• New ListingNautilus No. 10 (CCF) Fly Reel

    Still the smoothest, toughest, and most consistent drag system on the market. We created the perfect braking system, and now have 3 just as perfect reels built around it! This reel has never been fished and is in excellent condition.
    $315.00
    Brand: Nautilus
    $9.99 shipping
  • New ListingHardy L.R.H. Lightweight Fly Fishing Reel. Made in England.

    Up for sale is a nice Hardy Lightweight fly reel. This reel is in perfect working order and it is ready to hit the water. The finish only shows minor wear and this reel looks lightly used. It is currently setup for right hand retrieve, and it is suitable for 4-6wt fly lines. The diameter is 3.20". The spool is loaded with an unknown fly line. Comes with a nice carrying case (the case shows some wear). Made in England. Please see all of the photos and thank you for looking.
    $210.00
    Top Rated Plus
    $8.00 shipping
    Brand: Hardy
  • New ListingOrvis Battenkill "Lightweight" Fly Reel. J.W. Young Built. Made in England.

    Up for sale is nice Orvis Battenkill Lightweight fly reel. This reel is in good used shape and it is ready to hit the water!The finish on the reel does have honest wear (see photos). Currently set up for right hand retrieve.
    $135.00
    Top Rated Plus
    $9.00 shipping
    Brand: Orvis
  • New ListingOrvis Hydros SL IV Fly Reel Silver Discounted 25 %

    The Hydros® SL challenges everything you know about fly reels. Narrow spool for less line stacking and increased backing capacity. Large arbor fly reel. 3x stronger drag with zero start-up inertia.
    $171.75
    Brand: Orvis
    $8.25 shipping
    11 watching
  • 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.
    $217.50
    17 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 1:17AM PDT22h 15mBrand: Abel
  • New ListingAbel Super 2 Fly Reel 3/4 Weight ( Excellent )

    <p>Abel Super 2 Fly Reel 3/4 Weight ( Excellent ). Reel Is Ported In Near Mint Condition. Set Up For Left Hand Retrieve.</p>
    $275.00
    Brand: Abel
    $10.00 shipping
  • Vintage 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 PDT5d 5hBrand: Hardy
  • 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 Today at 7:34AM PDT4h 31mBrand: Orvis
  • New ListingHatch Finatic 7 Plus Fly Fishing Reel. W/ Box and Case.

    Up for sale is a very nice Hatch Finatic 7 Plus fly reel. This reel is in excellent shape and it is ready to hit the water. The silver finish does have some very minor markings on the edges and on the foot (they are hardly noticeable). This reel is currently set up for left-hand retrieve and it has a strong drag. Suitable for 7-9 wt lines. Comes with the box, case, and hex key. The box has some wear. Please see all photos and thank you for looking.
    $435.00
    Top Rated Plus
    $12.00 shipping
    Brand: Hatch
  • 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.
    $167.50
    8 bids
    Free shipping
    Ending Today at 10:55AM PDT7h 52mBrand: Hardy
  • New ListingHardy Featherweight Fly Reel For Fly Rod

    Hardy Featherweight Fly Reel c.1960's with "two screw" line guard. Line guard is marked "Brit. Regd. Design 895921". Reel is set up for "Left Hand Wind"! It comes with a Wt. forward 4 line, in very good shape. Mechanically she's excellent and because it's a used reel, it does have a few nicks/some minor discoloration on some of the finish. There's a very light scratch about 2" long on the cage, that you can only feel with your finger nail. A beautiful sounding reel with a very nice drag, many years of life left.  There's no Reel case available for it. Free Shipping, Via USPS Priority Mail to U.S. A. Only! Sorry, no international shipping, thank you!
    $215.00
    Brand: Hardy
    Free shipping
  • New ListingOrvis Hydros SL IV Fly Reel Citron Discounted 25 %

    The Hydros® SL challenges everything you know about fly reels. Narrow spool for less line stacking and increased backing capacity. Large arbor fly reel. 3x stronger drag with zero start-up inertia.
    $171.75
    Brand: Orvis
    $8.25 shipping
  • 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
    15 sold
  • Sage 2250 Fly Reel 5-6 Weight

    The reel shows minor wear on the reel foot and rim (see photos).
    $91.00
    37 bids
    $4.99 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 10:02AM PDT1d 6hBrand: SAGE
  • New ListingOrvis Hydros SL III Fly Reel Black Nickel Discounted 25 %

