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shimano elf c 5000

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after realizing recently that i can fight big fish on lighter drag with lighter lines i decided to down size my fishing gear. that was especially needed since i leave for a long tour in a months time where i shall be encountering a variety of species in salt and fresh water. i will be traveling by air so will carry only two rods and three reels. with this in mind i was looking for a small sized reel which was smooth and i could load with braid.

after considering getting another bait-caster and not finding a good one in my range 150 usd which i liked better that my curado i decided to get a small spinner. i was offered a shimano elf series reel amongst other choices like the penn slammer 360, soron sx, battle and fierce reels. disliking the shenanigans of my slammer ( which have thankfully stopped) i opted for the shimano. this reel is JDM reel and sold in UK too. the specs are good on paper and the reel finally made to my hand today.

the box was a no nonsense kind of deal , simple blue with c 5000 on the side


in the box was a small reel pouch and shims for even line lay (did not need any, stacked line like a dream)

the reel was however a different matter , neat steel grey with orange accents it looks so much better than my humble daiwa crossfire.]


seen here spooled with 30 lb braid and fitted on my crossfire 7 ft rod, soon to roost on my fenwick eagle gt IM 6 rod which is on order.

the reel took a decent amount of 30 lb braid which is though the equivalent of 8 lb mono. i think she will perform admirably for the smaller mahseer and snake-heads but will shine when i take her to the snow trout in July.

a size comparison with my other reels


i have read good reviews of these reels and will be able to give a better report after an upcoming fishing trip next week.

tight lines.

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