Six of the best reels for method feeder fishing

Tackle Editor Mark Sawyer picks out his six favourite reels which are ideal for delivering a big, heavy payload on commercials and rivers

Six of the best reels for method feeder fishing

by Angling Times |

A good Method feeder reel needs plenty of winding power to cope with weighty feeders.

Quality gears and rotors provide good oscillation for a flat line lay across the spool to help with casting, and a mono-friendly line clip that won’t snap you off is imperative, as is a quality line roller that stops your line twisting up when retrieving after a long chuck. To that you can add a sturdy body, and a quick drag spool or freespool system that you can set to release line smoothly and easily, as bites will almost certainly be aggressive wrap-arounds.

Korum Zelos Mini Big Pit 6000

The Zelos has a surprisingly compact body that works well with most standard-length Method feeder rods. The wide arbor spool suits distance casting, while a smooth drag and anti-twist titanium line roller make short work of the longest retrieves and can handle heavyweight feeders with ease. Smooth running is via five carbon bearings, and a quick-fold handle makes it easy to carry ready to go.

Price: £49.99, www.korum.co.uk

Korum Zelos Mini Big Pit 6000
Korum Zelos Mini Big Pit 6000

Preston Innovations Intensity 620 Feeder Reel

With plenty of winding power to retrieve the heaviest of feeders, the 620 is the smaller of the two Intensity models, and much easier to handle on a normal length Method feeder rod than its larger 720 stablemate. Features include a super-strong aluminium spool, a light, tough body and super-reliable worm drive gearing. Its SDS (Speed Drag System) lets you instantly set the tension after casting.

Price: £149.99, but shop around, www.prestoninnovations.com

Preston Innovations Intensity 620 Feeder Reel
Preston Innovations Intensity 620 Feeder Reel

Daiwa Black Widow BR

Currently the cheapest reel in Daiwa’s freespool range, but still a quality offering, Daiwa’s Black Widow comes in a choice of four body sizes from 3500 to 5000. All except the largest size are ideal for Method feeder work. Smooth and reliable, the Black Widow has many Daiwa features such as Airbail, Twistbuster, and BR freespool mechanism.

Price: £67.99 (but shop around), www.daiwasports.co.uk

Daiwa Black Widow BR
Daiwa Black Widow BR

Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000RB

This genuine Shimano Baitrunner in a 6000 body size has it all – at a fabulously low price. The faultless Baitrunner system is ideal for violent takes, as it can be set to release line the instant you get a bite, under a slight tension or virtually free-running, depending on angling conditions. Key features include a distinctive double handle grip with a perfect balance, plus a sturdy, sleek and lightweight body, that houses a sturdy die-cast gearing system.

Price: From around £49.99, fish.shimano-eu.com

Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000RB
Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000RB

Daiwa Ninja Match and Feeder 4012

This cool-looking Ninja reel is a single-handled model that can cope very easily with the rigours of day-to-day Method feeder work. Feature-packed, it boasts a lightweight graphite body, Twistbuster line management system, and a geared-down retrieve rate for even higher winding power.

Price: Around £49.99, but shop around, www.daiwasports.co.uk

Daiwa Ninja Match and Feeder 4012
Daiwa Ninja Match and Feeder 4012

Preston Innovations Magnitude 420

Loaded up with 6lb or 8lb mainline this reel holds around 125m, more than enough for most feeder situations. Slow oscillation provides a perfect straight up-and-down line lay allowing for long, smooth casts when called for. Plenty of winding power comes via sturdy worm drive gearing. Other key features ideal for Method feeder work include a quick 5.0:1 gear ratio and a dual line clip. A spare spool is included

Price: Around £109.99, www.prestoninnovations.com

Preston Innovations  Magnitude 420
Preston Innovations Magnitude 420
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