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Shimano Spinning or Fixed Spool Fishing Reels

What type of fish you're intending to catch, where you're fishing and your own level of experience will determine what Shimano spinning or fixed reel spool fishing reel you choose.

Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the UK and there is a wealth of equipment available. Whether you're new to fishing or a more experienced angler, the one thing you will need is a fishing reel and Shimano know how to deliver exceptional quality.

History of company

Established in 1921, Shimano is a Japanese company which makes bicycle parts, rowing equipment and fishing tackle. This international company's mission statement is 'to promote health and happiness through the enjoyment of nature and the world around us', something which will resonate will all those people who enjoy the sport of fishing. Continuous investment in research and development is obvious in the wide range of fishing reels manufactured by the Shimano company.

Different types

There are various specifications you can look at when choosing your new reel. For example, there's the weight of the actual reel, from lightweight through to heavyweight, and different gear ratios to consider. Gear ratios are the number of turns the fixed spool rotor does when you give one turn of the handle. You'll want to know the line capacity, the diameter and maximum length of line that you can use, and the maximum drag which is the amount of power that it can be set to.

Three main series

Shimano reels are split into three main series, the core solid series, the lightweight series and aerodynamics. Within the core solid series, there is the iconic Stella reel as well as the Biomaster and Technium reels. In the lightweight range, choose from the Vanquish or Rarenium reels and in aerodynamics there's a wide range of aero reels, many of which are also lightweight. The Exage reel is also one of Shimano's most popular and is part of the P4 range.

It will come down to personal choice which one you decide to buy or you will decide to have more than one reel, changing it when the need arises. Remember too, that many reels also come with a spare handy spool.

You'll always know that, with a Shimano reel, you've chosen a piece of engineering that will help to give you hours of enjoyment when you're out fishing, whether by a stream or out at sea.

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