Spinning Reels New For 2016

Spring Is Coming Do You Have The Latest In Spinning Reels?

You know winter won’t last forever and you are cleaning the gear and prepping for the first fishing trip of the year. But are your spinning reels really up to another year’s punishment? Are you just craving the hottest and newest spinning reel to put on that new rod you got for Christmas?

Sure it was a present to yourself, but they never would have given you the right one anyway. I mean just look how mad your wife was when she opened up her present from you and found what was apparently the WRONG kind of vacuum cleaner.

But what are the hottest spinning reels for 2016 you may be wondering.  Here are a few items culled from the ICAST fishing convention and a few other secret sources.

abu garcia revo spinning reel 2016

Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Spinning Reel

A sweet inshore spinning reel, this thing is meant to take the salt
water like it was nothing and is geared towards fishing for braid. It
makes use of their X- craftic™ material to increase corrosion
resistance, as well as having 6 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1
roller bearing. The smallest in the line will hold 180yd of 10# braid
and the biggest will hold 200yd of 20#.
MSRP on these bad boys is $199-219 but I’m finding them for slightly
less on amazon.

Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel 2016

Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reel

Time to chase some trout? But does your arm get tired from throwing
metal at them all day? Then check out the Revo
spinning reels. The line in fact is touted as being
lighter because of their IMC6 body designs and X-Cräftic™ gearbox
design. The Revo SX also has a C6 carbon body. Want to feel like you
are fishing with a high end sports car? Here you go.
9 bearings for a smooth ride and a line capacity that ranges from
110yds of 6# with the REVO2SX10 model, all the way up to a sizable
230yds of 10# mono on the REVO2SX40 model. To me, this would be a great
trout fishing reel.
MSRP is $159.95 but as usual check Amazon’s price. I am seeing them a
little cheaper there.

Revo MGX Spinning Reel 2016

Abu Garcia Revo MGX Spinning Reel

Want to fish 2016 in style and make your friends drool? Then cash in
those cans, and drop a bit more money for the Revo MGX. This this in
Lets be honest here, no one needs 11 ball bearings
to reel in a fish. But if you are going to fish, you might as well do
it in style and the Revo MGX delivers on that. The parts list is
basically all of the best Abu Garcia can deliver in a spinning reel.
Carbon body, spool and handle shaft, aircraft grade aluminum shaft,
massively detailed gearing, and the list goes on.
You could go out with a $6 spinning reel, but why? So it can break in
six months, or worse, fail when you hook into that once in a lifetime
fish? Dude, life is too short for cheap reels!
MSRP is $299.95 and Amazon isn’t much cheaper but it will save you a
few dollars.

Pflueger President Limited Edition spinning reel 2016

Pflueger® President® Limited Edition
Spinning Reel

I haven’t gotten a chance to put my hands on one of these yet, but by
the specs, this might be a good line of spinning reels if you are
looking to not break the bank.
The bodies are graphite with aluminum gearing, so they are relatively
light, running from just over 6 ounces to just over 10. For the price
point, 10 ball bearings is excellent and they even classied it up a
little with a carbon fiber shaft on the handle. It may not be the race
car of a spinning reel that the Abu Garcia Revo line is, but it is a
solid reel that will perform well.
This limited edition reel is only available in 2016 BTW!
MSRD is a reasonable $80

Quantum Throttle spinning reel 2016

Quantum Throttle Spinning Reel

Quantum is a sister brand to Zebco, and lets be honest, that isn’t a
brand that screams quality and high end reels. That isn’t what we
expect from these guys, we expect spinning
reel and rod combos the function for $25
and that is what
they deliver.
The Quantum line is a definite step or two up from the Zebco brand.
Honestly these reels are generally sufficient for any casual angler.
They are definitely stepping up the quality game, especially in the new
reels like the Quantum Throttle. What impresses me with this reel is
the solid aluminum uni-body construction and 11 ball bearings. For the
price this is a hard reel to beat.
MSRP for the Quantum Throttle is $59.99 and that is about what I’m
seeing them for online.

