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#12374636 - 08/06/17 11:09 AM Product Review: Shimano Casitas
Brad R Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1557
Loc: Texas
Several YouTube guys promoted the Shimano Casitas when it came out a year or more ago and gave it good reviews for a less expensive casting reel. I saw it on sale at TW, bought one for $99.

It is sort of similar to the very expensive Aldebaran in appearance. The quality is pretty good. I prefer a tension knob with the little "tick" adjustment tactile feedback. This one doesn't have that but it adjusts pretty well. It has a simple but effective brake system.

Just to familiarize myself with it, I spooled on 12 lbs. Sufix Elite mono. It is hard to bird nest with good thumb action. I was throwing one of those new Teckler Sprinker Frogs really far even on a 5'6" St. Croix rod I prefer for kayak fishing. I'd suppose I could throw it across the cove where I live with a 7' plus rod.

I like Shimano, in general, especially their spinnning reels. So far, so good and I'll test some more with slightly lighter presentations.

Brad

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#12376564 - 08/07/17 06:41 PM Re: Product Review: Shimano Casitas [Re: Brad R]
Sunbae Offline
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Registered: 04/12/16
Posts: 105
Loc: Coppell, TX
One of the better budget reels, although I hear the new iteration of the Daiwa Fuego's are great as well.
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#12376612 - 08/07/17 07:30 PM Re: Product Review: Shimano Casitas [Re: Brad R]
Brad R Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1557
Loc: Texas
When one factors in the cost of maintenance, especially if you have to send a reel out for service by others, it sure makes sense to find some good low cost reels that can be used for a couple of years, trouble free.

Daiwa makes some really good products!

Brad

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#12377361 - 08/08/17 10:48 AM Re: Product Review: Shimano Casitas [Re: Brad R]
metanium Offline
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Registered: 07/13/05
Posts: 573
Loc: Burleson
this is a dang good reel! I have one posted in the classifieds that has literally been used one trip for less than a dozen casts. I'm asking $80 including original box etc. I would keep it if it were a lefty.

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