    The Hydros® SL challenges everything you know about fly reels. Narrow spool for less line stacking and increased backing capacity. Large arbor fly reel. 3x stronger drag with zero start-up inertia.
    $171.75
    Brand: Orvis
    $8.25 shipping
    5 watching
  • Ross Reel Cimarron 1 Fly-fishing Reel w/ WF-6-F (Trout) Wonderline (+ Soft Case)

    (1) Ross Reel Cimarron 1 Fly-fishing Reel with WF-6-F (Trout) Wonderline. Includes Blue Soft Case.
    $100.55
    16 bids
    $8.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 9:40AM PDT6h 38mBrand: Ross
  • 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 PDT2d 17hBrand: Hardy
  • New ListingHatch Finatic 5 Plus Gen 1 Fly Reel **MINT**

    <p>I’d be surprised if this reel was used at all. Not a nick to be found. Shipping is $5.</p>
    $325.00
    Brand: Hatch
    $5.00 shipping
    Guaranteed by Sat, Oct 26
  • DXR 9/10 Fly Reel - New w/ Case

    DXR 9/10 fly reel with original soft case. Color : Black.
    $98.99
    Brand: Orvis
    $7.35 shipping
    Benefits charity
  • New ListingAbel TR 2 Fly Reel in Black

    This reel would be great on light trout rods from 3-5wt. Reel weighs 4.9 ounces and is setup for left handed retrieval. All in all, it's in great condition and it still has many years left to be fished.
    $152.50
    3 bids
    $14.20 shipping
    Ending Oct 28 at 3:05PM PDT6d 12hBrand: Abel
  • Early 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
    FAST 'N FREE
    10 watching
  • Ross Gunnison 4/5 Fly Reel

    <p>Up for auction is a new Ross Gunnison 4/5 Fly in black. Also included is a Ross case, box, and paperwork. Please note small chip on frame and spool as shown in pictures. Completely cosmetic and functions as it should.</p>
    $86.00
    9 bids
    $7.35 shipping
    Ending Oct 27 at 6:30PM PDT5d 15hBrand: Ross
  • New ListingOrvis DXR Fly Reel 7/8 wt.

    <p dir="ltr">Orvis DXR Fly Reel 7/8 wt. Made for Orvis by Ross Reel Company. Very good condition, minimal signs of use. Right hand retrieve. No international shipping. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. No returns unless the item was represented inaccurately. Please see my other auctions for more high quality fly fishing reels by Abel, Alutecnos, Sage, Stratos, and more. Good luck and happy bidding.</p>
    $115.00
    Brand: Orvis
    $7.70 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • Galvan 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
  • Cabela's LSR 3 Fly Reel with Spare Spool

    $41.00
    3 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 9:19AM PDT6h 17mBrand: Cabela's
  • 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
    Estimated delivery dateEst. delivery Thu, Oct 24
    199 sold
    Brand: Waterworks-Lamson
  • 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.
    $93.00
    14 bids
    $4.99 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 10:02AM PDT1d 6hBrand: Lamson
  • Ross Reels The Gunnison G-2 Fly Fishing Reel Black w/ Case Box and Paperwork G2

    Item is in excellent used condition.
    $62.00
    7 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Thursday at 8:15AM PDT2d 5hBrand: Ross Reels
  • ROSS FLY-FISHING REEL--CLA-1.5-  5wt. W/ REO GOLD WFF LINE

    ROSS FLY-FISHING REEL--CLA-1.5- 5wt. W/ REO GOLD WFF LINE. Condition is Used.
    $89.00
    0 bids
    $7.70 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 11:52AM PDT1d 8hBrand: Ross
  • New ListingLamson Velocity V3 Fly Fishing Reel W/ Case - Beautiful Condition!

