Frabill Straight Line 371 Ice Fishing Reel Review

Last Updated: 13.08.20

Keeping the bail open while ensuring that the lure is at the desired depth and correctly off the bottom, the Frabill Straight Line 371 is the best ice fishing reel you can get for this price range.

Boasting top quality components and a solid build, this ice fishing reel will enable you to bag your target fish easily.

1.Frabill Straight Line 371 Ice Fishing Reel


Our Review


The Reel: Materials and Construction

Lightweight and dependable, the Frabill Straight Line 371 Ice Fishing Reel is equipped with a guarded spool to ensure effortless palm grip. This is a terrific feature considering you often have to wait in the cold for the fish, and also thanks to how it reduces the fatigue and discomfort in your hands.


Lightweight and dependable

The lightweight composite construction delivers the necessary durability and strength while ensuring that the fishing reel feels comfortable even in extremely frigid temperatures.

This item is a large balanced spool that readily maximizes the rate of retrieval. This factor is enhanced by the line flowing straight off the spool, effectively preventing the tackle from spinning and the line from coiling.

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Smooth performance and versatility

One can expect nothing less than a 3.7:1 reel ratio, which ensures extra smooth casting and reeling with every 360-degree rotation of the handle unrolling 3.7 turns on the spool, for smooth line feeds every time. Line retrieval is truly awesome at 22 inches for every revolution. The low speed line ratio proves to be highly useful when using lures that need a slow presentation while getting greater cranking power, which include large muskellunge baits as well as crankbaits for pike and bass. The line feeds off from the bottom of the fishing reel’s spool, and also winds back at the same point, ensuring that you won’t end up with annoying bird’s nests every time you cast and retrieve.


Efficient bait alarm

The reel is equipped with an audible and/or silent bait alarm switch, so you can choose to have it activated or turned off to accommodate every fishing application, such as when your target is particularly sensitive. It alerts you when a fish strike occurs. The clicker or bait alarm has to be disengaged when casting or retrieving. It is also primarily employed when presenting cut or live bait in the ocean as well as for fishing freshwater muskie using suckers.

The 5 plus 1 ball-bearing reel offers super-fine free spooling for smooth handling and flawless retrieves.


Ambidextrous fishing reel

The Frabill Straight Line 371 Ice Fishing Reel ships with both short and long stems to enable you to either palm the heel or have heavy gloves on. The long stem option places the reel away from the rod, while the short stem keeps the reel compact. This is an oversized ambidextrous fishing reel that delivers delightful control to your hands. It utilizes the exclusive Sub-Zero lube that ensures smooth running even in frigid environments.

The free spooling design enables effortless dropping of the smallest jigs. With a press of the button, the reel free spools. By keeping your finger on the spool like what you typically do on a baitcasting reel, you are able to stop the spool from turning. Lift your finger off and let the lure drop, then stop it when you are done. The spool won’t stop on its own unless you tighten it with the knob. Expert users recommend running the spool loose if you are fishing in a stream or deep water, even 50 feet down when you want to get in there right away.

3.Frabill Straight Line 371 Ice Fishing Reel


Convenient and easy to utilize 

This fishing reel won’t give you problems on line twisting. It can be used in all water depths. It also doesn’t present issues on the bail or the line springing off the reel. A plate on the back side enables you to hold the fishing reel in the traditional ice fishing grip or pistol grip. The extra stem or net can be added for walleye fishing and other big game fish so you can get your fingers or gloves into the reel. When panfishing, all you really need to do is flick your wrist.


Sturdy construction

The fishing reel is a heavy duty product with an extended long handle. It is easy to work on. If you have to oil it, the fishing reel spool comes off without letting the line fall out. Designed to be tough, the Frabill Straight Line 371 lasts even in the cold and lets you put the handle on the side you are most comfortable with just by turning the main bearing. The skirted design of the spool embraces the reel frame, thus preventing the line from becoming entangled in the reel housing.


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