American Made Fly ReelsWe are compiling an ever growing list of U.S. fly reel manufacturers & brands, which might include large corporations, small companies and individuals.
There are currently 6 companies in this list, which might include fly fishing reels assembled from materials 100% manufactured here in America, but some may also contain a percentage sourced outside the USA.
We've included a few details about the companies and their products along with direct links to both the manufacturer & various on-line retailers where you can get the latest prices, shipping costs, special offers & more.
Crafted by their expert machinists in Montrose, Colorado, the TR is a lightweight masterpiece. An integrated precision-balanced clicker on the spool eliminates the need for a counterweight, yielding a clean look and retaining an iconic click-pawl sound. The pronounced palming rim is deliberately shaped to manually control drag pressure in all fishing conditions. The TR also features a large-arbor spool engineered to reduce line memory and increase retrieval rate. Machined stainless steel accents on both the frame and spool add that extra level of detail found only in an Abel reel.
Winner of the best new freshwater reel for 2018 by Fly Fisherman Magazine and Best of Show at the 2017 ICAST/IFTD industry trade show. Based on the SDS (Sealed Drag Salt), the SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh) is a scaled-down version of the award-winning saltwater titan featuring similar porting and a stainless steel / carbon fluoropolymer drag system. The SDF boasts an enormous amount of drag, an adjustment range almost three times greater than its predecessor, and virtually zero start up inertia.
Popularized off the Northern California and Western Canadian coastlines, 'Mooching' is a very successful open water technique utilizing a single action, disc drag type of reel with monofilament line. Introduced in 2013 after a year of what must have been the most brutal field testing they’ve ever experienced, for 2017 Abel has upgraded the Mooching reel to be even better. The large arbor Abel Mooching reel has become a favorite among guides demanding a product that stands up to their daily abuse throughout the season without a need for maintenance.
Available since 1999 in a size for every fish that swims, the Abel Super Series has proven itself time after time as the premier American-made reel. While there have been various improvements and adjustments over the years, there are things that have never changed. Specifically, a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag system married to a strong aluminum frame & large arbor spool for increased line retrieval speed.
This reel will accomplish the same feats as its mid arbor brother, but with the added convenience of greater line pick up, with a quick retrieve on small creeks and streams and a strong feel that lets you know this is not a petite reel.
Go between fresh water and salt water with ease. Tough enough to handle a monster Tiger Trout or a spritely Calico Bass.
IRT 5-6 Weight
The IRT® 5/6 Weight Fly Reel is designed to do battle in streams, rivers, lakes, and light saltwater settings. Whether pinpointing larger trout, Shoal Bass, or Sea Trout, the IRT® 5/6 Weight is the perfect matchup for these scrappy targets.
This fly reel is currently in development.
The Nautilus NV Spey reels have been designed to maximize the effectiveness of thin running lines, and we feature the popular Giga arbor design for lightning fast line pick up and minimal line memory – critical components of distance casting.
These spools have been named to reflect the recommended range of grain weights for line heads, starting at the lowest recommended to the biggest line that will comfortably fit with at least 150 yards of 30 lb. backing.
The Nautilus X-Series is an open-frame reel designed for lightness, strength, drag smoothness, and fast line pick up. The X-Series design has strong beams that extend from the center to a wide line guard. These angles allow for rear spool rim protection where the reel typically contacts the ground when the rod is leaned up against a wall or a car.
The totally new SCF-X drag is a sealed Teflon® and carbon fiber disc drag system. It is adjusted with a generous drag knob that offers superior gripping surface and texture for wet and cold fingers.
The 2019 Animas takes the time-proven features that made the original Animas a guide favorite and incorporates new machined features that bring it into the modern era of Ross.
Designed around their original Colorado’s click and pawl system, the new award-winning Colorado LT retains the same ruggedness and the signature all-metal clicker of its older brother. However, that is where the similarities end as the Colorado LT is built with a new aesthetic and modern design evident in its large arbor and highly detailed porting. Adding to its elegant simplicity, the Colorado LT boasts only 15 different parts in total, all designed, machined, and assembled in Montrose, Colorado USA.
Tibor's Gulfstream Fly Reel is strong enough to handle brutal fishing environments yet exceptionally lightweight and is the finest reel you can own for blistering runs from the world's most demanding large game fish. This is the reel for the big blue water. All internal parts are sealed from the outside elements, so nothing can get in and degrade how the reel functions.
The Tibor Pacific fly fishing reel is the heavy hitter in the lineup of Tibor reels. With a large backing capacity, the Pacific is ready for any Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish trip you want to tackle. Standard on the Pacific is Tibor's new Gorilla handle, and of course, it comes with a lifetime warranty. As with all Tibor reels, for a small fee the Pacific can be ordered in seven different colors, from the traditional satin gold or black to forest green or royal blue.
The Tibor Riptide fly reel carries Tibor’s flawless drag system, which has defeated the world’s largest fish for 250+ species. The Riptide’s large arbor spool design significantly enhances the rate of line retrieval which is a critical advantage against strong adversaries like stripers in the surf. The Tibor Riptide is designed to accompany rod weights 9-11 and is suited to do battle with Stripers, Drum, Large Salmon, Tarpon, Dorado, Shark.
Signed by Master reel designer and fly fisherman Ted “Tibor” Juracsik, the elegant and efficient design of the Tibor Signature Series consists of very few parts. It features a completely ventilated spool and frame that keeps the reel cool during long, smoking runs and provides a robust incoming and outgoing clicker sound.