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Van Staal VR50 VR Series Spinning Reel

Van Staal VR50 VR Series Spinning Reel

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Model
TD Code
Gear RatioMono CapacityBraid CapacityWeightInch Per TurnHand RetrievePrice
VR50 Silver
VAN-0144-1
6.8:1-360yds/20lb8.9oz37Left$489.00 USD

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 25 reviews
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 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
TCav
from SINY asked:
February 11, 2018
Is the VR50 a better match with a 10 foot rod or is it to light and thus better suited for a 9 foot. (NJ surf).
1 Answers
The vr50 would pair much better with a 9 foot rod.
Bernie
on February 12, 2018

REDUAN RAHMAT
from Singapore asked:
December 16, 2017
Where is this reel made?
1 Answers
This and all Van Staal reels are made in China.
Bernie
on December 18, 2017

john
from florida asked:
November 20, 2017
will this reel have a clicker drag knob ? or free style like the vbs150.
1 Answers
If it does have a clicker it will be very quite it wont be a loud audible clicking with every turn of the drag knob.
Bernie
on November 20, 2017

Jason Eash
from Fort Myers, Florida asked:
February 9, 2018
I ordered a VR50. What type of rod would you recommend for large snook, small-med. tarpon in the $100.00-$300.00 range? length?, 15-30?, Brand?
1 Answers
The St. Croix VIS70HF Avid Inshore Spinning Rod - 7 ft. would match the VR50 for the application your setting to use the combo for.
Donald
on February 10, 2018

Mitchell waltermire
from Sebastian, Florida asked:
January 2, 2018
When is the vr50 gonna be availible?
1 Answers
The VR 50 will be available to purchase once all pre orders have been shipped out. I would advise going through the pre order process so you do not miss out a chance to get this reel.
Donald
on January 3, 2018

John
from Connecticut asked:
December 24, 2017
Will this ever be released? Are there manufacturing problems ?
1 Answers
This item will be getting fully released in late January - mid February. That is the time table we are giving at this time.
Donald
on December 27, 2017

Hubert Dc
from Aruba asked:
December 9, 2017
Can you swicht this reel to right hand retrieve?
1 Answers
Unfortunately the VR50's are only available in L/H retrieve.
Donald
on December 9, 2017

Josh kennedy
from North Carolina asked:
September 21, 2017
what size reel would you say this would compare to possibly a 3000 or 4000 size reel or bigger?
1 Answers
The VR 50 is the approximate size of a 3000 size reel.
Devon
on September 23, 2017

Jim S
from CAPE CORAL, Florida asked:
September 16, 2017
Will the VR50 VR have auto bail return or manual?
1 Answers
The VR50 has a manual bail and will not include a bail-less conversion kit like the other models of the VR.
Devon
on September 18, 2017

Scott Brown
from Florida asked:
August 5, 2017
is VR 50 also shipping with a bailess kit?
1 Answers
No it is not. A bailess kit will not be available for the VR 50.
Devon
on August 7, 2017

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