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Shimano Calais DC

Overall Customer Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars Shimano Calais DC Reels 4.75 out of 5 (4 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Low Profile Baitcasting Reels
Model: Calais DC
Reel Type: Casting

Shimano Calais DC specifications

Model Line Capacity Gear Ratio Ball Bearings Reel Weight (oz.) Max. Drag Type

CL201DC

10/130, 12/120, 16/100

7.0:1

10+1

9.5

12

Left Hand Retrieve

CL200DC

10/130, 12/120, 16/100

7.0:1

10+1

9.5

12

Right Hand Retrieve


* All Calais DC Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


 

Fishermen's opinions about Shimano Calais DC

 
Shimano Calais DC

Backlashes abolished

2013-01-31T14:58:27

1/31/2013 2:58:27 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

OK, I'm a skeptic, so sometimes I have to be shown. Since I didn’t know anyone who owned a Shimano Calais DC baitcasting reel, I decided to purchase one and see for myself. Could this seemingly innovative reel actually help me cast more successfully and consistently, I wondered, or is it just another example of the technological one-upmanship that bombards most of our lives these days?
Over the years, I've been more of a fly-rod and/or spinning reel user. This Shimano reel is only the third baitcaster I have owned. (Well, the fourth if you count the old relic that my father gave me. It came with a lifetime guarantee. guaranteed to backlash on nearly every cast.) So overall, I figure I'm still an amateur at baitcasting, at least by most dedicated fishermen's standards. Until recently, I thought bait casting was mostly for professionals and maybe a few non-pros who loved trouble. But, during the past year of patiently practicing, I’ve become a more competent user of these newer and better palm-sized reels, plus I've even caught a few bass along the way.
Without jumping into the running debate on line preferences, I spooled the reel with some 12-lb copoly. From the very first cast, in my back yard with a 3/8 oz practice weight, I knew this was a different experience. I started with the L-7 setting, as recommended in the manual. After a few casts, I switched to the L-4 position. I saw no evidence of backlash and I was consistently able to get more distance with 12-lb line on this reel than I can normally get with 8-lb line on a conventional bait-caster. On the open water, this reel is a true joy to use. The more I use it, the more of a believer I become. Will it help me catch more fish? I doubt it, but it sure makes trying to catch them more fun.
Is this reel worth the money? Well, I guess that largely depends on one's priorities. Some individuals go to Vegas and plunk down the equivalent of what this reel costs and they come away with nothing to show for it. To me, that somehow makes the cost of any quality product more easily justified.
Reviewed by: Charlie (Central North Carolina)

 
Shimano Calais DC

best reel on the planet

2012-12-10T14:56:07

12/10/2012 2:56:07 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

yes this reel is pricey, but it sure is a dream to use. no birdnests, accurate and long casts a snap, an absolute feel of quality, and best of all it does what it is intended to do, land fish over and over with no bad surprises. the drag is as smooth as country butter.
this reel also looks good, too.
Reviewed by: JBfromat (United States, Georgia)

 
Shimano Calais DC

awesome reel, stiff price

2012-11-25T14:57:02

11/25/2012 2:57:02 PM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

I finally broke down and bought one of these reels. The first time I tried it , I didn't think much of it at all. I finally settled on 14# mono. This seems to work well with most of the baits I throw. Don't assume you won't backlash with this unit, you most certainly will. I agree with another review, there definitely is a learning curve. I've been using it now for almost two weeks and think I may have figured it out.It does cast well and is quality through and through.....would I buy another at that price? , probably not. I believe my money would be better spent on three Curados.
I am very anxious to try it down on ElSalto. That will be the real test.
Reviewed by: Topwatersp (western Pa)

 
Shimano Calais DC

Great Reel

2012-11-23T09:22:35

11/23/2012 9:22:35 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I paired the reel with a Shimano Cumara rod and the the reel is great.
Can cast a long distance, very little backlash once I had it adjusted right.
Great gear ratio, streamlined and easy to use and cast.

Overall it is fantastic.
Reviewed by: Rolando (Indio, CA)

 
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