Van Staal VR Spinning Reels

Van Staal VR Spinning Reels

Upgraded for 2021, this new generation of VR reels features stronger stainless steel spool shafts and enhanced drag capabilities, as well as black and right side retrieve options.

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TD Code
Handle SideGear RatioLine Per Handle TurnBraid Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Mono Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max DragWeightColorPrice
Left6.3:137in20/36010/24025lb8.9ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
Left4.8:132in20/40010/34035lb18.3ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
Left4.8:134in30/44012/36035lb18.7ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
Right4.8:134in30/44012/36035lb18.7ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
Left4.8:138in30/53015/36040lb19.1ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
Left4.8:140in40/50015/40040lb19.6ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
Right4.8:140in40/50015/40040lb19.6ozSelect Color$0.00 USD
The Van Staal VR Spinning 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 49 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 Gayee
Burbank, CA
Expected better..higher price point because of name. More of a $350 priced reel.
March 24, 2021
I was very excited to get my hands on this reel for surf fishing. It has a good weight and a solid feeling. Negative things out the box are anti-reverse slips but seemed to have gone away with use. The drag seems a little sticky because of the clicker but the drag washers may just need to be broken in. The reel did come with the bail less kit but no instruction manual or any literature.
By Sebastian
Naples, FL
December 15, 2020
you could run them under salt water and they wouldn't be bothered
By updateCategoryParent
December 11, 2020
I use this reel for saltwater it is smooth and really durable great reel
By Snook t.
Bailess VR 50 black
December 8, 2020
Same wounderful compact spinning reel that has a bailess kit....great for live bait fishing and surf casting plugs.. enjoy this little gem.
By doc
November 16, 2020
this reel is even more than i anticipated. been slaying 40 lb stripers for two weeks and this reel is just asking more. love this thing. worth every penny. stop thinking about it. just buy it.
Proslight comfortable drag is beautiful
Consi only bought one
By Alvin
Light as a feather
November 14, 2020
I caught couple of schoolies with it and it performed well. The Drag was loud, unlike the bigger VR versions. Light as a feather, I could cast with it all day. I paired my VR 50 with my Tsunami Airwave elite (also purchased from TD).
The new versions comes with a manual pickup kit conversion too....
ProsLight, Loud drag.
ConsNone at the moment...
By Munkong l.
New york
Very Light
November 12, 2020
Very light looking good worth it
By Mango
Dallas, TX
November 7, 2020
Just holding this reel, you can feel the quality and sturdiness of the reel. It feels impervious to basically anything. The only downside is that it is definitely "gritty." It's not nearly as smooth as a Shimano, but that's not the point of this reel. It's a high performance tank that can brute force whatever you hook into, but has a sense of refinement in its qualities. Highly recommended!
ProsBuilt like a tank Light for the material Even line lay Strong/Smooth Drag
By Steve
Dauphin Island, AL
October 23, 2020
Light, looks great, can’t wait to use it.
By CSluder
Annapolis MD
October 16, 2020
Absolutely impressed with this reel. I've only used in the Chesapeake for stripers up to 36 inches. Smooth drag and line stacking is good.
By Kou
Fresno, CA
Great surf reel
September 27, 2020
Great reel if you want something that can withstand a few dunks (not purposely). Used on multiple trips and still feels brand new.
ProsLightweight Small Sealed
ConsNot a smooth reel.
By Chris
Melbourne Beach
My New Go To - Light, Sensitive and Durable
August 28, 2020
Paired this VR50 with a 6'6" Tidemaster 8-17lb, 15 lb braid..... Luv it! Super fun and don't have to worry about water intrusion. Getting another one, if I can find it!
By Alvin
smooth and light VR200
May 13, 2020
I bought this to pair with my Lamiglas Carbon surf 11’ MH
Light... even lighter than my penn slammer 5500...
Smooth and easy to crank...
I only used it in 2 occasions, so far it performed well... But I still have to catch a big fish with it, to see how will it hold up...
ProsLight and smooth
ConsI don’t have that “big hands” but the rotor keeps on hitting my fingers
By Ed Z.
Cream Ridge NJ
Awesome reel
May 12, 2020
Great reel worth every penny
50 Questions & 51 Answers
from Jersey Channel Islands asked:
December 28, 2019
What version is the closest to a 4000 type reel 
1 Answer
Depends on what 4000 because all brands are different. Generally the 125 would be the most comparable. 
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 30, 2019

