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Gear RatioMono CapacityBraid CapacityWeightInch Per TurnHand RetrievePrice
VR50 Silver
6.8:1-360yds/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
5 Stars based on 41 reviews
By Steven
Upper Peninsula, MI
March 7, 2018
A Masterpiece
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
October 13, 2017
Love this reel!
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 John
Ocean city nj
December 19, 2018
Van Staal reel
Performed as expected at that price
By 617
December 16, 2018
Bought a vsb200 but wanted something a little smaller and as tough. This is the one. Can use on 9’ or 11’..
ProsVery light
By Igor
Brookly NY
December 10, 2018
Van Staal VR50 VR
Great reel . Light and smooth .
By Navygmc
Naples, Florida
November 2, 2018
Maybe a lemon
This is my 7th Van Staal. Currently own 3 others to include...vs100, vs200 and vr200. After owning the v50 for a week and spending 4 days pier fishing for Spanish mackerel and ladyfish (that's all that was biting)...I blew out the drag. Was fishing 15 lb braid with about 6-7 lbs of drag. Reel is supposed to put out a max of 25. Now with a locked drag puts out about 5 lbs. The other con I had about this reel is the line lay. I own my own line winding machine so I know it was put on correctly. The line near the top of the spool tends to gap itself from the spool edge. I filled to max capacity and was getting a lot of wind knots. Which is very unusual for me since I always hand bail regardless. It was because the VR 50 filled completely has very loose wraps at that very top spool section. I would look before casting and you could visibly see the loose wraps. I corrected the loose wraps by cutting off about 25 yards of line. This reel likes a 90% spool fill. I cast for distance and like to run my spools at 100%-110% fill. I do not have this problem with other reels. It is smoother than I thought it would be. Has good power Does not feel like 37" retrieve (same as a Shimano 4000 size reel). Perhaps due to large handle...I am either not turning it as fast or just just doesn't seem as fast. I wanted to love this reel. Under 9 oz, great line capacity (360 of 20 braid. I put an eyeballed 40-50 yards of 16 mono and a line machine measured 310 of 15 Ultracast). Will get reel to Van Staal and see what the drag problem is. For time being...will use VS100 and Stella 4000 and Stradic sw5000 pg.
September 21, 2018
Solid real
I was looking for a surf reel that was solid but light, and had a ton of line cap. this is it. With the choice to add on the 200 size spool you can have the line cap you need for whatever fish your looking for without paying the price for a VS
ProsGreat reel capacity Lightweight high drag smooth operation
By Robert
Dracut, MA
September 11, 2018
Worth every penny
I purchased this reel to fish the cape cod canal . I paired it with an 11 foot St croix mojo rod. This combo worked better than expected. Reel is super light and casts a mile . The drag is where this reel really shines super smooth and strong. I was able to put the brakes on a 30lb bass and and crank it in against 10 knot current . I’m planning on purchasing another for the boat it’s the only reel I want to use now . Get one you will not be disappointed.
ProsSuper light ,super strong ,and a gorgeous piece of machinery
ConsPricey but worth it
By Bryan Freeman
Texas Coast
August 13, 2018
Van Stall VR150 Excellent Reel
This is my second Van Staal reel and it lives up to the name. The drag is excellent with the stopping power needed.
ProsExcellent Drag Weight and size is perfect
Consno cons at this point
By Ralph
North Haven, CT
July 19, 2018
Van Staal Vr 150
i have this reel paired with a ODM 10 ft. rod and simply love it
By Philip
July 13, 2018
A Beast of a Reel
As a Avid surfcaster, i needed a reel that suited my needs. Best reel in my book, i purchased the VR150 for Bass and Blues and ordered a VR125 spool for Fluke and other small target fish. Great Reel , just make sure to water it down and put a little Van staal grease on the Shaft after use..Salvo's Customs lures Approved !!!
ProsThe best hand down !!!
July 3, 2018
The VR50 is light, strong, and worth the wait. My hardest choice was what rod to pair it with, in my opinion a lighter rod with a good backbone with a little xtra length works well with this reel. For example something close to the St. Croix Tidemaster 8ft. The drag sings and it reels smooth, good fishing y'all.
By Jeffrey
June 17, 2018
simply awesome
works great, clean simple and strong
By Phillip
Bothell, WA
June 3, 2018
Power is fine
I had hard time to change into manual bail convention. The manual bail parts did not fit this reel. Screws are too small and weak.
By Harry
May 19, 2018
Great reels for the surf
Under water 2 hours per day surf fishing down on the golf coast of tx, never a problem. Have the 125 and 150 on 10.5 and 9 foot surf rods.
50 Questions & 50 Answers
from Deerfield Beach, Florida asked:
January 12, 2019
What size for VR is compared with a 4000 shimano reels? thank you so much
1 Answers
The vr50
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 Answers
Best size would be the vr50 for most snook and reds
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 Answers
The vr50 can handle the smaller side of those species.
on November 21, 2018

