One Word: Drag. Shilton Reels undeniably have the best drag of any fly reels.
Trusted by guides worldwide in some of the most extreme fishing conditions, such as the Seychelles, Shilton Reels were designed with one thing in mind – to enable serious fly anglers to fight and land the strongest, meanest saltwater and freshwater gamefish on the planet!
A premier sought-after South African brand, Shilton Reels were previously unavailable in the US market. Due to rising recognition and demand, Shilton and Flymen formed a partnership to bring Shilton Reels to the US.
Keith Rose-Innes, co-founder of Alphonse Fishing Co., a fly fishing lodge and guide service in The Seychelles, talks about Shilton Reels in Ep. 20 of The Flymen Fishing Co. Show.
Shilton Reels’ frames and spools have been manufactured for over 17 years at the Shilton factory in Johannesburg, South Africa using top quality aluminum bar stock and the other components machined from stainless steel. Polymers, carbon fiber, and cork are used to create the all-important clutch systems that take Shilton Reels’ drag to the next level and make our motto We Stop Fish a reality.
The saltwater SL and SR reels have robust cork drag-systems and the freshwater CR reel has an advanced sealed-drag system.
Shilton Reels are available in the standard black and titanium colors, as well as the NEW Full Color Anodized Reels, available in red, blue, purple, burnt gold, and turquoise.
Custom Build Reels: Want to mix and match colors to create a personalized custom reel? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +1 (704) 846-2634 to learn more.