Van Staal VR Spinning Reels are the surf angler's dream come true! These fully sealed, fully submergeable reels are the brain child of Rob Koelewyn, the original creator of Van Staal. They are constructed of aluminum with a solid titanium spool shaft. They have a powerful, waterproof drag system and a lightweight design. They come from the factory with a bail and a bailless conversion kit so you can fish them however you like (excludes VR50). Rob has cut the weight of the reel as much as possible by not only adding cut outs on the body, rotor and spool, but also using a delrin ball knob that is very strong and makes the handle virtually weightless. What's left is an amazingly well balanced reel that is ready to go to battle with you the next time you hit the beach. Another awesome feature of the Van Staal VR Series is the price point. They range from $489-$589, and are the least expensive extreme fishing reels ever made!
Van Staal VR Spinning Reels are avilable in four sizes. They are silver.
Models: VR50, VR125, VR150, VR175, VR200
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I've fished a VS on and off for years and they are nice reels, well built but a nightmare to service. I like to take care of my gear. After every use all gear gets a wash down and some light oiling, every reel gets serviced at least once a year. The VS made that a "reel" issue. That's what caught my eye about the VR series. Much like the Zeebaas, this reel is made to be self serviced, and thats a big draw for me. I had ordered and was waiting on a new backordered Zeebaas, but I wanted a new toy for the fall run so I picked up a VR125 over at J&H in the beginning of august. I was a little skeptical as I had read mixed reviews about drag failure and such, so I figured as a first order of business (while she's still under warranty) I better test her out on something big enough to cause failure. So, on my second day as a VR owner, I spooled her up with 300 yards of maxcuatro #30, Loaded up the gear and headed off to the coimbra to see what she can do. Upon arrival we landed on a nice school of Mahi. I was tossing topwaters and pulling in monsters in no time. Several big bulls came on the boat in the first hour. As you probably know if you've fished Mahi before, #30 can get the job done, but it's definitely on the lighter side and a solid drag is essential if you want to land a nice bull. Let me just say WOW... were talking about a 125 here which is the smallest VR made (until the new vr50 is released). However, Small is not a word I would use to describe this reels ability .... the drag on this little reel performed flawlessly. Over and over again line was screaming out and each time I would catch myself saying out loud how sweet this reel handled and how smooth the drag was. I noticed absolutely no backplay in the handle as mentioned in several reviews I read. A few hours later I was lucky enough to hook into something a little more ambitious. Now to be honest at this point I'll admit I was fairly confident that my gear was outmatched, and I did come very close to getting spooled, but long fight made short, I landed a very nice 68lb yellowfin. Since that day this reel has landed countless fish from boat, sand and surf. Bass to 33lbs, monster blues, and even one shark about 5 feet in length of unknown species. I have not so far had a single issue with this reel. Its has performed far beyond what i would have expected. As far quality goes, it's definitely there. I see a lot of reviews that specifically compare the smoothness of this reel to shimano. Why do that? They are reels clearly built for different circumstances. I love my shimano's and there is a time and place to take them out over this VR. But lets be honest, shimano's are born with an allergy to salt water, they are built like a sniper, sitting high and dry off in the distance. They have a smoothness of handling on a whole other level than most reels and while absolutely built for battle, they do not belong in the trenches. I will throw my Stella confidently at just about anything that swims, but I won't throw her in the water or the sand. In fact I don't even like her being to close to water or sand. This VR has been dunked over and over and laid wet in the sand many times, and with a quick rinse it's ready for action again.. try that with your shimano and let me know where it gets you. Its a great reel at a fantastiv price. Go get one... and as always, do your shopping with J&H, Josh and his team have the all products and valuable experience to set you up with the gear you need to get the job done right.
Good Reel(Van Staal VR200)and even got Good service from Josh too...will buy in no time again soon..
Awesome reel, not as tight as the VS either,can't wait to try it out. J&H is the place to buy all your fishing needs. Thank you guys