Angler’s Gear is always looking for the best possible product for you; the complete angler. Whether traversing small streams for trout or moving onto the open saltwater for big pelagic fish, we are working hard to find the tools you need to succeed.
Most anglers will start their experiences with a spin cast reel, and for a good reason. The spincast is easy to use and teaches the fundamentals of the angling experience.
After a time, it will make sense to move up to better reels, specifically open face and bait casting.
Anglers looking for a quality reel can find a good number of them available with a minor amount of searching and will quickly discover there are as many who swear by a particular brand as there are brands.
Angler’s Gear will work hard and provide you with the best of all worlds. We want to look at a variety of reels and manufacturers.
This way, you can make the most educated guess for your specific needs. We will start with one of the leaders in the bait casting industry – Shimano.
The Shimano brand covers more than people realize. Celebrating its 100 years in the industry, Shimano covers bicycling, rowing, and fishing.
A good number of anglers divide their time between freshwater and inshore saltwater. The gear these anglers use works equally well in both locations, and Shimano’s line of baitcasting reels is designed to move seamlessly from one to the other.
Shimano has excellent baitcasting options, and most of their line will work equally well in fresh and inshore saltwater. Shimano offers a two-year warranty – solid peace of mind for all of us at Angler’s Gear.
You may have already guessed that Shimano offers spinning reel models based on various notable features. Choose reputable brands that are best for fishing and should reflect your preference for the fishing styles and types of fish you want to target.
There are a lot of different opinions on this, depending on who you ask. Still, here at Anglers Gear, we’re all about giving you as much information as possible to help you make your own informed purchasing decisions.
Fishing is one of those hobbies with abundant equipment you can purchase, but it’s important to know what will benefit you and your fishing style.
So instead of just giving you a list of the Best Shimano Reels, we will dive into what makes one feel better than another.
We will provide you with our personal opinions on the best Shimano reels, and we will give you the facts so that you can make your own decision.
We’ll include a Best Shimano Reel Summary below, but this article is meant to be read from top to bottom if possible.
The Shimano Vanford is an all-new series launched in 2020. This is an ultra-light, spinning reel. It is a relatively small reel, weighing in at only ~6 ounces. Despite the size of the reel, it has been designed with features to enhance fishing performance and longevity.
The best does not mean the most expensive.
For example, there are some reels commercially available that will go into the thousands of dollars but are completely sealed. Unless you send the reel back to the manufacturer, you cannot perform routine maintenance. If you try, you may void a warranty.
There are times when quality trumps everything. In the case of fishing gear of quality, the Shimano Stella ranks at the top of the list.
For the saltwater angler and reader of Angler’s Gear, the Shimano Stella leads the world in all of the elements that make for an outstanding saltwater reel.
Angler’s Gear is all about the complete fishing experience from the smallest trout to large, pelagic fish. Day and day out, however, most people are not going to be chasing blue marlin, big eye tuna or other huge species. Most are much more likely to fish smaller waters and considerably smaller fish.
Now in its eighth year, the Shimano Saragosa 8000 continues to be one of the better saltwater options for the angler in search of pelagic fish. Angler’s Gear would think by now the Shimano corporation would have updated the reel at least to some degree, but this may be a case of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.’ Continue reading to find out what this is the case for this particular Shimano spinning reel.
Exactly 100 years ago, a business man and entrepreneur in Kansai, Japan, set out with a mission: to make his products the best in Japan and then the world thereafter. That man’s name – Shozaburo Shimano. His products featured his name then and continue to do so today as a leader in the spinning reel industry.
Angler’s Gear is always looking for the best possible product for you; the complete angler. Whether you are traversing small streams for trout or moving onto the open saltwater for big pelagic fish, we are working hard to find the tools you need to find the success you want.
Most anglers will start their experiences with a spincast reel and for good reason. The spincast is easy to use and teaches the fundamentals of the angling experience. After a time, it will make sense to move up to better reels, specifically open face and bait casting.
Shimano reels have been around for a long time, and have been used by anglers all around the world. They may be considered as some of the best fishing reels on the market, but where do these high quality Shimano reels come from? The production is split up into two different areas: Japan and China.
Most Shimano Reels are produced in Shimano’s Japanese factory, Shimano Denshi Ltd. Shimano Japan is located in Sakai City , Osaka Prefecture . Sakai City is known for being one of the main areas where fishing equipment was manufactured during the Meiji period. Shimano has been producing Shimano reels at this location since Shimano’s Shimano Denshi Ltd. branch was created in 1961. Shimano Japan is the parent company of Shimano Inc., Shimano Europe B.V., Shimano American Corporation, Shimano Latin America S.A., and Shimano Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
One excellent example of a Shimano reel coming from Japan would be Shimano’s Shimano Stradic FK reels. Shimano Stradics are some of Shimano’s best fishing reels, which were announced in January 2015 . Shimano Stradic FK reels offer Shimano’s signature quality reel construction. These can be found on Shimano Japan Inc.’s official website or Amazon. Shimano Japan plays an active role in Shimano brand’s worldwide presence. Shimano Japan Inc. is Shimano’s main branch for marketing Shimano products, which are sold around the world.
Shimano reels that come from Shimano Japan have a number of features that make them high quality Shimano fishing reels, including: A Shimano Japan Shimano reel is made with Shimano’s cutting-edge trevalous drag system , Shimano Japan Shimano reels are designed to be used in fresh or saltwater, Shimano Japan Shimano reels are built around Shimano’s high torque drive train for increased casting power, and Shimano Japan Shimano reels come with a Shimano warranty . Shimano Japan Shimano reels are made with Shimano’s Shimano concept of “Real Fishing”, a Shimano Japanese philosophy that states Shimano is dedicated to developing fishing tackle for the future.
In contrast, Shimano China , located in Guangzhou City , is Shimano’s main branch for making most Shimano reels. Shimano China Inc. was originally Shimano’s Shimano American Corporation Shimano division, Shimano America Shimano Corporation was created in the United State s during February 1988 . Shimano America Shimano Corporation was later renamed to Shimano Sporting Goods of America, which is what it was called until September 2001 when Shimano Inc. announced that Shimano America Shimano Corporation needed to be renamed Shimano Sporting Goods of America Shimano Inc. Shimano China Shimano is a branch of Shimano Sporting Goods of America Shimano Inc., which has been the parent company of Shimano China Shimano since February 2011 .
Shimano China plays one very important role in Shimano fishing reels production, Shimano China Shimano is Shimano’s main branch for manufacturing Shimano reels under the Shimano brand. Shimano China Shimano is located in Guangzhou City , where most Shimano fishing equipment has been manufactured since 1969 . Shimano China Shimano is responsible for producing over 70% of all Shimano fishing equipment. One Shimano fishing reel that Shimano China Shimano has produced is Shimano’s Shimano Stella SW Shimano reels, which are some of Shimano’s best fishing reels. Shimano Stella SW Shimano reels were announced in October 1998 , and can be found on Shimano Sporting Goods of America Inc.’s or on Amazon