How to Fish with a Shimano Calcutta TE 201 DC Casting Reel

How to Fish with a Shimano Calcutta TE 201 DC Casting Reel
The Shimano Calcutta TE 201DC represents one of the most forward-thinking advancements in fishing reel technology on the market today. Adding to the existing lineup of quality and reliable baitcast reels, the TE 201DC brings circuit board technology to the world of fishing. Using the centrifugal force generated by the rotating spool during a cast, the digital control circuit board stores energy to power the reel for successive casts. This "smart reel" comes preset with eight brake patterns that allow the spool to obtain higher RPMs during a cast before the brakes are applied.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shimano Calcutta TE 201DC baitcast reel
  • Matched casting rod
  • Fishing line (monofilament, fluorocarbon, braid)
  • Practice plug or lure
Step 1
Familiarize yourself with the Shimano TE 201DC reel's external controls. Locate the small knurled control knob located beside the handle and the DC brake control located on the opposite side of the reel. Check that the reel is securely mounted to the rod, the line is properly spooled and a practice plug or lure is secured to the end of the line.
Step 2
Hold the handle of the rod and point the rod out directly in front of you. Turn the knurled control knob so that it is completely tightened. Press the spool release button located on the upper rear of the Shimano TE 201DC to release the spool.
Step 3
Decrease the cast control by slowly turning it. Watch for the lure or plug to begin to drop to the ground. Typically, you will want the lure or plug to drop slowly and smoothly.
Step 4
Set the DC brake control based on the distance and weight of the lure or plug you will be casting. If you are unsure about the proper setting, turn the dial so that it is located halfway between the maximum brake, located at the bottom, and the minimum brake setting. From here, you will be able to fine-tune the DC braking, based on your method of casting.
Step 5
Reel in the line and plug or lure so that it extends 8 to 10 inches below the rod tip. Press the spool release and cast as you normally would with a baitcast reel. The digital control will allow the plug or lure to travel farther without braking interference. Take the added distance into consideration when initially using the reel.
Step 6
Take advantage of the added casting distance by positioning yourself on land or in a boat farther from schooling, feeding or holding fish. This can be a great benefit since it will reduce the disturbance in the water.

Tips & Warnings

Turn the handle of the Shimano TE 201DC to engage the spool once the lure is presented at the desired level in the water.
Adjust the drag based on your fishing situation. When fishing braid line, for example, you may need to loosen the star-shaped drag wheel by the handle so that some give is available for the line. Braid lines have no stretch, so loosening the drag can improve hook sets.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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