Shimano Stradic FK spinning reels

Shimano Stradic FK

Shimano has rolled out a new creature with the Stradic FK. The big deal
with this spinning reel is the X-ship and the HAGANE body. The result
they say is a smoother reel that has a stiff body that won’t flex. Both
things are important to anyone that has ever fought a pissed off fish.
Feeling your reel bunch up under stress is no fun. Personally it seems
that 7 bearings is a bit thin for a spinning reel in this price point.
Whether it is worth the hype or not is still up for debate. The online
community is split on if this is hype or not. People that have these
spinning reels seem to love them though.
MSRP isn’t listed on the manufacturer’s website which is annoying as
hell. The pricing online is running between $160 and $230 depending on
the model

mitchell mag-pro R spinning reels

Mitchell® Mag-Pro R Reel

Mitchell isn’t a name I see a lot here in the northwest, but it is an
old company and has been making fishing reels for a long time. I would
consider them as making reels for casual fishing. Their price point on
their classic reel the Mitchell
300 is only $50
The Mag-Pro R is a step up from the Mitchell 300 with 10 ball bearings
instead of 8 and an aluminum body instead of polymer. If you are
looking for a decently made, solid spinning reels at a budget price,
the Mitchell Mag-Pro R might be the spinning reel you are looking for.
MSRP for this reel is a budget friendly $89.95

Daiwa Exist Spinning Reels

Daiwa Exist Spinning Reels

Forget it! Don’t look at it, you can’t have it! The Diama Exist is so
advanced, so cutting edge that you don’t get to have one! So far I can
see that these are only available in Japan and I’m thinking they
transform into motorcycles when they aren’t being used as fishing
All joking aside, the big piece of technology in these reels is that it
has a 13 Bearing System (2 MBB + 10 CRBB + 1RB). Of these, the
Magsealed ball bearings are the pimp shit. In them, magnetic oil
bridges the gap between the inner and outer bearing races, keeping the
elements out. The nanotech fluid in them changes properties when under
the influence of a magnet. Net result is a massively smooth reel with
insane corrosion resistance.
MSRP of this piece of high technology isn’t listed but I’m betting it
is $699 from what I’m seeing online. YES! $700 for a spinning reel. How
was your tax return?

team lews pro speed spinning reel

Team Lew’s® Pro Speed Spin® Series

Another name I’m not personally familiar with, The Team Lew’s brand has
been around for a while and has been making reels since 1973. A middle
of the road brand by price point, Lew’s has reels ranging from about
$30 on up to $129 for their top of the line, the Pro Speed Spin reels.
There isn’t a ton about these reels that is exceptional, but they do
have carbon rotors and for me, I like seeing 12 ball bearings on this
model, and it does have a carbon drag. All in all this should be a
decent reel. The price point is reasonable too for this model and its
MSRP isn’t listed

There Are The New Spinning Reels For 2016

OK, not really, there are tons more and this page could go on forever.  If there is a new one I missed and you think I should add, leave a comment, send an email or so on.  Likewise if you have one of these reels, let us know what you think of it!

Quantum Hellcat 30 Spinning Reel Reviewed

Is the Quantum Hellcat 30 Your Next Spinning Reel?

Quality fishing reels are something I love to have but I hate paying too much for them. To that end, I’m really liking the Quantum Fishing Hellcat 30 spinning reel.

Quantum Fishing Hellcat 30 Spinning Reel
Quantum Fishing Hellcat 30 Spinning Reel

If you haven’t checked them out, they are as sexy as you get for a reasonably priced spinning reel and they have enough bearings to make them smooth to work with.  I’ll be honest with you.  I grew up in the woods of North Idaho and I don’t know how many bearings those reels we used had, but hey absolutely grated when you would reel them and the drags were dismal.  Hooking into a big fish was a nightmare with those things.  I likely would have killed for something this sweet back then.

The big features for me on this reel are first the price point. MSRP is $80 but I’m seeing them on Amazon for less than that plus if you have Amazon Prime you can get it shipped for free. I’ll admit it, I’m now an Amazon junky.

