flick the line without pausing on each cast to keep this from happening.
  • Never allow the fly to strike the water with a lot of force. To keep from scaring the fish, it should gently contact and rest on the surface.


If the advice provided here is followed, a minimum of practice will be necessary to perfect the fly cast. Keep your 10 and 1 positions in mind, and do not forget to pause and create that perfect narrow loop.

Adjust your force and speed according to weather and distance, and always follow through on your final front cast. With a little luck and skill, you can fly fish with expert confidence.

Ready to cast your fly rod? Don’t miss out our reviews of the best spinning rods for trout!

The Best Fishing Reels – [COMPLETE REVIEWS]

Our Picks of The Best Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels

There are very few pastimes around the world that can rival the popularity of fishing. It is the recreational sport of choice for countless millions of people around the globe. Because of that high level of popularity it is also a sport that offers those who partake in a wide variety of choices when it comes to the equipment they use. Of course one of the most major pieces of fishing equipment is the reel you choose to use. Unfortunately not every fishing reel that is made is a good one and some are best used for particular types of fishing only.

That is why we have taken the time to come up with a list of the best fishing reels for many different types of fishing. There are simply too many different reel options out there for most people to do a thorough search of their own. If you are one of those that likes to fish you know how important it is to have the right fishing reel on your rod and we are here to help. Our excellent fishing panel has put together a great list of reels for several different types of fishing. Using this list will help save you time and money when looking for a particular type of fishing reel.


“Saltwater FishingKastKing Kodiak

Stainless Steel Shielded Bearings

KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel
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“Catfishing” – KastKing Rover

Reinforced Metal Body

KastKing Rover Round Baitcasting Reel
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“Bass Fishing” – Abu Garcia Revo SX

Precision Machined Gears

Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel
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“Fly Fishing” – Sage 2200 Series

Machined Die-Cast Body

Sage 2200 Series Fly Reel
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1. Best Saltwater Fishing Reels Under $50, $100 & $150 Reviews

Best Saltwater Fishing Reel and Rod

Saltwater fishing is a much different game than freshwater fishing is. This is because you are generally going after bigger fish in an environment that is much tougher on your spinning reel than freshwater fishing is. Because of these things there are two key requirements that you must look for in any fishing reel you are thinking about buying for saltwater use:

1) Corrosion resistance

There are few substances on the planet that are as corrosive to metal as saltwater is. That makes it imperative that any reel you use for saltwater fishing be highly corrosion resistant. If you feel to take this into consideration when buying you will be purchasing another spinning reel after just a few months of saltwater use.

Perhaps you have been wondering what helps make a saltwater reel corrosion resistant?

It must be made of highly corrosion resistant metals or other specially designed materials. Look for parts that are made of stainless steel, brass, aluminum, graphite or sturdy carbon fibers to meet this requirement. This point cannot be emphasized enough if you plan on using your fishing reel in saltwater on a regular basis.

2) Sturdy construction

Any fishing reel that you are using in saltwater has to be built tough because you most likely will be trying to reel in some heavier fish from time to time. This is true even if you are only doing sound fishing. You never know when you will get something big like an eel or ray on the line and your reel has to be able to handle that type of weight for a short time without breaking. So make sure you look for such things in a saltwater reel as multiple ball bearings and a reinforced main shaft.

Baitcasters work well if you are going after bigger fish but we like the appeal of trying to catch saltwater fish with a spinning rod. There is just something special about the thrill of the feel when fighting a fish with them.

Best Saltwater Spinning Reel Under 50$

Yoshikawa Workhorse YG500

Yoshikawa Spinning Reel Workhorse YG500 Ultra Light Saltwater
Yoshikawa Workhorse YG500 Ultra Light – image credit picclick.com



  • Excellent price point.
  • Built to handle saltwater fishing conditions.
  • Strong body but still light.


  • Gets hung up if you spool the line too close to the end.
  • Not recommended for surf fishing.

Yoshikawa has designed a really nice saltwater reel here. Best of all it is done at a very affordable price. This reel has many features that you would expect to find in reels that are much higher in price. It really is that well designed and well built.

Have you ever found yourself wanting a blade thin and very lightweight reel ?

This reel features an enhanced main shaft that is made of stainless steel and the spool itself is made of a sturdy graphite material. These types of components not only keep the weight of this reel down but they also enhance this reels strength and durability.

