Shimano Saros FA Series Spinning Reel
Most uncomfortable reel ever!
I have been a loyal Shimano spinning reel user for 25 years. I recently got the new Saros 2500FA, I'm Very disappointed with how the reel feels on the rod. The arm (or the leg that attaches the reel foot to the reel body) has been altered from earlier spinning reels. The angle is to sharp and it pinches my knuckles. I have tried on both Shimano rods and others. If you look at the pictures below of earlier reels and the new Saros you will see what I mean. I have tried using for the last month and will have to either go back to earlier reels or go to another brand. Its a real shame the ergonomics is so bad because otherwise the reel feels solid with dependable drag.
May 13, 2013
Great new reel
Received the 3000FA as a gift and love it. The bail and drag system are remarkable. The smoothness of the reel is as good as it gets. Love the line capacity. I have caught 20 lbs. (plus) redfish in current with this reel and have had "0" problems..Get you one....
December 24, 2012
Quite Possibly the Worst Reel I've Ever Used
I've used some low quality reels, but this more expensive one takes the cake on my least favorite. Had one shipped to me and had to return because the bail wasn't large enough to open. Figured I'd get a good one. I guess the one I got was as good as they come. I don't have very large hands and this reel is still horrible uncomfortable and the bail hits my fingers sometimes. Even with greasing this thing often, the reel gets stuck sometimes. And the other day while river fishing the cover that holds the handle in place fell off. So that's gone forever. 5 minutes later reeling got tough and it stopped moving up and down and I can't take the handle off. It's absolutely worthless. I had issues with the last Saros too. I like Shimano a lot but find another Shimano.
February 5, 2015
I've been waiting for this to get to the stores and yesterday I got a chance to go by my local BassPro. I will NOT be buying the NEW Saros. I have last year's model and I love it. So I really wanted to get another one for a bigger rod. Can't do it. Every time I turn the handle I get knuckle bang from the bail. This is a real shame since it looks like it was a really great reel otherwise. Guy at the counter said other patrons had said the same thing. Wish I could find a place to get last year's model.
December 7, 2012