Shimano have been making reels since 1970, and bike mechanisms for almost 50 years prior. To say they know their stuff would be an understatement. However, as time has gone on, demands for quality have gone up, and Shimano has certainly kept up with demand.
In 1921, Shozubaro Shimano began Shimano Iron Works, his only lathe borrowed from a fellow iron worker. However, he worked his way up to working on Bicycle free wheels, the most technological component of a bicycle to produce for the time. Less than twenty years later, Shimano Ironworks became Shimano Ironworks Co., Ltd. and employed over 300 workers.
Fast forward to 1970; the launch of the Shimano fishing Tackle division, as well as production of the DUX Reels one year later. From there, the company has only grown, and applied its wealth of technological experience, ambition and penchant for growth to everything it does. Now, the variety of Shimano reels is immense, and each one more advanced than the last. From the compact Shimano Baitrunner X-aero to the cutting-edge Shimano Ultegra range, each reel is made with precision and expertise. Not only that, but Shimano uses only top-of-the-line materials, such as cold-forged aluminium, a process they were able to master before any other Japanese company, for better efficiency in their mechanisms. As well as this, they have the lightweight and strong CI4+, which makes up the body of many of their newer reels.
On top of all that, Shimano Technologies include such mechanisms as the instant drag lever to allow you to switch from ‘free spool’ to ‘fight’ as quickly as possible, and the slow oscillation, allowing for even and precise line lay for your spools.
As if that weren’t enough, Shimano also has a variety of other products, including rods, Luggage, floats, lines and accessories. Take a look for yourself above, and see if you’ll find something to make your next session worth telling stories about.