It also has such other great features as a 10 ball bearing setup for smooth reeling and what Yoshikawa calls their ‘hyper drag technology’. This makes the drag highly adjustable to help you land even bigger size fish.

We find it hard to believe that anybody who is looking for an inexpensive saltwater reel would be unhappy after purchasing this fine reel from Yoshikawa.

Best Saltwater Spinning Reel Under 100$

KastKing Kodiak

KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel
KastKing Kodiak Saltwater Spinning Reel – image credit eposeidon.com



  • Mostly aluminum/stainless steel construction.
  • Built to handle saltwater fishing conditions.
  • Computer balanced aluminum spool.


  • A little heavy.
  • Packaging could be better.

This is a really well-built and tough saltwater fishing reel from KastKing. They are known for making very high quality fishing reels that are not overly expensive. This fine reel is a very good example of that. We all were impressed with the quality for the price you pay for it. It should last you a long time even if you predominantly use it for only saltwater fishing.

Many of the main components are made out of either durable and corrosion resistant stainless steel or aluminum. That makes this reel perfect for saltwater fishing. It is a bit heavy but that is also a testament to the sturdy way it’s built. KastKing certainly did not cut any corners in its design.

Among its more impressive design features are its fat sized bail wire that helps avoid line breaks and it computer balanced aluminum spool. Even the rotor and handles are made using sturdy and corrosion resistant aluminum. It is even a good looking fishing reel too. There is definitely much to like about this well-designed fishing reel product.

Best Saltwater Spinning Reel Under 150$

Penn Battle II

Penn Battle II Spinning Reel
Penn Battle II Spinning Reel – image credit pennfishing.com



  • Aluminum/stainless steel/carbon fiber construction.
  • Built to handle saltwater fishing conditions.
  • Carbon fiber drag washers.


  • A little to the heavy side.
  • Sometimes it does not feel smooth when reeling in a large fish.

Penn has been satisfying fishermen with their products from as far back as 1932. This is another one of their great products that does not disappoint. It is a tough and durable model fishing reel that can easily stand up to the rigors that saltwater fishing places on a reel. It was a tad bit heavy but we thought was a very acceptable tradeoff when it comes to a fishing reel built this sturdy.

It has many components in its construction that can stand up to highly corrosive saltwater. These include such construction details as its carbon fiber drag washers, stainless steel bearings and a full metal side plate and rotor. There are virtually no parts on it that are not made out of stainless steel, aluminum or advanced carbon fibers. Even the bail wire is made out of corrosion resistant aluminum.

Does this sound familiar? It’s because the longest lasting fishing reels are always made this way.

This reel is even available in 4 different sizes so you can purchase it according to the weight of the type of fish you are going after. A really nicely designed reel here from Penn.

It’s Important To Purchase The Right Reel For Saltwater Fishing

We cannot emphasize enough that not just any fishing reel can be used when saltwater fishing. If the reel you buy does not contain mostly corrosion resistant parts like aluminum, brass, stainless steel and advanced carbon fibers than it will not hold up long if used for saltwater fishing. Remember too they must also be able to handle a little more weight than most other types of fishing reels too.

Saltwater fishing truly requires the use of a special reel when doing it. Any of the three saltwater fishing reels reviewed above will work well for you and hold up saltwater fishing for a long time if you rinse them with fresh water after you are done using them. You can find out even more details about them on Amazon by clicking on their respective links.

2. Best Catfishing Reels Under $50, $100 & $200 Reviews

Best Catfishing Reel and Rod

Many fishermen love to go after catfish on their outings. They can easily be caught fishing off boats or when fishing off docks and land. They strike the bait hard and then put up a good tussle once you have set your hook. When and if you land a good sized one they also are excellent eat.
Here are two important characteristics that any catfish reel you put on your fishing rod must have:

1) It has to be a sturdy reel

You can’t just use any old reel to catch a catfish either. They tend to run on the heavy side. So if you fish for catfish a lot then you will need a very sturdy reel setup. One that will hold a little stronger line than you would use for such fish as bass and trout. It has to be able to support a fish that generally run over 5 pounds or more when you catch a keeper.

Have you ever wondered why most fishermen who go after catfish prefer a bait casting reel over a spinning reel?

It’s because these reels can hold a much heavier and stronger line than other types of rod reels and they also work nicely when placed in rod holders too. You really need the size and strength of a baitcasting reel when you are hauling in a good sized catfish.

