Van Staal VR150 VR Series Spinning Reel
by Van Staal
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The Van Staal VR Series reels are engineered and tested to be lightweight and long lasting. They are based on the same foundation that made Van Staal legendary for power an durability. These reels are completely sealed and waterproof reel.
- Forged and machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum
- Fully sealed waterproof construction
- Solid titanium spool shaft
- Sleek light weight design
- Bail-less conversion kit included
May 12, 2017
Very lightweight, smooth operation and just overall best reel I've ever owned!
ProsLightweight, fully sealed. Finish
By Kurt Sumner
Best reel I ever used
April 19, 2017
I have had this reel for two months now and let me tell you hands down the best reel I have ever used.I have been fishing for 35 plus years and I own over 25 penn reels from the spin fisher v to the new slammer 2.this reel is in a total different category.super smooth drag and solid as a rock.is it worth 500 dollars? I would pay a thousand for it.
ProsLight weight,solid as a rock,insane retrive ratio,smooth drag,killer looks,flawless
Built like a tank
February 19, 2017
So normally I would wait to review an item until after I had given it extensive abuse. I decided to do a pre- and post- review on this reel. I bought it for use on the beach and when targeting larger fish in my kayak. First impression is that the VR125 is one sexy reel! I bought the silver/stainless steel, and I just like looking at it. It comes with detailed instructions on how to convert to bailless. Like most higher end reels it comes with a reel bag, this one is lined with velvet? The reel is much larger and a little heavier than I had imagined. I would compare it to a Shimano 4000 in size. It comes with the bail installed and it has the thickest bail compared to my other reels. The bail works smoothly, so despite the extra bulk I do not think it will be difficult to use. The handle has a round ball type grip. It is comfortable but lacking in style points. It cranks smoothly, but not as easily as my Stradics. I am going to pair it initially with a g loomis pro blue 7 footer but will likely buy a longer more conventional surf rod and put it on that. I will post again on this reel after I work it over. I gave it 4 stars for for initial impression only. May change depending on how good of a tool it is.
ProsOne sexy reel! Very strong, hopefully will take a lot of abuse.
ConsPricy. Initially not as smooth as Shimanos.
December 21, 2016
Reel is great can't wait to test it out
ProsLooks great feels strong
By Robert Bennett
Padre Island, Texas
December 20, 2016
Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Snook and King Mackerel have been no problem for my VR 200 from the jetties here in South Texas. I can throw small plugs or big jigs a long way.
ProsSuper light weight. Huge line capacity. Smooth as silk. Looks that kill.
ConsPeople want to talk about it, while I'm trying to fish!
November 16, 2016
I have my vr150 mounted on a shimono trees medium light rod . Crank in reds and trout easily . You can fish this setup all day without it feeling heavy
ProsI have both vr150 and vr200 combos on shimono rods . Perfect matches for my style . Light weight and powerful
November 16, 2016
Very powerful reel . I have it mounted on a shimono terez heavy medium rod . I use it for every type of fishing and have had no issues
ProsThe looks alone are worth the extra coin. Rock solid
By Surf fisher
October 14, 2016
Very solid and durable.. It is built like a tank... How ever it is not smooth like some of the top shimano reels,,, but it does finish the job very well.. I feel like this reel is built to last forever... and it probably does.... Well worth of money... Spool size is pretty good.. I ve put "power pro 80lb" for 300 yard and no problem..
Built to last
September 26, 2016
I work in manufacturing and I really appreciate the build quality of this reel. Every piece is machined beautifully with precision and it's hard not to keep looking at it. I fished with it a few times on the boat and handled everything I threw at it. There seem to be a little back play on the handle that bothers me a bit, but it did not affect performance. Make sure to wash off any salt and get it serviced once a year. Highly recommended.
ProsBuild quality, great drag, light
August 18, 2016
Everything about this reel is perfect. The drag and overall reel is smooth, it looks great and its lightweight. The price is amazing for this type of quality and maintenance is easy for this versatile cranking machine.
