• New ListingGalvan Torque Fly Reel T-3 Black with Factory Pouch

    Very light signs of use. From Galvan Included Galvan Technologies. Simply stated, it represents the very best of modern fly reel architecture. The Torque reel series was created because Boni wanted to create a revolutionary reel with a more substantial drag system than was presently available on the market.
    $240.00
    Brand: Galvan
    $8.00 shipping
  • Abel 3 Fly Reel

    Abel 3 Reel in very good condition. No scuff marks anywhere on reel. Setup for right hand retrieve but can be switched back to left hand.
    $194.50
    14 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 1:17AM PDT2d 15hBrand: Abel
  • New ListingHardy Featherweight Fly Reel With Extra Spool

    This is a British made Hardy Featherweight fly reel and extra spool. Spool is at least EX.
    $249.95
    Brand: Hardy
    $12.95 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • New ListingEarly Ross Etna CA Fly Reel + Extra Spool

    This is an early Ross original series Etna California Ross 3.5 non ported fly reel with extra spool. two reel bags included and one is original Ross reel bag. Condition of spool is EX/EX+.
    $294.95
    Brand: Ross
    or Best Offer
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  • Ross Reels The Gunnison G-3 fly fishing reel

    For your consideration, aRoss Reels The Gunnison G-3 fly fishing reel. Pre-owned reel has a few scuffs from use. Seems to function as it should.
    $99.95
    1 bid
    $7.39 shipping
    Ending Today at 12:32PM PDT2h 31mBrand: Ross Reels
  • New ListingAbel TR "LIGHT" Fly Reel - MINT!!- RARE!!

    Up for sale is my original Abel TR "LIGHT" reel it has never been fished. It is as close to mint condition as you are likely to find. I doubt you will likely ever find another example in much closer to new condition, it's a nice one.
    $325.00
    Brand: Abel
    $10.95 shipping
  • Islander 2/LL Bean Tide Master Fly reel

    <p dir="ltr">Islander 2/LL Bean Tide Master Fly reel. Up for auction is a LL Bean Tide Master fly reel which was a rebrand Islander 2 fly reel. Machined bar stock aluminum, incoming and outgoing clicker, cork draw bar drag system. Reel shows some boat rash (see pictures) but still purrs like a well oiled machine. Tje drag range on this is incredible. Would make an excellent medium saltwater reel . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p>
    $235.00
    $7.85 shipping
    or Best Offer
    10 watching
  • Sage 2250 Fly Reel 5-6 Weight

    The reel shows minor wear on the reel foot and rim (see photos).
    $50.00
    20 bids
    $4.99 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 10:02AM PDT3dBrand: SAGE
  • lamson speedster 3.5 Fly Reel

    <p>lamson speedster 3.5 Fly Reel. Condition is Used. Comes with case and sink tip line and also backing Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p>
    $102.50
    11 bids
    $7.85 shipping
    Ending Today at 3:48PM PDT5h 48mBrand: Lamson
  • GALVAN BRONZE T-5 FLY FISHING REEL

    REEL IS IN GOOD USED CONDITION. HAS NORMAL SURFACE WEAR. THE LINE YOU SEE ON THE REEL, YOU WILL BE GETTING. Should you receive a. for your convenience and value.
    $180.00
    0 bids
    FAST 'N FREE
    Ending Thursday at 8:25AM PDT3d 22hTop Rated PlusBrand: Galvan
  • Hardy Princess fly reel Vintage

    This is a UK made Hardy Princess from the late 1960’s. He than removed the aluminum handle and center cap and replaced them with gold plated. He put quite a bit of work into the reel. In so doing, he devalued the reel to collectors.
    $152.50
    5 bids
    Free shipping
    Ending Tuesday at 10:55AM PDT2dBrand: Hardy
  • New ListingAbel Super 5 Spool W/ Case And Box. Brand New Rio Gold 6w Line On The Reel

    Abel Super 5 Spool W/ Case And Box. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.
    $215.00
    Brand: Abel
    $9.45 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Fly Reel Size IV In Gold-Perfect Condition

    <p>You are bidding on a Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Fly Reel Size IV In Gold-Perfect Condition but is Used. This was just a reel I had in my stash that I never really used. See the pictures, looks like it came right out of the box. It comes with the original box and reel bag. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Buyer must pay via PayPal within two days.</p><p>BTW, I have listed a spare spool in another sale if you are interested. Matches this reel.</p>
    $80.00
    12 bids
    $10.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 5:00PM PDT6h 59mBrand: Orvis
  • Lamson Guru G3.5 Fly Reel 8-9 Weight

