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16 reviews | 4.7 out of 5
I purchased the 7-8 wt reel. Used it on the Missouri river in very cold weather and caught two nice large browns (24-26 inches) and it performed very well. Stripping line for casting is great and line retrieval is very nice, even with big 5 LB -plus pound fish on. The only precaution I can say is, don't loosen the drag too much as it will spin your line off the reel too fast causing a tangled mess when you strip line off.
Excellent reel for the price. Holds lots of backing w/ a strong smooth drag
I bought an Okuma reel several years ago and have been very pleased with its performance and reliability. This updated model seems like it will retain its appearance and function even better than the older one. At this price, it's a bargain. If you have the cash and enjoy purchasing more expensive reels for emotional reasons, then buy a different reel. If you like a reel that looks good and works great, then buy this one.
This reel is as good as reels three times the price,and smooth,this real is so smooth just hold it and give it the slightest shake and the spool will go round and round.I really did not expect this reel to be this nice but so far i am very impressed,if you find a better fly reel for this price,please let me know,i'am sure you will have a hard time finding one,i have dozens of fly reels so trust me.The reel pretty much cost as much as a spare spool,so instead of buying spare spools,i think i'am just going to buy a couple more reels,ya cant beat it.
I'm sure a lot more money would get you a lot more reel. I bought this for steelhead and fully believe its up to the task. So far its only had to handle mid-sized trout. Easy to reverse the retrieve direction and load up. the drag can stop a bulldozer. Well deserving of its reputation as one of the best cheap reels out there.
I bought his reel for trolling flies and streamers for largemouth bass and stripers on my local waters. I bought th 7/8 wt version. For trolling you need a large arbored reel because you dole out 100 feet of line or more. Since fly reels are 1:1 ratio, it helps to have the large arbor for reels line faster. Despite the large arbor, it holds a lot of line and backing. The drags are nice. I read that it had cork drags. There is a stainless steal washer and another material in addition to the cork. This was my second disc-drag fly reel. The Okuma has a superior, smoother drag than another brand I had that I won't mention. Hope this helps.
I own far more expensive reels than this one but some I was just investigating salt water fly fishing for the first time I didn't want to sink a small fortune into a reel I didn't know was going to be used 1 or 21 times a year. Surprisingly smooth drag slowing down the fish and unlimited backing storage (over 500 yards) and large arbor to reel them in quickly. A real home run. .
For the money, it's a pretty decent reel. But, if you are putting 5 wt line on the 4/5 reel; don't expect to get very much backing onto the reel. I paired up the Crisium 4/5 (8'6") rod with the SLV 4/5 reel using 5 wt line; and it has a very nice balance to the setup.
Just what I wanted. Delivered ahead of schedule. Best price anywhere.
It works great!
Quality reel for a bargain price. This is my third Okuma reel. Strong and smooth, they are a reliable workhorse, but look like a more expensive reel.
Bought the reel for a 14 foot 9 weight spey rod in size 10-11. I own four other Okuma fly reels in smaller sizes and have had very good function from them all, no problems whatsoever. Drags are smooth, and the free spool retrieve is a great feature. I fish about fifty days a year, primarily in Montana and have never had an issue with these reels even though they have all been abused occasionally. This would have been a five star rating except that the SLV model, at least in the large size, doesn't convert to a left hand retrieve. The Sierra and Integrity reels can be converted.