Shimano's two stunning new reels, soon to be released, look nailed on to become best-sellers.
This is not surprising, since they will appeal to match, specimen and carp anglers alike.
The compact ‘big-pit’ Ultegra C14+XTC 5500 (black) and Ultegra C14 XSC 5500 (pearlescent) models are based around Shimano’s hugely popular Ultegra 14000 reels that have been embraced by serious carp anglers. But technical improvements, and significant differences between the new models, are readily apparent.
The new Ultegras are better protected against water and dust, weigh less than their predecessor, and benefit from Hi-Speed front drag systems. These allow for quick setting post-cast when targeting big carp, so big fish can be precision-played off the clutch without fear of the reel over-tightening or locking up.
Better, stronger winding power is provided by Shimano’s top-end Hagane gearing. To that little lot you can add many technically improved parts including a C14 rotor system, beautifully balanced and completely wobble-free.
Rounding off the specifications are a super-comfy handle knob and an improved, more discreet line guard that functions better than ever and affords a slight weight saving too. Both models come with a spare spool.
Daiwa is poised to introduce its first big-pit reel with a 35mm-wide spool for use with thicker diameter reel lines.
The new Emblem 35 SCW 5000C QD scores highly on looks and performance, with cult all-black styling and impressive features. These include a reduced oscillation speed known as Slow Cross Wrap for faultless line-lay and ideal for long-range casting and heavy-duty work.
The reel runs wobble-free on six ball-bearings, its 4.9:1 gearing retrieving a mighty 106cm (41.8ins) of line per handle crank. The shallow spools (one spare) hold around 300 yards of line. Daiwa’s QD front drag system goes from virtually locked-up to freespool mode in half a turn of the knob. Twist-Buster 2 line management and a rock-solid Air Rotor add to the winding power.
The Sonik Vader X 8000 reel will be snapped up by any carp angler looking for quality, looks and value for money. A long-nose spool facilitates long, smooth casts, while its 4.6:1 retrieve rate makes short shrift of rapid line recovery.
Features include a large-diameter bail-arm with enlarged line roller, twin line clips, powerful and reliable front drag and a pleasing barrel-shaped wooden handle. It comes with a spare forged anodised aluminium spool.
CNC machined aluminium die-cast body and side cover
Titanium carbon rotor and arm lever
NiTi bail-arm wire
AL forged fully machined spool
Quick-release push-button spool
Rotor brake system
Long worm shaft oscillation
Super slow oscillation
Single or double quick-change handles
Preston Innovations’ Centris NT reels have taken more than two years to develop – and the results are truly impressive.
Three body sizes – 320, 420 and 520 – cover every possible match fishing scenario. The smallest of these, the 320, is best for general floatfishing, while the others will handle heavier float tactics and all feeder and straight lead work.
In a classy black and red livery, they all have a spare spool and quick-change double or single handles. And the list of technical features doesn’t end there.
The NiTi bail-arm always returns to its correct shape, so it clicks over firmly and there are never any distortion problems.
To that, you can add a titanium shaft, full aluminium body, titanium carbon rotor and super-smooth Power Drive retrieve.
Super-slow oscillation results in faultless line-lay, while multi-washers make the micro adjustable front drag incredibly smooth and precise.
Push-button release allows you to change spools in an instant, and each spool has two line clips as standard, making fishing two lines incredibly simple and accurate.
All reels have a 5.01:1 gear ratio and seven bearings.
Prices: 320: £154.99 - 420: £159.99, 520 £164.99
Daiwa's latest addition to its highly acclaimed Ninja range is this versatile Match & Feeder reel in five different sizes.
We were really impressed with the original Ninja reels, which are super smart, practical and above all offer great value for money at less than £60 RRP.
Now the Match and Feeder boasts an improved Distance Control line clip. And it features slightly revised sizes of 3012 (in single and double handle) and 4012 (in single handle only) options.
Good winding power is provided by the geared down retrieve and smoothness is enhanced with 4BB and Infinite Anti-Reverse. There's a bit of a weight saving from the graphite body and you'll get a carefully adjustable front drag.
New Distance control line clip
Double handle options
Infinite Anti Reverse
Few manufacturers of predator tackle can boast the complexity, range and depth of Fox’s Rage brand.