2) Have a high retrieve ratio

Catfish are not known to be picky when it comes to the type of baits they will strike. So you don’t really need to work the line much when fishing for them. You will probably have to do some long distance casting if you want to catch them too; especially if you are going after Blues or Flatheads. That is why it is a good idea to have a reel with a retrieve ratio of 6:1 or better. You will most likely be casting a lot so it’s convenient not to have to be reeling your line in so slowly.

Best Catfish Reel Under 50$

Sougayilang Baitcasting

Sougayilang Baitcasting Fishing Reel
Sougayilang Baitcasting Fishing Reel – image credit salmon.guide



  • Aluminum/brass/graphite construction.
  • Built to handle heavy catfish.
  • Affordably priced.


  • Needs to be fined tuned a lot.
  • A little better retrieve ratio would help.

If you are in the market for a catfish reel that casts great and is affordably priced then look no further. It is hard to beat the quality of this reel from Sougayilang for the price. This real is an excellent entry level product for those that are new to catfish fishing. It is small but powerful and designed really well.

Everything about its design points to this product being a high quality fishing reel. It all starts with its unique graphite side body that includes a quick release cover. It makes this real very easy to work on and quickly fix if you have a backlash while fishing. It also includes a very well-designed one way clutch system complete with a magnetic brake. Those are features that are typically seen on catfish fishing reels that are much higher priced than this one.

Want to know a way to make your next catfish dinner easy to catch? Try using this nice reel.

It casts very smoothly thanks to its machined brass gear combined with its many noise free and corrosion resistant ball bearings. Many people who have cast baits with this model say it is amongst the smoothest they have ever tried. Even when you are reeling in a very large catfish this reel operates unbelievably smooth.

The way this excellent and affordable reel is designed is very impressive for a fishing reel product at its price point. Any novice or intermediate level catfish fisherman will love almost everything about this very good baitcasting reel.

Best Catfish Reel Under 100$

KastKing Rover Round

KastKing Rover Round Baitcasting Reel
KastKing Rover Round Baitcasting Reel – image credit eposeidon.com




  • Aluminum/stainless steel/carbon fiber construction.
  • Built to handle heavy catfish.
  • Anodized aluminum reinforced sides.


  • A little to the heavy side.
  • Better directions and schematics would be nice.

This reel by KastKing is built so tough it most likely will be the last catfish fishing reel you will ever have to buy. Everything about its construction points to a fishing that is very durable and will last you a long time. That is why it is one of the bestselling reels in the catfish fishing marketplace these days.

Not only is this reel very strong but it also cranks very easily and has an excellent retrieve rate too. You will find very few rods that are this heavy duty that will crank this smooth when you are bringing in that big catfish you have been wanting for dinner.

Among its many outstanding features are its reinforced anodized aluminum side plates, fatigue reducing EVA grips and an excellent carbon fiber drag system. Another feature that will really help this reel last is the fact that its ball bearings are protected by a stainless steel shroud. You can set it to handle up to 20 pounds of drag which is very nice when you are trying to land a big catfish.

This is a really good looking reel when it is attached to your pole too. Style points don’t count for much when going after catfish but they will make you feel good. KastKing really thought about everything when they made this excellent baitcasting reel. It is very easy to see why this very good catfish fishing reel is such a hot seller among those that go after them.

Best Catfish Reel Under 200$

Abu Garcia Revo STX

Abu Garcia Revo STX Baitcasting Reel
Abu Garcia Revo STX Baitcasting Reel – image credit abugarcia.com



  • Space age alloy frame design.
  • Can handle even the biggest catfish.
  • 10 high performance bearings.


  • A little to the heavy side.
  • More features than beginner or casual catfish fisherman need.

You don’t get any bigger names in the fishing gear industry than Abu Garcia. They are often the choice of many professional and very experienced fishermen. This fine baitcasting model reel is a testament to how well-built and well-designed their products are. It is a durable reel that is excellent for using to land even the biggest catfish.

This reel is amazing when it comes to casting and reeling in that next big catfish of yours. It has such outstanding mechanical features as 10 high performance ball bearings and a specially designed handle that makes this reel much more ergonomic to use than most others.

So you want to cast smooth and cast farther?

You can  thanks to this reels large line capacity Even the weight of heavy fishing lines like those that catfish fishing demands are no problem for this well-made reel.

