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Gear RatioMono CapacityBraid CapacityWeightInch Per TurnHand RetrievePrice
VR50 Silver
6.3:1-360yds/20lb8.9oz37Left$489.00 USD
VR50 Black
6.3:1-360yds/20lb8.9oz37Left$489.00 USD
4.8:1340yds/10lb400yds/20lb15.8oz31.6Left$499.00 USD
4.8:1360yds/12lb440yds/30lb16.0oz34.2Left$529.00 USD
4.8:1360yds/15lb530yds/30lb16.5oz37.6Left$559.00 USD
4.8:1400yds/15lb500yds/40lb17.0oz40.4Left$589.00 USD
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 and 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

Van Staal VR50 - New for 2017!
The Van Staal VR50 VR Series Spinning Reel packs the coveted features of the Van Staal VR Series reel into a more compact and lightweight body!

Van Staal VR50 VR Series Spinning Reel Features:

  • Ultra strong Machined body, rotor and spool
  • Stainless Steel Shaft
  • Hardened Stainless Steel Gears
  • Waterproof Sealed Drag
  • 25lbs of Drag
  • 37 Inches Per Turn
  • 360/20lb braid
  • Ultra Light 8.9oz
4.5 Stars based on 65 reviews
By Steven
Upper Peninsula, MI
A Masterpiece
March 7, 2018
Definately a masterpiece of engineering & product design. The finest reel I have ever owned. Machining is exceptional; surfaces are finely finished.
Extremely smooth operation, I can see all of my friends begging to try it. I own & have fished 3 Stella's and they are very smooth too, but the VanStall had me smiling like a kid on Christmas morning. Really, really 'ROCKSOLID'
The price is money very,very,very well spent.
ProsVery light, extemely smooth operation, Rock solid feel, machining & finish are superb. This reel has to be 'best in class'.
By Chad
Portland, ME
Love this reel!
October 13, 2017
First Van Stall and I'm not disappointed. Perfect for my uses. I pair it up with with a 10'6 St croix. Balance is great. Could see it being good on a 9' as well.
ProsGreat reel for the surf! Can tear down and service yourself witch I love. Gets you in touch with your gear and leaves you worry free
ConsNone so far.
By Francis
Maspeth, NY
Best reel Ever
September 30, 2019
Absolutely waterproof . quality is top notch, Bailess conversion makes it even better
By Al
Great Lightweight reel
August 26, 2019
VR50 is well made as would be expected from all Van Staal Products. Reel held 300 yds. of PowerPro Super Slick 30 lb. braid. I would recommend this reel.
ProsHolds a lot of line good, smooth drag Lightweight
By John
Coram, NY
VR150 Better Than Expected
August 24, 2019
Was originally hesitant to buy a VR after some feedback on early models and problems seen with friends. However as of this review it appears Van Staal has made quite a few changes and improvements. The Reel is smooth out of box especially for a sealed reel, feels substantial in the hand without being heavy and looks great.
ProsFully Sealed Light for its size and capacity Smoother than a standard VS(X) Bailess kit included Still expensive but not compared to a VSX or Zeebaas Looks great VS tool included
ConsStill made in China Not cheap Great for many applications especially the surf but still isn?t a VS or Zeebaas Finish could be better
By Dean
Tampa, FL
Love it! I think...
August 1, 2019
Overall I absolutely love this reel. Its light weight and the profile make it a dream to fish with. I have it paired with a Medium-Heavy 7'6" St. Croix Legend Tournament, which makes for a dream pair. The VR50 is comparable to a 40 or 4000 series reel not a 50 or 5000 series as I originally thought. Now for the unfortunate fate... after 3 months of what I would consider quite light use it failed me. While beach fishing I hooked a 26" snook. Now that's nothing to write home about when there's 40" plus monsters out there. When the fish ran my first crank down the handle twisted off the reel. Being dark outside I was really confused with what happened so I hand lined the fish in and put it away. The next day come to find out the screw that connects the handle to the main gear sheared off! What the heck right... So it's under warranty, I go to the local tackle shop. They can't do warranty work on Van Staal but say they've seen this on other VR50's. That was concerning but I was sure that Van Staal will find the issue with the series and