If you spend time out on the water, you know that a spinning reel’s weight affects its stability and performance. And, depending on how you plan to use your reel, you might need it to be heavier or lighter. Here are a few reviews of the best ultralight spinning reels on the market today. Best Ultralight Spinning Reel Reviews
8. SHIMANO Sedona Spinning Reel
If you are looking for an inexpensive spinning reel, the Shimano Sedona Spinning Reel is designed beautifully and features Shimano’s HAGANE Gearing. The HAGANE Gearing is incredibly durable, especially when under heavy use. With the G Free Body, you get a lot of comfort due to the closely shifting internal parts. The SHIMANO has an appealing design that is good for both beginners and advanced anglers. Available from sizes 1000 to 5000, the SHIMANO comes in several gear ratios and also has a double handle model available.
- HAGANE Gearing
- G Free Body design
- Cold forged AR-C spool
- Single machined aluminum
7. Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel
Lightweight and good looking, the Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel gives you an incredibly smooth reeling experience with a solid feel. Using a G Free Body, Hagane gear, and a new Magnumlite Rotor, the Stradic gives you a super light feel as you turn the handle. Featuring a max drag force of 7 pounds, you also get 31.10-inch line retrieve for each crank.
- Hagane Gear
- G Free Body design
- Weighs 5.60 ounces
- 6 S A RB and 1 RB bearings
6. SHIMANO Sienna FE Reel
Perfect for both inshore and freshwater fishing, the SHIMANO Sienna FE Reel includes a range of improvements and upgrades. Featuring an M-Compact Body that positions its oscillation gear close on the rod which creates a new center of gravity with a more balanced feel. Plus, the Propulsion Line Management system gives you longer casts with less backlash. The Sienna FE also utilizes Super Stopper II that gives you an instant anti-reverse and no back-play. It is available in sizes from 1000 to the 4000 and is perfect for anything from inshore to freshwater fishing.
- Propulsion Line Management System
- M-Compact Body design
- Super Stopper II technology
- Available in sizes 1000 to 4000
5. Pflueger President Spinning Reel
Giving you a smooth performance, the Pflueger President Spinning Reel is inexpensive and a good value. First in its class, the President has great performance while delivering an impressive reel. Using a 10-bearing system that uses ball bearings that are stainless steel and corrosion resistant. Featuring a graphite body and rotor, the Pflueger President is lightweight and comes with a braid spool that is tied right to spool. The sealed drag system uses lubricated drag washer that gives you a smooth feel and slow oscillation gearing that lessens line twist and improves line lay.
- Sealed drag system
- Braided spool
- Graphite body and rotor
- 10-bearing system
4. Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel
The ambidextrous Okuma Ceymar Spinning Reel has a smooth performance and sleek design. Perfect for anglers from all fishing backgrounds, it uses an 8-bearing drive system along with Okuma’s precision elliptical gearing. The Ceymar also delivers advanced performance features including a machined aluminum spool and a heavy-duty solid aluminum bail wire. The Okuma also has a rotor system that utilizes Okuma RESII computer balancing allowing the Ceymar to spins at high speeds and not wobble. With the forged aluminum handle arm, you get total reel control over and a custom EVA handle knobs that are super comfortable.
- Gear Ratio: 5.0:1
- Precision Elliptical Gearing system
- 7BB + 1RB bearing system
- Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
3. Shimano IX Freshwater Spinning Reel
Weighing 8.6 ounces, the lightweight Shimano IX Freshwater Spinning Reel has a graphite frame, rotor, side plate, and spool. Great for use in saltwater, the rear-drag Shimano IX uses Quick Fire II and has a max drag of seven pounds. It is rated to use PowerPro, Fluorocarbon, and Mono lines and has a gear ratio of 4.1:1.
- Graphite frame, side plate, rotor, and spool
- Max Drag – 7 pounds
- Gear Ratio: 4.1:1
- Weighs 8.6 ounces
2. KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels
Featuring a 9 +1 BB Light Weight, the KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels are incredibly smooth and powerful. Including a ton of features, it is a great addition to your fishing reel collection and has special components that are great for hard use, a powerful drag, and 9 + 1 quality ball bearings. This reel makes a high-performance package when paired with KastKing braided line.
Not only is it a great value, but this lightweight reel also has a narrow graphite frame design and uses a computer balancing system to give it that high-performance experience. The Superior Drag System gives you awesome stopping power up to 17.5 pounds while the precision machines pinion gear, the perfect mesh drive gear, and hardened metal main shaft gives you that extra fish fighting power you need.
- Lightweight compact design
- High tensile strength graphite frame
- Superior drag system
- A precision pinion gear system
1. Penn Battle II 2000 Spinning Reel
Made from durable materials, Penn Battle II 2000 Spinning Reel has tons of fish-fighting features. This reel was created to catch fish for years to come and features five sealed stainless-steel ball bearing, plus it has a full metal body, rotor, and side plate. The Penn Battle II also comes with an HT-100 carbon fiber drag system that uses drag washer on both sides to give you the most drag/
This spinning reel also has an instant anti-reverse bearing that gets rid of pullback, and the treated drag washer gives you long-lasting performance. The Penn Battle II can use either Berkley or Spiderwire Superline, and the spool comes with a rubber gasket that stops the Superline from slipping under pressure.
- Full metal body, side plate, and rotor
- Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
- HT-100 carbon fiber drag system
- 5 sealed stainless-steel ball bearings