Nyree Kenyatta Smith II
from Chauvin, La asked:
December 20, 2019
What size VR should I get for redfish(any size), snook(any size), jack crevelle and tarpon(no bigger than 60 pounds)? 
1 Answer
VR125, but any size would serve you well.
Submitted by: Ryan Henry on December 22, 2019

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 New York asked:
April 9, 2021
Did the VR150 silver receive the new upgrades for 2021?
1 Answer
They have been upgraded with stainless steel spool shafts and enhanced drag abilitles
Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 9, 2021

from Long Island, NY asked:
April 1, 2021
Which one is the best to pair with a medium 10’ moderate fast rod??

The 125 or 150???? It will be used for surf and back bay fishing

Thank you for your time. 

1 Answer
The 125 and the 150 are very similar reels with the size of the spool being the main difference. If you're looking for a little higher line capacity or want to run 30-40 lb braid I'd go with the 150. 
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on April 2, 2021

from NEW JERSEY asked:
March 28, 2021
Looking into purchasing a VR125 but hesitant due to reel failures with the early generation models. Have the updates made for 2021 significantly addressed the drag/drag shaft issues to proper VS standards? Thanks!
1 Answer
Van Staal definitely made upgrades to this model. The slight added weight to the reel this year is due to the beefing up of the inner components most notably the stainless steel shaft. 
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on March 30, 2021

Greg A
from Cleveland Ohio asked:
March 24, 2021
what rod that you have in stock would you best recommend to pair with my vr125 for our keys trip  the captains supply rigs but I wanted to take one spin

outfit of my own with 20 to 25 lb braid class for permit, cuda, jt, and smaller tarpon   i like being on the lighter side.  a was looking at the shimano travel rods but out of stock

thanks in advance    

Greg A

1 Answer
Here are a couple links to rods you might be interested in:

- This Tica rod fits your requirements well. 

Submitted by: William Larkin on March 25, 2021

from Florida asked:
March 20, 2021
What are the upgrades for 2021 specific to the VR50B model?
1 Answer

There are no changes in the 2021 VR50 model. The changes were made in larger models of VR. 

Submitted by: William Larkin on March 24, 2021

from CT asked:
March 13, 2021
Will the VR150 pair well with a 10ft Century Kevlar Nor’Easter ?
2 Answers
The VR200 would bemore balanced with that rod. 
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on March 19, 2021
The VR200 would bemore balanced with that rod.
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on March 19, 2021

from NE Florida asked:
February 5, 2021
I just purchased a VR50 for kayak fishing inshore in NE Florida. What would be some good rods to pair with this reel?
1 Answer
My top choice would be the G. Loomis Greenwater 7'-7'6" M or MH power rod, but you'll want an inshore rod 7'-7'6" in the M to MH power range. Another great rod to check out would be the St. Croix Mojo Inshore.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 5, 2021

from TN asked:
January 9, 2021
I need a hard use reel for snook, tarpon, reds, jacks, blues, etc. would the vr50 fit better over a Stradic fl or a saltist black bay? Is the vr50 as smooth to reel as other reels or is it like the VS series on the retrieve? 
1 Answer
The VR50 isn't as smooth as a Stradic, or Saltist, but it is a bulletproof reel that would be great for snook, reds, tarpon, etc. It's not quite as stiff as a VS series, but I would say it's somewhere in between the Stradic and VS. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 11, 2021

Alfred Severson
from Hillsborough N.J. asked:
December 12, 2020
Where are the reels made
1 Answer
Hello, thanks for being interested in our products. This reel is made in China of Forged and machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum.
Submitted by: Bass O on December 16, 2020

from Alabama asked:
November 22, 2020
Will the vr175 pair well with a 8 foot carbon shield 2 rod?
1 Answer
That reel would pair better with the Carbon Shield Popping rod(TSU-0339)

But it would function well on the 8'H or XH rod as well

Submitted by: Alex T on November 25, 2020

from Jacksonville Florida asked:
November 18, 2020
What size VR is most similar to a 3000 shimano reel? For trout, reds, etc
1 Answer
VR50 would be the most similar in size. Perfect reel for any inshore or land based fishing application
Submitted by: Alex T on November 18, 2020

from PHILADELPHIA PA. asked:
November 13, 2020
Why doesn't  the bail close when I turn 

Turn the handle?