make it right. I then call Van Staal and they direct me to a local warranty center. Local as in Panama City, FL while I am located 4 hours south in Tampa, FL... I mailed it into them out of pocket, wait a week and no word. I called them for a status update and was then given more unfortunate news. Van Steal does not have the main gears made for repairs yet. Now I don't need a main gear but if the shop is unable to remove the broken screw then the main gear will have to be replaced. Turns out that there is several VR reels in the shop for repair but for striped main gears. In conclusion I really want to love this reel. I am just concerned that a low budget Van Staal just isn't their niche. They make great if not the best high end reels, but can they cut costs without cutting quality is the question. Only time will tell but I am considering to return it for something that I can trust. I would recommend this reel but at your own risk and you may want to wait for Van Staal to work out the kinks.
ProsSuper Light, Smooth, Casting, Water tight
ConsDifficult warranty process, handle failure, main gear failure
By john
July 11, 2019
The Bail hits your knuckles when reeling ! I don't have really large hands . I need to hold it after my index finger not after my middle finger as I'm used to. The foot could have been a little bit taller. There is no click on retrieve? It's manual bail . I know this what Van Staal is known for on the big surf reels, a bail-less system so you don't snap off heavy lures. But, for a small reel that will be used with light lures I would have liked to have seen an auto tripping bail . I like to put poppers in motion just before they hit the water . Have to fumble around now. All small thing I know but it's $500 bucks!
ProsGood build quality .
By scott
Brooklyn, NY
July 5, 2019
Got the VR50 setup with St Croix Legend Glass. Its great for both inshore fishing and freshwater. This reel looks amazing and works very smooth. The drag sound is also another plus, it just feel like its working. So far been using it for LM and SB. The size of this reel is also perfect for me, not too big and not too small where you feel its not "enough" for the job. This is a strong solid reel!
ProsCan use for fresh and salt water setup!
By Michael
Woonsocket, RI
Amazing reel for the price
June 25, 2019
This reel is great. the drag is super smooth and has held up nice kayak fishing over the past year since i recieved it.
By ScottLesq
New haven
I think it’s a lemon too
May 31, 2019
My 4th VS and for the first 4 months I owned this real it was just as advertised. Unfortunately, I fished it like I would any other VS, 3-4 days a week, dinked under water and dragged in fish in the 10-20 pound range with good frequency. Then the problems started showing up. First the retrieve got sluggish and then grindy. Brought it in for service and the machine bushings were wearing down and leaving metal flakes in the gear box. Had it cleaned and re-packed with new grease. Worked well for another 3 months and then like another reviewer here, hooked into a 38 inch bass which gave a good account of himself and by the end of the ordeal, the drag was burned out and locked-up. Had to replace the spool with the drag system since it could not be repaired ($120). In my view, this is nothing more than a cheap tinnny knock-off where the company is simply capitalizing on the name of the brand to charge an amount of money which in no way produces the value one would expect from a VS.
ProsIt says Van Staal
ConsIt doesn?t fish anything like a Van Staal. Very surprised that the company which made its reputation in building an indestructible reel would introduce such a weak reel into its line-up.
By John
Lancaster, PA
Van Staal VR125
May 28, 2019
Very well made reel
By Philip
Atlanta, GA
May 23, 2019
Purchased a new VR50 in advance of a trip the first week of May. Unfortunately, the reel is defective and I was unable to use it on my trip. This was not discovered until after Tackle Direct's 30 day return policy had expired. I have no issue with this policy and Tackle Direct tried to get me in touch with Van Staal. Never heard from their contact person and left a message for him as well.

