Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 71 reviews
69 of 71 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great low cost reel -
By: terryraber from N. Ga. Mountain Streams
While I would prefer a smaller diameter spool, the reel is very light and quiet, the drag works great.
Encounter Large Arbor Reel -
By: SpokaneBill from Spokane, WA
Received on time and perfect condition. Can't wait to get the line on and hit the rivers.
Excellent Reel -
I like this reel so much that I purchased a second one! An excellent value and performance.
Great beginner -
By: roadrash7622 from Denver, CO
I am a beginner with a fly rod and bought a more exspensvive ($100) reel and the click mechanism stopped working right away. The drag mechanism and bearings aren't enclosed or sealed so as soon as I got the reel wet it began acting up, re-lubricating it didn't help much and I couldn't even get an extra spool for it. This reel is way better for a beginner. It is much smoother than the more expensive reel. I was sceptic about the composite material it is made from, but despite very little flex in the spool when about 15 pounds of tension is put on the line it holds up pretty well.
nice reel -
very well built, very solid, drag is smooth, very happy, mated well with my redington ct 5wt
Great reel - its tough! -
By: Garioch from Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Top 1000 Contributor
I bought the IV specifically for use on the coast/rocks for saltwater fishing for Pollock, Mackeral and Sea Trout. It has also been teamed up with a 7 weight Access and used for streamer fishing for large brown trout. I love the reel. It does not matter if I bash it off a rock or lay it down on a concrete jetty, it takes all the knocks with ease. It really sits nicely on the Access too, balancing it well. Well worth buying as a proper "knock about" reel if you dont want to damage your more expensive Battenkills and Access reels.
Built for abuse -
By: Steelhead13 from Akron, OH
This reel is awesome! You don't have to worry about it getting scratched while rigging up your rod. You don't have to worry about it breaking if you drop it. Watch the video they have here and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Excellent sea reel -
By: ianmandyb from Buckinghamshire UK
I used the reel for sea fishing because it is moulded. I just purchased another spool for my Bass fishing shooting head.
Not used yet -
By: Alwaysask from WI
The feel of the reel while loading backing and line was telling of tight tolerances. I bought two, one each for a lefty and a righty kid. Time will unveil the durability and performance of the reels (and dad's patience).