Next is the continuous stop. Those old reels has one stop, so you better hope that it was against it if you went to set the hook. A continuous stop prevents any line from playing out when you put tension on the line. It may not seem like a big deal, but when a trophy is on the line it definitely is!

Third is LOTS of bearings. The Quantum Hellcat line has 11 Bearings (10+clutch) so you know it will run smooth.

Quantum Hellcat Spinning Reel Specs

Here are some of the general specs for this reel that I pulled off the Quantum website for the Quantum Hellcat series of spinning reels:

  • 11 Bearings (10+clutch)
  • Lightweight aluminum body and side plate
  • Continuous Anti-Reverse™
  • 5.2:1 Gear ratio
  • Lightweight graphite rotor
  • Long Stroke™ spool design
  • LMS™ line management system
  • Heavy-duty anodized aluminum bail wire
  • Soft-touch EVA handle knob

The Quantum Hellcat spinning reels actually come in three sizes. I think they are all pretty reasonably sized, not too big but not so small that if you have a fish run you have to sweat it spooling you.

Quantum Hellcat Spinning Reels
Model Gear Ratio Line Capacity Bearings Weight.
HC20F 5.2:1 140 yds. / 6 lb. 10+1 10.0 oz.
HC30F 5.2:1 190 yds. / 8 lb. 10+1 11.1 oz.
HC40F 5.2:1 170 yds. / 10 lb. 10+1 11.8 oz.

Hellcat Spinning Reel Reviews

There isn’t a great deal of feedback in on this reel yet, but so far their is only praise for the Quantum Hellcat spinning reel.  Here are a few that I’ve found that seemed useful.

“Great Reel. very smooth and i love it. I’m using 8 pound Spiderwire Braided Line. Spooled up Smooth . My new favorite reel.”

“Great reel super smooth casting and retrieving great drag as well”

Final Analysis Of The Quantum Hellcat Spinning Reel

I have to go with it being a winner. At least until someone gives me some evidence to change that opinion.  If you are looking for a midrange spinning reel for yourself or as a gift, you aren’t going to go wrong with giving them one of the Quantum Hellcat spinning reels.

Check for the best price on the QUantum hellcat spinning reels

Best Spinning Reels for Fishing for Steelhead

High Quality Steelhead Spinning ReelsSpinning Reels for Catching Steelhead.

Spinning reels built for Steelhead fishing are a special breed. Built to deliver solid hook sets, with fast retrieves for when they run right for you, and with durability to survive year after year of fishing in cold weather with frozen fingers, these are unique spinning reels.

I like these reels for fishing spinners, spoons and the like because they offer fast retrieves and great casting ability.  If you are wanting to use floats to fish for Steelhead, then you are going to want a reel made for casting braided line such as the Wavespin line of reels.

The following are a couple of high quality spinning reels that work for fishing for steelhead!

Okuma Spinning Reels for Steelhead

High Quality Shimano spinning reels for SteelheadThe Okuma Inspira is a great spinning reel for fishing for steelhead. Designed for durability and stopping power, it is what you need in your hands when there is a pissed off steelhead on the end of your line.

The Okuma Inspira has 9 stainless steel HPB ball bearings for a smooth retrieve, and features a multi-disc, Japanese-oiled felt drag washers to suck up those long runs. The entire reel, inside and out is built to be corrosion resistant and has a Hydro Block watertight drag seal to keep things clean.

Shop for the best price on this reel:
Okuma Inspira Spinning Reel

Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel for Steelhead Fishing

Stradic spinning reel for steelhead fishingYou might think that the Shimano Stradic is a bit too much of a finesse reel for Steelhead, but sometimes you need to run lite line to pick up those spooky steelhead. Plus the styling on this reel is just so damn cool that you all most have to buy it!

The Shimano Stradic features the Super Stopper II anti-reverse that uses a one-way bearing that eliminates backplay. This provides you with instant hooksetting power.

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Shimano Stradic CI4400