You will not often see craftsmanship of this type on a fishing reel. It really makes it a pleasure to use and will only add to your catfish fishing enjoyment. Great job on the design here of this very good reel from Abu Garcia. This is a professional grade fishing reel in every sense of the word.

Increase Your Catfish Fishing Success With One Of These Fine Baitcasting Reels

Catfishing fishing is truly different than many other types of fishing. They may seem like docile fish but once you get one hooked be ready for a fight because they are pure muscle. That is why it is so important to have a strong reel when going after them. It levels the playing field when you land one of these big fish.

If you truly love catching catfish then don’t play around when going after them. Any one of these catfish fishing reels will just reviewed will give you the edge you need to land even the biggest catfish and they will help make it seem easy while you are doing it. For more information on any one of these fine reels hit the button and you can read more about them on Amazon.

3. Best Bass fishing Reels Under $50, $100 & $200 Reviews

Best Bass Fishing Rod and Reel

There are few freshwater fish that are as fun to catch as bass. They strike hard and they put up a great fight for their size too. Many times when you catch a bass you think that you have hooked a much larger fish because of the fight even the littlest ones put up. These are the reasons why so many people outfit their fishing rods to go after bass.

Do you know why spinning reels are the best ones for catching bass?

We prefer spinning reels because they cast well and are very versatile when it comes to the bait and lure selection you can use with them. Bass are a finicky fish that one day will hit on any number of lures and another day only strike crayfish.

Here are two key features that every bass spinning reel should include:

1) Adjustable drag

If you don’t have a good drag system on your spinning reel you will be eating canned tuna for dinner instead of fresh bass. These fish are known for being strong enough to easily break the lighter fishing lines used to catch them. That is why it is important to have a good adjustable drag on your reel. It lets the bass you have hooked take out line but not without enough resistance to tire it a little and make it easier to bring into the boat.

2) A good fixed spool system

Unlike other types of fishing reels, the line on spinning reels is drawn out but the weight of the lure. That is why many times with lighter lures you will need to add split shot or some other type of weight to the line. You need a reel with a fixed spool system that nicely delivers out the line and reels it back in smoothly too. Spinning reels are more susceptible to backlash than other types of reels and that is why a good fixed spool system is a must.

Best Bass Reel Under 50$

Pflueger President

Pflueger President Spinning Reel
Pflueger President Spinning Reel – image credit pfluegerfishing.com



  • Extremely lightweight design.
  • An excellent drag system that can handle the biggest bass.
  • 9 high performance bearings.


  • You have to spool braided line carefully with it.
  • Not easy to take apart and work on.

There is a reason why Pflueger is one of the leading rod and reel producers in the world and that is because they build excellent products that are very affordable. This fine bass reel from them is a perfect example of that. It is a very versatile spinning reel that is built to take on bass, crappie or any other number of fish. It’s a fishing reel that will serve both novice and experienced fishermen well.

It has just about everything you would want in a spinning reel when you are going after that big bass you want to put on the dinner table. It has a fantastic drag setup that will help keep even the biggest bass from breaking your line. It also includes a nine stainless steel ball bearing system to help you let line out and reel in easily any size fish you end up with on your hook.

Are you interested in knowing what things make this bass reel special?

They are its one way, anti-reverse clutch bearing and its double anodized aluminum lightweight spooling system. Many people rave that it is the most durable and smoothest fishing reel that they have ever used. We believe it with the quality of its construction.

It truly has many design features which you would only expect to see on much more expensive fishing reels. Great job on the design here from the fine folks at Pflueger.

Best Bass Reel Under 100$

Daiwa BG

2017 Daiwa BG Spinning Reels
2017 Daiwa BG Spinning Reels – image credit daiwa.com



  • Sturdy aluminum alloy design.
  • An excellent drag system for catching bass.
  • 6 high performance bearings and 1 oversized anti-corrosion bearing.


  • Heavier than carbon fiber reels.
  • The spool opens awkward sometimes.

Daiwa is another big name on our review list when it comes to manufacturers that are well-known in the fishing world. Most of their products are both well-designed and in an affordable price range and that is exactly what you get with this fishing reel model. You will get the upper hand on any bass that ends up on the end of your line.

