Shimano Sahara FE Series Spinning Reel
GOT A LEMON
I bought this reel to replace my Abu Garcia Soran which is now on the bottom of Quabbin reservoir in Ma :( I would of bought another Soran but its not made anymore. I used to own an old model Shimano sahara and loved it. I figured the new model would be better. The first time I took it out fishing I knew I would be returning it! No matter what lure I had on it felt like I was reeling in a ton of bricks. It was obviously a defect in my reel, but instead of replacing it I returned it for the cheaper Shakespeare President. So far so good with the Shakespeare. Haven't used it enough yet to comment on it. I also have been using a BPS Johnny Morris reel for about 5 years now. Definitely consider this reel for 2 reason. 1 its strong and smooth. 2 if anything goes wrong with it BPS will most likely fix it for free. I had the bail repaired once. I'm sure if you get a new Sahara you wont have the same problem (That's why 3 stars instead of 1) but I thought people should know.
August 3, 2013
It's my second Shimano reel. I have a Symetre 4000 that's been used for Florida Bass and Inshore fishing.
Since moving to Georgia, I needed a Trout outfit. I paired the Sahara 1000 with a TFO 6ft light action rod and spooled it with 4lb Vanish flouro. What a great set up.
Pulled in 6 Browns and Rainbow just this weekend on the Hooch. Looking forward to seeing if it passes the test of time.
February 22, 2015
Shimano Starting to Disappoint
I got back in to fishing about a year ago. Over the year I have purchased 5 different models of Shimano reels and 3 have already failed me. The Sahara has been the biggest disappointment. Its was the most expensive of them and yet the lowest quality. Yeah, I don't know how that works. Its has less bearings than the others and for some reason doesn't utilize Shimanos 1 piece bail system. Therefore, its no where near as smooth as the Sedona or the Sienna, which are both much cheaper in price. And you guys can probably guess the next issue... THE BAIL. It didn't take much for it to separate from the roller. Shimano does sell the replacement parts for these but I'm going to be putting my money in to another manufacture.
May 6, 2014
I paired the 2500 series with a 6'8" Fenwick River Runner for trout fishing. Had a chance to use it several times during a recent camping trip.
I thought it performed very well. It was pretty quiet while reeling in the line and I found it to be on the smooth side.
I utilized the drag quite often on a few catches and that performed great as well.
At one point, my reel fell in some sandy type of dirt. Upon casting the line, I felt a bad grinding when I was reeling in the line in. After taking the handle and bail off, I submerged everything in the lake water to clear the obstruction out. Surprisingly, the reel was like new when I put it back together and did not have the grinding problem anymore.
Overall, I thought this was a great reel for the price with a brand name I have always trusted.
June 27, 2013