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What's The Best Trout Spinning Reel?

As a person who has been fishing for trout while using spinning gear for more than two decades, I am abundantly aware of how important it is to have a quality spinning reel as part of your trout fishing arsenal and am often asked which spinning reel is the best trout fishing reel. While the answer to this question is largely based on personal preference, there are certain features that make one spinning reel better than another when it comes to trout fishing.

While it is possible to spend over $100 on a spinning reel that will be used for trout fishing, spending this kind of money usually isn't necessary. I have found that certain spinning reels, some that cost in the $20-$40 range, can be very adequate when it comes to a trout spinning reel. Below I will outline a few of the features to look for and the name of my personal favorite fishing reel manufacturer if you are in the market for a quality spinning reel for trout fishing.

The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to a spinning reel for trout is that the reel needs to be ultralight, which is to say that it needs to be small. Sometimes the reel will have the phrase 'ul' stamped on it or in the reels description and other times it won't. The easiest way to tell that you are dealing with an acceptable sized fishing reel for trout is to look at the line capacity. Every fishing reel description will outline the reels line capacity and what you want to look for when it comes to trout fishing is that the reel will hold 100 yards or more of 4 pound test.

The next thing to pay attention to is the number of ball bearings that the reel has. The phrase to remember when it comes to spinning reels and ball bearing is the more the better. Never, under any circumstances, buy any reel that has fewer that 4 bearings. 4 ball bearing reels are okay, 6 ball bearings is good, and more than six usually perform like a dream and as you can imagine the price of the reel will increase as the number of ball bearings increase. Basically the more bearings that a spinning reel has the less "play" you will notice in the reel itself and the better the drag system will perform when a trout is being fought.

For price and quality to me one manufacturer stands out above all the rest when it comes to spinning reels that are used for trout fishing and that manufacturer is Pflueger. Pflueger has been making fishing reels since the late 1800's and they make a high quality product at an affordable price. If you put a gun to my head and said, "what's the best trout spinning reel?" I would answer the Trion GX-7 Spinning Reel .

I have been using the ultralight model, 4725GX, of this spinning reel for the last 10 years and couldn't be happier. For price and performance this reel can't be beat in my opinion. I also own and fish with other Pflueger spinning reel models that are equally as good. The bottom line is that when it comes to fishing reels for trout, any Pflueger reel will serve you well for many years of trout fishing.

JRW Fishing.com ~ Quality products for fishermen from Northwest Montana
432 East Idaho, Suite #C251 Kalispell, MT 59901
email: tkugler@jrwfishing.com