This is a slightly heavier reel than those made with more carbon fiber parts but it also has a sturdy feel to it also. Daiwa appears to have made a very durable reel here that should last you for a long time before it needs replacing. Its aluminum body and side plate are good examples of parts that make this reel strong. That is never a bad thing when you have a fish as strong as a bass that you are trying to get into the boat.

This is one smooth reel when it comes to bringing in a fish too. The drag mechanism on it is excellent to say the least. It even features an oversized gear system that means it takes less cranks on the handle to get your line back in your boat or onshore. This reeling process is silky smooth and anyone who uses this reel will enjoy that part of it.

We were all very impressed with the fine features on this reel for its price point. Kudos to Daiwa for putting as much thought as they did into the design before this great model bass real went into production.

Best Bass Reel Under 200$

Abu Garcia Revo SX

Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel
Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel – image credit abugarcia.com



  • Extremely lightweight carbon fiber body design.
  • An excellent drag system that can handle the biggest bass.
  • 8 stainless steel high performance bearings.


  • You have to spool braided line carefully with it.
  • More reel than the average or novice angler needs.

If you are an experienced angler looking for an incredible bass fishing experience, then this is the exact reel you want attached to your fishing rod. Abu Garcia has gone way above the norm with all the great features they have put into the design of this incredible fishing reel. No bass stands a chance when you use a reel that is this good.

Are you interested in smoothness when you are casting or reeling in your line?

The precision machined gears have interlocking teeth that fit so well together this reel is both quiet and smooth when you are using it. It really tends to make any bass fishing experience effortless.

There are many other great features it has too. Abu Garcia decided to a total of eight high quality HPCR stainless steel bearings and one larger anti corrosion bearing to the reel system on it. You not only will get smooth operation when cranking it but it will last you well into the future too.

This is truly a fishing reel that is designed for only serious fishermen. It is of professional quality through and through. That is why it’s such a great selling reel and why many anglers will use nothing but Abu Garcia fishing products. This truly is an incredible design that even looks great when it’s on your fishing rod too.

The Right Reel Makes a Huge Difference In Your Bass Fishing Enjoyment

When you are out on the water fishing or fishing from onshore the only thing you want to fight is the next big bass on the end of your pole. You don’t want to be fighting with your reel and the line too. That is why it is so important that you get the right fishing reel on your rod when you are going after big bass. Fishing is so much more fun when all you have to worry about is catching your next fish.

There are a lot of choices in reels out there in the fishing goods marketplace so it is not any choice to get right. That is why we have suggested three excellent model bass fishing reels in three different prices ranges. No matter which one fits in your budget you will know that you have purchased a quality reel that will last you a long time.

If you need any more information on any of these great reels, then click on the button below them and you will learn more about them on Amazon.

4. Best Fly Fishing Reel Reviews Under $50, $100 & $200 Reviews

Best Fly Fishing Rod and Reel

Perhaps no type of fishing is more misunderstood than fly fishing. People are under the impression that it is hard to learn so they just don’t take the time to try it. That’s a shame because it is one of the most fun and challenging ways to fish. It truly comes down to your technique and patience as you are one in the water with the fish you are going after.

The real novelty of fly fishing is how simplistic it is, but despite that you still need a quality fly fishing reel on your rod. Having a good fly fishing reel pretty much means the only other thing you have to do is select the right fly and then cast it into a preferred spot. It is a great way to catch trout, salmon, panfish and even some shore fish like sea bass.

Do you know the two main characteristics that make a fly fishing reel ideal for you? They are:

1) Arbor size

The arbor size you use will depend much on what type of fish you are going after. If you are fly fishing in a creek or stream most likely you will go with a traditional or medium size arbor. For bigger fish you need a larger size arbor and there are also large size arbors that are made for saltwater fishing too.

2) Proper drag

There are basically two types of drag systems that are used when fly fishing. Which type you use often will come down to personal preference. What is known as the spring and pawl drag system will lighten the weight of the reel but not work well with bigger fish. A disc drag system is the one more commonly found on fly fishing reels these days. Reels that use this drag system are built tough and can handle big fish but these reels way more too.

Match these key characteristics with the type of fish you are going after and you should have no problem finding the right fly fishing reel to use.

Best Fly Fishing Reel Under 50$

Piscifun Aoka Aluminum

Piscifun Aoka Aluminum Fly Fishing Reel with Cork/Teflon Disc Drag System
Piscifun Aoka Aluminum Fly Fishing Reel – image credit piscifun.com



  • Oversized handle for easy reeling.
  • An excellent disc drag system that can handle big fish.
  • Precision machined frame and high quality die-cast spool.