After emailing Van Staal with no response, I called customer service and was instructed to send the reel to their repair shop at my expense. Needless to say at this point I am disappointed in the product and lack of contact/concern from Van Staal

I'm sure the reel can be repaired. However, I'm not sure if I will ever be able to have a 100% confidence in the product. Only time will tell..
ProsTackle Direct service is great!
By robert
williamstown, NJ
Awesomenesss in a light package!
May 6, 2019
Great reel! Love this for back bay and river fishing. Lightweight and smooth as silk.
ProsWeight. Looks
ConsNone found yet but will revisit at end of the season.
By Philthy
Staten Island, New York
way to go!!
May 3, 2019
After trying out my buddys VR I knew I had to have one!!! Much smoother cranking than the coffee grinder VS series, and sealed!! Perfect for my uses, surfcasting with the occaisonal splash in water and sand.
Prosquality machining, smooth crank for a sealed reel, casts well, looks awesome
ConsPrice, but well worth it if it lasts
By Chris H.
Fort Worth, Texas
The Rolex Of Reels
April 7, 2019
I travel all over the world to fish and need absolute reliability for my travel set-ups. This is my second Van Staal and I can not over state how tough these reels are. I submerged them in the surf, buried them in sand, and dropped them on the rocks and they keep working like new. The VR 50 is simply amazing- super light with a heavy duty bail. Perfect for inshore fishing but with enough drag and capacity for light off-shore use.
Prosweight, the heavy duty bail, line capacity
Consno bailess conversion
50 Questions & 50 Answers
Jeffrey Bruni
from Long Island asked:
June 14, 2019
Good morning TD. I’m looking to upgrade from penn ss1v 4500 and 6500

To VR series. What would be the recommend size for blues and stripers. From surf. I  

Using an ODM 9 dna and a 10’ insane lami. 

Would like a recommendation for both sizes. Ty

1 Answer
I would recommend a 150-175 size.
Submitted by: Ethan on June 17, 2019

from New Symrna Beach, Florida asked:
May 13, 2019
When will this reel be available for purchase again? It was estimated to be off of back order during the beginning of May. Thanks!
1 Answer
Should have more available in a month or so. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 17, 2019

from Clarksville TN asked:
May 7, 2019
What size reel would you recommend for catching good sized tarpon from the beach? And do you have a recommendation on a pole? Mainly will be using live bait but would like to use artificial baits as well.
1 Answer
The 175 would be a good choice. Pair that with a 10 foot Century Sling shot
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

John L.
from Lancaster, Pa asked:
April 27, 2019
I ordered the VR125, is the VR150 spool interchangeable with the VR125 reel?
1 Answer
The spool is interchangeable
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 1, 2019

from Markham, ON asked:
April 12, 2019
1. What VR reel is the best match for a Van Staal VJS56-270 and a Spinal SJ250 rod?

2. Is the VR200 larger in size than a Saltist 4500? 

1 Answer
The vr200 is larger and the rod depends on what you're fishing for. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 2, 2019

from Bay aria asked:
March 30, 2019
Whats a good surf pole to pair with a VR50 Stall Reel
1 Answer
Max length rod to pair with the vr50 would be a 9 foot like the St.Croix mojo surf 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 4, 2019

Nolan Eldridge
from Massachusetts asked:
February 14, 2019
Would I be able to use this on a freshwater rod or is it too big? I can't tell the size too well in the pictures
1 Answer
Depends on the freshwater rod. If it were a musky rod it would fit.
Submitted by: Bernie on February 14, 2019

from Florida asked:
February 14, 2019
Hello, I have a Shimano TZS-72MH-BLK. 40 TO 80 LBS Braid. Looking to pair it with a Van Staal VR Reel. Which VR model would you recommend & would you recommend this setup for Jigging in about 150' to 250' of water on long range trips 2-3 days? or which setup would you recommend for this application.
1 Answer
The vr175 would pair up well with the TZS-72MH-BLK
Submitted by: Bernie on February 20, 2019

