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Galvan Torque Fly Reel

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Our favorite trout reel and winner of the 2016 5-Weight Reel Shootout.


George Anderson:

“We tested the Galvan Torque for the first time in one of our reel shootouts. We’d never had them in the shop before and not many people in the area had even heard of them yet. After our test, the numbers spoke for themselves the Torque is simply amazing! Once we got all the numbers crunched I got on the phone with Galvan the very next day to become a dealer. It’s that good!!”

“For fresh or saltwater the Torque is one of the Yellowstone Angler’s favorite reels thanks to its buttery smooth and highly adjustable drag; it’s a fantastically light and strong reel as well making a package that’s hard to beat.”


As the premier reel in the Galvan range, the Torque Series reels represent the culmination of a lifetime of fly-fishing and passion for reel design. Simply stated, it represents the very best of modern fly reel architecture. The Torque reel series was created because Boni wanted to create a revolutionary reel with a more substantial drag system than was presently available on the market. And it had to be sexy. Thus the Torque series reels were born.

The unique Torque reel, the fourth series created by Boni, was the first reel released with our Torque drag system, which is now employed in all of our reels. Its inception was in late 2002 with prototypes coming to life in 2003. After being tested, retested, and modified, it was finally released to the public in 2004. It immediately won the 2004 Editor’s Choice in Fly Fish America and was ranked #3 in the recent Yellowstone Angler’s 8-wt reel shootout, beating a host of other reels in function and price. Its original style and unique porting have solidified Galvan’s reputation as a leading innovator in the industry.

The visually striking appearance of the Torque reels is a result of the unique cut-outs on the frame, spool, drag knob, and reel foot. This design is not only aesthetic but also structural as it significantly reduces the weight of the reel while maintaining strength and increasing rigidity. The rounded rims on both spool and frame enhance durability to better withstand impact during extreme angling conditions.

At first glance, the hand is drawn to the reel and from the first crank of the contoured counterbalanced spool, the reel’s quality is apparent. It is a combination of efficiency and simplicity driven by function. In this case, less is more and cost is no exception as Torque reels retail at half the price of reels in its class.

Torque Series reels are saltwater safe and will perform flawlessly under the harshest conditions. From remote alpine lakes to the saltwater flats, the highly ventilated spool and frame balance nicely with the lightest of today’s fly rods yet still compliment a modern big-game saltwater fly rod. The Torque is tough as nails and skillfully marries the technology of the future with the tradition of the past.


Black (reel), Blue (reel) Please allow extra time, Clear (reel), Green (reel), Gun Metal Grey, Orange (reel) Please allow extra time, Gold 20th Anniversary


T-10, T-12, T-3, T-4, T-5, T-6, T-7, T-8, T-9