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Taylor Fly Fishing: Revolution Reel Review

Taylor Fly Fishing: Revolution Reel Review

Five years ago Taylor Fly Fishing was an idea that Matthew Taylor came up with on CAD(Computer aided design) after a fishing trip. “The plan wasn’t to start a business, I grew up in an outdoorsy family and since I can remember I have been fishing,” Taylor said. He said that he thought to himself, “I wonder if I could figure out a way to make some reels.”

Taylor’s friends and family encouraged his idea and his cousin told him about Kickstarter. “After getting pressure from my friends I decided to put our Type 1 reel on Kickstarter, after 30 days we sold over $10,000 in reels,” Taylor said. They released the Type 1 in 2013 and continued to release a reel though Kickstarter every year.

“Every time we use a Kickstarter it seems that people enjoy funding new products and we really love that platform,” Taylor said. The Kickstarter has enabled Taylor to get products off the ground with little investment which allows him to freely develop more products. “We’re getting ready to release a rod, our first rod.” The Phenom will be on Kickstarter in late May.

“We have been trying for this for awhile and we actually started working with a world renowned rod manufacturer who is rolling all of our blanks. It’s been at least a year and we are finally going further into the fly-fishing world. It’s really exciting for us, the most exciting part is that we are putting out a fantastic rod at a tremendous value,” Taylor said.

That’s the basis for everything that Taylor Fly Fishing does, making their products affordable for their customers. “One of our goals is to make stuff that’s really good but accessible,” Taylor said. “Another goal in the future is to make stuff in the US. It’s expensive and we could make stuff here but it’s not affordable to our customers yet. We could make money either way but it’s about making a quality product more accessible to our customers. We make reels that look good, are durable and we keep our products affordable. For example we wanted the Revolution to compare to $800 reels.” The Revolution is made in Korea and I can’t tell the difference between it and a reel made in the US.


Revolution next to the Blackfoot River in Montana.

The Revolution starts at a retail price of $339 in Slate Grey. The Offshore Blue makes it $359 and other added features like an extra spool or larger size will also increase the price.

I ordered a Revolution in a 4-6 weight specifically for trout on the many Montana rivers I fish. It takes about one week for delivery and arrives in its own package. Inside the reel is bagged inside a Taylor cordura fabric case. After I removed the reel from its pouch I realized how light it was. The Revolution is machined from aerospace 6061 T6 Bar Stock Aluminum and has a hard-anodized exterior.

After taking a good look over the reel I began to test the drag and give the reel a few turns. As I turned the reel the clicks sounded quiet and clean, similar to the sound of a muffled cricket chirp on a summer evening. I was pleased with the purchase and ready to get it on the water.

After loading the reel with some backing and floating line I took it out on the Bitterroot. Stripping line from this reel was easy. I set the Six-Disk Sealed Drag System fairly loose to enable quick stripping. After reeling in the first fish and letting him take some line I could see that the drag was designed for larger fish. So I loosened the drag a little bit and found a good setting. “We get customers emailing and asking if the Revolution can handle salmon, that’s a funny question because we built it to handle sharks,” Taylor said.


Revolution reel on the Blackfoot River featured with a westslope cutthroat trout in a Bitterroot Nets net.

The cutthroat shown above put up a two-minute fight and I was able to see just how smooth the drag was on the Revolution. It reels smoothly and the drag adjustment is large and easy to turn. The arbor is pretty large and allows for smooth stripping and plenty of backing and floating line. Mine is currently loaded with 100 yards of backing and 90 feet of floating line, the width and the diameter of the arbor allows for much more. Not once I have I tangled line in between the housing and the cage, which can happen on specific reel models.

All of the components of the Revolution make an aesthetically pleasing reel that is functional. I bought this reel in part for the weight and looks, the drag design and performance is a plus. I like to fish in style and this reel has received quite a few compliments out on the water and a few of my friends have said they are envious. I have enjoyed all the time I’ve spent with my Taylor Fly Fishing Revolution reel and appreciate the quality and affordability. Many more fishing trips to come.

Taylor Fly Fishing has teamed up with IFlyFishMontana to offer our readers 10% off their purchase at enter: IFLYFISH10

Tight Lines everyone!

David Detrick

David Detrick is an avid fly-fishing enthusiast and a journalist. He started IFlyFishMontana as a student project and has goals for the publication being a prominent news and review site for the fly-fishing industry.

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