    The reel was barely fished. It is currently setup for left-hand retrieve and loaded with 20# backing.
    $71.00
    9 bids
    $4.99 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 10:02AM PDT3dBrand: Lamson
  • HARDY "THE PERFECT" 3 1/2"

    THE REEL IS BY HARDY BROS -ENGLAND AND IS "THE PERECT" 3 1/2". MADE BY HARDY BROS. THE PERFECT 3 1/2". AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE PICTURES- THE REEL HAS KILLED ITS SHARE OF FISH I CAN IMAGINE.
    $123.71
    7 bids
    Free shipping
    Ending Thursday at 9:00PM PDT4d 10hBrand: Hardy
  • Taylor T1 Fly Reel # 6to8weight

    Taylor T1 Fly Reel # 6to8weight. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.
    $139.00
    0 bids
    $7.28 shipping
    Ending Friday at 1:12PM PDT5d 3h
  • New ListingEarly Orvis CFO II Fly Reel With Extra Spool

    $399.95
    Brand: Orvis
    or Best Offer
    FAST 'N FREE
  • Orvis Large Arbor Battenkill Extra Spool Size IV Gold-perfect Condition!

    <p>This auction is for a Orvis Large Arbor Battenkill “Extra Spool” Size IV Gold-in perfect Condition! Need I say more, see pictures. Comes with spool pouch. I also have a Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Reel for sale that matches this extra spool. There is no reel included with this sale. Condition is Used. Buyer must pay via PayPal within 2 days.</p>
    $51.00
    7 bids
    $10.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 5:15PM PDT7h 14mBrand: Orvis
  • Hardy Featherweight Fly Fishing Reel

    Local pickup always available at Things Forgotten Antiques in Atwood IL 61913.
    $102.50
    3 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 7:39PM PDT3d 9hBrand: Hardy
  • Ross Reels The Gunnison G-2 Fly Fishing Reel Black w/ Case Box and Paperwork G2

    Item is in excellent used condition.
    $61.00
    6 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 8:15AM PDT3d 22hBrand: Ross Reels
  • New ListingVintage HARDY MARQUIS #6 Fly Reel w/ Spare Spool ~ Made in England

    Reel is in VERY GOOD condition. Spare spool looks barely used.if at all. Note in last photo that the reel has no line guide?. I'm assuming it originally had one(still available on internet). No box or papers.
    $49.95
    0 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Oct 27 at 8:15AM PDT6d 22hBrand: Hardy
  • New ListingOrvis Mirage V Fly Reel

    <p>Orvis Mirage V Fly Reel. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p><br><p>Reel has been very well maintained. No scratches or defects. </p><p>Includes 9wt Airflow Tropic Punch fly line and 50lb gel spun backing - an additional $125 value!</p>
    $375.00
    Brand: Orvis
    $9.25 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Excellent Martin 72 multiplying fly reel

    ExcellentMartin 72 Fly Reel. Works well with good strong drag.
    $133.00
    25 bids
    $8.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 7:03PM PDT9h 2m
  • Orvis Fly Reel CFO IV Made In England

    $152.50
    11 bids
    $7.98 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 6:00PM PDT3d 7hBrand: Orvis
  • Hardy Featherweight Fly Fishing Reel

    Local pickup always available at Things Forgotten Antiques in Atwood IL 61913.
    $132.50
    7 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 7:41PM PDT3d 9hBrand: Hardy
  • Waterworks Lamson Micra 5 Litespeed 2 Fly Fishing Reel ~ CLOSEOUT

    The Litespeed is one of the most popular and influential fly reels of the last two decades. Waterworks Lamson Litespeed Micra 5 Reel. In this new version, you get: A higher retrieve rate. An improved ergonomic drag knob for better grip.
    $199.97
    Top Rated Plus
    FAST 'N FREE
    Brand: Waterworks-Lamson
    198 sold
  • Temple Fork Outfitters TFO BVK Fly Reel Closeout Sizes 0,1,3 Plus

    $49.95 to $149.95
    Brand: Temple Fork Outfitters
    $5.99 shipping
    11 sold
  • Lamson Waterworks Konic 4 Fly Reel II 9/10 weight w/ Backing, Never Used!

