Expedition Fly Reel Review

Expedition Fly Reel Review

I have not been a big fan of die cast reels over the years. Primarily because the frame strength has not been as strong as a machined reel frame. In recent years, the manufacture of die cast reels has improved with pressure fed aluminum into the die rather than pouring the molten aluminum into the die.

When I found the Expedition Large Arbor Fly Reel by Stone Creek I was pleasantly suprised at the sturdiness of the frame. Coupled with a sealed disc drag system and three spindle roller bearings to minimize any spool wobble for around $60, these reels make a good backup to your more expensive reels. Around $40, spare spools are affordable too.  The Expedition Reel is easily converted from Left to Right hand retrieve. The reel has a nice click sound on outgoing line. For the money, you can have a functional fly reel for less than the cost of a spare spool on a big brand name.

In the summer of 2009, I had purchased a Sage Z-Axis 6wt and needed another reel to use for testing the rod. This is what my Expedition goes on. Suprisingly, the reel balances the Z-Axis nicely and fishes well too.

Expedition Large-Arbor Fly Reels are die cast from light weight anodized aluminum and finished with an attractive black finish. They offer a dependable disc drag system, 3 spindle bearings to prevent spool wobble, easy left to right hand conversion. The Expedition Reel will offer years of enjoyment and service with the sturdy frame. Best of all they are affordably priced.


  • Anodized Aluminum Frame die cast
  • Large-Arbor for fast line retrieve
  • Dependable Disc Drag
  • Easy Left to Right Hand Retrieve Conversion
  • Exposed Palming Rim to allow for extra drag during a big fish run.
  • Affordable Price
    Prod. Code Line WT Backing 20# Reel Wt Drag MSRP Our Price Savings
    EXR-3/4 3/4 50 yd 5.3 Disc $67.00 $58.95 $8.05
    EXR-5/6/7 5/6/7 75 yd 6.3 Disc $71.00 $61.95 $9.05


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