The Okuma Helios Fly Reel makes for a fantastic choice for saltwater fishing. The Helios series comes in five sizes, and the smaller ones are great for freshwater use as well. They’re well engineered and come with a little bit of the technology that makes Okuma such a high-end name in the fishing world.

Okuma Helios Machined Aluminum Large Arbor Fly Reel

 

Reliability

These fly reels are available at a bargain price, but don’t let that dissuade you from your purchase. The reel system uses a 2+1 bearing configuration to make for smooth retrieve, and you’ll be able to quickly nab your fish. Even better, the bearings make sure that the drag is only exerted on the fish so you won’t have to fight it on the way in.

The stand out technological feature here is the multidisc drag system. In addition to not affecting the retrieve of the reel, it’s also almost entirely waterproof. Dropping the reel in the water won’t ruin your day or leave the drag loose which is a huge plus.

It performs great all day, and that’s what you really want to make for less frustration on your fishing trips.

Reliability Rating: 8/10

Durability

The Okuma Helios fly reels are made of machined aluminum and come with a plastic handle for easy use. Since it’s machined out of one piece of aluminum you can rest assured that your reel is going to last for a long time to come.

Unfortunately, it also lacks any anti-corrosion coating. If you intend to use it in a marine environment you’re going to need to make sure to clean it off in freshwater after each use to prevent corrosion.

Durability Rating: 8/10

Ease of Use

Like most fly reels, the Okuma Helios is pretty simple. It doesn’t have a lot of gimmicks or parts that you’ll need to mess with during the day so you can be sure to just enjoy your fishing.

The waterproof drag system makes this one particularly easy to use. It can be a pain getting stuff into the drag on a reel, and can seriously put a damper on your day until you get it sorted out. You simply won’t have to worry about it with the Okuma Helios.

It’s also made of lightweight materials, so your casting and pulling hands won’t be hurting at the end of the day.

Ease of Use Rating: 8/10

Overall Rating

The Okuma Helios series of reels is a fantastic addition to any angler’s tacklebox. It’s suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fishing and the construction materials mean that you’ll have this one around for a long time.

It also comes in at a great price, making it an ideal option for those who are just beginning and want to step up a level. It comes highly recommended for almost any fly fisherman, and at this price you’ll find that it simply can’t be beaten. This series of reel has been discontinued, unfortunately, so be sure to snap one up for a song before they’re no longer available.

Overall Rating: 8/10