Mitchell Avocet RZ FS Reels come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

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MITCHELL is a name which needs no introduction to older anglers. And a solid free-spool reel nowadays doesn’t have to be expensive… this model from Mitchell is a prime example.

Available in 5500 and 6500 FS sizes, these reels will cover everything from Method feeder to light specimen fishing for tench, carp and barbel.

 

They use 5+1 bearings, and have a 5.1:1 gear ratio, coming with an aluminium spool holding 240 m or 320 m respectively of 0.30 mm line.

Other features include a front drag and decent-sized, soft touch handle knob. A pair of decent free-spools for under £80, that’s not bad!

Price: £39.99.