Best New Fixed Spool Reel
This was the battle of the heavyweights! No, not in terms of heavy metal – on the contrary, the best fixed spool reels seem to get lighter with every passing year. No, in this category were the heavyweight product developers; the strongest brands who apply the full force of their technical teams to create ever more powerful, more dynamic and more efficient machines for anglers.
Leading the fight was eventual winner Shimano (with its latest Stella reel pictured), Mitchell (with a re-imagined Mitchell 300) and Quantum (with its ‘revolutionary’ Quantum Tour KVD PT Spinning Reel). Other serious contenders came from Daiwa, Paladin and Snowbee.