Lightness and shape matters
It’s hard to imagine a reel being lighter than the Vision XLV with its highly ventilated spool and frame. Made from a quality bar-stock alloy, reels for trout fishing (3/4, 5/6, 7/8) have a unique V-shape frame, while two salmon sizes (8/9 and 9/10) have Vision’s heraldic-v frame, offering more strength and rigidity, vital if playing larger fish. We tried the 7/8 (pictured), which has an open-face design and large arbor with line sitting neatly in the U-shaped spool. Anglers fishing large waters will like its good backing capacity and fast retrieval. The large-arbor also reduces line memory. The 9/10 is wider and has more of a mid-arbor so you can pack more backing with a full fly-line. It has a full cage, which means there’s no chance of thin running lines getting trapped between spool and reel cage. We like the smooth disc-drag system that has an audible click when line’s taken and retrieved.
Anodised low-flash finish. Spare spools: £99.99-£109.99