  • Instruction manual could be better.
  • Has a tendency to free spool.

If you want a great introductory reel to experiments with fly fishing then this one would be an excellent choice. It makes for a low cost way to introduce yourself to the sport of fly fishing. Piscifun is known for making quality fishing products and this fine fly fishing reel fits perfectly in that category.

Read further and see what the beauty of the design with this reel is.

It all  starts with its precision made parts. Both its frame and spool are made of high quality machined parts to ensure accurate fit and durability.

Even the drag system on this model fly fishing reel is better than what you would expect for the price you pay for it. It uses a cork and Teflon disc drag system that will easily help you land even bigger fish that you get on the end of your line.

We can’t say enough about the excellent quality of this reel despite its lower price point.

Best Fly Fishing Reel Under 100$

KastKing Kobuk

KastKing Kobuk Fly Fishing Reel with Large Arbor
KastKing Kobuk Fly Fishing Reel – image credit eposeidon.com



  • Oversized handle for easy reeling.
  • Large arbor design for catching big fish.
  • Precision machined frame and high quality die-cast spool.


  • Instruction manual could be better.
  • Has a tendency to free spool.

KastKing has many reels here on our review list of the top models. That is because they are company that designs their reels well and manufactures them to high standards too. That is very evident with fly fishing reels such as this one. It is not only designed well but functions great when you are fishing with it.

This is a beefy fly fishing reel that features a large arbor. That means it can handle some pretty big fish when you have them on the end of the line. This is a very versatile fishing reel that will allow you to go after all different size fish in a variety of different types of water.

It’s a reel system that is also very easy to work thanks to its oversized handle and its nicely designed center disc drag system. You won’t lose many fish once you set the hook when using this nice fly fishing reel.

This reel should last you a long time also due to the fact it is made from precision machined parts and many of them are made using durable aluminum alloys. The aluminum parts also help to keep the weight of this reel down also. KastKing really did a great job with this fly fishing reel design.

Best Fly Fishing Reel Under 200$

Sage 2200 Series

Sage 2200 Series Fly Reel
Sage 2200 Series Fly Reel – image credit sageflyfish.com



Large arbor design.
An excellent drag system that can handle even big fish.
Precision machined drag handle.


  • Does not include a spare spool.
  • More reel than the average or novice angler needs.

There is surely much to like about this great model fly fishing reel from Sage. We were all pretty impressed with its design and the way it works. It is definitely a fly fishing product that is made for veteran fly fishermen. It’s so good we can see why some of the pros would want to use it too.

Maybe you are interested in knowing part of the appeal of this reel?

It all starts with the way it’s built. It is a very sturdy and durable fly fishing wheel. It is built using tough metal alloys and many carbon fiber enhanced parts too. These tend to not only make this reel strong but also keep it to the lighter side.

When you use the drag or reel up the line with this unit you will notice it is unbelievably smooth while doing so. Most people who have used this reel say that it’s among the easiest large arbor fly fishing reels to work. It’s also easy to set the carbon fiber drag system and to change out the spool if you have a problem with it.

This fine fly fishing reel is not only well-designed but it looks great when it’s on a fishing rod too. What a great product that Sage delivers here.

Make Fly Fishing Less Of A Challenge By Using The Right Reel

Most fishermen who have tried it will agree that fly fishing is more of an art than it is a sport. It really is fishing in its purest form. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of skill to do it right. Just make sure you don’t overlook the importance of having a good fly fishing reel when you do it.

All the models we reviewed here are very good fly fishing reels. That includes the affordably priced ones too. If you would like to know more about these models, then click on the tab and it will take you to their information page on Amazon. They really all are top of the line fly fishing models.

Good Luck Finding The Perfect Fishing Reel

In this article we have introduced you to some really high quality fishing reels. Even the ones we reviewed in the lower price ranges are well-built and well-designed. There really is not a bad product among them and you can be confident in your purchase if you choose to buy any one of them.

If by chance none of the models we reviewed meets your fishing needs, then take your time when shopping for a new reel. Follow some of the pointers we went over here for selecting each type of reel and use the reviews as a guideline for what to look at overall as you are searching for a new fishing reel. If you do that then you stand a good chance of finding a new fishing reel that more than adequately meets your needs.