The latest Prism reels – which, unsurprisingly, complement the new Prism rods – come in C100, C2500 (pictured) and C4000 sizes, and between them are perfect for all lure fishing.
Smooth running on six ball-bearings, with sleek clutch systems and a balanced rotor profile, they virtually guarantee a wobble-free retrieve.
The ideal companion for any Maver Reality rod, the latest Enigma 300 reel turns in an amazing performance for a model at such a modest price.
Ideal for float and feeder work, it runs silky-smooth on nine bearings.
Top-end technical features include a double soft dampening line clip system, which prevents snap-offs should you hit the clip a little too enthusiastically.
A computer-balanced rotor, titanium-plated line roller, excellent line lay and ambidextrous handle give added reel appeal to this pleasing product.
It isn't just the Black Viper Feeder rods that Browning has got right.
The latest Black Viper MK FD reels, crafted to cope with the rigours of long-distance feeder work, are their perfect partner.
A fast 5.5:1 retrieve speed cranks in an impressive 105cm of line per spool oscillation, and the reel also boasts an oversized wide, shallow spool that copes equally well with braid and mono liines.
It can be filled without resorting to lots of backing line, the pleasing end result being faster and longer, consistently accurate casts.
The specialist Viper model also features a sophisticated worm shaft gearing which ensures effortless retrieval, even when winching in the heftiest of feeders or leads.
Other key features include a non-twistline roller supported by ball-bearings, large surface multi-disc front drag system, aluminium long stoke spare spool, and CNC-made anodised stainless steel handle. You indeed get a lot for your not-inconsiderable outlay.
Looking for the perfect companion to the Daiwa Powermesh Float rod?
The eye-catching new front drag Ninja Match reels in 3012 and 4012 sizes are both suitable for floatfishing, although you may find the larger one a little bit
on the heavy side if you’re holding the rod for sustained periods.
Air Rotor, Twist Buster, Air Bail and a spare spool all come as standard, and geared-down oscillations furnish the reels with substantial retrieving power.
This great looking Fast Drag big pit reel has all-black looks, and its large capacity spool is made for challenging venues, long casts, and the boating out of baits to extreme range.
Features include dual spot line clips, line guard spool system, level wind line-lay, and an oversized line roller to reduce line twist on the retrieve.
The single-turn front Fast Drag system is easy to operate and precision set, while the CNC-machined ergonomic handle includes an isotope slot, something we’ve never seen before on any reel.
In tackle terms your money goes a lot further than it used to. Advances in technology and manufacturing processes mean that features once exclusive to top-end products are more affordable and in general use.
Since its launch in early 2016, Leeda’s Concept GT brand has established a reputation for quality products on a budget. The eye catching GT-X reels include two new front drag models and a freespool version.
The smallest in the range, the FD30, is ideal for all float and light lure work, while the slightly larger spool of the FD40 lends itself more to feeder tactics. A freespool mechanism and double handle suit the FS40 perfectly to tackling barbel, tench, bream and carp.
All GT-X reels have five ball-bearings for silky smooth performance, a hard-wearing stainless main shaft, precision double anodised spool (with spare), and interchangeable folding handle.
The chunky bail-arms feel solid, while the sensitive front drags can be quickly and easily adjusted while playing a fish, going from fully locked to giving line freely in one full turn on the front spool disk. Ergonomic EVA handle grips and a sleek body design complete the bargain package.
BUY NOW for £250 from Chapmans Angling
Is it just me, or are these new Daiwa 16 TDXs the best-looking match, pleasure and specialist reels ever to grace these pages?
Yes, they do carry the sort of price taglikely to draw a ‘you’re having a laugh’ comment from the wife, and telling her they’re must-have kit will cut precious little ice, believe you me.
But just look at them… like puppies in a pet shop window, they’re irresistible!
The all-new bells-and- whistles 16 TDX reels (the number 16 refers to their year of introduction by Team Daiwa) arrived here in the UK a tad late – but they’ve been well worth waiting for.
Their striking red-and-black looks are matched by technical credentials that wouldn’t look out of place inside the cockpit of Sebastian Vettel’s F1 car.
