has closed and has nothing left to sell, other than a few used books. I have decided to leave the website up as a resource for people interested in fishing with light rods, light lines and light lures - true finesse fishing.

Shimano Adlebaran BFS XG

This article is about the 2016 model. I have not seen the 2022 model. In any case, I no longer import reels.

Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG LeftShimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left
Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG spoolShimano Aldebaran BFS XG spool
Illustration showing that two magnets can be added to the braking systemMore magnets can be added if desired.

The Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG has the lightest spool in Shimano's history at just 7.2 grams (excluding bearings). The proprietary Finesse Tune Brake system (FTB) combines the best features of magnetic and centrifugal brakes. 

Illustration showing how magnets move when the spool spins fast.When the spool spins fast, the magnets provide more braking.
Illustration showing that magnets move less when the spool spins slowly.When the spool spins slowly, the magnets provide less braking.

 When the spool spins fast (at the start of a hard overhand cast) centrifugal force pulls the magnets closer to the spool, providing more braking force. When the spool rotates more slowly, either for a pitch or as your lure slows towards the end of your cast, the spring pushes the magnets further away from the spool, reducing the braking force. The FTB braking system thus adjusts the amount of braking depending on the speed of the spool.

Illustration shows how FTB braking system adjusts position of magnets inside of hollow spool.FTB braking system

The braking force is adjusted by the external dial, which slides the brake unit further in or out of the spool. The braking force is minutely adjustable, and is not limited to to discrete steps.

The Shimano Aldebaran BFX XG is one of the best BFS reels available, and one of the best baitcast reels for trout fishing. At only 130 grams (4.6 ounces) it is one of the lightest as well.

The box contains two small vials of oil. The one with the green top (marked BFS Oil) is for the bearings. The one with the blue top (marked Bantam Oil) is for everything else.

Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left, top view.Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left
Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left, side viewShimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left

The fish aren't always monsters, but with the high quality gear, the fishing is always enjoyable.

Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Stats

Gear ratio
Max drag
Spool Capacity
Spool  Diameter
Bearings (Ball/Roller)

Aldebaran BFS XG
4.6 oz
7.7 lb


The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.