There’s only one way to honestly compare the year’s new fishing reels and find out which are truly worth your hard-earned cash. And that’s to get as many as possible all in one place and put them through their paces. That place, last fall, was my garage. After unpacking and spooling 41 new reels for 2017, fishing editor Joe Cermele and I began our work of casting, cranking, dismantling, and punishing each one—both off the water and on—for F&S’s annual test. After tallying the scores, we thinned the herd to the top 10 finishers in both spinning and casting. Of those, we recognized the standouts for casting ability, build quality, value, and overall performance.