What are some high quality brands of fishing reels

Top spinning reels in all price ranges

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There are others spin fishing Requirements for rolesthan on reels for stand fishing. That's how it plays Weight and the Line laying a bigger role. Here in the article you will find top models from every price range, which have proven themselves and the requirements for modern spin fishing correspond.

Besides some Insider tips are the series of roles that have proven themselves in practice. I also took into account a few special categories, such as reels for sea fishing and especially robust castorsthat are hard to break down. For anglers who like it a little faster or just want to crank less, there are reels with special high translation.

Update: the article has been updated for 2020. New models that have drawn my attention in the course of the year and are rated as good to very good are being introduced.

That makes a good reel for spin fishing

Spin fishing has a good role to play, theirs brake works flawlessly and in no case jams or starts with a jolt. Since you cast a lot and for a long time in spin fishing, that should also be done Weight of the roll as light as possible otherwise it will

Throwing for hours quickly becomes exhausting.

A certain Ease of movement is also important, because it is simply more convenient to crank. Ease of movement is also a direct characteristic of high quality in castors. This property only partially has something to do with the number

the ball-bearing to do. Although the number of ball bearings is always advertised, this has only limited to do with quality and often more to do with attracting customers. A good spinning reel can run very smoothly with just 5 ball bearings! It is important that nothing scratches or runs unevenly when you turn the crank.

That too Line roller must be able to turn quickly and perfectly with a light touch, because it prevents wear and twist in the line.

Another point that is important is that Do not crank any play backwards when the backstop is switched on.

Cord retraction and translation

The line draw-in is also important: this has to do with three factors.

  1. How high they Translation of the role is - reels with a high gear ratio have a higher line pull-in than those with a low gear ratio
  2. How full the spool of the roll is - a full spool also means a higher line retraction
  3. How big the coil is - Large bobbins and therefore mostly also reels have a higher line retraction

Regarding point 1: a high gear ratio also means a higher one Starting resistance and then is

useful when we need a quick bait guide. When I fish upstream in the river, I always want to be in contact with the bait. I also crank up trout or asp with a small 4.9: 1 roller ratio. That's why I prefer to use a 6.1: 1 ratio for these fish species. If I fish for pike, then I prefer lower gear ratios, because otherwise you run the risk of cranking the bait past the lazy pike too quickly.

On the other hand, when I have very strong fish in the fight, lower gear ratios are often useful. With spinning reels, however, I would rather look at how fast I want to present my bait.

Point 2 I can hardly influence when I have thrown 100 m, then I just have to expect that my recovery speed will simply decrease per crank turn.

The Point 3are hardly a purchase decision for me. I then choose the reel which type of fish I want to fish and then certain sizes make sense because they fit the rod.

Front or rear drag

Most spinning reels have one Front drag, which is simply much stronger and more durable than rolls with one Rear- or. Combat brake. A combat brake allows the angler to switch quickly and easily between two brake settings. This works very similarly to a freewheel and can also be used as such. However, the mechanics are a bit fragile. Of course, it is a matter of taste which type of brake you prefer. Nevertheless, front brakes have not caught on without good reason.

Throwing properties and spool filling

Of course they are too Throwing properties important for a role, we want to use as little effort as possible throw far. This is why most of the rollers have rounded or even conical ones Drop edges on the spool, over which the line slides with little resistance when casting. Even more important for the casting properties is a fishing line that is as round and thin as possible, which is attached to our reel spool. The bobbin should always be filled to 2-3 mm below the edge. More leads to Wigs and less is throwing distance.

The cord laying

The Line laying is a very important quality feature. Especially when fishing with braided lines, you need a reel that can lay it properly. This is the case for all roles in the tables and you can safely wash up braided ones. Sometimes there are still washers under the reel spool, which have to be removed in order to have a good line lay. You can see whether this is necessary if the line on the upper or lower edge of the spool is too thick or too thin after a few layers.

Summary: these are the important properties of a fishing reel

  1. clean starting brake
  2. Ease of movement
  3. good casting properties
  4. neat line laying
  5. nothing should wobble!

What a good spinning reel costs

There are already good spinning reels for around 30€ these are good quality reels which, if handled carefully, you can fish for many years. You have to make compromises in terms of ease of movement and the durability can be somewhat reduced. For 50€ you get a lot, because for years the Technology of high end roles in the next year a price segment can be found further down and so on ... until the technology has at least partially arrived in the cheap roles. Because some features and expensive materials don't move down any further. Of course, other materials are usually used in the cheaper roles. Full metal rollers made of aluminum cost more to produce.

