Back in April 2011 I wrote a quick piece on how I would be purchasing my “Ultimate Ultralight Spinning Rod and Reel Combination“. Not certain why but it never happened. Fast forward to July 2013 my needs changed a little and my Ultimate Ultralight Spinning Rod and Reel Combination 2013 was made to happen. I was still pretty set on the Shimano STCI41000FML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel but I now needed a two piece rod. After a bit of searching I learned the Shimano STCI41000FML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel was being replaced by a newer model the Shimano STCI41000FAML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel. Unfortunately the new model was a few months away from hitting store shelves. Being on vacation I wanted my new reel in hand in one day, two at the latest. The Shimano STCI41000FAML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel was not available with reasonably priced expedited shipping. In fact it was out of stock in most places. As luck would have it Amazon had it’s sibling the Shimano ST1000FJ Stradic FJ Spinning Reelfor less than $150 which is cheaper than any other store by $50. The best part was it I could get it delivered via Amazon Prime free in two days or next day for four bucks. I chose the latter.
Moving on to the ultralight rod I did weigh options from St Croix, Pflueger, Daiwa and Browning but in the end I could not stay away from G.Loomis. I stayed within the “Trout and Panfish” series as previously specified but this time I went with the 5 foot G.Loomis SR6010-2 GL3. I could have bought the G.Loomis SR6010-2 GL3 rod from an Amazon marketplace seller for just over 200 bucks delivered but instead opted to spend two hundred and sixty dollars from a supplier who promised I would have the G.Loomis SR6010-2 GL3 in hand next day. This supplier failed me.
Holy cow how is it I haven’t noticed the the SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML before today? If you aren’t familiar with the Shimano CI14 series of spinning reels they are moderately priced with features and quality that compete with with spinning reels costing $100 or more over the CI4.This spinning reel combined with a G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING RODwill be the ultimate trout and panfish spinning outfit. It’s interesting to note while it’s no secret SHIMANO owns G.LOOMIS it’s unusual too see the manufacture specify the rods within the reel description. It’s the right spinning rod choice regardless for this reel.
I need a new ultralight spinning outfit to keep behind the seat of my pickup. I think I will get the G.LOOMIS TSR621 which is 5’2″ long and I will mate it with the Stradic CI4 Microline. Hopefully I will be able to purchase this combination by the end of May 2011. Stay tuned
This reel was built as part of our technical fishing system for fishing Light Line specifically light PowerPro. We designed this reel to fish 5lb and lighter PowerPro and put a new drag system in it so that you can fight a fish without concern when fishing lighter lines. Like all Stradic CI4 reels this reel comes with the Propulsion line management system for greater casting distance and is also packed with Shimano’s Paladin Gearing for super smooth retrieving. Strap this reel on an ultra light rod, preferably the G-Loomis Trout and Panfish Series loaded with PowerPro, and you will have the ultimate Light line System.
Specialized for use with new PowerPro Microlines. Spool optimized to hold 150 yards of 4# PowerPro Microline
Ultra-lightweight CI4 Frame, Sideplate and Rotor Construction
Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
Aero Wrap II Oscillation
SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR Handle, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
Machined Aluminum Handle
Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread In Handle Attachment)
Round EVA Handle Grip
WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
Super Stopper II
Approved for use in Saltwater
Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD
A specialized series of spinning rods designed specifically for trout fishing. Using our proprietary “fiber blend” and GLX levels of performance, our goal is to provide anglers with a “sky is the limit” approach to the fishery. Originally made in 2-piece configurations for ease in transportability, a new – for 2010 – selection of 1-piece rods has been added for those anglers that want the ultimate in light weight and performance. Effective for lake or stream fishing, these rods are made with one objective in mind… to help serious trout anglers become more successful and enjoy their time on the water with the lightest, most sensitive rods available. Four models are available in GLX… two 1-piece and two 2-piece rods. The entire series features fast tips for the ultimate in control, whether your pitching a spinner, a marabou jig or drifting single eggs on your favorite creek . The “fiber blend” models feature a combination of regular cork and composite cork for a new, unique looking rear grip with up-locking reel seats and Fuji, single-foot Alconite guides. The GLX models feature Recoil guides, cork & foam grips with up-locking reel seat. To quote Field & Stream Magazine rod testers, during their annual “Best of the Best Awards” field reviews in 2008, they said, “These rods are like fishing with a feather!” Imagine what the new 1-piece rods feel like… they’re even lighter! Varying in power from ultra-light to light, rated from 1-pound test line up to 8-pound, they are surprisingly strong. You’ll want to take one these rods along for all your fishing adventures. How big a fish can you catch on one of these rods? You might be surprised! The sky is the limit!”
