Shimano :: Star Drag Reels :: TR Star Drag Casting


Shimano TR Star Drag Casting

Overall Customer Rating: 4 of 5 stars Shimano TR Star Drag Casting Reels 4 out of 5 (4 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Star Drag Reels
Model: TR Star Drag Casting
Reel Type: Conventional

Shimano TR Star Drag Casting specifications

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


12/390, 14/330, 17/250


1 BB




14/480, 17/400, 20/300


1 BB



* All TR Star Drag Casting Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano TR Star Drag Casting

Shimano TR Star Drag Casting

200 TR Star Drag


1/20/2013 11:15:34 AM 2 of 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars

I actually own two of these reels now. The only thing I'm disappointed with is the star drag. The actually drag is smooth enough for what I do. The problem is the star drag handle loosens up completely when reeling in line or a fish. I like a light setting as i typically run 4 - 6 lbs. leaders for small stocked trout so i can't lock it down which is basically the only way to prevent it from backing off. You really have to pay attention because the drag is always coming loose. Shimano should have made the adjustments that click when the star handle is turned. If you have a newer shimano bait caster like a Curado that type of drag would be better.
opefully this made sense.
Reviewed by: GMD (Massachusetts)

Shimano TR Star Drag Casting

Great Reels


11/19/2012 11:14:42 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I use 4 of these reels on my charter boat and have not had one fail yet. I use them for salmon fishing in Alaska and the drag is perfect, it is a lightweight reel, easy to handle even for kids and the just perform well!
I wish they made a bigger version for halibut.
Reviewed by: Capt Jim (SE Alasaka)

Shimano TR Star Drag Casting

Good Shimano quality for a cheap price


11/9/2012 11:17:55 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

I have the TR200G, it's matched to a 7' Outer Banks Casting/Jigging rod with medium heavy action, I can cast 1-3 ounce lures about 50 to 100 yards with relative ease. This is using 30 pound braided lines (sometimes with a 12 foot 30lb floro topshot leader). You will not be able to cast lighter lures on this reel very easily, the freespool control does not fine tune low enough, it's designed for baits and lures .. I could probably cast further but the sweet smell of burning thumb meat always stops me short.
After fishing I put a couple drops of oil into the level wind track; after saltwater sessions you can rinse or quickly immerse the reel in fresh water, it doesn't hurt it one bit, dry off with paper towel.
You cannot really beat this reel for the price but one little nit pick I have (which I don't see on pricier reels like my Quantum conventional 30) is that the star drag, when set relatively lightly, will tend to undo itself after several casts so when you crank forward the spool doesn't spin until you tighten the star drag back up. Therefore it's hard to set the drag precisely to a light setting, like you can with a lever drag reel, in advance, you will constantly be adjusting during your session -- but that is liveable...
As others have said the handle could be bigger for more control.
The reel casing takes a beating I've yet to scratch it even though repeatedly bashing on jetty rocks.
On a final note I had bad luck with 25Lb monofilament on this reel in cold weather, casting from shore (for trolling from boats I'm sure this would work just fine....) the memory in the line combined with the small spool causes backlashes easier when fishing lighter lures. Not a Shimano problem per se, this would probably happen with any reel, maybe something to keep in mind (use braid:)
Reviewed by: sinclai (New York, NY)

Shimano TR Star Drag Casting

Great Little Reel


11/3/2012 11:16:24 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I now own two TR200G's and use them for everything that swims in Long Island Sound.
Drag is super smooth and has the capabilities to tire out big stripers and stop those bulldog blackfish from getting back into the rocks.
I would not hesitate to buy another one.
Reviewed by: Glenn (Bristol)

Using the 5 star rating system how would you recommend the Shimano TR Star Drag Casting Reel?
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