Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

Are you searching for a durable spinning reel?

Then look no further as the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is the reel of your dreams. It received some significant updates from its predecessor, which further improved its attributes and features.

Throughout this article, we will further explore this model to highlight its best and worst attributes.

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Review

The Shimano Stradic Ci4+ comes in four different models, which are 1000, 2500, 3000 and 4000. These four models differ in their line retrieve, gear ratio, monofilament line capacity, braided line capacity, maximum drag, ball bearings and finally their weight.

Its slick and compact design make it very comfortable to hold and use. Moreover, it is packed with amazing features that will compel any angler to purchase it. We will now explore these fantastic features.

Shimano's X-Ship

This fantastic addition was not available in the previous versions such as the Shimano Stradic Ci4. This technology provides the reel with a double bearing supported pinion gear. This, in turn, provides you with much more control during your retrieval process. The added control is handy, especially if you are retrieving a heavy load.

Magnumlite Rotor

This rotor is 25% lighter than any previous rotor. Thus, it has better balance, which will make it easier for you to start and stop your process of retrieval. This means that you will spend less inertia and less energy during retrievals, Moreover, it creates more balance and you will have very smooth retrievals, which Shimano reels are famous for.

G-Free Body Design

This is a design-related feature, but it is an important feature nonetheless. This feature is present in pricier models such as the Shimano Stella and the Shimano Stradic FK. It allows you to acquire a better grip and a better feel for when you strike and when you battle the fish. This occurs due to the reel's centre of gravity being moved closer to the rod.

Advanced CoreProtect Water Resistance

This feature is concerned with the product's durability. It provides you with 360-degree protection from almost anything. Therefore, you will no longer have to be worried about rain damaging your reel or if accidentally drop your reel into the water. The Coreprotect practically makes your reel invincible.

Super-light, Strong CI4+ Carbon Body

This reel is very durable, light and strong all thanks to its amazingly constructed carbon body. It was built with durability in mind. The creators went to great extents to make this model as durable and as reliable as it as can be. Therefore, you do not need to worry about it being damaged or ruined, as it will stay in its best condition for long periods.

X-Ship Pinion Gear Support System

It works by positioning the pinion gear close to the centre line of the large diameter drive gear, thus giving more power to the rotor and providing you with more efficiency. It also has minimum pinion gear twist and rotor deflection due to it being supported by two Shimano A-RB roller bearings.

We will now talk about each model and the differences between them. We will start with the 1000 or the STCI41000HGFB. This model has a 31 (in) line retrieve, a 6:0:1 gear ratio, a 2/270, 4/140 and 6/110 monofilament line capacity, a 10/95, 15/85 and 20/65 braided line capacity, a 7 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing  and weighs 5.6 (oz.).

The 2500 model or the STCI42500HGFB has a 35 (in) line retrieve, a 6:0:1 gear ratio, a 6/200, 8/140 and 10/120 monofilament line capacity, a 10/150, 15/145 and 30/100 braided line capacity, a 20 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing and weighs 6.7 (oz.).

The 3000 model or the STCI4C3000HGFB has a 35 (in) line retrieve, a 6.0:1 gear ratio, a 6/230, 8/170 and 10/140 monofilament line capacity, a 10/200,20/140 and 40/105 braided line capacity, a 20 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing and weighs 6.7 (oz.).

The 4000 model or the STCI44000XGFB has a 39 (in) line retrieve, a 6:2:1 gear ratio, an 8/240, 10/200 and 12/160 monofilament line capacity, a 15/280, 30/170 and 50/150 braided line capacity, a 24 (lb.) maximum drag, 6 ball bearings and a roller bearing and weighs 8.1 (oz.).

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Water-Resistant

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Thoughts

This is an amazing reel for both professional and amateur anglers. Despite its high price, you will be getting fantastic features that will turn your fishing experience into an unforgettable time.

KastKing Sharky III Review

Are you searching for a durable and robust spinning reel?
Then the KastKing Sharky III is the reel of your dreams. It is innovative and loaded with new features. It is a standout model in the world of spinning reels.
Throughout this article, we will explore this article to identify its features and best and worst attributes further.
This model is very different from its predecessors. It has an improved grip, is more durable and more efficient. It contains multiple new features that were not present in any of the previous models; these features will compel any angler to purchase it.


Stainless Steel Housing


This is the ultimate form of durability. This reel has a stainless steel housing, which prevents and corrosion or rust from damaging the reel. This also means that you will be able to use the reel for extended periods of time without having to worry about any damage occurring to it.


