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Abel SDS 9 10 Fly Reel Blue III Platinum Drag Knob
Abel SDS 9/10 Fly Reel - Custom Shop Blue III/Platinum Drag Knob SDS910BLUEIIIPLAT $1,175.00 Free Shipping for Abel SDS 9/10 Fly Reel - Custom Shop Blue III/Platinum Drag Knob
Hatch Iconic 11 Plus Fly Reel Clear Blue
Hatch Iconic Fly Reel 11 Plus NEW ICONIC11 $998.00 Free Shipping for Hatch Iconic Fly Reel 11 Plus NEW
Hatch Iconic 9 Plus Fly Reel Grey
Hatch Iconic Fly Reel 9 Plus NEW ICONIC9 $919.00 Free Shipping for Hatch Iconic Fly Reel 9 Plus NEW
CCF-X2 Nautilus freshwater fly fishing reel
Nautilus CCF-X2 Fly Reel 6/8 NCFX68 $495.00 Free Shipping for Nautilus CCF-X2 Fly Reel 6/8
Redington GRANDE Fly Reel Black
Redington GRANDE Fly Reel GRANDE $329.99 Free Shipping for Redington GRANDE Fly Reel

Our favorite fly reels for fly fishing tarpon on the salt.

Stalking tarpon in saltwater may well be the ultimate test for a reel. Broken reels aren’t uncommon, and when you’re miles from shore with no backup your dream trip can quickly turn into a heartbreaker. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the fly reels we’ve chosen from Hatch, Nautilus, and Redington are all built for the rigors of offshore tarpon fishing. You can’t go wrong with any of these reels, but if you’re planning a trip of a lifetime we highly recommend bringing along a backup reel.

In the market for a fly rod, too? Be sure to check out our picks for some of the best fly rods for tarpon fishing, too.

ReelLine weightsPrice
Hatch Finatic fly reel 2wt–16wt $470.00 - $990.00
Nautilus CCF-X2 6/8 fly reel 8wt–12wt $435.00
Nautilus NV-G 5/6 fly reel 5wt–12wt $560.00
Redington GRANDE fly reel 5wt–14wt+ $299.00 - $349.99
    1. Hatch Custom Color Finatic Gen 2 Fly Reel

      Best Tarpon Fly Reel Hatch Custom Color

      Price: $470.00 - $990.00
      Line weights: 2wt - 16wt

      Hatch builds some of the finest fly reels on the planet for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Built entirely in the USA and available in sizes from 2wt to 16wt, Hatch has everything covered—even colors. Their Custom Paint Fill Program lets you choose from a wide range of fill colors to create a custom look. Lead time is just 2 weeks.

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    2. Nautilus CCF-X2 6/8 Fly Reel

      Best Fly Reel for Tarpon Nautilus CCF-X2 6/8

      Price: $435.00
      Line weights: 8wt - 12wt

      Equipped with their award-winning dual action CCF-X2 drag system, hybrid ceramic bearings, and a fully sealed design using their Activseal technology, these Nautilus reels are superb for saltwater fishing. Available in brushed titanium or black anodized finish. The features on these reels are extensive, so click to learn more.

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