ProsLight Smooth Looks amazing A lot of drag Easy maintenance Perfect performance Price
New Hartford, NY
Absolutely perfect for me
August 15, 2016
I live 5 1/2 hours from the Atlantic beach that I fish so I am an enthusiast at best when it comes to surf fishing. I have however been surf fishing two or three time a year for 10 years. I read all of the blogs and I have always wanted a bailess, waterproof reel, but the idea of buying an expensive piece of equipment that I may not use very often and a piece of equipment that is so different from what i use on a regular basis on my home waters was daunting. The Van Staal VR 150 was designed for me. If the bailess configuration proves to be more than I can master, I can always use it as a bailed reel. The price point is reasonable when compared to comparable models and the reel is built to be serviced at home. I have owned this reel for about two weeks. I haven't fished with it yet, but I have cast it many times mounted on my Tsunami 9'6" Airwave in a local field and I am impressed. in the past, I've caught enough fish in the surf to know that I made the right choice, and I spent my money wisely on this exceptional piece of equipment. It's beautiful. It's versatile. It is worth the money.
SO. SAN FRANCISCO , CA
By Scott B
VR200 beach snook killer
August 6, 2016
Bought a VR200 last week , spooled it with momoi diamond braid 50 lb. this thing will cast a mile, smooth retrieve. Mounted on a Shimano Tiralejo 1st generation 9ft one piece surf rod. The smoothness of this reel is unreal. incredibly lite for it's size. will also be used for salmon up north.Can't wait for the extra spools to become available.
Proslite, smooth, perfect speed
Consextra spools not yet on the market
One of my favorite reels
August 4, 2016
Paired with a 9' Mojo surf, this setup is unstoppable in the back bays. I've used it from the east coast all the way to the ripping waters of the mediterranean. It has proven a worthy competitor to several of the other sealed reels.
So far so good
July 8, 2016
I just got this reel a few weeks ago and so far it has been aces. The drag is smooth and I love the fact that it is sealed and I don't have to worry about it getting dunked. It's lighter in weight than other similar reels.
ProsLight weight Sealed Excellent drag system
ConsNone so far
By Harry McKinnon
Awsesome, smooth reel
June 27, 2016
The drag is incredibly smooth. Very light reel that is the perfect fit for my 7 1/2 foot Avid Inshore rod.
June 13, 2016
This reel is very well built. Van Staal did a great job. I live on the Florida gulf coast and use this reel on the pier, boat, and beach. I've caught pompano in the surf, King Mackeral off of the pier, and Amberjack off of the boat. This reel has proven itself for every application I use it for.
ProsWell built, easy to service, very lite
Van Staal VR 200
February 1, 2016
I got a chance today to test my new reel at Mystic Lake in Arlington, MA today (2/1/16) and very HAPYY with the reel. The VR 200 reel is very light, easy to hold & casts like a dream. I had no problem casting a two ounce lure 400 feet. Can't wait to go Surf Fishing with my new Van Staal reel and Century rod at the Cape Cod Canal in May 2016. The VR200 reel is worth the money!
ProsI like the idea that I can service this reel by myself. I have already practiced taking the reel apart several times. Stripers online has a video on YouTube about these reels.
ConsI would like to have a back up spool for my reel. Unfortunately there are no extra spools available for sale at this time.
4 Questions & 4 Answers
from nevada asked:
August 26, 2016
will this work on 25 to 50 lbs yellowtail or tuna?
Vic, Hello yes this reel will handle yellow tail and tuna as well.
on August 30, 2016
Victor Moore C. Ututalum-Infante
from N Las Vegas , Nevada asked:
August 26, 2016
would you use this on a boat trip, i mean for yellowtail or tuna on the 25 to 50 lbs and would this match with a terezMH 7 FOOT?
I would recommend using a bigger reel in the VR series such as the 200.
on August 29, 2016
from FL asked:
June 13, 2016
Does the VR have the line lay of a VS or a VSX?
Both reels (VR and VS-X Series) do have a similar line lay.
on June 16, 2016
from Bourne, MA asked:
November 6, 2015
Will these be available in right hand retrieve? And how many yards of 40lb braid can this reel hold?
This reel will hold roughly 350 yards of 40lb braid, depending on the brand and thickness of the line. As far as right hand retrieve I do not believe that Van Staal has any plans for a lefty model any time soon.
on November 9, 2015