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Thinking of purchasing a Shimano Calcutta CT400 to replace my 6500C4. Just wondering if there is another reel that woudl be just as good as the CT400 model?


Seems like CT400 is still the best. Especially when you turn off dynamic stops. Alex has this reel. He is very satisfied.

Unfortunaly this reel is very expensive(for me), but my friend have bought it on ebay just for $180 US. That's cheaper at least $100CA than in local shops.
It was delivered from Japan in two weeks and no tax was taken on custom.

I bet they will collect the tax from your buddy later

Yes the CTE series ...
blueback hunter

i have just bought this reel this summer and used it for sock's works great except for the retrieve is slow at 4.7
compared to 6.5 on a 6500c4

what do you mean ? what would one gain by doing this
>>Especially when you turn off dynamic stops

thanks in advance
paul v

Well, the trick with brakes is simple - this reel is designed to tailor dynamic brakes to your needs. Most reels have only two stoppers and you cannot change them. CT400 is a different toy.

Just open the reel, take the spool with line out and look at the far side of that spool - there are 6 tiny plastic brakes. You can set all 6 of them to work, or only 3 (one in/one out), 2 and finally - none.

Obviously, a reel without brakes requires careful casting, but once you mastered "nests" you may cast much further.

Long casts make the difference when you fish for springs or even sockeye (this year was not as abundant as the previous).

Also Calcuta is very well balanced (one piece frame) and that also helps with casting distance. While this reel is more expensive - this is tha way to go. I lost more money replacing and maintaining cheap ones.

What about the Calcutta 250???? Is it just as good as the 400 except for lesser line capacity?


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