Okuma Sierra Aluminum Fly Reel

This post was last updated on December 3rd, 2022 at 07:42 pm

The Okuma Sierra fly fishing reelOkuma sierra reels are a great way to get a quality reel with a tough drag system at a super low price. Back in the day I used to own 3 or 4 of these reels in various sizes and I caught everything from king salmon, to small trout on them. As far as cheap reels go, I can’t think of one with a better drag system. You can easily find these reels at just about any fishing tackle store for less than $50 and they are well worth the price.


  • Die cast aluminum = lightweight
  • Strong drag system
  • Super inexpensive
  • These reels are reliable and very durable from my experience

The Downside

  • The paint chips off easily on these reels (that doesn’t effect performance)
  • The drag system is very strong, but not as silky smooth as a high end reel while set at a high setting
  • It can be tough to fine tune the drag, because a slight turn of the knob can go from quite loose to very tight in a small turn

The Okuma sierra reel makes a great backup reel for that backcountry trip. I can barely think of a worse situation than being in the Alaska wilderness with a broken fly fishing reel and no way to repair it. At about $30 these great reels seem like a very good insurance policy.

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