About Shilton Reels

There is no substitute for a smooth drag

Shilton Reels have been battle tested and stood up to the challenges of the flats of Seychelles, the mighty rivers of Africa, and the depths of  the jungles of South America.

Shilton Reels are made by fly anglers for fly anglers. Shilton Reels are manufactured from the highest quality aluminum bar, stainless steel, polymers, carbon fiber and, of course, cork.

STOP and land that fish of a lifetime with a Shilton reel.

Shilton in Action

Shilton’s Pro Team includes some of the world’s top fly anglers. Keith Rose-Innes, brand ambassador and director of Alphonse Fishing Company in Seychelles, has been integral in the research and development of the reels. There is no better testing ground that this with Alphonse Fishing Company using the reels daily to stop some of the world’s most magnificent trophy fish. Shilton Reels have stopped more GTs than any other reel with the smoothest drag on the market.

The History of Shilton Reels

Tony Fritelli, an avid fly fisherman and founder of Shilton Reels, saw a gap in the fly fishing market in 1997. Combining his engineering expertise and his extensive knowledge of what was missing in other fly reels, he designed the first reel in the Shilton lineup, the CL Series. This reel is still one of the most popular reels sold into the market today.

On the back of the success of the CL, Shilton Reels began R&D on a saltwater reel. The challenges of saltwater bring about a whole host of problems in reel design. Sand getting into the drag system, the buildup of salt in the reel, and of course, the need for the smoothest drag possible to stop the beasts of the flats. This brought about the SL Series. The full open cork drag system makes it is easy for you to clean and service your reels.

What other reel allows you to change your parts? Shilton has a full selection of replacement parts, meaning you don’t need to send your reel in to be repaired – you can do it yourself! Contact us today to get any parts you may need. If you are more comfortable with one of our staff replacing them for you, you can send it to us, and we will make the repairs.