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Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels

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The Van Staal VR Spinning Reels were upgraded in several key areas for 2021, continuing the legendary tradition Van Staal has with its sealed, durable, and lightweight reels.  Like the original, the 2021 VR-Series is fully sealed and submersible, perfect for the angler taking on the elements in the pursuit of beasts that lurk our waters.  These reels are forged and machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, with skeletonized cut-outs throughout the spool, body, and rotor to assist with reducing the weight of the reel.  A MicroClick™ drag adjustment knob allows for easy and more finetuned adjustment, giving the angler greater control of their gear and the drag ratings they put towards the fish.

All VR125-VR200 sized reels have gained a little weight for the right reasons.  A thicker stainless steel main shaft was added, which reduces the flex of the reel under the load of a hard-fighting fish.  Improvements were also made to the sealing of the reel, continuing the VS status with taking on adverse environments. 

The 2021 VR also takes on new models and Van Staal once again has a true lefty reel in the lineup!  Models VR51, VR51B, VR151, VR151B, VR201, and VR201B consist of a right-hand retrieve setup.  These are true lefty reel, with the rotor spinning in the counter-clockwise position with every turn of the handle.

The VR is often chosen by the fisherman who wants the ability to switch between a bailed reel and bail-less option.  It suits itself well from the beach, boat, jetty, and just about any salty environment that you could throw at it.  With a fast retrieve speed, beefy drag, and large line capacity, this reel is meant for the saltwater fish that exist from coast to coast and beyond.

  • Fully Machined 6061 Machined Body
  • Fully Sealed Body and Spool Design 
  • Thick Stainless Steel Main Shaft
  • MicroClick Drag Adjustment Knob
  • Bail-Less Kit Included 
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 Saltwater Edge Gear Review - Van Staal VR50


The Van Staal VR50 is the latest addition to the VR Series of reels launched by Van Staal a few years ago. The original VR series incorporated a modular design utilizing one body, two rotors and four spools to create the VR 125, 150, 175 and 200. These reels were considerably lighter and less expensive than the VSX Series that has earned Van Staal it's high regard in the surfcasting community. As fishing rods become even lighter, saltwater anglers were looking for their reels to keep pace and the VR filled this void with tremendous torque in the smaller sizes and a fast retrieve speed in the two larger sizes. The VR 50 builds on the VR foundation and continues the Van Staal traditions of being fully sealed and extremely durable. 

Putting the boots to a 20 lb Harkers Island Albie

Van Staal VR50 Observations

When I was first handed the VR50 I didn't immediately recognize it's potential benefit. It just looked like a smaller VR. Now that I have fished it over the last few months it is becoming one of my favorite reels. Let take a closer look. Construction and Design: The entire VR Series including the VR50 utilizes a body machined from aircraft grade aluminum. The VR50 has a considerably smaller body than the other VR's; no doubt a contributing factor to reducing the weight to a remarkable 8.9 oz. The overall size resembles a 4000 size reel from Shimano or Penn. The guts consist of a hardened stainless steel main gear, pinion, and shaft. There is zero slop in the reel under heavy loads. This is due to the high-quality materials and the precise machining of the gear itself. Like the other VR's the VR50 has a manual bail, but unlike the other VR's there is not a bail-less option available. The Delrin handle is similar to the other VR's all be it a tad smaller. It is a light and comfortable handle that is easy to keep a firm grip on when it is time to crank hard. The drag adjustment knob is easy to access and has detents to provide tactile feedback when you increase drag pressure.


Van Staal VR50


It is easy to now see how the VR50 will be a valuable addition to a variety of light tackle anglers. In most of the fishing situations so far I have used a variety of GLoomis E6X inshore rods as the light and sensitive E6X makes a great combo with the lightweight and powerful VR50. The following light tackle anglers, in particular, will be impressed with VR50:
  • Those who chase powerful predators like stripers, tarpon and snook the 25 pounds of drag will allow you to put the boots to them for a healthy release
  • Anglers who target speedsters like bonefish and albies will no doubt appreciate the 37" per turn rate of retrieve when the bone turns and burns back in your direction.
  • Traveling flyrodders who want a bulletproof light tackle reel for windy days on the flats and all angler en route to destinations where repairs are not an option
  • Kayak fisherman whose gear gets as wet as anyone will find the durability of a fully sealed reel a long-term benefit.

The VR50 fills a unique spot in the spinning reel world. The fully sealed waterproof performance and durability that built the Van Staal brand that now incorporates remarkable drag pressure and an impressive retrieve speed given in a light tackle package. There is no other reel with the features of the VR50 in the market today. This 8.9oz reel packs a punch and is a ton of fun to fish!


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THomas i.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sr van staal

It’s an overall good reel But I feel the van staal SX series is worth the extra money . The sr I feel lacks in strength . Handle is cheep and well I would recommend them SX, series. Over the sr

terence m.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great Reel

After losing two reels to the constant abuse that is the Montauk surf, finally pulled the trigger on a Van Staal. Easily the best purchase made this season. Loiiking forward to years of use

A The Saltwater Edge Customer
Walter K.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Trusted Performer - Van Staal VR200 (Gen2)

I’ve had my Van Staal VR200 for a few months now and have enjoyed pairing the reel to both a 10ft Cape Cod Special Surf II rod and a 9.6ft Dark Matter John Skinner Surf Rod. The reel has performed flawlessly surf fishing from the rocks in Rhode Island, the beaches on Cape Cod and the Canal. The Vr200 replaced my aging bail-less Penn 706Z (weighed 22 oz). Pros: Manual Bail, Sealed Body, Weight (18OZ), No Wind Knots, Even line lay, Braid Capacity, Line Turn Per Handle (40”), large Drag Knob; the bottom line is that it is worry-free for me. I also like the fact that the reel is a fairly simple design (should last forever) and I can get it serviced/repaired at Saltwaters Edge in Middletown RI. Cons: 1) Price: the reel did NOT come with POWER KNOB when purchased - I expected it for what I paid. 2) Supply Chain: I wanted to purchase an extra reel (175 size) spooled with lighter braid for Albie Fishing but the Gen 2 175 spare spool isn’t available yet. Conclusion: I no longer have to worry about getting sand in this reel while surf fishing as I can dunk it to rinse it off. Prior to the VR200 I was constantly servicing my Penn 706Z. Guess what - I’m no longer worrying. Thanks, SWE for a great reel.

The Saltwater Edge Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels Review
Jack C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

VS VR 151-B & VR 201-B Reels

Save the "wait for product availability" I am VERY pleased with both the products and the service from Saltwater Edge. Big smiles; happy camper. - Sadly, have not wetted the lines as the window of opportunity for me closed by the time the product was delivered. Next spring I will overcome that lost opportunity.

Dan E.
United States United States
I recommend this product


Great reel! I have the latest version. It balances nicely on my 9ft St Croix Legend Surf. I haven’t reeled it underwater (and don’t really plan to) but it has taken more than a few waves and drops in the sand with no ill effects. As always, stellar service from SE.

The Saltwater Edge Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels Review