Zion carbon bodies and rotors offer super-lightweight handling, but with more strength and power than any aluminium-bodied reel.
Housed within is a gear alignment system with zero distortion, no matter what the weight loading, matched with rotation so smooth that stirring your morning cuppa feel like hard work by comparison.
If that still doesn’t impress, then check out the other patented Daiwa features – precision Quick front drag system, HIP high-impact line clip, Air-bail, Twist Buster and Digi-Gear.
The icing on the cake (and not before time) is a spare spool included as standard.
There are six 16 TDX reels to choose from, with single and double handle options, enough body sizes to suit all angling styles, and even a high-speed version, sure to find favour with the discerning lure angler.
Feeder fishing continues to be the most popular technique in the UK, and these latest specialist Feeder reels from Korum should prove hugely popular.
They come in 3000, 4000 and 5000 body sizes, covering everything from large open-water natural venues to rivers, canals and commercial carp fisheries.
Ample winding power, especially with the 5000 model, will cope with the largest and heaviest Method or open-end feeders, while the two smaller versions are ideal for lighter flatbed, cage and maggot feeders.
Sturdily built to withstand the rigours of repeated casting and retrieving, all three models feature perfect S-Stroke line lay, super-smooth front drag systems and precise carbon steel bearings.
Other key features include an anti-twist titanium line roller and an oversized aluminium bail-arm that combine to make the use of thicker gauge reel lines painless and trouble-free.
To that little lot you can add machined and anodised (spare shallow) spools, both with line-friendly line clips, a compact fold-away ambidextrous handle with a comfortable rubber grip, and a strong but lightweight graphite body and rotor.
£36.99 - £47.99
Shakespeare has just unveiled these eye-catching Cypry reels. The freespool models, in three sizes, cover all aspects of carp fishing. The 40 body size is ideal for small commercial match carp waters, while for big open-water venues there’s the 80 reel with its long-cast spool to achieve maximum distance.
Keen prices are matched with plenty of key features such as large-diameter bail arms, aluminium spools, proven winding reliability, retrieve ratios of between 4.1:1 and 5.2:1 and super-smooth grease felt drag systems.
To go with these, Shakespeare has also released a range of three matching Cypry carp rods.
XT40 FS £29.99
XT60 FS £34.99
XT80 FS £39.99
Shimano's new Ultegra 2500 FB reel looks ideal for all float, light feeder and lure fishing applications.
In eye-catching silver and gold livery, it offers superb winding power thanks to the state-of-the-art cold forging technology used in its Hagane gearing system.
The reel lacks a backwind facility, but this shouldn’t been seen as a negative, since its superb precision front drag system – itself a work of art – can be instantly adjusted and relied upon to safely control any hard-fighting fish.
The Ultegra boasts many other key Shimano features, including the latest G Free body technology.
This shifts the reel’s centre of gravity closer to the rod, reducing hand fatigue and making casting more comfortable.
The stiff XT-7 body material offers perfect protection and support for the Hagane gears, X-Ship line-lay system and shielded A-RB bearings, allowing them to work to maximum efficiency.
Gear ratio: 5.0:1
Line capacity: 240 yards of 0.20mm,
160 yards of 0.25mm
Bearings: 1 x S A-RB, 4 x 4BB, 1 x roller
Line retrieval: 73cm per turn
Maximum drag: 9kg
X-Ship line lay
XT-7 framed body
Cold forged aluminium handle
Rodiac Freespool reels have now joined Korum’s impressive Front Force, Snapper, Feeder and Neoteric ranges.
These latest reels, in 4000, 5000 and 6000 body sizes, are designed for ultra-long casts
with high-diameter lines on big open-water venues. Technical features include a lightweight graphite body, anti-twist titanium line roller, oversized bail-arm with water drop bail holder, and a hard-wearing anodised spool – with a shallow one also included in the package.
High ratio gearing, a highly accessible freespool facility and precision front and rear drag settings are likely to endear these reels to big-fish fans, since they can be pre-set to suit the weight of fish likely to be encountered.
