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Fly Reel Review

Get Noticed With the Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel (continued)

Design and Ergonomics: The Mojo 425 sports a beautiful blue and gold finish that doesn't reflect much light. Some may say it doesn't look quite as good as a glossy, reflective finish, but it still pleases the eye. The combination of an extremely open design and the spool being heavily ported makes for a lightweight package.

The handle is a good size.

Something I really applaud Cheeky for doing is giving this reel the proper dimensions. Some reels on the market simply don't use the most optimal dimensions, particularly when it comes to spool width. Not only does a wide-spooled reel not look as streamlined, but it slows down your retrieval rate a hair. The Mojo 425 spool has excellent dimensions boasting a 4.25-inch diameter and 1.1-inch width. It not only looks right when attached to a fly rod, but allows for quick, easy retrieves.

The Mojo 425 logo is visible alongside the reel foot

Design and Ergonomics Ratings for Cheeky Mojo 425

Spool Diameter (15)

Spool Width (15)

Drag Knob Size/Grip (15)

Handle Size/Grip (15)




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The sealed drag is built into the middle of a very minimalist style frame design

Application: Cheeky rates its Mojo 425 as a 7 to 10-weight reel. Usually a reel that encompasses four line weights is a bit of a stretch for me, but this reel actually covers the range effectively from a size and capacity standpoint. On the flip side, the weak drag hurts it when targeting species in the 9 and 10 weight realm like small to medium tarpon, false albacore, jacks, or any other species where a heavy drag setting is best.

Application Ratings for Cheeky Mojo 425





Rating (=Tot/Pos*10)






This reel is most at home with light to medium fresh and saltwater duties.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Cheeky Mojo 425 Fly Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It's a nicely made reel except for a couple sharp corners on the frame. 8.8
Performance It boasts impressive retrieve speed but the power of the drag comes up short. 7.33
Price The modest price puts it right in the arena of reels like the Nautilus FWX and new Ross Animas. 7
Features A nice feature list. 8.75
Design (Ergonomics) This is an attractively designed reel that sports excellent dimensions. 8.4
Application Appropriate for a broad range of species, however the weak drag hurts it in more demanding applications. 6.25

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Unique appearance - Weak max drag
+ Nice dimensions - A couple of sharp frame edges
+ Lightweight  
+ Quick spool changes  

Due to poor conditions and time constraints, I only managed a few small snook during the brief testing period. I guess this was pretty good considering when I fished with the Cheeky guys a few years ago the conditions were totally blown out for the day!

Conclusion: Cheeky Fly Fishing is run by a group of young dudes whoare both energetic and extremely passionate about the sport of fly fishing. When I met them all for the first time it was obvious they were very serious about creating a fun and functional line of fly reels. Based on what I experienced with the Mojo 425, they did a pretty darn good job. I have noticed an increase in the number of young fly anglers over the last several years, and companies like Cheeky give this younger demographic a fresh, fun reel that is within many of their budgets. Whether young or seasoned, if you desire something a bit different in your next fly reel then scope out the Cheeky Mojo 425.










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