Shimano Sahara FE Series Spinning Reel
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
Good except in Moist environments
Love this reel when it stays dry but any sort of high humidity or spray causes it to operate like there is sand in the gears. It's very frustrating and i've never seen anything like it. I'll grease it up in the garage and it's super smooth and fishes great most of the time but tried fishing in saltwater last week in a kayak and it would almost get stuck sometimes and after a while will operate fine and then it's grinding again. Works well in freshwater. A bit of internet research revealed that Shimanos have a reputation for performing this way (something about a poor bushing design). Most are probably fine but no more Shimanos for me.
June 3, 2014