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Barrio Fly Reels

Barrio large arbor fly reels build on our ethos of providing a first class product at affordable prices.

Chunky, fully framed reels that are simple, reliable and strong!

Our large diameter, high capacity spool design helps to produce a brisk retrieve, smooth drag performance and minimal line memory.

Barrio LA reels are made from fully CNC machined 6061 grade aluminium alloy, turned and milled, then hard anodised for maximum protection. Not only are these reels beautiful, they are manufactured and finished to world class standards. 'Made in Germany' means the very best quality precision engineering, and manufacturing and anodising processes that adhere to very strict environmental rules.

Reels to be proud of - reels to last.

Barrio fly reels
Barrio fly reels

Barrio Fly Reels are manufactured to our specification by Ralf Vosseler in Germany, simply superb engineering!

On the water, you'll soon appreciate the many features of these reels, the silent retrieve and drag, the tactile rounded edges, the clever positioning of the sturdy frame crossmembers, the very subtle and reassuring click in the drag knob, the ergonomically designed handle, the well balanced counter weight ...... and when that fish of a lifetime takes your fly, you'll feel confident that your tackle is up to the task!

Our reels and spare spools are supplied with a Barrio reel pouch for their protection. Changing spools is very easy and there are no screw fittings to be lost on the bank, simply push/pop the spool out as per the instructions given below.

Our stock is set up in left hand wind, if you would like us to change your reel to right hand wind please write this in the comments box when placing your order. This is very easy to do by simply reversing the bearing as per the instructions given below.

Barrio LA35 fly reel with standard spool
Barrio LA35 fly reel with classic special edition spool

Barrio LA35 Fly Reel: colour green, spool diameter 87mm, spool width 25mm, weight 182 grams.
We use these for our 3 to 5 weight fly lines.

Barrio LA35 fly reel: £180.00 including worldwide shipping.
Standard spare spool: £90.00 including worldwide shipping.
Classic Special Edition Mid Arbor spare spool: £90.00 including worldwide shipping.

Barrio LA68 Fly Reel: colour green, spool diameter 97mm, spool width 25mm, weight 199 grams.
We use these for our 6 to 8 weight fly lines.

Barrio LA68 fly reel: £180.00 including worldwide shipping.
Standard spare spool: £90.00 including worldwide shipping.
Classic Special Edition Mid Arbor spare spool: £90.00 including worldwide shipping.

Barrio fly reels
Barrio LA68 XL - a new reel for 2021

Barrio LA68 XL Fly Reels

A new fly reel for our range in 2021, designed primarily to be fished with our Switch lines, double handed, but we are sure that you will find many other uses for these cracking reels!

Chunky, fully framed, small salmon style reels that are simple, reliable and strong!

We favour a bit of weight in our reels for double handed fishing in Scotland, this helps to balance our gear, as trying to hold up the tip of a longer rod because the reel is too light can be tiresome. Please take a close look at the size and weight of these reels before ordering one and make sure that the specification suits you and your rod.

Both LA68 XL reels share the same frame, the two spool designs change the fly line capacity.

Barrio LA68 XLA Switch fly reel
Barrio LA68 XLB Switch fly reel

Barrio LA68 XLA Fly Reel: colour green,spool diameter 107mm, spool width 25mm, weight 213.5 grams.
We use LA68 XLA fly reels for our Switch 4/5 - 6/7 fly lines.

Barrio LA68 XLA fly reel: £180.00 including worldwide shipping.
Barrio LA68 XLA large arbor spare spool: £90.00 including worldwide shipping.

Barrio LA68 XLB Fly Reel: colour green,spool diameter 107mm, spool width 25mm, weight 213.8 grams.
We use LA68 XLB fly reels for our Switch 7/8 - 8/9 fly lines.

Barrio LA68 XLB fly reel: £180.00 including worldwide shipping.
Barrio LA68 XLB mid arbor spare spool: £90.00 including worldwide shipping.


Useful notes:

Backing line capacities:

We have designed our spools to come with ample capacity to fit enough backing for freshwater fishing.

With so many different types of fly lines and backing line nowadays, it is best to fit your line to the spool first and then fill the spool to your desired height with backing line. Once you are happy with it, you can then remove everything and reverse it for a good fit.

If you like a lot of backing you can use a fine braid, but although standard backing takes up more space on your spool, in our experience it is easier to fit and maintain.

To Remove Spools:

To remove the spool from your reel, hold the reel frame in both hands and push/pop the spool out from the rear with your thumbs.

To fit the spool again, line up the screw or notch on the spool with the groove on the hub bearing and push/pop the spool back into place.

To Reverse The Drag System:

To reverse the drag system ( change from left hand wind to right hand wind ) is a very simple process.

Begin by turning the drag control knob until the drag is in the fully off position and then remove the spool, as per instructions above.

Now undo and remove screw (A) in the photo below and remove locking washer (B).

Hold / support base (C) with a finger to prevent it coming away with the bearing and then slide off the hub bearing (D).

Turn the hub bearing (D) over and slide it back on in the opposite direction. ( this is what changes the drag direction )

Put the locking washer (B) back in place, taking care that it sits correctly in the recess in the top of the hub bearing.

Put screw (A) back in position and tighten. ( Do not over tighten )

Fit the spool again, as per the 'To Remove Spools' instructions above. Your drag system / wind direction should now be reversed.

Reverse the drag on a Barrio fly reel


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Customer Reviews

Name: Peter Welsh
Country: England
Subject: Fly Reels

Earlier this year I purchased both a LA35 reel and 2wt DT floating line. The reel is a beautiful piece of engineering, with a silent check and the line combined has added to the pleasure of fishing my Yorkshire Dales rivers.


Name: Mark Edwards
Country: England
Subject: Fly Reels

Barrio fly lines were recommended to me by a number of people. So I ordered a Mallard line and a Barrio LA68 reel.

I am very pleased with both items, and have now ordered another Mallard line and a Barrio LA35 reel for river work.


Name: Ash
Country: United Kingdom
Subject: Fly Reels

The LA35 is a great reel. It has a fast, effortless retrieve and balances perfectly on my 5 wt rod. There is something very pleasing and hard to define about the combination of superb engineering, quality materials and design simplicity.

Best paired with a Barrio Fly Line - Thanks Mike


Name: Jeremy Bennett
Country: England
Subject: Fly Reels

I have recently purchased an LA35 reel and have only used it twice, but would like to pass on the following:

(1) It appears extremely well made and durable.

(2) The drag is infinitely adjustable.

(3) I love how easy it is to change spools.

Top marks so far.


Name: David Baird
Country: Scotland
Subject: Fly Reels

I bought the smaller Barrio fly reel for river nymphing a few months ago, as it has a caged frame which stops the French Leader getting snagged up between the spool and frame. This aspect works really well. I also bought it for the drag system, for nymph fishing with very light tippets, it is ideal for this as I get the fish onto the reel straight away as there is no fly line to handle / control. The excellent drag on this reel allowed me to land a grilse of around 6 pounds or so in very heavy currents on 3 lb tippet as the drag worked exactly as you would wish.

Looks and feels very well engineered and almost bomb proof.