Tibor Riptide Fly Reel

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The Tibor Riptide is a high-performance fly fishing reel that has been a favorite of discerning fly fishermen since its introduction in 1995. Designed by Ted Juracsik, this reel has earned a reputation for its innovative design, exceptional performance, and durability. It is especially popular among anglers who target species like Bonefish, Permit, Wahoo, and Tuna, which require a high rate of line retrieval and greater control over the reel.

One of the standout features of the Tibor Riptide is its large arbor spool. This design innovation allows for a faster rate of line retrieval, which is essential when fishing for fast-moving species like Bonefish and Tuna. The large arbor also gives anglers greater control over the reel, making it easier to fight these powerful fish and bring them in.

The Tibor Riptide is also known for its impregnated cork disc drag system, which delivers the smoothest and most reliable performance in the water. The drag system is essential for controlling the fish and preventing them from taking too much line too quickly. The impregnated cork material used in the drag system provides excellent friction and is highly durable, making it a popular choice for serious anglers.

In addition to its performance features, the Tibor Riptide is also highly durable and built to last. It is made from high-quality materials, including aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, which are both lightweight and resistant to corrosion. The reel is also designed to be easy to maintain, with a simple, modular design that allows for easy cleaning and repairs.


  • Large outer hub offers retrieve with low backing.
  • All internal parts are sealed from outside elements.
  • Open subbed, perforated spool and drum allow the reel to remain cool during scorching runs and outer holes act as a tippet keeper. 
  • Detented drag adjustment is smooth and positive.
  • Triple outgoing line signals, easily removable for silent operation.
  • Each reel is serialized for identification and protection.
  • Features a personal nameplate engraved for free.
  • Comes with an extra thick neoprene case for storage and transportation.
  • Each reel is serialized for identification and protection. The serial # is located UNDER the nameplate on top of the frame next to the reel stand.
  • Features a personalized Nameplate engraved free.
  • Made and assembled in the U.S.A.

Weight: 9 oz.
Frame Size: 4″ x 1.65″
Rod Weights: 9-10-11

200 yds. of 30 lb. Micron WF10F
300 yds. of 65 lb. Power Pro Super 8 Slick

Stripers, Drum, Large Salmon, Tarpon, Dorado, Shark


After each use, Tibor Reels should be rinsed thoroughly in fresh water. Periodically, especially after extensive exposure to saltwater, the line and backing should be removed and wiped down with a wet cloth to remove salt.

To disassemble a reel for cleaning, the only tool required is a penny. All reels are lubricated at the factory prior to assembly and relubrication is generally not necessary. Tibor Graphite Lube may be used to lubricate the cork drag disc.

Please note: Exceeding the recommended capacity by over-filling the spool and/or putting line on too tightly or with too much tension may damage the spool and is not covered under warranty. Please refer to the capacity chart above as your guide. Monofilment line is not recommended for use on Tibor reels. Should you have any questions about backing for your reel, please contact your authorized Tibor Dealer.