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

paul guicciardini
from New York asked:
October 29, 2018
what is the main gear made of
1 Answers
Stainless steel.
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 Answers
Hello Joe, the vr200 will be sufficient enough for the Canal just don't use anything larger then a 40 pound braid.
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 Answers
The vr125 or the vr150 would pair up nicely with a 9 foot rod.
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 Answers
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.
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 Answers
From what we've heard there will not be a bailess kit for the VR50
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 Answers
Hello Dave, the St.Croix Avid inshore would pair nice with the vr150.
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 Answers
The smallest and best option would be the vr50. Small,powerful and versatile.
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 Answers
Hello John, If the Vr50 is like the rest of the vr reels from Van Staal it comes with a micro click drag knob.
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 Answers
Hello Eric, yes the expected delivery is set for February.
on November 14, 2017

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

from HOUSTON, TX asked:
November 3, 2018
Where are Van Staal Vr made?
1 Answers
These are made in China
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 Answers
We are currently filling orders from May as of 10/17/2018.
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 Answers
Neither. Too small for that Rod. VR175 is recommended
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 Answers
No, they are still (Left hand retrieve).
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 Answers
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.
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 Answers
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.
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 Answers
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.
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 Answers
The VR50 would be a good match paired with Shimano Trevala jigging rod 6'6'' MH for fluke fishing.
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 Answers
Absolutely. The VR is great reel to pair with a surf rod for fishing beaches and jetties in the Northeast.
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 Answers
The VR 150 would be a great rod to pair with the 8' G Loomis Greenwater rod.
on March 16, 2018

from Gloucester, Ma. asked:
February 22, 2018
how would the VR150 match with the TFO gis surf 10'6"?
1 Answers
The VR 150 would be a well balanced combo and will perform great paired with TFO 10'6'' GIS rod.
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 Answers
There is nothing that indicates there will be a R/H VR50 made in the near future.
on February 23, 2018

from MA asked:
February 20, 2018
How would a VR200 pair with an 10'' GSB?
1 Answers
A VR200 would match well with the Lamiglas GSB101MS GSB Surf Series Rod. The two would balance well together and compliment each other nicely.
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 Answers
I would recommend using the VR175 if your matching it with a St. Croix surf rod Legend 11'.
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 Answers
The VR 175 would balance well and be compatible pairing it with the 11ft CTS Vapor Trail.
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 Answers
The max drag on the VR50 is 25 lbs and the reel doesn't not come with a bailess conversion kit.
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 Answers
There is not. As of right now we do not know of any plans to produce them.
on November 17, 2017

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

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

from Australia asked:
February 11, 2017
Any right hand retrieve for the VR Series?
1 Answers
We're sorry but as of right now a right hand retrieve VR is not available.
on February 14, 2017

Patrick Walter
from Hutchinson MN asked:
January 23, 2017
Can I swim with this reel or reel it underwater?
1 Answers
You can swim with the Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels. I would not recommend cranking this reel to often underwater.
on January 24, 2017

from Rhode island asked:
December 21, 2016
What van staal vr reel would you recommend for a 9ft st Croix avid surf mostly for striped bass and bluefish
1 Answers
The Van Staal VR150 VR Series Spinning Reel would be an excellent choice to pair with a 9ft St Croix Avid Surf Rod.
on December 22, 2016

from Va asked:
December 21, 2016
Manual or automatic bail return?
1 Answers
The Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels are manual bails.
on December 22, 2016