    <p dir="ltr">Brand new, never used!  Lamson Konic 4 Fly Reel II w/ Backing.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!</p>
    $124.95
    Brand: Lamson
    $12.95 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Fly Reel Size IV

    <p>Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Fly Reel Size IV. Condition is Used comes with rio tropical outbound short wf9i/s6 line and blue backing. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p>
    $65.00
    16 bids
    $7.85 shipping
    Ending Today at 3:44PM PDT5h 44mBrand: Orvis
  • Orvis Battenkill Disc 5/6 Fly Reel - Used 

    <p dir="ltr"> In fair shape works good just dusty Orvis Battenkill Disc 5/6 Fly Reel - Used . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p>
    $64.99
    Brand: Orvis
    $7.85 shipping
    12 watching
  • Ross Rapid fly reel 5/6 Loaded with SA WF5F line and green backing

    5/6 weight Ross Rapid Fly Reel for sale. Great for as a backup or for a new fly fisherman. Includes green backing and looped Scientific Angler (WF5F) 5 weight floating line. The reverse-tapered Delrin handle yields a solid grip.
    $41.00
    9 bids
    $12.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 1:24PM PDT3h 23mBrand: Ross
  • Lamson Guru Fly Reel

    <p>Lamson Guru Fly Reel. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p><br><br><p>This reel is used but still in perfect working order.soze is 1/1.5 as you can see in the pictures. This is perfect for a 5 weight rod but could work well on a 4 or 6 as well. There is a Rio grand like already spooled on but it’s getting close to needing yo be replaced. Message with questions.</p>
    $87.00
    12 bids
    $8.60 shipping
    Ending Today at 3:04PM PDT5h 3mBrand: Lamson
  • Ross Rapid fly reel 5/6 Loaded with SA WF5F line and orange backing

    5/6 weight Ross Rapid Fly Reel for sale. Great for as a backup or for a new fly fisherman. Includes green backing and looped Scientific Angler (WF5F) 5 weight floating line. The reverse-tapered Delrin handle yields a solid grip.
    $42.00
    10 bids
    $12.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 1:26PM PDT3h 25mBrand: Ross
  • Abel No.2 Fly Reel 7/8 wt

    <p dir="ltr">Abel No.2 Fly Reel 7/8 wt. Glossy black finish in excellent condition. Bonefish etched on the housing makes for a unique and collectable piece. Right hand retrieve; comes with Abel pouch. No international shipping. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. No returns unless the item was represented inaccurately. Please see my other auctions for more reels from Alutecnos, Sage, Stratos and more. </p>
    $329.00
    Brand: Abel
    $8.30 shipping
    or Best Offer
    18 watching
  • Orvis Mach IV Fly Reel (Inscribed See Photos)

    Other than that it is a very clean reel.
    $58.00
    13 bids
    $7.99 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 10:02AM PDT3dBrand: Orvis
  • Irideus Spey Reel Perfect condition + shooting head running line

    Irideus Spey Reel is in Perfect condition. My reels are. The Reel is loaded with backing and Irideus Anadromodus ST Shooting Head Running Fly Line. This line was used with my 7wt Spey rod. My lines are cleaned at the end of each fishing trip.
    $79.00
    0 bids
    $10.40 shipping
    Ending Today at 4:32PM PDT6h 31m
  • Vintage Hardy Marquis 7 fly reel, Great Cond. Case, Spare Spool, Boxes & Paper W

    Made in Britain. Works great, has little ware but looks and works very good with no issues. Case is excellent, zipper works fine. Right or left hand. Reel is spooled but I do not know anything about the line.
    $78.00
    13 bids
    $8.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 6:02PM PDT8h 2mBrand: Hardy
  • Abel Pt. 5 Ported Fly Reel

    <p>Up for Auction is an Abel Pt. 5 Ported Fly Reel. The reel functions perfectly, but does have cosmetic wear (small nicks and scratches). There is a groove at the bottom of the reel from fly line being stripped from reel. Included is original box and reel case. SA GPX Wf-5 lone includes. Line is in used condition. Original owner. Great reel that is built for a life time of use. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Please email with any questions.</p><br><p>Thanks for looking!</p>
    $142.50
    9 bids
    $8.60 shipping
    Ending Monday at 2:10PM PDT1d 4hBrand: Abel
  • Orvis Clearwater Large Arbor IV Fly Reel

    <p>Orvis Clearwater Large Arbor IV Fly Reel. Condition is Like new</p>
    $49.00
    12 bids
    $7.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 1:33PM PDT3h 33mBrand: Orvis
  • Abel T3 + spare spool, fly fishing reel

    A very nice reel and extra spool. A few very small rubs, no nicks or dents. Spool has backing and new SA 5 wt type III sink tip. Reel has backing and a new 5wt RIO Perception line.
    $133.50
    8 bids
    $15.00 shipping
    Ending Monday at 5:59PM PDT1d 7hBrand: Abel
  • New ListingLL Bean Double L Mid Arbor Fly Fishing Reel #2 Size W/ Line Great Condition!

