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Penn Clash Spinning Reel Review – The Lightest Penn Reel of 2021

The use of computer machined gear technology is what sets the Penn Clash spinning reel apart from its competitors. This inshore specialist is ultra-lightweight and has surprisingly good durability.

The lightweight reel’s use of Dura-Gear computer numerical control cut gears provide for extreme durability and rivals top tier reels.

It might not be the greatest reel to ever come off the manufacturing line, but the well-built Clash is a good-quality reel that features some top of the line features.

PENN Clash II Spinning Fishing Reel Grey/Black, 1000
  • Full Metal Body and sideplate
  • CNC Gear technology
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers

Quantitative Score

Performance – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read more about how our scoring system works.

Penn Clash Reel Overview

Casting Ease – Pinpoint Casting

The Clash’s casting strength is its precision. At short and medium distances, it can cast quite accurately. But the reel suffers somewhat at long distance casting compared to other reels.

Easing Dragging 20 Lbs 

Despite the reel’s low weight, the Clash can drag up to 20 lbs into the boat. The smallest reels in the Clash range weigh in at just 8.2 ounces. But it is powerful enough to drag a 20 pound fish. The Clash uses Penn’s HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers that are designed to provide excellent drag while lasting the test of time.

Completely Protected Casing – Ease Of Usage

The Clash’s drag is sealed making it perfect for salt or freshwater fishing. This versatility is one of the Clash’s big strengths.The carbon graphite rotor in the smaller Clash models is lightweight and well protected. The larger Clash models feature an aluminum rotor that adds extra weight to the reel.

Best Slippage Protection 

The Clash’s gear system is its real talking point. Featuring Dura-Gear Computer Numerical Control machined gears it performs at a level you would expect from a more expensive reel.

The smaller models, the 2000 through 5000, use brass pinion gears and an aluminum drive gear, compared while the larger 6000 and 8000 models use a brass pinion and brass drive gear.These gears as well as stainless steel ball bearings provide excellent slip prevention.


  • The reel from Penn is lightweight and featured with durably built and protected from potential salt damage.
  • The Clash can provide accurate casting as short to medium distances.
  • The computer cut gears are among the best in this reel’s class and feel like they belong in a top tier reel.


  • In wild weather conditions, especially in strong wind, the lightweight reel can make casting difficult.
  • The 10 pound drag capacity is good for a lightweight reel but could be too small for keen anglers.
  • Doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some competing reels at the same price point.

Penn Clash Spinning Reel

Bestseller No. 1
PENN Clash II Spinning Fishing Reel Grey/Black, 2500
  • Full Metal Body and sideplate
  • CNC Gear technology
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers

Penn Clash Video Review

Have a look at this official video by Penn highlighting the Penn Clash II, the ultimate inshore reel:


ANTI-REVERSE FEATUREInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-Reverse
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB160/6 130/8 110/10210/8 180/10 165/15240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30270/15 195/20 140/30360/15 260/20 185/30410/15 295/20 210/30420/20 300/30 240/40
BRAKING SYSTEMNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
DRAG MATERIALHT-100HT-100HT-100HT-100HT-100HT-100HT-100HT-100
DRAG TYPEFront DragFront DragFront DragFront DragFront DragFront DragFront DragFront Drag
GEAR RATIO5.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:17.0:16.2:17.0:15.6:1
MAX DRAG LB9lb | 4.0kg10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 5.4kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg20lb | 9.0kg
MONO CAPACITY M/MM255/0.14 125/0.20 95/0.23220/0.20 165/0.23 115/0.28235/0.23 160/0.28 130/0.31180/0.28 150/0.31 150/0.36195/0.28 160/0.31 120/0.36245/0.28 200/0.31 150/0.36280/0.28 225/0.31 170/0.36205/0.36 185/0.38 125/0.46
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB275/2 135/4 105/6240/4 180/6 125/8255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12215/8 175/10 130/12270/8 220/10 165/12305/8 250/10 185/12225/12 200/15 135/20
PRE-SPOOLED YD/LBNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-Spooled
RECOVERY RATE22″ | 56cm31″ | 79cm33″ | 84cm35″ | 89cm41″ | 104cm35″ | 89cm44″ | 112cm38″ | 96cm
REEL HANDLE POSITIONRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/Left
REEL SIZE10002000250030003000400040005000
REEL SPOOL MATERIALAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminum
SPARE SPOOL MATERIALNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare Spool
WEIGHT7 oz 8.3 oz8.8 oz10.1 oz10.8 oz10.6 oz11.4 oz16 oz

FAQs Related to Penn Clash Spinning Reel

What is the weight of the item?

The smallest Clash models are quite light, just 7 oz with the largest model at 16 oz

How much weight it can drag?

Maximum drag capacity of 20 lbs with the largest model 5000 series.

What is the gear ratio of the device?

The Clash gear ratio is 6.2:1. There is also a high speed model with a 7.0:1 gear ratio.

Is the item saltwater resistant?

Yes, the device is resistant to saltwater and sand.

What is the retrieval rate?

This changes depending on the model, but goes from 22 inches to 41 inches per crank.

What is the difference between the Penn Clash I and Clash II?

The updated Clash II comes with a hydrophobic line roller which repels water to avoid salt build up and corrosion. It also has Penn’s clutch amour system which protects both the pinion and clutch systems.
This gives the Clash II improved durability but similar performance.

What are the lines on the base of the spool?

These are line capacity rings which indicate 1/3, 2/3, and full fishing line capacity so you can judge when you need to replace your spool.


The computer cut gears of the Clash system are its headline feature. They give the reel a premium feel and wouldn’t be out of place in a top tier reel. The Clash is good quality reel that will do the job for freshwater and saltwater fishers. But it’s 10 pound drag capacity of the 2000 series may not be enough for some and it lacks the bells and whistles that some similar priced reels have.

If you are looking for alternate options then have a read through our review of the best spinning reels.

Happy fishing!

Last update on 2021-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.