Best Fly Reels - Top 10 Fly Reel Makers Fly Fishing

Best Fly Reels - Top 10 Fly Reel Makers as listed by IFGA.

Who makes the best fly reels?

Here's a quick look at the list of the top 10 fly fishing reel brands used by the record holders in the World Record Game Fishes book, published by the International Game Fish Association:

1. Abel (56 world records)

Abel's mission statement is to design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world class customer service.

2. Tibor (50)

Self-proclaimed maker of "The World's Finest Fly Reels." These reels are pieces of art, and they catch fish, too.

3t. Orvis (10)

A household name for outdoorsmen across the country, Orvis carries plenty more than fly rods.

3t. Ross (10)

"The No. 1 selling fly fishing reels in the USA."

5. Fin-Nor (8)

Fin-Nor makes everything from bass rods and spinning reels to saltwater combos, leading to more than 380 world records in the process.

6t. Lamson (5)

Waterworks-Lamson isn't your average fly fishing company, with outdoor roots that trace back to the bicylcle industry of all things.

6t. Loop (5)

Based in Sweden, Loop was founded in 1979 by two young fly fishers who were eager to explore and fish areas that were previously impossible to reach. The site also includes a blog page.

8t. Redington (4)

This Washington-based company was founded in 1992 and produces performance- and value-based rods.

8t. Sage (4)

In a "think green" move, Sage has recently downsized its print catalog and is focusing more of its resources on its Web site, where you can find a new rod along with helpful resources like a cast analyzer.

10. Five others tied (3)

Five other reels makers tied with three records apiece
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