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Finesse Fishing Reel Off - Part 2

by Craig T
(Iowa)

The Shimano Aldebaran is a premium reel that has many nice features, plenty of upgrade options and is just as smooth as silk. The reel I tested has an upgraded lighter spool with the brake kit. We can easily cast down to 2g or lower with this setup. You gain an 8.0 gear ratio for faster retrieves, high end rubber I shaped knobs on a clean swept aluminum handle with a clean silver finish to the body. For the experienced angler you can tweak the magnet layout inside to increase your distance and spool start up inertia for short loading a rod. This does mean you run a higher risk of backlash but with practice this reel is beyond capable of any technique you could want. If you are after a low profile reel that is top of its’ class look no further. Fit, finish and performance will take you anywhere you want to go.

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May 21, 2019
Nice to read about the reels
by: Les Albjerg

Craig,
Thanks for the short and sweet write-ups on the three reels. I followed the advice of a BFS fisherman and tweaked a Daiwa Tatula reel and made it into a BFS reel. The Tatula is actually the smallest Daiwa reel. I put Japanese ceramic air bearings into it, and a 5.4 gram finesse spool. I'm not sure if it is better than the offerings here, but it does cast like a dream! It seems that once you get into BFS, you are tweaking things! I am going to give it the one gram test this evening. There are still parts I could add to the Abu Garcia Ambassaduer 2500c that would smooth it out even more, but price wise, I am convinced that if you want a round reel, the Shimano Calcutta Conquest BFS HG is the way to go. From all of my reading and research, there are parts galore to tweak the Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG, and there are some guys that have pushed their reels into the 4 figures with after market parts. Personally after watching folks like Angler Saito, if you can cast with accuracy 20 yards, it will cover over 95% of your finesse needs. More and more I am enjoying the accuracy that I can get with a bait caster. It is easy for me to get caught up in "upgrade" fever, and forget that what I am really after is an enjoyable fishing experience. Bottom line from your reviews - One can't go wrong with any of the reels here.

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