Best Ultralight Spinning Reels

Bantam-size spinning reels spooled with 2- to 6-pound-test fall in the ultralight classification, a subset of deal with that puts a premium on fun and finesse. Matching downsize gear with smaller fish– like a bluegill that would not feel like much on a regular clothing– provides more of an obstacle. But tiny lures can attract big species, too, which’s.
where the real fun starts. Landing a 14-inch brown trout on 4-pound line requires the ability to play a fish.

We asked 4 knowledgeable anglers to use four ultralight spinning reels with different fish species for a complete year to test them for drag quality, bail design, line handling, and total value. The outcomes show that going little can yield a big return on fun.

Abu Garcia Orra SX 10.

Abu Garcia Orra SX 10


Price: $100.
Specs: 8.1 oz. – Holds 125 yards of 6-pound-test.


Testers loved the quality construction and high performance of the Orra SX 10. “It casts well for a reel of this size,” said Cicinelli, “and the drag dealt with bigger fish, like an unexpected smallmouth bass, effectively.” Van Houten liked the nine-bearing design, that made it “the smoothest of all the reels checked.” He handled to land a 10-pound lake trout without having to “monkey the drag.” He did have problems with line coiling under the spool and twisting around the inner shaft. However he applauded the “durable large-diameter bail wire” that withstood hard use.

HITS: “Lovely finish.”– Cicinelli.

MISSES: “A bit expensive.”– Drake.

Shimano Sedona 1000FD.

Shimano Sedona 1000FD


Price: $60.
Specs: 7.7 oz. – Holds 110 backyards of 6-pound-test.


With the best combination of value and efficiency, the Sedona 1000FD tied for top place. A “really solid style,” said Van Houten. “The drag is smooth and easy to use, and the spindle rotates easily.” Cornelius concurred, stating, “There were no line-twist issues.” Cicinelli also said the drag worked well, however he believed the bail was very hard to close, “which cost me strikes on small trout streams.” Drake, who fishes for snapper bluefish in late summertime, truly liked that the reel was rated for saltwater. “All I needed to do was wash the rattle when I got home. I have actually seen no signs of rust.”.

HITS: “Built to last a life time.”– Van Houten.

MISSES OUT ON: “Light-weight bail can bend easily.”– Cornelius.

Quantum Kinetic PTi.

Quantum Kinetic PTi
Price: $80.
Specifications: 7.9 oz. – Holds 100 backyards of 6-pound-test.


This, the tiniest reel of the lot, was “the true meaning of an ultralight reel– although it also occurs to be the least rugged,” Cicinelli stated, keeping in mind that the bail was not as husky and the drag was more difficult to set. Van Houten had no issues with the drag and stated, “This was the best-casting reel. The line jumps off the spindle and casts like a bullet.” He felt the reel’s small size indicated slow line pickup, and he would have chosen a stouter bail wire. Drake used the reel on brush-choked small trout streams. For him, it did an excellent job, but in general there was “nothing unique here.”.

HITS: “Has the capability to land big fish.”– Cornelius.

MISSES OUT ON: “No genuine innovation.”– Cicinelli.

Lew’s Speed Spin SS100a.

Lew’s Speed Spin SS100a
Price: $60.
Specs: 6.7 oz. – Holds 130 lawns of 6-pound-test.


The testers liked the total construction quality, but a couple of concerns kept the reel from scoring greater. “Piece de resistance. Easy to use, smooth obtain,” stated Cornelius. However when he loosened up the drag, he felt the spool “didn’t run true.” Drake and Van Houten stated the bail slapped their fingers when they closed it. Van Houten discovered a great deal of flex in the reel foot, which raised the problem of long time sturdiness. Cicinelli, nevertheless, said it was his favorite of the lot. “With a full spindle of line there are no issues; it obtained efficiently, cast well, and the drag was smooth.”.

HITS: “For what you get, a good price.”– Van Houten.
MISSES: “The coating on the reel had a tacky feel.”– Cicinelli.

The Testers.

Ryan Cicinelli, 34.
– Home Fishing Area: Michigan.
– Days Fished annually: 45.

Charley Cornelius, 49.
– Home Fishing Area: California.
– Days Fished each year: 4.

Jay Drake, 65.
– Home Fishing Area: Pennsylvania.
– Days Fished each year: 60.

Chris Van Houten, 42.
– Home Fishing Area: Michigan.
– Days Fished per Year: 100.