If you are just looking to get started with fly fishing, or are looking to upgrade your reels without spending an overly excessive amount of money for reels then please read our Best Fly Reels Under 200 guide below and take on board some of the findings we have prepared for you to make it easier to decide on which fly fishing reel is best for you and your needs.

  • Line Capacity
  • Material its made from
  • Weight
  • Durability
  • Suitable for Salt or Freshwater use
  • Reviews from other users

My Top Picks 

Photo Title Buy
Sage Fly Fishing...image Sage Fly Fishing Spectrum C Fly Reel custom 1 - Fly Fishing
Lamson Guru S-Series...image Lamson Guru S-Series -5+ Spare Spool Blaze custom 1 - Fly Fishing
Redington Reels Behemoth...image Redington Reels Behemoth 11/12 Reel, Gunmetal custom 1 - Fly Fishing
Ross Reels Colorado,...image Ross Reels Colorado, Matte Black, 4/5 custom 1 - Fly Fishing
Sage Fly Fishing...image Sage Fly Fishing Spectrum C Fly Reel custom 1 - Fly Fishing

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1. Sage Fly Fishing Spectrum C Fly Reel – Our #1 Choice!


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The Sage 2200 series is a wonderful series which is comprised of 4 different reels, a 3/4 weight all the way through to 9/10 weight. The reel parts here in the picture is a 5/6 weight, also known as the 2250 model.

This particular model is one of the larger reels we have reviewed; it has a diameter of 3.625″ and a full width of 1.3125″. It’s a bit on the heavier side weighing in at 5.25 ounces.

Paired correctly with your fly rod weight and size, this reel is a good choice and it will help to balance positively your fly rod and fly reel together.

The fly reel has a large drag knob than some of the other reels we review below which in turn can help you to retrieve fly line quicker and help you cast again to a rising fish.

A very simple built in switch from left hand retrieve to right hand retriever for those that may be either handed when wanting to retrieve line. This is a plus as it will save you time messing around switching up your retrieve and lines.

The sealed carbon drag system makes this a quiet, smooth drag to use, as well as very durable. The Sage warranty is also a massive plus with this fly reel which offers a lifetime warranty.

Just reach out to Sage and they will be happy to help you with any issues you may have (most likely none as they are a quality manufacturing company in the fly fishing space).

Sage have been around for years an really build long lasting and durable fly fishing chest packs tackle and gear.

  • One Revolution Drag with numbered and pre- determined settings
  • Really easy conversion from right to left hand retrieve
  • Concaved arbor for superior strength and line capacity
  • Large arbor for faster line pick-up
  • Sealed Conical Drag System

Sage have been around for years and I really like their products. They are always built to last a long fishing life and made from premium materials

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2. Lamson Guru Series II – Most Versatile!


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Another choice for one of the best fly fishing reels under 200 is The Waterworks Lamson Guru 2 which is machined in the USA and assembled in Idaho, which is known worldwide for fly fishing!

Also a Large Arbor reel which has been designed to be strong yet lightweight and the lightest among our the reels we are reviewing today.

This is particular reel is one of Waterworks lower priced reels, yet in many respects its value packed and extremely similar to those reels ranging in the higher priced categories.

Its extremely durable and a quality build and comes with a fully sealed drag system.

You don’t have to worry about sand or water interfering with your reels performance. In fact, the drag system they use in this particular reel is of the same quality they use in their far-more expensive and higher priced reels.

The Guru 2 is also very simple to change from right to left. One point to note with this fly reel is the handle size.

Its smaller than some of the other reels so those with larger hands may find it more difficult to use the reel to retrieve but its not a factor we would consider to not purchase the reel but just a point to note.

The Guru 2 also comes with a lifetime warranty and is as we mentioned above American-made. Its suitable for fly rods of all weights. 

  • 1 Spare Spool Large Arbor
  • Machined 6061 Aluminum, stainless steel
  • Type 2 Anodize
  • Sealed Conical Drag System

The Lamson is a good option for those that want a steadfast solidly built fly reel. I like that it’s made in the USA, I wish they had more than one color though.

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3. Redington Behemoth Fly Reel – Best Value!


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Redington’s BEHEMOTH reel combines the most powerful drag in its class with stunning aesthetics that push the limits of fly reel design. 

The unique, un-machinable, die-cast construction is coupled with a durable, interlocking, large-arbor spool design that both looks and functions like a premium reel.

A super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag package brings the utmost in drag strength, reliability and performance to the family.

Sized for your favorite 5-weight trout rod, and all the way up to saltwater ready, big-game sizes, the BEHEMOTH reels offer performance and affordability for buying reels to beginner and veteran anglers alike.

This also comes with a lifetime warranty, so fish away!

  • Most powerful drag in its class, adjustable, Carbonfiber drag
  • Unmachinable, unique die-cast construction, twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
  • Large arbor design speeds retrieve and reduces line memory, easily converts to left or right hand retrieve
  • Deep v-spool for increased backing capacity
  • Lifetime Warranty


Redington Fly products have been a favorite of mine for a long time now. I can say they are great at making affordable fly fishing gear!

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With the Cimarron II Fly Reel, Ross Reels has redesigned and upated one of their most reliable and respected lines. 

With a sturdy frame and spool engineered from T-6061 aerospace-grade aluminum this reel is light and rigid, not to mention that it is bolstered with a durable Type II anodized finish.

A smooth, powerful Delrin drag system slows down fish and protects light tippet while the square drag knob is easily turned for slight adjustments. The composite hourglass-shaped handle is ergonomically designed with micro grooves to provide a solid grip.

Anglers will be able to change spools quickly, in addition to being able to convert from right to left hand retrieve, thanks to a quick-release spool hub.

The Cimarron II Reel from Ross is built to perform in tough conditions while helping fly fishers catch a variety species for years to come.

T-6061 aerospace grade aluminum frame light, yet rigid Delrin 500AF Teflon drag system is strong and smooth and its Polymer square drag knob easily adjusts drag strength.

An ergonomic handle with micro-grooves for superior grip and a quick-release hub allows anglers to change spools quickly. Easy conversion from left-hand to right-hand retrieve. Also comes with a lifetime warranty!


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Best Fly Reels Under 200 Conclusion

Anyone of the above fly reels are a great choice and will absolutely enhance your fly fishing game and improve your overall performance.

As we have mentioned above, there are plenty of choice on the market for a fly reel in this price range and we hope you found our review guide useful in some way to help you make a better informed decision prior to making a purchase.


What is a fly reel?

A fly reel is what holds your backing, fly line and leader line. The reel also sits at the butt end of the fly rod. Its purpose is to enable you to stop a fish in its tracks after you have hooked into it and to allow you to reel in the fish.

How do you pick a fly reel?

You should aim to have the fly reel as the same weight as the fly rod ie a 6wt fly reel would be paired with a 6wt fly rod. This is to ensure you dont have to large a reel for the fly rod and vice versa.

What is the arbor on a fly reel?

The arbor is a design built into the fly reel and its main purpose is to allow you to retrieve in your fly line fast and smooth. There are different size arbors such as large and mid-size. Thank you for reading, and we wish you a lot of fish and plenty of wonderful screaming fly reels!!

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