The Cresta Feeder and Match XT 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.



AVAILABLE through tackle company SPRO, the Cresta Feeder and Match XT Reels designed for match, Method and feeder work, look as if they offer a lot of ‘bang for your buck’.

With 3000, 3500, 4000 and 5000 sizes, they’ll cover a lot of methods between them. Used by top match angler Perry Stone, they come with nine ball bearings, an S-curve oscillation system for quality line lay, and a multi-disc, front drag system with carbon fibre drag washers.

I’m led to believe that these solid reels easily handle the demands of feeder work. The line clip is user-friendly and line-friendly, and the reels will happily accommodate mono as well as braided main lines.

Other features include a titanium-coated line roller, a decent, oversized, aluminium bail wire, and a CNC-machined, aluminium handle with an EVA grip. I reckon they’re decent value for the money, and they are easy on the eye.

Price: £59.99-£64.99.