Fine adjustments can then be made to suit changing swim conditions, such as extra water coming through, without fuss. A bonus to left-handed anglers is that the K-Fold aluminium handles have an ambidextrous fitting, so the handle can be positioned to suit.
All three sizes have a gear ratio of 5.5:1 and boast five stainless and one needle bearing. Line capacities are 265 yards of 10lb, 340 yards of 10lb and 350 yards of 12lb, respectively.
Black Widow LD
85cm line per handle crank
Black Widow 25A
Line-friendly line clip
Abbreviated drag range
Keen carp anglers on a budget should keep an eye peeled for Daiwa’s superb value Black Widow reels, including the new all-black 25A version.
This combines impressive looks with technical features including an abbreviated drag for swift engagement of freespool mode, a line-friendly clip giving perfect distance casting control, and a robust, light, graphite body.
This latest member of the Black Widow clan also delivers a geared-down retrieve of 4.6:1 that recovers 92cm of line for every turn of the handle.
The larger-bodied LD Black Widow reel has a tapered ‘bucket’ spool holding an impressive 530m of 0.35mm line, making it the ideal tool for when baits are rowed out beyond casting range.
£59.99, £79.99 and £89.99
This latest Agility 2LC model, which comes in three body sizes - 4000, 7000 and 8000 - has been designed specifically for the match angler as a long cast feeder reel. The smallest version is well-suited to commercial fishery work as its wide spool can be used safely with thicker diameter lines, while the reduced sized body makes it easy to transport.
Finish: Matt black
Features: Aluminium long-cast spool, fast drag system, Dual Spot-On line clips for precision casting, stainless steel ball-bearings, line guard spool system, level wind line lay, oversized line roller to reduce line twist
Handle: One-touch folding CNC machined ergonomic handle with isotope slot
Gear ratio: 4.9:1
Not content with focusing carp anglers’ attention on the merits of short rods, mini bivvies, comfy beds and wicked luggage, Nash has now introduced this superb looking matt black BP-10 Fast Drag reel.
This super slick big pit mangle features a faultless multi-disc front drag which can be easily and quickly adjusted from virtually freespool to fighting-drag tension in less than one turn.
You can set the clutch after casting to suit the type of swim and the run you’re expecting to get. This enables you to engage with the fish from the moment you pick up your rod.
Other notable features include an ironed-flat level wind line lay, long-cast aluminium spool offering extreme range casting performance, Dual Spot-On line clips and a one-touch folding handle.
All these goodies are backed up by stainless steel ball-bearings for a tough, gritty performance that will bamboozle even the hardest-fighting fish.
An oversized line roller helps to prevent the line twist and coiling often caused when long casting with thicker diameter reel lines. The reel also has a robust hollow metal bail-arm and a line guard spool system that prevents the line from slipping underneath the spool.
The Nash BP-10 has a Fast Drag front spool that can be quickly adjusted from virtually free-running to locked-up in little more than a single turn, making it ideal for any carp fishing situation from open water to snag pit.
One-Touch Folding Handle
Simple to operate by pushing down on the cover sleeve, the one-touch folding handle makes the reel easy to transport ready made-up, and may well appeal to carp anglers who prefer to fish with their rods very close together.
Leeda’s new Rogue brand has two additions in the shape of these super value big pit and freespool 6500 and 7500-sized reels.
Both all-black models look to be the perfect tools for the budding angler targeting big carp, and are packed with features including super-strong graphite compound bodies that are not only very durable, but give the reels a pleasantly lightweight feel.
The dedicated freespool (Fs) model makes instant contact with a fish the moment you get a run, and is ideal for anyone looking for distance-casting prowess combined with the convenience of freespool bite control.
The big pit (Fd) reel is compact, with a wide spool suited to tactics including Method feeder and surface work, not just long-range casting.
A decent front drag is easily adjusted to your requirements when allowing line to be taken under pressure, or when playing fish.
The slightly elongated die-cast power handle generates a huge amount of cranking power, which should make short work of the heaviest fish, and the large, handily-placed anti-reverse switch at the back of the reel’s body is easy to operate.
Other key features on both reels include 5 + 1 stainless ball-bearings for a super smooth retrieve, and super-slow oscillation gearing that produces a perfectly flat line lay that adds distance to the cast.