I have a ritual of getting a new spinning reel ever couple of years whether I need one or not. The good thing is my old reel will be passed on to my favorite fishing charity, my buddy Bob. Ill post about that tradition at a later date.
Anyhow I’m not much of a brand loyal guy and through the years I have fished with Shimano, Quantum and Daiwa spinning reels with great pleasure and results. That said I have really become impressed with the technology Shimano has been using in their entire line of freshwater reels. So currently my selection is leaning towards a Shimano Sustain FE Spinning Reel. However I am still undecided as there is a reel from Daiwa that has also caught my attention. That reel the Daiwa Certate Vintage Custom Spinning Reel. According too Tackle Warehouse the Certate Vintage Custom Spinning Reel available only from them was designed for the Japanese market. I’m not sure what that means but I am curious none the less and thought thought of having a unique and interesting reel excites me
Shimano Sustain FE Spinning Reel
A great reel gets even better with Shimano’s new Sustain FE Spinning Reel. Completely redesigned under the SR-Concept, the Sustain FE features the new Propulsion Line Management System and Aero Wrap II Oscillation for extra-long casts and less line twist. The Sustain FE is further enhanced with the Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, which adds considerable strength to the gear system without sacrificing any of the reel’s smoothness. A new Direct Drive Mechanism was also directly attached to the handle, allowing power to be transferred through the handle more efficiently with less vibration.
The Sustain still has all of the durability and smoothness it always had with its 7 A-RB coated ball bearings. Weight was also reduced by adding a Graphite Side Plate and Rotor, as well as, a cold forged Aluminum Frame and Spool with a Titanium Lip. Add in WP Drag (waterproof drag), a Maintenance Port and Repairable Clicker for unprecedented reliability plus a host of other features and you have a new Sustain FE Spinning Reel that is as good as it ever was.
*Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, *Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam *SR-Concept: SR-3D Gear, SR-One-Piece Bail Wire *7 A-RB Ball Bearings *Spare Cold Forged Aluminum Spool with Titanium Lip *S-Concept: S-Guard, S-Arm Cam, S-Rotor *Rigid Support System: Rigid Support Drag *Machined Aluminum Handle *Septon Handle Grips *Floating Shaft *Fluidrive II *Dyna-Balance *Super Stopper II
Daiwa Certate Vintage Custom Spinning Reel
Rarely seen outside of Japan, the Daiwa Certate Vintage Custom Spinning Reel is exclusively available at Tackle Warehouse – for a limited time. Designed for the Japanese domestic market, the Vintage Certate Reel features a rugged and timeless gunmetal finish, as well as, Daiwa’s finest technological advancements for spinning reels. It’s stylish, classic look sets it apart from Daiwa’s North American offerings, and Daiwa’s state-of-the-art, precision engineering ensures every part of every mechanism has been engineered to reduce unnecessary friction and vibration – smoothly and efficiently transmitting mechanical energy. Opportunities like these don’t come often – the Daiwa Certate Vintage Custom Spinning Reel offers a unique look and premium-level performance you can’t find anywhere else.
The Dawia Certate Vintage Custom 2500R features a 2500-size spool on a 3000-size body, providing extra torque for fighting larger game fish.
Please Note: The Daiwa Certate Vintage Custom Spinning Reel cannot be used in saltwater – due to the non-anodized, gunmetal finish.
-Made in Japan (box and instructions printed in Japanese only) -Premium Neoprene Custom Carrying Case
Well here we are nearly two months after purchasing the SHIMANO CURADO 200E7. I cant say enough how impressed I am with this baitcasting reels ability to cast long. because of it’s great casting I decided to pull out all of my other baitcasting reels for an informal test. Quite simply I turned off any of the anti-backlash features such as magnets and weights and loosened spool tension adjustment knob to the point where it no longer contacted the spool. I did this for all of my reels. I then proceeded to give the spools a flick with my finger to get them rotating. My goal was basically to see how long the spools would freewheel.
The result: all of my reels would stop rotating almost instantly while the SHIMANO CURADO 200E7 would spin for many seconds. not only did the Curado spin the longest it was the easiest to get rotating which makes sense.
Backlash: The downside of such a long casting smooth running reel is the ability to create a monster backlash with the untrained finger or someone used to reels of lesser ability.
My old reels were all operated without any of the anti-backlash devices in place for years. I never needed them. In fact on two reels I lost the spool friction cap because I kept it so loose. So upon getting the SHIMANO CURADO I set everything to it’s lowest possible setting and proceeded to generate the biggest backlash I had ever obtained. In fact it was my first backlash in probably over a decade. I’m so glad the only witness was Toby.
Over the next few months I plan on getting a few more reels of varying price ranges to see how they compare.
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