Shimano® Sahara FE Series Spinning Reels
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- Top-drawer performance at a modest price
- Lightweight but strong construction
- Graphite frame/rotor/sideplate
- Four-bearing system
Shimano Sahara FE Series Spinning Reels debut a distinctive look while delivering enhanced, top-drawer performance at a modest price point. Lightweight but impressively strong, Sahara FE Series Reels sport a graphite frame, rotor, and sideplate for a weight savings you'll feel in an instant. Sahara FE Series Spinning Reels feature a smooth, four-bearing system that's more than a match for that larger-than-life trophy you may encounter.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by Amduseus 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by NDeJohn27 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
Rated 1 out of 5 by TC770 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by Smangler Shimano Rules
Been working for a Japanese Robotics manufacturer for 25 years. For reliability, durability, and repeatability they are the Kings with miniature mechanics. This applies to the Shimano's. I purchased the 2500 and 4000 on sale for Kayak bass fishing and I could not be happier. It's the quality of the bearings not the qty that matters. My Shimano baitcasters are 15 yrs old and they are still my "go to" for power fishing. Get yourself some.
June 2, 2014
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