    <p>This listing is for LL Bean Double L #2 fly reel. Great condition and I only think it’s been cast into water twice. Hardly any wear whatsoever. I believe it has 5 weight line since it was paired with a 5 wt rod but I’m not 100% sure. See pictures for details.</p>
    $80.00
    $7.35 shipping
  • New ListingRoss Airius 2 Fly Reel

    <p>Ross Airius 2 Fly Reel . Condition is darn near perfect and think I used this one time. Silky smooth sealed drag and made from 6061 aircraft aluminum. Would pair with one of the 5wt rods I have listed perfectly!!! Just cleaning out the old to make way for new hobby :) Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.</p>
    $9.56
    3 bids
    $11.00 shipping
    Ending Saturday at 7:05PM PDT6d 9hBrand: Ross
  • Abel Super 4 Fly Reel Matte Black with Two Rio Fly Lines

    The only real signs of use of this reel is on the reel foot where it was mounted on reel seat. This reel is designed for line weights 4 and 5. Line capacity for a 4wt weight forward is 100 yards of 20lb backing and 75 yards of 20lb backing for a 5wt weight forward line.
    $164.50
    11 bids
    $12.00 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 6:20PM PDT4d 8hBrand: Abel
  • Orvis Clearwater II Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel w/ Clearwater 5wt line

    For sale is an Orvis Clearwater II Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel. Includes a Clearwater 5wt freshwater line. Reel is in amazing functioning condition, but has some minor cosmetic scrapes around the edges. Here's your chance to own an amazing reel at a great price!
    $48.00
    17 bids
    $7.85 shipping
    Ending Today at 6:40PM PDT8h 39mBrand: Orvis
  • Ross Reel Cimarron 1 Fly-fishing Reel + Soft Case

    Ross Reels Cimarron fly reel in perfect mint condition.
    $100.00
    4 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 6:23PM PDT8h 22mBrand: Ross
  • Orvis BBS II and Extra Spool - Excellent

    It is in perfect condition complete w/line, backing and bag. The line is not known but thought to be a sink tip.
    $114.50
    12 bids
    $9.50 shipping
    Ending Tuesday at 7:34AM PDT1d 21hBrand: Orvis
  • NEW TFO TEMPLE FORK OUTFITTERS BVK 1 FLY FISHING REEL FOR 3/4/5 WEIGHT ROD

    Pics are of the exact reel you will receive.
    $102.50
    19 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Monday at 1:23PM PDT1d 3hBrand: Temple Fork Outfitters
  • Waterworks Lamson Litespeed LS4 Fly Reel with Backing and Case

    Waterworks Lamson Litespeed LS4 Fly Reel with Backing and Case. Condition is Used but in excellent condition. No scratches or marks. Mechanically perfect. For 8-10 wt lines. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.
    $125.00
    0 bids
    $14.20 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 10:21AM PDT3d
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Waterworks-Lamson

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A Guide to Fly Fishing Reels

For many anglers, the feeling you get when you're out on the water, breathing in fresh air, and casting a fly reel can be magical. To make sure you're not only enjoying yourself but also finding success, you'll want to have the right fishing reel. eBay has a wide variety of new and used fly reels.

What type of drag system do fly fishing reels have?

There are two main systems that you'll see on fly reels for sale. Disc systems are most commonly found on reels, but click and pawl systems are still available. Advantages of each type are listed below:

  • Click and pawl systems: These have a simple operation, so some traditionalists prefer to use this style. Their simplicity also means that there's little that could go wrong. Some of these systems can be adjustable.
  • Disc systems: This style of drag has a smooth start, and there's usually a drag knob on the reel that you can use to make adjustments. In some situations, fishermen feel this smoother operation can help keep the fish on the line. With a sealed drum disc drag as opposed to a draw bar disc drag, you'll have more protection against saltwater penetration.
Does the manufacturing process affect the fly reel?

Yes. eBay fly fishing reels have generally been made in one of three ways:

  • Die cast: Some of the cheaper fly fishing reels are often die-cast ones. New and used fly fishing reels that have been die cast are light and good for beginners to use.
  • Stamped metal: These types of reels are going to be heavy and relatively durable. A used fly reel made out of stamped metal is likely to be affordable.
  • Machined: During the machining process, these high-quality reels can be made to be very durable. Since they can be anodized, they can be used in saltwater and silty water.
Small-arbor versus large-arbor reels

The arbor is the center of the spool, and there could be arbors of different sizes. Small-arbor reels have the advantage of being light. They're commonly paired with smaller rods when you're looking for relatively smaller fish. Large-arbor reels can reduce line memory and allow the line to be straighter while in the water. This larger size also translates into a more consistent drag since the spool diameter isn't changing as much when the fish pull out the line. In addition, large-arbor reels can let you retrieve more line with a single crank. This, in turn, allows you to be more efficient at picking up slack line and keeping consistent tension on the line.

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