For a little more money you get even better line laying and lighter reels with high stability. In the high end segment you pay a lot just to get a high end reel. Nevertheless, there is also the latest technology and the claim to get the best that is currently available on the fishing reel market.

Make sure you understand what you want to spend, because for 10 € more there is always one in the price segment of 40-150 € even better role and so you quickly end up with significantly more than you actually wanted to spend.

Spinning reels for the beginner

I usually recommend beginners to choose reels in the lower price ranges until you really know for sure which type of fishing gives you the most pleasure. I also recommend occasional anglers who fish less than 10 times a year to choose cheap to mid-range prices, as the material hardly tires when used occasionally and you can fish with the reels for many years. If money is not an issue, you can of course treat yourself to better roles.

But you don't catch fish with it any more, except in the very rare case where the last meter casting distance is important or you want to fish persistently all day and 50 g less is important or the ease of movement.

Adjust the weight to the rod

The weight of a spinning reel should be adapted to the fishing rod as it is strong Top-heaviness one rod goes quickly into the wrist and one unnecessary burden represents. The center of gravity of the spinning rod should be a hand's breadth in front of the roller foot. If you balance the fishing rod there on two fingers, it shouldn't tip forwards or backwards. The longer and heavier a rod, the faster it becomes top heavy with a light reel and vice versa. So if you fish a 1.8 m long rod, the reel should be rather light and vice versa. With a 3m spinning rod, it is not too easy to choose the right reel, but rather one size larger.

Materials for spinning reels

New spinning reels use a variety of high tech materials from carbon fiber reinforced plastics to various metals. The Shimano Stradic was partly made of very light magnesium oxide. Brass and other light metals are also used inside. The axle should still be made of steel in order to have the required stability.

The materials should torsion-free be. Torsion-free means that the rollers have a high degree of rigidity against elastic deformation caused by a force or torque. For our stationary reels, this means that the reel base or other parts of the reel housing do not warp when a strong fish is in the fight. Metal rollers in particular have a high level of torsion resistance, while cheap plastic rollers can be bent back and forth.

Roll sizes for orientation

Which reel size fits which fish species can be seen in the table below this paragraph. The whole is to be seen in relative terms and the table should only be one basic orientation give. In addition, there are roll sizes such as a 2500 which is between the size of a 2000 and a 3000 roll. It should also be noted that Shimano rollers are always slightly smaller than Daiwa models. A 3000`s Daiwa reel corresponds to a 4000`s Shimano.

Still other manufacturers call a 1000`s roll a 710`s and the 5000`s roll of the series is then the 750`s size. The trout does not care whether it is caught with a reel that can be used to play catfish in the stream or with a small reel. When it comes to reel sizes, it is primarily about the braking force, the weight and the stability of the reel and the balance of the rod and reel combination.

Chris tip: If you want to store your spinning reels for the winter or if you don't want to use them for a longer period of time, then release the reel brake. Otherwise the springs will become loose over time and will no longer work as efficiently.

These are the top spinning reels of 2019

Budget spinning reel

The spinning reels for little money do not have to hide from more expensive models. Only the longevity is less with continuous use and of course they do not crank that easily. Nevertheless, they are quite sufficient to simply go fishing.

Ryobi Cynos II

New to the list is the Ryobi Cynos II, which I also tested myself >>. Here, too, I am absolutely satisfied with the reel, because the reel stands out with some special features, such as a screw-in crank and rubberized spool. Of course, it also runs very smoothly and the brakes apply without any problems. Only the long-term experience with the role is missing so far.

The Spro Mimic

The Spro Mimic is an inexpensive stationary roller, which is noticeable due to its very soft run and low weight. The role got an extra test >> I couldn't find any defects, only I don't really like the consistently black design, but that's a matter of taste, as you know. Other roles, such as one or the other Chinese role, are often also useful, but fall out due to a lack of quality testing.

Kastking Sharky II

The Kastking Sharky II is a China role that I am fully convinced of despite the low price and have now got 3 roles. This reel got a long-term test >> because I've been fishing it for ~ 3 years! But even with her one reads from time to time about Monday models, which I can certainly imagine, so I had a sister model (Mela II) of the role which was completely useless.

Lower price segment: inexpensive spinning reels

These spinning reels for roughly € 50 have been around for a few years and are also top price / performance.

