Shimano Sahara FE Series Spinning Reel
Same as TC 770
Great reel, casts a mile, handles big fish ... and then it hangs up. I take good care of my gear. It is the first thing cleaned when I get in. Bought two of them this year and didn't go a month before they jammed me up. I cleaned them and went back - a few weeks later, here we go again ... I am on the 5th or 6th cleaning in about 8 months and these are headed for the recycle store. No more Shimanos for me and that is a shame but this cannot possibly be unknown to the company. They are still selling them at a high price to be full of plastic.
December 5, 2014
cheep non stainless bearings!
Beware, had this real for the last year. Loved it until this weekend it started making a noise that I tracked down to a rusty line guide bearing. They are supposed to be stainless steel bearings. Stainless should not rust. The other issue I have with this real is that it only uses a ball bearing on one side of the drive gear and a cheep plastic bushing on the other side. It also uses a plastic bushing on one end of the pinion gear. I have ordered bearing to replace all the plastic parts as well as the bearings from BocaBearing that I know are stainless steel but this should not happen with what is supposed to be a trusted manufacturer
October 15, 2014
A decent reel, but not worth $80
The Shimano Sahara is, in no way, a bad reel. However, I don't believe that it should cost as much as it does. While the reel is very reliable and functionable, other Shimano products are just as effective while costing less. One minor problem I have with it, though, is that after casting a short distance to get in a specific area, occasionally excess line will come out, producing a very slack line (the spool is not overfilled).
August 7, 2014
Phenomenal Quality Reel
I recently bought the 4000 FE model so i can put heavier mono line on it and so far I've no problems with it. The reel is very smooth and can keep up with any speed I'm reeling. It's also very durable and works well when wet. I mainly fish for bass on my kayak and paired it with an ugly stik gx2 medium heavy rod with 10 lb mono and couldn't be happier with the combination. Even though it was $80 I would say it's well worth the money.
August 7, 2014