How to Choose Shimano Reels

How to Choose Shimano Reels
Shimano reels are widely recognized as some of the best on the market today. Their reputation for durability and reliability, as well as the company's customer service, make Shimano reels a first choice for many anglers. From amateurs and weekend fishermen to tournament contenders, a wide variety of individuals choose Shimano. Selecting the right reel requires taking several different factors into consideration.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Determine the type of fishing for which the reel will be used. Game fish range in size from small panfish to large musky. The size fish will oftentimes determine the size reel. For example, large-mouth bass require 150 to 200 yards of line. The line requirement alone may dictate a certain size reel which will accommodate the amount of line.
Step 2
Consider features. Many Shimano reels have advanced features and materials which help set them apart from many other companies' reels. From anti-line-twist mechanics to materials used for construction, there are many options which help with the performance and longevity of the reels.
Step 3
Determine your budget for a reel. Shimano reels are available as a base model for around $25 up to feature-packed models which sell for upwards of $250. Keep in mind that a reel is perhaps one of the most significant pieces of fishing equipment; however, make sure the features and materials of the reel are necessary, as this will greatly impact price.
Step 4
Research online, through catalogs and first-hand conversation the pluses and minuses of various reel models. Take into consideration the amount of wear and tear, possible uses for the reel and construction.
Step 5
Try the reel if possible. There are many outdoor supply stores that feature fishing departments stocked with Shimano reels. Bass Pro, Cabelas, Gander Mountain and other national chains have Shimanos on display and allow customers to hold and try the reel before purchase.

Tips & Warnings

Taking the time to understand the need and the product will help greatly in determining the best reel.
Keep in mind that it is very easy to spend a considerable amount of money on a Shimano, and as good as they are, typically there will also be other equipment to be purchased. Buy the best you can but spread the wealth and also invest in a quality rod to match.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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