Spro Passion R

For there is the Spro Passion successor role Spro Passion R is also identical Ryobi Excusimawhich is why it does not appear separately in the table. I did a long-term test about the Spro Passion - the role is a solid long-term workhorse. The Passion is also available in very large sizes, which is not the case with the following two roles.

Quantum Fire

Another cheap and very good role is that Quantum Fire. A very smooth and solid role that is worth the money and does not have to hide from more expensive roles. It is also pleasantly light. I also have an article on the website about the Quantum fire.

Daiwa ninja

The Daiwa ninja is also a great role for a reasonably low price and has thebest run the cheaper models. The Daiwa Ninja comes with a spare spool made of aluminum. It goes without saying that the brake works perfectly on all reels and the line laying is also suitable for braided ones.

Middle price segment I: spinning reels

This is the first part of the reels from the middle price segment, as there are really many good spinning reels and fishing reels for around € 60-90. The roles from the second part are set a little higher.

Spro CRX

New for 2019 and a really ingenious spinning reel is the Spro CRX, it weighs a few grams more than the other reels, but it impresses with its robustness, a large spool and a reel body made of a plastic-aluminum mixture. I use the size 4000 reel as a pike spinning reel and I am extremely satisfied. Link to the more detailed test >>.

Shimano NASCI

A really great role that I have also tested extensively in the sea is that Shimano NASCI The 2017 roll is my personal test winner in this price segment and is just doing great. You should just make it clear that the role, just like with the Sahara FI, has no switchable return, which I personally welcome. You can read the more detailed test here >>

Legalis LT

And another role from Daiwa, die Legalis LT is one of the new roles from 2018 from the Daiwa range and impresses with its silky smooth run, extremely strong brake and very low weight. The role is relatively small but is built strong. I really like the role and have caught a few pike with it this season. I dedicated an extra test to the role >>

Spro red arc the legend

Calling a fishing reel legend is a bit far-fetched, but if a reel is allowed to do that, then it really is Spro red arc the legend. The new version is a bit better than the old Red Arc and comes in a new design, even if I thought the old one was better from a purely visual point of view. The reel is one of the most recommended spinning reels in this price range in some anglers' forums and not for nothing. The new version is a little lighter than the old one, but heavier than the Nasci, for example. For a longer rod, however, this can be just the thing.


Middle price segment II: spinning reels

One can expect a lot in this price segment. Technology that was reserved for high-end roles in the last year or the year before last. Absolute ease of movement and strong, long-lasting brakes are also a matter of course here.

Daiwa Freams

The Daiwa Freams proves that ball bearings do not have to have anything to do with smooth running of the roller with only 4 bearings it runs just as smoothly as some rollers with 3x as many bearings. The reel is available in different translations depending on the reel size, the line capacity is the largest in this category.

Shimano Stradic GTM

The Shimano Stradic GTM is the only role among our top roles with a combat brake. It also stands out with a high translation. The battle brake also makes them a difficult role in this segment.

Likes Pro RTZ

It gets easier with the Likes Pro RTZ by Mitchell. The traditional manufacturer of spinning reels offers a beautiful spinning reel with a fancy design and carbon on the crank, this and the other components make this reel particularly light. An advantage if you want to fish for a long time without getting tired. The high gear ratio also helps to achieve more with fewer crank turns. The included spare spool is also pleasing.

Upper price segment: spinning reels

One can expect a lot in this price segment. Technology that was reserved for high-end roles last year or the year before last. Absolute ease of movement and strong, long-lasting brakes are also a matter of course here. Mainly all three models presented are real workhorses, which last for many years even under tough conditions and long-term fishing.

Shimano Biomaster

The Shimano Biomaster FB is one of the best roles for around € 200. Because it already offers quite a lot of luxury with its equipment. Last but not least, it has received good reviews in trade journals everywhere and the report by Veit Wilde (Link) makes one thing clear. A role that you will hardly regret buying.It is considered a robust long-term workhorse and is popular with many predator anglers.

Daiwa Prorex LT Spin

New in this high price segment is the Prorex LT spinning reel, which is extremely light and comes in the new purple-black design of the entire Prorex series. The reel is made of Zaion, a new plastic complex that is similar to Shimano's CI4 material. It goes without saying that a role in the design cranks up very easily, even under load. What the long-term resilience of the role looks like remains to be seen.

