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This Reel is Home Where the Red and Bonefish Roam

 

Date: 7/16/17
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Van Staal
Reviewer: Cal








Introduction:
Van Staal is a brand deep with tradition and among the very top of the list when discussing enthusiast quality gear. They've zeroed in on one market, and support that market very well - the saltwater angler. Their fully machined reels are worthy of both the mantle and the surf but up until now, they've been all about big, heavy duty, reels for some of the toughest environments. Imagine our surprise when Craig Cantelmo showed us their very latest creation, the very small, and manageable VR50.

 


Introducing a Van Staal that fits into the palm of your hand.

 


The VR50 is the smallest, lightest Van Staal to date.

 

VR50: The VR50 is the smallest, lightest Van Staal to date made out of aircraft grade aluminum and fully sealed to protect it from harsh, saltwater environments. As is the tradition at Van Staal, the VR50 is fully machined. It is, again, a work of art.

 


Made out of the same aircraft grade aluminum as its bigger siblings.

 


Fully machined.

 

Honestly, the first thing I thought when I saw this reel was finally, here's a completely insane, over the top, excessive reel from Van Staal that I can take out of its intended environment and use for bass fishing. But when I turned the handle of this work of art, the resistance in those fully machined gears reminded me the VR50 has a much bigger, badder purpose in life.


Comes from the factory with bail installed, but can also be converted with a conversion kit - included.


Honestly, the first thing I thought when I saw this reel was finally, here's a completely insane, over the top, excessive reel from Van Staal that I can use as a finesse reel.

The reel comes from the factory with a bail, but also with a conversion kit so you can remove it and fish the VR50 in the more traditional, bail-less configuration. Expect the VR50 to begin showing at your authorized dealers beginning in September and retail for an MSRP of $499.


The VR50 is set to hit store shelves in September and retail for $499.


Robert Koelwyn and Craig Cantelmo introduce us to Van Staal's VR50.

Conclusion: I have a soft spot for machined reels. It is part of the reason why I'm so fond of a certain manufacturer's round reel creations. The VR50 may very well be my next obsession. Super way overkill for the types of fishing I currently undertake, but maybe it will give me a reason to pursue other horizons. However, if you're in areas where the redfish, bonefish, trout, and grouper roam, consider giving the VR50 a home.





 

 

 

 

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