Our recommended fly reels for beginner fly fishers

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Recommended fly reels for beginners.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and any of these entry-level reels from Echo, Lamson and Redington make a great pick for your first fly fishing outfit. Click on each reel to get an overview and specs on each of them.

Looking for a rod, too? Check out our picks for the best fly rods for beginners.

ReelLine weightsPrice
Echo Bravo fly reel 6wt–12wt $139.99
Echo Ion fly reel 2wt–12wt $79.99 - $99.99
Lamson Liquid fly reel 3wt–10wt $129.95 - $149.95
Redington BEHEMOTH fly reel 4wt–12wt $129.99 - $149.99
Redington ZERO fly reel 2wt–5wt $109.99
    1. Echo Bravo Fly Reel

      Best Fly Reel for Beginner Echo Bravo

      Price: $139.99
      Line weights: 6wt - 12wt

      A great looking reel at a great price—perfect for the beginning fly fisher or as a back-up reel. Built with durable, solid aluminum alloy and equipped with Echo’s PIT STOP drag system for smooth, powerful drag and instant engagement. Sealed, saltwater-safe and maintenance-free, the Bravo is one of the best low-budget reels on the market.

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    2. Echo Ion Fly Reel

      Best Beginner Fly Reels Echo Ion

      Price: $79.99 - $99.99
      Line weights: 2wt - 12wt

      Best fly reel under $100? Looks like we have a winner here. Made from cast aluminum that’s then machined for a lightweight reel that balances well with lighter rods. Although designed for freshwater fly fishing, the larger models of Echo’s Ion reels can also be used for saltwater fishing as long as you’re careful to clean the reel after use.

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  1. Lamson Liquid Fly Reel

    Best Fly Reel Beginner Liquid Fly Reel

    Price: $129.95 - $149.95
    Line weights: 3wt - 10wt

    Built using the pressure cast process with post-casting machine work, sized for line weights from 3wt to 10wt, and starting at just $129.95 Lamson’s Liquid fly reels are some of the best bargains in fly fishing equipment.

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  2. Redington BEHEMOTH Fly Reel

    Best Fly Reel Beginner Redington BEHEMOTH Fly Reel

    Price: $129.99 - $149.99
    Line weights: 4wt - 12wt

    With its unique aesthetics that can only be achieved through die-casting, sizes that work with 4wt to 12wt rods and the most powerful drag in its class, the Redington Behemoth is a serious contender for everything from trout fishing with streamers to big-game saltwater fishing.

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  3. Redington ZERO Fly Reel

    Best Beginner Fly Reels Redington ZERO Fly Reel

    Price: $109.99
    Line weights: 2wt - 5wt

    A unique design combined with lightweight die-cast construction and a durable click drag system make Redington’s ZERO fly reels a great choice for trout and panfish rods in the 2wt to 5wt range. Priced at $109.99, these are some of the best deals in fly reels.

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