Features


This model is full of amazing features that make it one of the most durable and one of the strongest in the market. From the aluminum spool to the fiber strengthened frame and the precision manganese brass alloy inner tools. All these fantastic features work on increasing the product's efficiency, power, and durability.


Power


This reel is the ideal model to catch large and heavy fish. It comes with a powerful drag system that is capable of catching 39.5 pounds. The firm triple disc carbon fiber drag, substantial stainless steel main shaft, and more precision mesh manganese brass pinion gears provide great help and assistance during fishing through increasing your efficiency.


Corrosion Resistant Drive Gear


This is a fantastic feature that provides you with high stability during fishing. It also increases the reel's durability by preventing any corrosion or rust from building up.


Anti-Twist Line Roller


This is one of the best features of this model (if not the best and most important). It prevents your line from twisting and coiling upon itself. We all know that this can happen quite a lot, especially if your prey is too large or too strong.

This addition prevents your line from being tangled, which saves you a lot of time. It also saves you money because a tangled line needs to be replaced.


Superb Braid Ready Spool


If you end up choosing a braided line over a monofilament line, then you are in luck. This reel has a fantastic feature that is custom made for braided lines only. This feature works on preventing a braided line from slipping while reducing the backing requirement.

The smoothness of this reel is on another level. Whenever you fish, you will instantly sense the difference. This is due to the Shark Fin Braid Ready aluminum spool.


I.S.S.


This upgrade of the previous K.I.S.S feature. It has an exclusive spool, which has a water-resistant design that protects the rotor. The shield system functions by aiding the spool to drain the water from any dust or dirt particles. This ultimate protection feature will give you an extended lifetime and excellent efficiency.


Bearings


The bearings of this reel are on a different level. The items are equipped with ten plus one butter-smooth mixture bearings. This reel is also perfect for saltwater due to the presence of double-shielded stainless steel bearings.

The Mess Grass bear is an excellent addition for whenever you are catching a big fish. It will provide you with fantastic retrieval, which will ease your fishing experience.


Price


This model's value is excellent for its relatively low price (49.99$). For a price this low, you will be getting fantastic value and outstanding features.


Pros

  • Durable
  • Smooth drag
  • Value for Price


Cons

  • Bail is low enough to lay the line at the spool


Final Thoughts


Finally, it is safe to say that the KastKing Sharky III is one of the best spinning reels in the market. It is suitable for all anglers, whether professional or amateur. You can use it for fishing in lakes, ponds, seas, and even oceans. It is also strong enough to tackle larger and heavier fish while offering you excellent retrieval ability.

It has impressive features that will compel any angler to make it his go-to reel. You will also be getting a bang for your buck when you purchase this reel due to its relatively low price and fantastic features.

Griffin Odyssey Spider Review

If you’re looking for a high-value yet reasonably-priced rotary vise, the Griffin Odyssey Spider would be an excellent option for you. It utilizes advanced technology that makes it quite efficient.

Its wide array of hook positions and fine-tuning adjustments won’t hold you back from any fishing endeavors.

Performance and Jaws

The Griffin Odyssey Spider comes with a C-clamp base to allow you to attach it to a table or desk. This gives you superb stability to do all your tying before you set out on your fishing trip.

The high tempered steel jaws effectively hold hooks of sizes 28 and up to 4/0, so you get a lot of versatility out of this vise.

And whether you’re a beginner or an experienced fly angler, you’ll appreciate the versatile performance as this vise can tie midges as well as more articulated hooks.

Full-Rotary Action

To provide you with convenient use, the Odyssey Spider comes with a 360-degree rotation capability that enables you to spin the fly in whatever direction that you prefer.

And to enjoy a true-rotary capability, you can adjust the height of the jaws with the included Allen wrench. The hook shank can be aligned perfectly in-line with the horizontal rotating axis of the vise.

Bobbin Cradle

Moreover, the vise comes with a bobbin holder –a feature that is often not included on more expensive vises and quite underrated. A bobbin holder or a cradle is a spool that holds your fly-tying thread in order to facilitate the process of fly tying as well as allow you to take breaks in-between flying sessions.

Dimensions and Weight

The Odyssey Spider weighs only 0.95 pounds, which is pretty light for portability. It’s also quite compact as it measures only 13 x 1 x 1 inches. However, this may not be very relative since it only comes with a C-clamp that you have to fix on a working table. This means you likely won’t actually carry it with you into fishing action.

