New 2011 Shimano Baitcasting Reels

Published On August 26, 2011 »» By Dan Rice » Bass, Fishing, Rods and Reels, Uncategorized
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Shimano Chronarch 2011

As a huge Curado fan, the new 2011 Chronarch feels like the Curado we’ve all come to love from years past. With the redesign and price change, this reel will capture the attention of anyone who prefers the Curado E-Series. The big difference is the Dartainium 2 Drag Washer and the price drop. While it may be the Curado wrapped in a new paint job, Shimano claims increased performance and castability over previous reels. I dig the black and white color scheme and the reel felt great at ICAST 2011.

  • New compact design and appearance
  • Designed to match with Crucial rods
  • High Efficiency Gearing
  • Dartainium 2 Drag Washer
  • 7 Bearings (5 Stainless Steel – 1 S A-RB® BB – 1 A-RB® Roller Clutch Bearing)
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Graphite Sideplates
  • Recessed Reel Foot
  • Variable Brake System
  • Super Stopper II
  • Septon PV Power Grips
  • Titanium IP Line Guide
  • Left Handed Gear Ratio: 7:1, 6.5:1, 5.5:1, 6.4:1
  • Right Handed Gear Ratio: 7:1, 6.5:1, 5.5:1, 6.4:1
  • Price of $199

 

Shimano Curado 2011

As one of the most successful reel designs of all time, Shimano had to be careful with this particular model. The “Green Machine” has a brilliant reputation and we need to take a closer look at what really has changed.

First, while it does share similar tooling to the Caenan, the Curado G-Series gains metal internals. In return, the material difference increases performance. Lastly, we will see an increase in castability through an improved level wind guide. The removal of (1) bearing dropped nearly ½ ounce off the total weight, but the new Curado outperforms the E-Series.

The price dropped, the model  lost weight and casting was improved. The only thing left to be determined is how consumers will feel about the body redesign.  I immediately noticed the difference at ICAST, so I look forward to testing this reel once it releases late 2011.

  • New ergonomic design
  • Designed to match with Compre rods
  • High Efficiency Gearing
  • Dartainium Drag
  • 5 bearings (4 Shielded Stainless Steel BB – 1 Roller Clutch Bearing)
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Graphite Sideplates
  • Recessed Reel Foot
  • Variable Brake System
  • Super Stopper
  • Septon PV Power Grips
  • Left Handed Gear Ratio: 7.1:1, 6.5:1, 6.2:1
  • Right Handed Gear Ratio: 7.1:1, 6.9:1, 6.5:1, 6.2:1, 5.5:1,
  • Price of $159.99

 

Shimano Citica 2011

The Citica got me into baitcasting reels, so I’m a huge fan of this particular model. Similar to the Caenan profile, the Citica G-Series retains the same ball bearings, but is lifted with a new paint scheme and is designed to be paired with Clarus rods. The reduction of weight to 7.5oz is largely due to the Lo-Mass drilled spool. While not a whole lot different in terms of design, the Citica should still attract a large following due to its price of $128.99.

  • Designed to match with Clarus rods
  • High Efficiency Gearing
  • Dartainium Drag
  • 4 Bearings ( 3 stainless steel ball bearings – 1 roller clutch bearing)
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Graphite Sideplates
  • Recessed Reel Foot
  • Variable Brake System
  • Super Stopper
  • Lo-Mass Drilled Spool
  • Left Handed Gear Ratio: 6.5:1
  • Right Handed Gear Ratio: 5.5:1, 6.5:1, 7.1:1
  • Price of $128.99

 

Shimano Caius

 

Shimano’s Caius is a brand new introduction for 2011 and shares the body of the Caenan and Citica. Bolder styling comes at first glance, as well as Shimano’s new “Easy Mag II” braking system. The big selling point here is that it is an “anti-backlash” system perfectly designed for novice anglers and those who want trouble free casting.

  • Aluminum Lo-Mass Spool System
  • Super Stopper
  • 3 Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • New “Easy MAG II” Brake System
  • Disengaging Levelwind System
  • Quickfire II Clutch Bar
  • Ceramic Line Guide
  • Recessed Reel Foot
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Left Handed Gear Ratio: 6.5:1
  • Right Handed Gear Ratio: 6.5:1
  • Price of $69.99
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Dan Rice is an outdoor writer from Spokane, Washington. He writes for his website, FHC Outdoors, and is a contributing writer to Western Bass Magazine. Be sure to visit his YouTube channel for action on film!

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