Shimano Sustain

The Shimano Sustain has already gained a very good reputation on the US market for several years and is even more than the Biomaster as a robust reel for fatigue-free long-term fishing. The reel is saltwater-proof and, as with the Stradic CI4 +, the aluminum mixture CI4 + was also installed in order to obtain a light and durable reel. If you are looking for a role in this price segment, what a role slower translation then you should take a look at it.

This year Shimano released a new Sustain, the Sustain FI, which replaces the old Sustain FG.


The best - high end: reels for spin fishing

In this price segment there are only a few roles that all claim to be the best of the best and combine the most modern technology with beautiful design. These are reels for passionate anglers who want to treat themselves to the best of the best. There is no saving on material here and there are usually spare spools included, as well as a cloth bag. This is of course also the case with theShimano Stella the flagship of the Japanese manufacturer. There are different models of the Stella HG stands for high gear ratio, XG stands for very high gear ratio. PG stands for Power gear an extra strong gear but a little lower translation. The more expensive SW (Saltwater) version of the Stella could also be found among the saltwater reels, but the price is usually beyond what most of us would like to pay for a reel. Regarding the SW reels, the Stella is still the undisputed number one of the best reels, but also the most expensive. With very special types of fishing you can hardly get around them, only Saltiga dogfight from Daiwa can get close to them.

There are two roles from Daiwa, which are not really very different. The Daiwa Exist and the Daiwa Morethan. The Exist is a bit lighter and has built in more of the new material “Zaion”, while the Morethan only consists of the reel body. This makes the Exist the lightest role in the field.

Ultimately, there is not much to say about the Stella, Exist and Morethan, all three roles do not give much in terms of their almost eerie ease of movement and built-in quality parts. So it remains more of a question of faith whether it will be a Daiwa or a Shimano. All cranks "almost by themselves" ...


Spinning reels for saltwater fishing

At the sea there is a threat not only for rod and rod rings corrosion from aggressive salt water, but also for our fishing reels. My recommendation is therefore also Salt water rolls good with after every use

Rinse off fresh water. This is best done simply in the shower or with the garden hose. You can also use the rod with a shower. Of course, SW reels are forgiving if you don't do that and can fish for weeks without being rinsed off. Nevertheless, I advise you to flush them regularly so that the rollers do their job for as long as possible. After a full bath in salt water, a fishing reel should allow a fresh water full bath as soon as possible, provided it is waterproof.

Saltwater-resistant rollers are usually designed to be much stronger than freshwater rollers, which is also reflected in the price. A very good guide on how and when to maintain your role is unfortunately available here in English but with a lot of British humor.

Due to the high fighting power of many sea predators, strong brakes are also essential. That is why the Max drag indicated, this is the maximum braking force. Furthermore is a high gear ratio at the sea often an advantage, especially when it comes to the warmer seas, as the predators are much faster and baits often have to be carried 3-4 times faster than with us.

Further reels for fishing in the sea can also be found under "Reels for the rough" in the paragraph after these reels. The “reels for the rough” are all also suitable for fishing in salt and brackish water.

Daiwa BG

The new edition of the old Black and Gold sea reel offers everything you could want from a saltwater spinning reel. Above all, the role convinces with its ease of movement and durability. I could do the part

already fishing and I am excited about her. It is not without reason Best rated role so far on my side. Price / performance is right for the role: it could also be half more expensive, which is still fully within the scope for such a role. The translation of the reel is high, which also allows bait to be used quickly. It should also be mentioned that the role is very large for its role size. Here I have described my impression of the role in detail >>.

Zalt Arc Tuff Body

The Zalt Arc is a classic among the sea spinning reels, being one of them lower translation so has nothing for speed jigging or fishing for tropical predators. The reel is still top for the Baltic and North Sea use and a little cheaper than the Daiwa BG

Penn Slammer 3

Robust and tough, if you treat your roles badly and have little desire for care, I can only recommend the Slammer 3. The role is Filled to the brim with fat so that greasing remains unnecessary for a few years. I have been fishing the spinning reel for a few months in fresh water, and recently it was also long-term fishing in the Canary Islands for a week. The reel has a high gear ratio and therefore a high line draw-in. Its robust construction makes it ideal for speed jigging and popper fishing. Here is the single test of the role >>

Stella SW, Saltiga Dogfight and Twin Power

These three should not go unmentioned on the subject of saltwater rolling. The three really expensive roles are already mentioned in the premier class. Clearly the roles are something for specialists and freaks. When maximum durability + high gear ratio + maximum ease of movement is required, there is no way around the large sizes of the three castors. Fish that demand this are when fishing from the shore for the strongest predators in the sea, such as GT, yellowfin tuna, kingfish and wahoo, otherwise it is cheaper to use multiplier reels from the boat. Those who can't catch up quickly and then get through the fight will have a hard time with these fish. The Shimano Twin Power is often referred to as the poor man's Stella and is considered the cheapest alternative to the expensive reel. In the 14000` version it has an impressive braking force of 25 kg which is the same as what the Stella offers in its strongest version.