from Atlanta asked:
December 25, 2015
What size reel would you recommend for snook fishing. Typically fish a 4000-6000 spending on conditions.
1 Answers
In order for me to compare a 4000 or 6000 reel to the VR's I would have to know what brand and model you are referring to. But, with the VR's the main difference is spool size and how many yards of line you are able to spool on to the reel. The retrieval speed is a big difference as well. For snook fishing you can get away with using a VR125, I would go no bigger than the VR150. Also, I would play it safe with purchasing the 150.
on December 26, 2015

from fontana ca asked:
November 20, 2015
hi, regarding the r hand handle. I am a right handed person. which one would be better to use? the L or the R hand retrieve? what is the advantage of the R or L hand retrieve? If I use the L hand retrieve on my other reels my L arm does not crank the reel as smooth as my R arm.
1 Answers
If you are right handed, you hold the rod with your right hand and reel with your left. With these reels you don't really have a choice unfortunately because they are only being made in left hand retrieve to begin with.
on November 20, 2015

from United States asked:
October 23, 2015
I understand that there will not be a righty retrieve until next year but will the bail spin in opposite direction or will it spin the same direction as lefty retrieve?
1 Answers
From the information that I have available to me, these left handed version will spin the same way as the right handed reels.
on October 23, 2015

from Fontana, CA asked:
October 17, 2015
on the VR200 can i put a 50lb braided line on it? what is the maximum #test of braided line can i put?
1 Answers
You can put 50lb braid on it, but you will loose your yard capacity. The same goes for higher test line. So, if you are okay with less line on your reel than you can definitely go higher up on the pound test. But, if you are looking to put 50+ pound test on a Van Staal than I recommend purchasing the 250. It is a bigger reel, but it is perfect for 10' and 11' rods. You can get away with it on a 9' rod, but it may seem a little bulky. The 250 also hold much more line at a higher pound test and it is a faster retrieval while still staying light weight for its size. You may find yourself better off with the 250, seems like a safer bet for what pound test line you are interested in using.
on October 17, 2015

Ray English
from NJ asked:
October 15, 2015
What is the max drag on the VR200?
1 Answers
From the information that Craig told us, the drag on this reel should be in the low 40lb range.
on October 15, 2015

Saif Alsaif
from Kuwait asked:
October 13, 2015
Hi Does this reel comes in right hand retrieve option. I want to buy the smallest size. VR125 Best regards Saif Alsaif
1 Answers
No, they are not interchangeable.
on October 13, 2015

from Maryland asked:
September 11, 2015
Is the upgraded Power Knob available for the new VR?
1 Answers
No, there currently is not an upgrade power handle. The handle that comes with it is similar to the power handle that you can get with the regular Van Staals. Check is out here:
on September 11, 2015

from Cape cod asked:
September 8, 2015
Why is the price lower than other vs models? Different, cheaper parts?
1 Answers
The price is cheaper because Van Staal wanted to make a reel that was lower in price point than the rest that are available. It is still made with high quality parts, just not as over-built as the regular Van Staals. The internals and how you take the reel apart are a bit different, but it is still a fully sealed waterproof reel.
on September 8, 2015

from Long Island, NY asked:
September 8, 2015
Is this reel as durable and submersible compared to other models?
1 Answers
Yes. This reel is fully sealed like the previous Van Staals and is waterproof. It should have no problems in the water.
on September 8, 2015

from Stratford, CT asked:
August 21, 2015
what is going to be the Max Drag on all 4 of the new Van Staal VR reel? VR125- drag pressure? VR150- drag pressure? VR175- drag pressure? VR200- drag pressure?
1 Answers
The exact number on these reels is currently unknown, and will most likely not be released. From what we heard, the drag will be in the low 40lb range for all four of the models that will be available.
on August 21, 2015

from Fort Walton, FL asked:
August 6, 2015
Will you be selling additional rotors and spools for the Van Staal VR reels?
1 Answers
They may in the future, but Van Staal will not be selling spares right away.
on August 6, 2015

Frazer Dougherty
from Eastern LI asked:
July 27, 2015
Are we being billed now for VS deliveries in 11/15 ?? Is 11/15 an accurate delivery date ??
1 Answers
The charge is authorized now, but you are not actually being charged until the day we send it to you. I spoke with Craig at Van Staal earlier and he said they were shooting to start delivering these reels to retailers the 1st of November.
on August 5, 2015

from Virginia asked:
July 26, 2015
Is this made in USA ?
1 Answers
Hello Tam. All Van Staal reels are made in China.
on July 30, 2015


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