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Fly Fishing Reel GALVAN Torque

GALVAN Torque Fly Reel


As the premier reel in the Galvan range, the Torque Fly Fishing Reels represent the culmination of a lifetime of fly fishing and a passion for reel design. Simply put, it represents the best of modern fly reel architecture.

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Fly Fishing Reel GALVAN Torque




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GALVAN Torque Fly Reel

The Torque reel series was created because Boni Galvan wanted to create a revolutionary reel with a more substantial drag system than was presently available on the market. And it had to be sexy. Thus the Torque series reels were born.

The unique Torque reel, the fourth series created by Boni, was the first reel released with our Torque drag system, which is now employed in all of our reels. Its inception was in late 2002 with prototypes coming to life in 2003. After being tested, retested and modified, it was finally released to the public in 2004. It immediately won the 2004 Editor’s Choice in Fly Fish America and was ranked #3 in the recent Yellowstone Angler’s 8-wt reel shootout, beating a host of other reels in function and price (link). Its original style and unique porting has solidified Galvan’s reputation as a leading innovator in the industry.

The visually striking appearance of the Torque reels is a result of the unique cut-outs on the frame, spool, drag knob and reel foot. This design is not only aesthetic but also structural as it significantly reduces the weight of the reel while maintaining strength and increasing rigidity .The rounded rims on both spool and frame enhance durability to better withstand impact during extreme angling conditions.

At first glance, the hand is drawn to the reel and from the first crank of the contoured counter balanced spool, the reel’s quality is apparent. It is a combination of efficiency and simplicity driven by function. In this case, less is more and cost is no exception as Torque reels retail at half the price of reels in its class.

Torque Series reels are saltwater safe and will perform flawlessly under the harshest conditions. From remote alpine lakes to the saltwater flats, the highly ventilated spool and frame balance nicely with the lightest of today’s fly rods yet still compliment a modern big-game saltwater fly rod. The Torque is tough as nails and skillfully marries the technology of the future with the tradition of the past.

GALVAN Torque Fly Fishing Reel


All Galvan Fly Reels and Spools are impeccably machined from T6 solid bar stock, aircraft grade aluminum. T6 is a class of 6061 aluminum that is tempered to significantly increase its strength.

EZ Grip

Like every part of our reels, handle design is important to us. Through our years of research and development we know that handles with a concave or outward taper perform the best. All five of our contoured Delrin® handles are large and easy to grab and crank on. One does not need to look down to locate them; the hand is intuitively drawn to them.


L.A.D. stands for Large Arbor Design. The first fly reels were manufactured with small arbor spools and therefore some old-school fly fishermen have an affinity for them. We make up for that small arbor mentality with traditional look and feel.

For us the retrieval rate of the large arbor reel is crucial to removing slack line between the angler and a running fish. For that reason all of our reels incorporate a true large arbor design. With its proven advantage of maximum line retrieval, for us there is only one choice.

Low – COF

There are many reasons a leader or tippet can break. A jerky drag should not be one of them. Galvan Fly Reels feel smooth both when a fish is taking line as well as when line is retrieved. This is a result of the reel having a very low startup inertia, which is low coefficient friction or the “transition from nothing to something, or no fish to fish on”.

With Galvan reels that transition is non-hesitant and smooth regardless of the drag setting. Low inertia on startup is intended to save light tippets, relative to the size of the outfit you are using and the size fish you are hunting. A lower startup inertia could possibly mean higher hook set and percentages of fish landed. This startup inertia on a Galvan reels is imperceptibly smooth because if your drag engages too suddenly and hesitates just a fraction on the fish’s first run, you can end up with a snapped tippet.

Maximum Porting

By porting all of our reels to the maximum strength-to-weight ratio, they strike a precise balance between feather-light weight and tough-as-nails durability. With intelligent CAD blueprinting and innovative machining, we cut away every gram of excess weight while leaving enough skeleton for maximum strength and durability. In the new era of technology, heavy does not always translate into strong and at Galvan we cut away the excess to reveal what a reel should be – light, responsive and tough.


Galvan MicroTune drag adjustment enables quick, precise adjustments to your drag when playing a hot fish. A large and easy-to-grip drag knob can prove essential in trying to manage drag resistance during a fight. Our large drag knobs are regarded as the top of their class, not just for their size and comfort but also for providing the most precise, super-fine drag adjustment on the market.

The MicroTune adjustment system has a single ball bearing which hits small divots machined into the reel’s frame, holding the desired drag setting securely in position. The pleasantly noticeable divots allow the finest incremental tuning when setting your drag and reduce the likelihood of accidental adjustment while fighting a fish.


The Galvan push button spool release mechanism is intuitively simplistic and elegantly efficient. Spool removal is literally a snap. With a slight press of the button the spool pops off the frame and with a slight click a new spool is ready in place. No tools are necessary to remove the spool from the reel frame and there are no parts to lose during the process. Whether switching from a 3wt to a 4wt on the river, or from floating to sinking line on the lake, swapping out Galvan spools is simplicity itself.

Torque Drag System

The Torque drag system is the backbone of the Galvan line of reels and widely recognized for its smooth reliable action and subdued, unobtrusive single pawl click. It has an audible click as line is both pulled from, and retrieved by, our reels, indicating to the angler possible subtle adjustments that need to be made on the go. Although based on the compression disc drags of our original reels, the new smooth and reliable, state-of-the-art thermoplastic and carbon fiber disc drag requires minimal lubrication and virtually no maintenance.

There are no ball bearings. Instead, a maintenance free, self-lubricating, HPV (high pressure velocity), hi-tech plastic bushing allows the spool near-frictionless rotation. Humidity will not affect its performance, nor will rain, salt spray or dunking while wading.

From 2021 is a 3 pawl drag engagement that provides ultimate drag strength and rotation. As the size of the reel increases, so the size of the drag surface increases. The Torque drag system by Galvan is arguably the best drag system available today.


Our contoured, machined counter-balance weights add a nice accent to the reel’s design and blend aesthetically with its symmetry. Functionally the weight of the counter-balance is perfectly measured to precisely match the weight of the handle for smooth spool retrieval and wobble-free rotation.

All of our reels and spools are Type T2 anodized and incorporate minimal material points of contact making them corrosion resistant and saltwater safe. As a result, the aluminum oxide layer provides Galvan reels with supreme wear and corrosion protection. Additionally, by limiting the metal materials in contact with each other we make it more difficult to wear away this anodizing, limiting electrolysis and corrosion.

In addition to the Type 2 anodizing process and minimal points of contact, the thermoplastics we use in the drag disc and spool bushing continue to protect from weather and wear. The anodization is flawless and the reels come in several vibrant colors at no extra cost.


As Boni Galvan began to incorporate new technology into his reels, the transition, from a clutch, in the earlier versions of our reels, to a pawl in current models, vastly improved drag engagement. This transition also made switching from left to right hand retrieve more efficient than it has ever been before and is Galvan’s take on the reversible retrieve system.

Our reels use fewer, much stronger parts to simplify the process and enable changing the direction of line retrieve without the use of any tools. It’s as easy as inverting the pawl, which is held in place by a stainless steel retention ring.

  • 6061
  • Poignée EZ Grip
  • L.A.D.
  • Low - COF
  • Maximum Porting
  • microTune
  • PBR
  • Système Torque Drag
  • TruBalance
  • ЯRetrieve

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