Roles for the rough

Roles that can tolerate bad treatment, little maintenance and also salt water mostly come from Penn. The roles are a little heavier due to their robust construction, but almost indestructible.

Penn rightly has the reputation of producing such reels and specializes in reels for saltwater fishing and particularly stable models. The Penn Slammer Reel is the classic among stable fishing reels, but has a special feature. The reel with its line laying is designed for thick lines, if you use it to fish thin braided lines, throw whipping and pull in the line without tension, then you have a wig guarantee. The role is by no means bad, just use cords from 0.3mm for monofilaments and 0.2 for braided ones. Then you will have many years of fun with a reel that is very nice for the price and you don’t have to be afraid of big fish. The Penn Slammer 3 has now created a remedy, which also neatly relocates thinner braided ones.

If you want thinner cords and better line lay, this is it Penn Spinfisher V. something for you. The line laying of the reel is great, even with slightly thinner lines and yet it has the same stability as the slammers.

The new Penn Clash is then a slightly finer role that has also received top marks from specialist magazines. Of course she is something finer as the spinfisher and the slammer but still a stable Penn reel that is not quite as heavy as its sisters.


High gear spinning reels

A high translation means that the bail arm turns more often per crank turn, which in turn leads to a highCord retraction leads. Spinning reels with this property can in principle be used in the same way as other reels, but you should take care not to crank too fast if you want to guide your bait slowly. Such reels are rather disadvantageous on pike, as most anglers find it difficult to crank only very slowly and pike often prefer slower bait (this is the rule, of course there are exceptions). One speaks of high gear ratios from 5.7: 1, the Stradic GTM and other Shimano Stradic reels such as the CI4 + almost all have this high gear ratio. Many other sea reels also have a high gear ratio, as the fish in the sea like to have it faster. Daiwas BG and the Penn Slammer 3 also have a fairly fixed gearbox.


Spinning reels for rubber fish fishing with a gear ratio of 0

Admittedly, this is something very special. But roles that require a translation of e.g. 5-0 or 6-0 have the property of making exactly 5 or 6 rotations of the rotor per crank rotation. Therefore we can pick up the string again and again at exactly the same point with our finger in order to use the Loafers method always knowing exactly what our bait is doing. Always gripping the cord with your index finger takes some practice, but it is worthwhile because it is now no more bite goes unnoticed. Therefore, roles in this category should actually be called spinning reels for lazing around, but lazing around is now so widely and successfully used that both terms are almost identical.

A reel with a 6: 0 gear ratio that is very popular with many spinning anglers is the HG (High Gear) version of the Shimano Stradic CI4 +. They are also available in a 5-0 ratio.


Spinning reels for wading fishing

Even for wading I would not use any spinning reel but one that is at least halfway waterproof and sealed. Because when wading it happens again and again, even if unintentionally, that the reel is immersed in the water and if the brake and the rest of the reel are not sealed, there is a screeching concert after a week when cranking due to rusting bearings and other parts. Here, too, most of the salt water rollers are suitable and sealed, and anyone who waded in the salt water of the Baltic Sea will find such a roller anyway. The Kastking Sharky II is the cheapest role that immersion baths can do with. However, I let my Sharky II 3000 sink once for ~ 4 minutes in 4 m water depth. That doesn't matter, neither does my Sharky, although only the bearings were a bit rusty and were quickly replaced. But who wades in 4 m deep water? Daiwa reels with the "Mag sealed" feature are sealed here is the Fuego LT as a new and really good spinning reel that runs much lighter than the Sharky but of course also costs twice as much. If you wanted to invest more than double the Fuego, you can use Shimano's Biomaster SW. However, the Daiwa BG is cheaper for around € 100 (RRP), which leaves the Shimano reel, which is twice as expensive, behind when used continuously in salt water. Yes, I am currently a Daiwa fan, even if Shimano currently makes the best reel of all.