The PENN Defiance was engineered to be an extremely versatile all-around reel and packs enough punch to get just about any species back to the boat. It features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates with stainless steel frame rings for improved rigidity to prevent “frame-flex”.

Line Capacity Rings

Eliminates the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish. The three lines on the spool flange let you know when you have 1/3rd, 2/3rd, or a full spool of line. Also if you respool often these lines give you a benchmark for backing your superlines with monofilament which will help eliminate wasted time and line.


Are you bottom fishing or trolling? Are you looking for power or speed? The Squall Lever Drag’s Versa-Handle system allows you to choose how long the handle should be in less than a minute (tools are included with each reel). Assemble the reel in the long position for more power or assemble in the short position for more speed.

HT-100™ Drag Washers

HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads.



Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates

Forged, machined and anodized aluminum spool

Stainless steel frame rings enhances rigidity to prevent "frame flex"

Machine-cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion

HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers

Line Capacity Rings

4 shielded stainless steel bearing system

Line Capacity Rings
Braid Ready
Model Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Line Retrieve Weight
DFN20LW 450/12 • 395/15 • 275/20 725/20 • 550/30 • 450/40 4 15 lbs 4.3:1 22(in) 17.8(oz)
DFN25LW 330/20 • 300/25 • 225/30 660/30 • 550/40 • 450/50 4 15 lbs 4.3:1 24(in) 18.8(oz)
DFN40LW 500/20 • 340/30 • 285/40 800/40 • 700/50 • 580/65 4 15 lbs 3.6:1 26(in) 21.6(oz)
Defiance is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable!!! Reeled in a 126lb halibut on 70lb spectra without any problems.Preformed exactly as it should.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldnt believe it First time fishing with a drag reel and I hooked a 275lb bull shark offshore by the Fowey lighthouse. I'm no experience angler, but it took about 10 minutes to reel in with about 100 yards of line out. The fight was far beyond any fish I have caught and the reel did the work with no issues. Great reel Great experience.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from In For Repairs I bought the 40lw a few months back, strung it with 50lb braided line and caught a nice redfish around 28lbs. Started out great bringing it in. Then the reel just stripped out. I have other Penn reels and love penn, so much goin to get this one repaired and try it again. I know it'll be a good one. Goin to actually buy a couple more. So a better review is on the way soon.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Casting I purchased a Defiance 25lw spooled it with 475yrds of 80lb braided line... One word awesome, I was actually pretty surprised how well this reel could cast for its size (not that it's huge) the clicker is loud enough for u to hear from short distances, and the drag is phenomenal. Love it great reel will have for a life time or pass it to my son one day thanks Penn for delivering great fishing products I'm pretty sure anglers of the world appreciate the quality as well.
Date published: 2014-04-14