1 Answer
This reel features a manual bail and will have to be closed manually after your cast. Designed that way to help prevent it from accidentally closing mid-cast and resulting in your line snapping and an expensive lure being lost.
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on November 16, 2020

from Tampa, Florida asked:
November 13, 2020
Thinking about getting the VR 50 and throwing some 20LB braid on there. What would you recommend as a rod? Mainly fishing for good size snook and 10-60LB tarpon inshore. 7’6” Medium or Medium Heavy was kinda what I was thinking. Thanks. 
1 Answer
I would pair this reel with a St. Croix Mojo or Avid Inshore 7'6 MH or something similar. If you are land based I would recommend an 8' M rated model ODM DNA rod, which they also make in a 7'6 model of your sold on that length
Submitted by: Alex T on November 13, 2020

Tommy D.
from Rockaway Beach, NY asked:
November 1, 2020

I have a 10'6" St. Croix Mojo surf rod.  What VR would pair best with the rod? A vr150, 175, or 200? I'm surf casting off the ocean beach and rock Jetties using 30 Ib braided, casting 1 1/4 oz bucktails and 2-2 1/2 oz lures. My main concern is getting distance.

1 Answer
A VR 125 or 150 would do just fine with this rod. If you are worried about distance, and not so much the dunk proof bulletproof design that the van stahls offer I would recommend looking into the Shimano Ultra CI4+ 5500.
Submitted by: Alex T on November 4, 2020

from Spring, TX asked:
October 28, 2020
Would the VR150 pair well with the St. Croix MSS106MHMF2 surf rod?
1 Answer
Yes these would make a very reliable pairing. Either the VR125 or VR150 would be recommended
Submitted by: Alex T on October 28, 2020

from Rego Park, NY asked:
October 10, 2020
is the new  van staal vr50 silver has the same extended reel foot as the van staal vr50 black?
1 Answer
Thanks for reaching out about our products!

Yes both the Black and Silver model VR50 have the same overall construction

Submitted by: Alex Trommelen on October 22, 2020

from Victoria, Seychelles asked:
April 27, 2020
Wil the VR 200 pair well with the Zenaq Expedition 83S? For popping and stickbaiting Tuna and GT up to about 30 kg?
1 Answer
These will make a great pair for tuna and GT's of multiple sizes. 
Submitted by: Sydney on April 28, 2020

from MA asked:
April 27, 2020
I’m interesting in VR125, do they have in silver or just grey? 
1 Answer
The van Staal VR reels come in silver and black models. 
Submitted by: Sydney on April 28, 2020

from Brownsville, TX asked:
April 10, 2020
What is the maximum drag of the VR125?

1 Answer
The maximum drag for the Van Staal Vr125 is 42.0lbs
Submitted by: Sydney on April 11, 2020

from Rego Park, NY asked:
April 3, 2020
what size would a van staal vr be, if compared to a penn slammer 5500?
1 Answer
Closest size will be a VR125 to the Slammer III 5500 in terms of physical size and line capacity. VR125 will be much lighter however.
Submitted by: Brian on April 3, 2020

from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts asked:
March 31, 2020
I’m most likely going to get a 10ft moderate action Lamiglas GSB, and I want a well balanced but light reel that can handle large stripers from the shore in the 30 pound range. I’m choosing between the VR 150 and 175. I’m  wondering if a reel with a large spool size casts farther. I’m going to put 30 on maxcuatra on the reel. Which size would anyone recommend for this rod, i don’t want something that's going to look too small or too big..
1 Answer
We would recommend going with the VR175. Barely heavier at only a half oz and the higher retrieve rate will help out. Also may get slightly more casting distance with the larger spooled reel. If there was a huge size difference, the 150 would suffice but based off of what you are looking to use this for there is no reason to not jump up to the 175 size. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 3, 2020

from Paumanok asked:
March 17, 2020
Is the difference between the 175 and the 200 just the spool? Are the gear boxes the same size?
1 Answer
Yes, the spool is different to accommodate more line on the 200, while the gear box and body is the same. If you bought the 175 and wanted to add a 200 spool, you would be able to in seconds. 
Submitted by: Brian on March 18, 2020

Tom Nguyen
from Worcester, MA asked:
February 28, 2020
Would vr200 pair up good with shimano Tiralejo 11' H ???
1 Answer
Yes the vr200 would pair up good with the 11ft 
Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on March 14, 2020


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