TFO Atoll Fly Reel
Big fish just met their match.
Big predatory fish don't usually come on the first cast, so you want a reel you can trust once you finally make a good set into a fierce redfish or massive tarpon—something like the TFO Atoll Fly Reel. It comes in four sizes to match everything from your 7wt streamer rod to your 14wt tarpon rod, and is made from precision-machined billet aluminum that has been hard anodized to boost the reel's durability. The hubless drag system consists of a stacked Delrin and stainless steel mechanism to increase the stopping power of the reel and provide better heat dissipation, too, so your drag doesn't burn up when that mean old roosterfish makes one last run on you.
- Machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum
- Large arbor
- Hubless Delrin and stainless-steel drag
- Left-hand/right-hand retrieve conversion
- Q & A
Value-Priced Big Game Reel
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This is one of the best no-nonsense bar-stock milled big game reels on the market. The Delrin drag is a durable substitute for cork and assuming it is well built and connected to the drag assembly, this should be a good drag mechanism for stopping big fish. Tarpon, albacore, bone fish and false albacore are all great targets for this reel. This makes a great primary reel if you are just getting into saltwater fly fishing or a great back up reel if you need a second reel spooled with a different line.
If you are looking for a less expensive alternative, the Redington Behemoth is available for less than half the price with the only difference being it is a forged reel design slightly more susceptible to breakage.