Fly Rod Reel Gear Review Bozeman Reel Co. RS 527

Fly Rod Reel Gear Review Bozeman Reel Co. RS 527

Fly Rod Reel Gear Review: Bozeman Reel Company RS 527

by Michael Stack, owner outfitter

“Made in Montana – named for Bozeman…Built in the heart of fly fishing”

Completed Bozeman Reel RS 325

Completed Bozeman Reel Co. RS 325

You have to tip your hat to Matt Mcune, founder and chief engineer of the Bozeman Reel Company who ventured forward with an idea to create the world’s perfect fly reel right here in Montana, where trout, fly fishing and the fabled river’s that have made it famous come together. Matt is a graduate of Montana State University’s Mechanical Engineering Program who in 2008 combined his love of fly fishing and his engineering skills to start The Bozeman Reel Company. Matt was joined by Ed Tompkins in 2012 and Dan Rice later in 2013 to complete this “Dream Team” of Fly Fishing Reel Companies with an impressive eye for precision, craftsmanship, durabilty and style.

The Bozeman Reel Companys’ RS 527

    • One of the lightest , strongest and most durable fly reels available on the market today machined from solid T6061 aircraft grade aluminum bar stock.
    • The RS series RDX drag system incorporates sealed bearings, impregnated Rulon (from Teflon) for low start up inertia to protect light tippets in the most technical situations  and smooth, stopping power required for landing big fish on big water.
    • Limited lifetime warranty to the original owner.


I figured Montana’s Missouri River and it’s Land of Giants, known for it’s massive trout was a perfect place to put the RS 527 to test and it’s line peeling capabilities claim to task. Not just because of the size of the fish but also because if you wade fish this stretch of the Missouri River, you can’t drift with a big fish to land it (as you would in a boat), you are forced to use your feet and your reel’s drag from the bank to bring the fish to hand. My RS 527 reel performed flawlessly on thesebig rainbow’s.  As a veteran Montana guide and outfitter, I give the RS 527 a five star review for performance and durabilty. The quality and attention to detail are clearly evident as soon as you pick this fly reel up. I look forward to having it on the river with me on my next outing.

Bozeman Reel Co.machining steps

Bozeman Reel Co. uses solid T6061 aluminum to machine all it’s parts.


Watch how Bozeman Reel Company takes T6061 aluminum bar stock and transforms it into the perfect fly fishing reel.

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Bozeman Reel RS 527 spools in production

Bozeman Reel Company RS series reels in production.

Bozeman Reel RS 527

  • Matt McCune
    Posted at 12:10h, 19 March Reply

    Thank you for the kind words and the compliments on our reels. It is kind of surreal seeing this project come to fruition after quite a few years of hard work from a lot of people. It feels really good to be putting out a product that we know will put a smile on so many faces and last for generations. We all have great fishing memories that keep us coming back.
    This review gives me far too much credit. I am merely one man on a team of engineers, machinists, operations personnel, friends, fisherman and women, guides, etc. We have an amazing team of people that have put a ton of work into this project. When Bozeman Reel is successful, it will be the fault of an army with a high attention for detail. I owe thanks to our entire team as these high quality reels are their fault and I am very proud of them and thankful for them. We also owe a huge thanks to our customers. Without these friends, we would be wasting our time.
    Regardless, we greatly appreciate the support and are super psyched that you support the Bozeman Reel Company and like the product.
    Thank you,
    Head janitor @BRC
    Matt McCune

    • Mike Stack
      Posted at 13:06h, 19 March Reply

      Your welcome Matt, I see you’ve changed job title’s! haha I hope I didn’t offend any of the rest of the crew for not mentioning them. I’ll be more aware of that in future post’s. I realize it takes more than a few trout bums too do what you guy’s are doing. Keep up the great work, and I hope to see you on the creek soon!


  • 即時比分nba
    Posted at 21:30h, 28 September Reply

    Marvelous website, thank You !!

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