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Van Staal VR125 VR Series Spinning Reel

Van Staal VR125 VR Series Spinning Reel

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Model
TD Code
Gear RatioMono CapacityBraid CapacityWeightInch Per TurnHand RetrievePrice
VR125
VAN-0121
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 34 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 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
BROOKLYN, NY
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 !!!
ConsNONE
By SNOOK TURTLE
FLORIDA
July 3, 2018
VR50 WORTH IT!
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
MIDDLETOWN, DE
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
Tx
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.
By KK
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.
By Alex
Sudbury, MA
December 26, 2017
Van Staal VR 200 - Holds Up
The new VR holds up big time. I used the new 200 now for 2 full seasons on the Cape as my primary reel and have never had anything close to a hiccup. Absolutely great reel by VS. 100% recommended - manual bail works great, drag never skips, completely sealed, just as advertised.
By Garrett
garrett.delotto@gmail.com
December 20, 2017
VR200
Great real. This Reel can be used for a wide variety of applications. Not sure if it’s as durable as the VSX series, but time will tell.
ProsLightweight, versatile, bailess kit included, smoother than the vsx series, strong drag, 40 inches per turn, can interchange 2 rotors and 4 spools,
ConsLarger body than vsx reels, durability is unknown, some dislike the plastic knob (I think it’s more comfortable than the stock vsx handles) , bail spins very close to knuckles
By SAEJIN
HICKSVILLE, NY
December 1, 2017
This is THE REEL
smoother then VS and way cheaper. What more can I ask for other then VR 50. :)
Prossmooth reel and drag.
ConsNo black color.
By Wes Preston
Brielle, NJ
August 3, 2017
Perfect for sub 100lb Tuna!
This is a great reel. It is not perfect, but a great reel that is far superior to my VS150. The reason i got it was to cast at finicky tuna all day. You want a reel that is light and can muscle in the fish when need be. Just wish they would make a 250.
ProsLightweight,
By Sam
Marblehead, MA
June 30, 2017
This thing is sick
Just picked this thing up and I'm so happy to finally have a dependable surf reel. I purchased the 175 and it took 512 yards of 40lb power pro which is more than enough for fishing the cape cod canal on other Massachusetts surf spots. Converting this reel was a little trickier than I thought it would be but ended up working out great. I would highly recommend this reel for anyone
ProsLightweight Easy to use Dependable
ConsNothing at all
By Sal
Hamilton, NJ
May 12, 2017
Great reel
Very lightweight, smooth operation and just overall best reel I've ever owned!
ProsLightweight, fully sealed. Finish
ConsNone
By Kurt Sumner
kurt.sumner@comcast.net
April 19, 2017
Best reel I ever used
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
By Jason
Columbia, MO
February 19, 2017
Built like a tank
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.
By Matt
Philadelphia
December 21, 2016
Awesome
Reel is great can't wait to test it out
ProsLooks great feels strong
By Robert Bennett
Padre Island, Texas
December 20, 2016
Wow!
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!
By Leon
Thomasville, Nc
November 16, 2016
Light weight
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
By Leon
Thomasville, Nc
November 16, 2016
Power house
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
Md
October 14, 2016
Solid reel
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..
By Pablo
California
September 26, 2016
Built to last
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
By Tyler
Florida
August 18, 2016
Favorite reel
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
ConsNone
By Guy
New Hartford, NY
August 15, 2016
Absolutely perfect for me
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.
By Apollo
SO. SAN FRANCISCO , CA
August 12, 2016
Beautiful Reel !!!
Far exceed all expectations i reeled 3 striped bass very easy..
By Scott B
St Augustine,Florida
August 6, 2016
VR200 beach snook killer
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
By Alex
Pozzuoli, Italy
August 4, 2016
One of my favorite reels
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.
By Jason
Centereach, Ny
July 8, 2016
So far so good
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
Portsmouth, NH
June 27, 2016
Awsesome, smooth reel
The drag is incredibly smooth. Very light reel that is the perfect fit for my 7 1/2 foot Avid Inshore rod.
By Allen
Niceville, FL
June 13, 2016
Great Reel
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
By John
Arlington, MA
February 1, 2016
Van Staal VR 200
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.
10 Questions & 10 Answers
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.
Bernie
on November 6, 2017

marc
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.
Donald
on March 6, 2018

Harry
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.
Devon
on January 16, 2018

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

JONN
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.
Tyler
on March 23, 2016

Pids
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.
Tyler
on March 2, 2016

Thomas
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.
David
on November 12, 2015

ken
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.
David
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.
David
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.
David
on July 22, 2015

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