Islander Centrepin Reel Review

Islander Centrepin Reel Review

For over 20 years Islander Reels has been manufacturing high quality fishing reels from their machine shop located in Victoria, British Columbia.  They have worked hard to established their reputation as one of the top reel manufacturers in the Canada.  The flawlessly designed Islander Steelheader has been the favourite of many BC and Ontario anglers. There’s nothing quite like playing a big angry Steelhead on a centrepin reel. There is a certain connection between the angler and the fish that just can’t be replicated with a level wind reel.

The Steelheader spool utilizes a large arbour design for a quick line retrieval which is definitely comes in handy. The ABEC 3 bearings keep the Steelheader spinning smoothly and allows you to feed line even in softer water. You can order your reel with an ABEC 7 bearings upgrade directly from Islander. The Steelheader is 4.5′ in diameter and 1″ in width. It’s capable of holding up to 350 yards of 20lb test monofilament line. Although most people prefer to run 150 yards of monofilament and 75 yards of dacron backing. All of this CNC machined goodness tips the scales at 8.5 oz and is perfectly matched with Sage 3113M rod.


The Islander Steelheader are available in gold, silver, slate, black, blue, red, orange and Kawasaki green. At first glance it’s hard not to admire the craftsmanship of the Steelheader. However, too truly appreciate this reel you have to actually fish it! If you’d like to purchase an Islander Steelheader or would like more info please give us a call at 604-931-5044, email us at or stop by the shop #110-1140 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam and see one in person!

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