from florida asked:
February 9, 2019
How much 20 lb. monofilament line will the VR200 hold?
1 Answer
Give or take close to 350 yards of 20lb mono
Submitted by: Bernie on February 13, 2019

from Meteren, Gelderland asked:
February 3, 2019
With reel size is the best combination of st croix avid inshore 7ft?
1 Answer
The vr50 would balance out well with a avid inshore.
Submitted by: Bernie on February 4, 2019

from Port Saint Lucie, Fl. asked:
January 15, 2019
Does the VR come in right hand crank
1 Answer
This reel is only available in a left hand crank
Submitted by: Bernie on January 16, 2019

from Deerfield Beach, Florida asked:
January 12, 2019
What size for VR is compared with a 4000 shimano reels? thank you so much
1 Answer
The vr50
Submitted by: Bernie on January 14, 2019

from Bradenton, Florida asked:
November 22, 2018
Which size would be the best for inshore fishing for slot snook and good size redfish? And which size is most comparable to a 3000?
1 Answer
Best size would be the vr50 for most snook and reds
Submitted by: Bernie on November 25, 2018

Dillon Besnier
from Apollo Beach, Florida asked:
November 20, 2018
So i live on the west coast of Florida and do a lot of fishing in my kayak on the flats and i was wondering if i should get the vr50 or the vr125 for throwing bigger live baits at Cobia, Reds, and occasionally some tarpon cruising through the flats ?
1 Answer
The vr50 can handle the smaller side of those species.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 21, 2018

from asked:
November 15, 2018
Is the vr150 salt water prof ? Jerry
1 Answer
The vr150 is a sealed reel
Submitted by: Bernie on November 15, 2018

paul guicciardini
from New York asked:
October 29, 2018
what is the main gear made of
1 Answer
Stainless steel.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 29, 2018

from East Greenbush New York asked:
March 18, 2018
Is the vr 200 sufficient enough for fishing in the canal
1 Answer
Hello Joe, the vr200 will be sufficient enough for the Canal just don't use anything larger then a 40 pound braid.
Submitted by: Bernie on March 19, 2018

from Spain asked:
March 18, 2018
What Van Staal VR reel would match well with a 9' St. Croix Triumph Surf Travel series?
1 Answer
The vr125 or the vr150 would pair up nicely with a 9 foot rod.
Submitted by: Bernie on March 19, 2018

Pablo martinez
from El Salvador asked:
February 28, 2018
Does the vr200 pair ok with a st croix mojo 9' and does the reel come with braid line or mono?
1 Answer
Hello Pablo, If the rod is a St.Croix mojo surf then it would pair up nicely with the vr200. As far as the line we can spool mono for free(test of your choice) if you would like braid you would need to purchase the braid first then request to have it spooled.
Submitted by: Bernie on March 1, 2018

keith Allen
from East Hampton CT asked:
December 28, 2017
Is there a kit to convert the vr50 to bailess?, OR will there be a kit ?
1 Answer
From what we've heard there will not be a bailess kit for the VR50
Submitted by: Bernie on December 28, 2017

from New Jersey asked:
December 7, 2017
I’m looking to purchase an inshore rod to pair with a VR 150 for stripers....Suggestions???
1 Answer
Hello Dave, the St.Croix Avid inshore would pair nice with the vr150.
Submitted by: Bernie on December 11, 2017

from New York asked:
November 23, 2017
I would like to purchase a Van Staal reel for bucktailing fluke. What is the smallest they make and would it be practical. I believe in buying the best, so you only have to buy it once.
1 Answer
The smallest and best option would be the vr50. Small,powerful and versatile.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 24, 2017

from florida asked:
November 20, 2017
will the vr50 come with a •MicroClick drag tuning accuracy or free style like the vsb150?
1 Answer
Hello John, If the Vr50 is like the rest of the vr reels from Van Staal it comes with a micro click drag knob.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 24, 2017

