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.


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.