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Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels

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Van Staal VR Spinning Reels are the latest innovation from Van Staal, the leader in sealed reels. The VR-Series is fully sealed and fully submersible, like their proven predecessor, the X-Series. They are forged and machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, with a solid stainless steel center shaft and titanium nitride coating. These reels have a powerful, waterproof drag system with MicroClick™ tuning accuracy and a lightweight design, due to the cut outs in the body, rotor and spool. Another innovation with the VR Series (now including the VR50) is the easy conversion from a bailed reel (packaged this way), to a bail-less reel, using the tool, parts and instructions included.

The VR is often chosen by fishermen who want all the features of the VSX with the option to switch between a bailed reel and bail-less. They've also been popular with surfcasters looking to save a few ounces and build the lightest rig possible as most models are even lighter then the already light VSX bailed reels.

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VR50 300 yds. / 20 lb 6.8:1 8.9 oz 37" / Turn 25 lbs
VR125 340 yds. / 10 lb. 400 yds. / 20 lb. 4.8:1 15.8 oz. 31.6" / Turn 42 lbs
VR150 360 yds. / 12 lb. 440 yds. / 30 lb. 4.8:1 16.0 oz. 34.2" / Turn 42 lbs
VR175 360 yds. / 15 lb. 530 yds. / 30 lb. 4.8:1 16.5 oz. 37.6" / Turn 42 lbs
VR200 400 yds. / 15 lb. 500 yds. / 40 lb. 4.8:1 17.0 oz. 40.4" / Turn 42 lbs
 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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Joe p.
United States United States
I recommend this product
All the Ol Timers

Just got my first Van Staal & went with the VR. I just started surf fishing last April. Whatever I’ve gotten into over the years I have always purchased quality over quantity. Well, I think with fishing this maybe a little different. I got lucky this past summer and met all the right seasoned veterans (ol timers) found an amazing tackle shop Saltwaters Edge ( great service& team) went to cuttyhunk and miserably failed, but the boat ride back on the Seahorse out of New Bedford proved to be an hour of lessons that I’m sure will last me a lifetime. Across the board the thirty year plus regulars who fish cuttyhunk, block island and montauk all said “ son, get a Van Staal, nothing else compares and will last.” So, I saved up a few bucks and got a VR 200 for next season. Even though I have not used it yet, the feel and quality is there. I’m sure this will not be my only Van Staal. I’m all in! Next up. The VSX. All in due time. This addiction to lures, rods, gear is real , but not as much as wanting to get back out on the water with what I have, watching and learning from the Ol timers until it’s my time. Even at 50 years old I’m learning new things. Joe P.

Kevin P.
United States United States
I recommend this product
I want my rod:::

I am satisfied so far this is my second one look forward to seeing you soon kevin

Frederick K.
Japan Japan
I recommend this product
Great Purchase

I haven’t had a chance to use the reel yet. But, it arrived early and in perfect condition. The reel seems well made and up to heavy duty usage. The pricing was fair... actually much cheaper than buying locally. I am very pleased with Saltwater Edge.

United States United States
I recommend this product
Van staal VR50 silver

This reel is AWSOME. This reel lives up to VAN STAAL’S reputation of well built, purpose built inshore/ offshore reels. I have this reel paired with a 8’ GSB and its perfectly balanced and unbeatable light Weight.for us older guys this setup can be fished all day and is more than capable of handling blues/ bass of 25 lb class fish.this will be my go to setup for spring strippers.

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

Well worth the money. First trip out I landed two stripers over 40lbs and this reel didn't disappoint. Drag is smooth and it casts great.

The Saltwater Edge Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels Review