from edinburg, tx asked:
November 14, 2017
I pre order a vr50 on august 1 is the delivery date still going be February ?
1 Answer
Hello Eric, yes the expected delivery is set for February.
Submitted by: Bernie on November 14, 2017

vanna keo
from providence, ri asked:
June 8, 2017
What is the max drag on the VR150 and VR175?
1 Answer
The VR150 max drag is 35 lbs and the max drag on the VR175 is 40 lbs
Submitted by: Bernie on June 8, 2017

from N.j. asked:
November 4, 2019
How many lbs of drag on the 125 & 150
1 Answer
Drag ratings for these models is 42#
Submitted by: KRAIG FRIEDMAN on November 5, 2019

from NJ asked:
October 30, 2019
Hi I’m looking to pair the 150 with a st croix avid inshore 8ft heavy rod mainly used for larger stripers. Would this be a balanced combo? 
1 Answer
yeah that would work great
Submitted by: chris jones on November 1, 2019

Nick walker
from Palm coast, Florida asked:
September 27, 2019
Can vr50 handle 4-7 inch popper for saltwater and what would you recommend use lbs on braid and mono leader?
1 Answer
Yes this can handle poppers in that size range. I would recommend using 20-30lb braid and depends on leader 20-40lb  
Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on October 2, 2019

james robitaille
from Cheshire, Connecticut asked:
June 7, 2019
I have a 10'6" St. Croix legend surf.  What VR would pair best with the rod? A vr150, 175, or 200?  I do light surf casting in CT and Rhode Island and I also fish this rod in the canal.  
1 Answer
I think the 125 would be a little to small or light for the 10'6 rod I would recommend the 150 or 175 VR. 
Submitted by: Andrew Montagna on June 7, 2019

from Queens NY asked:
June 4, 2019
Is this coming off of back order any time soon? It says beginning of june
1 Answer
Yes we will be receiving VR50's soon. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on June 5, 2019

from Santa Ana asked:
April 4, 2019
Hello can someone please tell this van staal vr50, would it be perfect for Gloomis e6x 7 foot mh fast ty.?
1 Answer
The VR50 will pair and balance well.  
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on April 8, 2019

from HOUSTON, TX asked:
November 3, 2018
Where are Van Staal Vr made?
1 Answer
These are made in China
Submitted by: Tyler on November 5, 2018

from NJ asked:
October 16, 2018
How far out are you on shipment of the VR50 and how many are on back order through Tackle Direct?
1 Answer
We are currently filling orders from May as of 10/17/2018.
Submitted by: Rebecca on October 17, 2018

from Middle of nowhere asked:
July 27, 2018
I’m interested in pairing a vr125 or vr150 with my TFO 11 .5-2. Primarily used for surf/canal with lighter bucktails and plugs. Which would you pick?
1 Answer
Neither. Too small for that Rod. VR175 is recommended
Submitted by: Chris on July 30, 2018

from Australia asked:
June 8, 2018
Is the right hand retrieve (right hand reeling) now available in the VR 150 and VR175 ?
1 Answer
No, they are still (Left hand retrieve).
Submitted by: Ricky on June 11, 2018

from chester nh asked:
May 3, 2018
interested in the VR125. Is there a specific technique in regards to putting line on them. I saw on line that they were putting the backing mono on thicker in the middle of the spool creating a hump...then adding the braid normally. The reel was not a 125,but a bigger model . does this method apply to the VR125?
1 Answer
This method does not apply to the VR. The only model of Van Staal reels that is necessary to spool with a hump is the original VS (not the VS X Series). This method of spool was done to offset the "hourglass" line lay of the reel. This issue has been corrected for any current Van Staal reels currently in production.
Submitted by: Devon on May 4, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
April 26, 2018
What's the smallest reel size you would recommend to target everything from blues and stripers to false albacore and tuna in the northeast and what rod would you pair it with? (all fishing done from a boat)
1 Answer
If you were going to use one reel for all of those applications I'd have to suggest a 5000 to 6000 size spinning reel. It will certainly be overkill for for the Albies and Bluefish, and you could very well be outclassed by an above average sized tuna. I would strongly suggest looking into 2 separate rod and reel combos. One for inshore and one for offshore.
Submitted by: Devon on May 7, 2018