    Very light use.
    $145.00
    Brand: Lamson
    $8.20 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • FABULOUS CONDITION ORVIS BATTENKILL MID ARBOR III FLY FISHING REEL WITH CASE

    VERY CLEAN WELL TAKEN CARE OF ORVIS BATTENKILL MID ARBOR III (THREE) FLY FISHING REEL. THIS ORVIS REEL IS ONE OF SEVERAL THAT ARE PART OF AN ESTATE WE HAVE BEEN TASKED WITH LIQUIDATING.
    $81.00
    13 bids
    $10.25 shipping
    Ending Today at 5:47AM PDT2h 44mBrand: 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 PDT1d 16hBrand: Hardy
  • Orvis Battenkill Bamboo Fly Rod

    Battenkill rods, made and sold with a single tip. Orvis Madison. 8 1/2, 4-3/4, 2 piece rod. Impregnated bamboo. These rods were Orvis. Rod is rated for an 8 wt line but fishes well with a 6 or 7 wait.
    $150.00
    0 bids
    $15.00 shipping
    Ending Oct 27 at 8:05PM PDT5d 17hBrand: 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
    15 watching
  • New ListingBozeman Reel Company RS 729, 7-9wt Fly Fishing Reel Grey Color With Steamer Line

    This reel is handmade in Bozeman, MT and fits 7-9 weight fly lines. The fully sealed drag is smooth, strong, and saltwater safe. Maintenance is a breeze with this drag and reel. It's currently set up for right hand retrieve, but can be easily switched.
    $78.79
    3 bids
    $7.50 shipping
    Ending Oct 28 at 10:40AM PDT6d 7hTop Rated Plus
  • Lamson 4/5 fly reel

    $77.00
    3 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 1:38PM PDT10h 35mBrand: Lamson
  • New ListingOrvis Hydros SL V Fly Reel Black Nickel Discounted 25 %

    The Hydros® SL challenges everything you know about fly reels. Narrow spool for less line stacking and increased backing capacity. Large arbor fly reel. 3x stronger drag with zero start-up inertia.
    $194.25
    Brand: Orvis
    $8.25 shipping
  • Orvis Battenkill 3/4 Fly Fishing Reel. Made in England. W/ Case.

    Made in England.
    $75.99
    0 bids
    $4.33 shipping
    Ending Today at 11:25AM PDT8h 22mBrand: Orvis
  • New ListingGold Billy Pate Anti-Reverse Bonefish Fly Fishing Reel. W/ Case.

    Up for sale is a very nice Billy Pate Anti-Reverse Bonefish reel. This reel is in excellent shape and it works as intended. The gold spool seems to be pretty rare, possibly a limited run? The finish only has a minor markings. Please note, the original owner’s initials are on the backside of the reel. This reel is set-up for left-hand retrieve and it has a strong drag. The spool diameter is 3 5/8" and it is suitable for 7-9wt fly lines. Serial number "K555". Overall, a very high-quality reel, that is ready to hit the water. Comes with the carrying case. Please see all photos and thank you for looking.
    $450.00
    Top Rated Plus
    $10.00 shipping
  • LOOP Danielsson Nymph W fly reel

    This reel is in excellent condition, only marks are noted on the reel seat otherwise no scratches. Reel was well looked after. Rollers are in great condition. Includes original box and owners manual.
    $207.50
    5 bids
    $15.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 8:00PM PDT16h 58mBrand: Loop
  • New ListingLamson SE 1.5 Fly Reel

    <p dir="ltr">Lamson SE 1.5 Fly Reel. Brand New without box. Never been spooled, comes with neoprene reel cover. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.<br> </p>
    $99.00
    0 bids
    $7.85 shipping
    Ending Oct 28 at 3:32PM PDT6d 12hBrand: Lamson
  • Cabela's CSR 3 Fly Reel

    Includes reel bag and tool.
    $35.00
    1 bid
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 9:54AM PDT6h 52mBrand: Cabela's
  • 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
    19 watching
  • New ListingIslander 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>
    $210.00
    $7.85 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • ABEL TR2 TR-2 FLY REEL WITH SOFT CASE WARRANTY CARD And Line VERY NICE

    This reel is in really nice condition. No idea what the line is.
    $197.50
    6 bids
    $8.45 shipping
    Ending Today at 10:07AM PDT7h 4mBrand: Abel
  • New ListingOrvis Battenkill BBS 3

    Orvis Battenkill BBS 3. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.
    $40.00
    1 bid
    $5.35 shipping
    Ending Oct 28 at 7:10AM PDT6d 4hBrand: Orvis
  • Ross Evolution LTX 4/5 Fly Reel

    <p>Up for auction is a brand new Ross Evolution LTX 4/5 Fly in black. Also included is a Ross case, box, and paperwork.</p>
    $164.50
    16 bids
    $7.35 shipping
    Ending Oct 27 at 6:30PM PDT5d 15hBrand: Ross

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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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