We’ve tested a lot of reels throughout the years, and, being honest, most of them were junk.
It’s unfortunate to say, and we’re not necessarily going to call out any manufacturers for producing low quality reels and pitching them to anglers around the world, but we will introduce you to a few that have stood the test of time, and that we can actually recommend you spend your hard earned money on.
We’ve got 5 quick ultralight spinning reel reviews to help make your job easier, and keep you from wasting your time with a low quality setup that could cost you money, and cost you fish.
Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite – $79.99
You get what you pay for, especially when it comes to ultralight gear. If you’ve made the decision that the ultralight way is your way of life, you can’t settle for anything but the best.
In this case, the best ultralight spinning reels on the market are the Johnny Morris signature line of CarbonLite reels. They’re designed with an oversized bail that can hold up to 230 yards of 4lb premium line, and a max drag system rated for 22lbs, giving you more than enough pressure to stop those big fish dead in their tracks.
At 27” per turn, you can quickly pick up line, and draw your target in close enough to grab them with a net. The extra strong carbon fiber frame will take your punishment, and keep delivering day after day, trip after trip. This could be a reel that you pass down to your kids — and they’ll be grateful for it!
This reel is packed with features that make your life easier, and ensure you land more of the fish you hook up with. Instead of rambling on about how great we think it is, check out some of those features and read reviews from other anglers by clicking here.
Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Elite – $39.99
The Micro Lite Elite from Bass Pro Shops aims to change the ultralight fishing game with this design. It boasts features that are typically only available on more expensive reels, and builds them into a platform that’s perfectly balanced on most ultralight rods.
It’s actually designed for 6lb test line, but we’ve gotten away with loading even more 4lb test onto it without any problems at all. A carbon fiber drag system mated with the 7 ball bearings means you’ll never have those sketchy moments when your reel locks up for a split second, causing the line to bust and letting a fish get away.
It’s a touch on the heavier side, compared to other reels on this list, but even at 6 ounces, you’ll have to pay close attention to feel the weight difference. When you’re using a longer rod, it’s almost non-existent.
Don’t just take our word for it, though, you can click here to read some reviews from other people that made it their main reel.
Browning Fishing Stalker – $29.99
The Browning Fishing Stalker is a pretty impressive package. It’s made it to our list because of the 7 metal ball bearings and corrosion resistant aluminum spool. That means it can be used in both fresh, and saltwater, as long as you rinse it thoroughly afterwards.
The front drag is great for lighter lines and it’s built with a graphite body and rotor, to help keep the weight down and balance low towards the rod butt. That makes slinging ultralight lures substantially easier.
Our time with the Browning Fishing Stalker was somewhat limited, but in the little bit of time we did get to use it, we fell in love. We think you’ll fall in love with it, too. You can learn more about it by clicking here.
Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx – $21.99
Don’t let the name fool you. The Crappie Maxx from Bass Pro Shops isn’t just for hauling in slab crappies. It’s built lightweight, yet still durable enough to handle even bigger catches — like large trout, bigmouth bass, and even heavier catfish.
The strong graphite frame, aluminum bail and spool, along with the all metal gearing can handle some of the toughest abuse you can put it through. It’s designed specifically for 4lb test, allowing you to stuff 120 yards of it onto the spool, making sure that you won’t run out anytime soon. Even if you’re constantly changing lures!
It’s got a 7lb max drag system, so you won’t want to clamp it all the way down, along with 3 ball bearings to provide smooth, seamless operation. No jerking or tugging going on that will snap your line, leaving you left wondering about the one that got away.
From crappie, to bass, catfish, trout, and even some saltwater species, the Crappie Maxx delivers. Click here to learn more about it!
Bass Pro Shops TinyLite – $19.99
While it may be the cheapest reel we’ve reviewed, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worthy of making it to our list. The TinyLite reel is designed for 2lb test, making it the only true ultralight reel we’re featuring, and comes with a drag system that’s perfectly tuned to 2lb test line.
It’s lightweight, coming in at only a hair over 5 ounces, and built using a graphite body and lightweight aluminum spool. 2 ball bearings help the reel operate smoothly, and it even comes with a spare spool so you can quick-change between 2lb and 4lb test line whenever you want.
This is a true steel, in terms of construction and the warranty that Bass Pro Shops gives you, so if you’re on a tiny budget, a TinyLite might be in your future. You can learn more about the reel, and see what other anglers have to say by clicking here.
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