alberto hernandez
from Miami asked:
April 16, 2018
Hi, would you recommend 20lb or 30lb braid on the VR 50 for small tunas and small offshore fishes? Thanks
1 Answer
You will easily be able to use 20lb - 30lb braid with the VR50. You might be over matched using it for the small tunas depending on the size your targeting.
Submitted by: Donald on April 19, 2018

from South Amboy, NJ asked:
April 4, 2018
Thinking of using the vr50 for light tackle fishing for fluke. What rod would you team it up with?
1 Answer
The VR50 would be a good match paired with Shimano Trevala jigging rod 6'6'' MH for fluke fishing.
Submitted by: Donald on April 5, 2018

from East Bridgewater MA asked:
March 30, 2018
can the reel be used for false albcore, bonito and other larger fish i may find here in MA
1 Answer
Absolutely. The VR is great reel to pair with a surf rod for fishing beaches and jetties in the Northeast.
Submitted by: Devon on March 31, 2018

from Spain asked:
March 16, 2018
What Van Staal VR reel would match well with a 8’2†G.Loomis Greenwater ¼ - 1¼ oz fast rod?
1 Answer
The VR 150 would be a great rod to pair with the 8' G Loomis Greenwater rod.
Submitted by: Donald on March 16, 2018

from Gloucester, Ma. asked:
February 22, 2018
how would the VR150 match with the TFO gis surf 10'6"?
1 Answer
The VR 150 would be a well balanced combo and will perform great paired with TFO 10'6'' GIS rod.
Submitted by: Donald on February 23, 2018

mark wallace
from nj asked:
February 22, 2018
on the van staal vr 50 are they going to offer it in a righthand retrieve
1 Answer
There is nothing that indicates there will be a R/H VR50 made in the near future.
Submitted by: Donald on February 23, 2018

from MA asked:
February 20, 2018
How would a VR200 pair with an 10'' GSB?
1 Answer
A VR200 would match well with the Lamiglas GSB101MS GSB Surf Series Rod. The two would balance well together and compliment each other nicely.
Submitted by: Donald on February 21, 2018

from Dallas texas asked:
February 5, 2018
I wonder know if vr150 would be big enough for St. Croix surf rod legend 11.
1 Answer
I would recommend using the VR175 if your matching it with a St. Croix surf rod Legend 11'.
Submitted by: Donald on February 6, 2018

Mr. Z.
from San Francisco, CA asked:
December 26, 2017
What Van Staal VR reel would match well with a 11ft CTS Vapor Trail 1-3 oz moderate fast surf rod?
1 Answer
The VR 175 would balance well and be compatible pairing it with the 11ft CTS Vapor Trail.
Submitted by: Donald on December 27, 2017

doc gc
from gk ny asked:
November 28, 2017
hi, can you tell me max drag on vr50 and also does it come with bail less kit like others thanks .
1 Answer
The max drag on the VR50 is 25 lbs and the reel doesn't not come with a bailess conversion kit.
Submitted by: Donald on November 28, 2017

from Miami, Florida asked:
November 14, 2017
Is there a power handle that is all metal for the VR, if not, are they planning to make one.
1 Answer
There is not. As of right now we do not know of any plans to produce them.
Submitted by: Devon on November 17, 2017

from Australia asked:
May 22, 2017
Do you now have a right hand retrieve on VR series reel?
1 Answer
As of right now the VR is not made in a right handed retrieve.
Submitted by: Devon on May 26, 2017

from Hassan valley asked:
April 30, 2017
When are the vr50's coming?
1 Answer
There is no date or anything yet of when that will be available.
Submitted by: Tyler on May 1, 2017


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