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Van Staal VR125 VR Series Spinning Reel

Van Staal VR125 VR Series Spinning Reel

Price: $499.00

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Gear RatioMono CapacityBraid CapacityWeightInch Per TurnHand RetrievePrice
4.8:1340yds/10lb400yds/20lb15.8oz31.6Left$499.00 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 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
5 Stars based on 38 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 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.
By Dave
Levittown, Pa
March 22, 2018
Van Staal vr150
The Van staal reputation speaks for itself. Lightweight and durable. Tackle direct always seems to have better inventory availability than other shops and quick delivery.
ProsLightweight, smooth, dependable. Love the manual full bail.
Long Island, NY
March 14, 2018
Great Solid Reel
Can't compare to other Van Staals as this is my first, but reel is built very solid, is easy to service and is very smooth, especially for a sealed reel. Like the option of being able to switch out spools to 125 size reel. Can't wait to catch first striper on it in spring.
By William Schwartz
Palisades, NY
January 31, 2018
Best reel ever!
Top quality. Worth every penny. Light, smooth, no gimmicks.... no hassles.
12 Questions & 12 Answers
Joseph Jordano
from Mount Vernon, New York asked:
September 12, 2018
I have the ST Croix Legend Xtreme Inshore spinning rod 7 FT. Model Number XIS70MHF. Will the VR 125 be a good match for my Fishing Rod?
1 Answers
Something like the vr50 would balance out better with that rod. The Vr125 is going to be to heavy of a reel for the Legend Xtreme Inshore
on September 12, 2018

Cliff Mix
from Kennebunkport, Maine asked:
September 1, 2018
Is the only difference between the 125 and the 150 the size of the spool? Are the bodies identical? I have a 125 already, am I correct that I can change out the spool with a 150 spool to get more line capacity?
1 Answers
The 125 and 150 have the same body and rotor just different size spools that can be interchanged
on September 3, 2018

Victor Thai
from kennesaw ga asked:
November 4, 2017
Do you have right hand retriever, in vr 125?
1 Answers
The vr125 is made in a left hand retrieve only.
on November 6, 2017

from staten island, new york asked:
March 4, 2018
What size VR reel would be a good match for a 9'6" tsunami air wave elite 3/4-3 oz ? mostly inshore for bass,blues and fluke.
1 Answers
The VR 125 or the 150 would be ideal to pair with the 9'6'' Tsunami Airwave Elite.
on March 6, 2018

from Golf coast tx asked:
January 15, 2018
I have a 10.6 / 2-8oz mid heavy fast surf rod I use for live/dead bait. Which reel 125 with 30/40 brade or the 150 with the same braid, rod weight 18 oz
1 Answers
The VR 150 would be the best fit for the rod and line you will be using.
on January 16, 2018

from Norfolk Virginia asked:
June 8, 2017
What colors do they come in
1 Answers
The VR 125 model comes in Silver.
on June 8, 2017

from ct asked:
March 22, 2016
what is the max drag for the 125.....?
1 Answers
They don't say how many pounds of drag on any of there reels. But they said somewhere around 30lbs.
on March 23, 2016

from UAE asked:
March 1, 2016
For online buyers who doesn't have the chance to hold and feel the size of VR125, is it possible to put it side by side at least against a PENN SSV4500 and show the pic? Will the VR125 be perfect for inshore/surf casting with a 30lb braid and 7'~8' rod? Will be targeting OSTs, Cudas (1~6kg) and 14kg or less kingfish?
1 Answers
The VR125 would fit well on a 7-8ft rod just fine for inshore/surf fishing. If you can call in next month when the VR125s are in stock we would be happy to do that for you.
on March 2, 2016

from Salisbury, Maryland asked:
November 12, 2015
Would a St. Croix Legend 9 ft. 2 piece rod be a good fit with the VR125 reel if fishing from the surf or shore for rockfish, trout, or pan fish? If not, then which VR reel would be a better fit?
1 Answers
Generally speaking, the 150 would be your best bet on a 9ft Legend. It is tough to say without actually putting the reel on the rod. If I was going to order one right now for my Legend I would do the 150.
on November 12, 2015

from corpus christi, tx asked:
November 10, 2015
what van staal series spinning reel would you recommend for inshore trout fishing on texas gulf coast? im very interested in the conversion kit to rid the bail, never heard of the option.
1 Answers
For fish like trout and redfish I would stick with the 125 size. It is big enough that it would handle those fish just fine.
on November 11, 2015

jimmy margiotis
from charlotte nc asked:
October 14, 2015
what is the best rod to put this reel on ?
1 Answers
That would depend entirely on what kind of fishing you are doing. Surf? Inshore? If you give us the specifics we should be able to help you pick the perfect rod.
on October 15, 2015

john peppy
from florida asked:
July 21, 2015
what is the weight of the vr 125...its says 15.8 but craig in the video says its less than 15 oz... i would like to know the reel weight..and thedrag rate..i own the vsb 150 and thats 16.8...thanks john
1 Answers
The information that we are getting from Van Staal is that it is 15.8 oz. When we get the reel in stock we can weigh it to confirm.
on July 22, 2015


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