Fly Fishing Reels

In our fly fishing reel department you will find a vast range for use for nymphing brooks where an ultra lightweight reel is required with a click drag, cassette reel with interchangeable casstettes ideal for boat or competition fly fishing to a 11 weight fly reel capable of taming the mightiest salmon assisting you with a strong drag to help reduce its exhausting runs. From freshwater to saltwater you will find stunning reels for every occassion and budget.


Fly Fishing Reels From Greys fly reels, Wychwood fly reel, River & Stream plus Sonik Sports,  from #1/#2 weight ideal for small brooks #11/12 weight with strong, sealed disc drag to tame the mightiest of fish or a large arbour capable of carrying hundreds of meters of backing and a large spey line. 

Reel Usage By Line Weight

Line Weight Where Nomally Used
#2/3/4 Stream / brooks for Brook & Brown Trout & Grayling
#5 Small rivers, brooks & streams Brown Trout & Grayling
#6 Rivers and small lakes for Brown & Rainbow Trout
#7 Lakes, boats & reservoir for Rainbow Larger Brown & Blue Trout, Small River Salmon Fishing
#8 Reservoir & boat fly Reels, plus saltwater for Rainbow, Larger Brown & Blue Trout, Salmon Grilse Fishing & saltwater species
#9 Larger rivers and reservoirs for  trout, largemouth bass, pike, steelhead & salmon fly Reels
#10/11/12 Large rivers & saltwater, Salmon & Saltwater species

Delicate grayling reels, strong salmon reels, corrosion resistant saltwater reels, powerful pike reels and fly reels for any use or species. For small brooks you need a #2 weight reel, on a reservoir you may need a #7 weight however to stop the run of a large sea bass or salmon you need a strong reel with strong drag to help you fight that fish. With a vast range including Snowbee, Sonik Sports, budget conscious Truefly and the stunning River and Stream or other Wychwood reels we can help satisfy most needs. Talk to our specialists about your requirements.

Our Range of Fly Fishing Reels

Reel Accessories


Reels By Manufacturer


Reels By Species


Fly Reel Glossary Of Terms

To help you understand all the terms used see the major keywords used below. To see our full fly fishing glossary please check here

Anti-ReverseA feature of reels where the handle does not turn as flyline is pulled out from the reel.

Arbor The center part of a reel where backing line is wound first then the fly line, modern reels are often Large Arbour Reels which means you can add lots of backing and it helps reduces flyline tangle and memory.

Backing: The first segment of line on a reel is backling line, depending on the size of the reel and it may have little or lots of backing line, usually braided and used to build up the arbor and to offer additional distance for a strong fish to pull out line. An unusually strong fish will take you "into your backing".

Click drag: A mechanical system on many inexpensive reels used to slow down or resist the pulling efforts of a fish, so as to slow the fish down and tire it to the point where it can be landed. A clicking sound is created by a triangular steel ratchet snaps over the teeth of the gear in the reel spool. The term singing reels refers to the high frequency clicking associated with a big fish pulling out line.

Disk drag: A mechanical system on more expensive reels whereby resistance is created to the line as a fish pulls it out. This resistance is intended to slow the fish and tire it. The resistance proper is created by applying pressure between two disks. Different from the click drag, the disk drag is smoother and less likely to create a sudden force that will break the line.

Drag: (1) term used to describe an unnatural motion of the fishing fly caused by the effect of the current on line and leader. Drag is usually detrimental, though at times useful (such as imitating the actions of the adult caddis). (2) Resistance applied to the fly reel spool to prevent it from turning faster than the line leaving the spool (used in playing larger fish).

Line weight: The weight  of a fly line, it is used as a way to standardize fly lines in matching them to fly rods of differing stiffness. Line weighting is not a linear numbering system; the first 30 feet of a #6 weight line 160 grains while the first 30 feet of a #3 weight line is 100 grains.

Reel seat: The part of the fly rod - made of aluminum, wood, or graphite and located just behind the grip - where the reel is attached.

Spool: the part of the reel that revolves and which holds the backing and the fly line; spare spools may be purchased separately so that you can take different fly lines for the same reel.

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