Of all the equipment that you need to fish for peacock bass, reels are probably the least important.  Most fish are landed without getting the fish on the reel.  Don’t make the common mistake of trying to get the fish on the reel by picking up fly line off the deck of the boat. Concentrate on playing the fish, not playing with your fly line. 

When hooked, peacock bass will head for the nearest underwater structure.  It’s imperative to try and stop the fish by holding the line with your stripping hand.  A pair of fingerless fishing gloves is essential.  Reels do not have to be expensive, but they should have a large arbor and be big enough to balance the rod.