Durability

However, the Griffin Odyssey Spider does have some downsides. For one, it comes with a few plastic fittings and knobs. Its aesthetics are also not the best, but that matters little when you consider the fact that it’s a US-built vise and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

So while it won’t feel as rock-solid and sturdy as other high-end vises such as the Regal Vise. But it still functions quite smoothly and will last for a long time thanks to the durable steel and aluminum construction.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Comes with a DVD that acts as an instruction manual for set up
  • Holds a wide variety of hook sizes
  • The 360-degree full rotation feature enables users to turn the fly over without taking if off the jaws
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Superb value for the price
  • Very easy to set up and use

Cons:

  • The bobbin cradle is a little too small
  • Jaws aren’t the most powerful
  • Plastic parts reduce its durability
  • Only has a clamp base

Can I Tie My Flies Using the Griffin Odyssey Spider While Fishing?

It’s better if you use your Odyssey Spider before the fishing trip to tie all your flies and hooks. This is because the C-clamp has to be attached to a stable work table in order for the vise to function most efficiently.

However, the dimensions and weight of this vise make it very portable and easy to carry around. So, you can take it with you to tie hooks during your fishing action, but you have to make sure that there will be a stable area available where you can attach the clamp. And it’s always better if you’re prepared with pre-ready hooks.

Final Thoughts

Although the Griffin Odyssey Spider is marketed as an entry-level vise, I think the only thing that’s entry-level about it is the price. Otherwise, it has amazing performance, an ergonomic design, and great features. And its pros definitely outweigh the cons.

Pflueger President Review

Pflueger President Review

Performance

The wholly redesigned Pflueger President hits the ideal combination between affordability and reliable performance.

Although it wouldn’t be what I’d recommend to someone who’s looking to fish in saltwater, it’s still great for a budget-friendly reel.

The only reason I say that it's not suitable for saltwater fishing is that its components aren't sealed. This means that it would require a lot of maintenance if used in a saltwater environment.

Design

The first thing you can notice about the new design of the Pflueger President is the reduction in its body weight by 10%.

And although its size is smaller, it’s still as durable as ever.

This can be attributed to its graphite body and rotor as well as an aircraft-grade aluminum handle which don't take a toll on its weight but maintain its durability.

The reel comes in 5 sizes ranging from a size 20 to a size 40 and their weights ranging from 5.9 ounces to 10.9 ounces.

Six pounds is the minimum drag power found on the PRESSP20X whereas the PRESSP40X can drag up to 12 pounds.

Bearing System

All sizes come with a 10-bearing system that uses corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings to provide the smoothest retrieve.

Drag System

Moreover, the stainless steel, oil-felt drag is corrosion-resistant and provides you with consistent drag pressure.

I was quite impressed with the micro increments on the drag, which can easily be adjusted to provide you with precise changes.

Spool

The ported braid-ready spool is made from solid aluminum. It easily lets the braid be tied directly to the spool using a group of vertical rubber grommets.

These grommets enable the slippery braid to grip the spool without requiring to be backed by monofilament line.

Sure Click Bail

Heavy-duty aluminum also goes into the construction of the Sure Click bail of the Pflueger President. It provides an assuring audible click to let you know the bail is open and ready to cast.

Note: If you want to extend the lifespan of your reel, make sure you close the bail with your hand after you cast.

Ergonomics

You can be sure that your fishing trips will last long not only because this reel is lightweight but because it keeps your comfort in mind.

The soft-touch ergonomic knob makes it easier for you to grip the knob. It also uses an excellent dimpled knob design that fits well with your fingertips.

Pealing and inferior coating may be the only drawbacks to the handle of this –otherwise- great reel.

Pros:

  • Great price point for the features
  • 10-bearing system
  • Lightweight design
  • Interchangeable hand retrieve
  • Amazing casting distance
  • Quality build for the price

Cons:

  • May feel like a cheap reel
  • Faces some drag issues
  • Not completely sealed for saltwater
  • Not suitable for catching bigger fish

Bottom Line:

For a lightweight fishing reel, the Pflueger President does an incredible job at being smooth.

The drag system, in particular, is quite impressive with its smoothness.

For a reel in the cheap category, it’s quite fantastic. You can even throw in a couple of extra bucks to get it in a combo package.

Generally, if you're on a somewhat limited budget or if you're just starting and don't want to spend that much on your first gear, the Pflueger President is a right choice.

However, if you intend to fish in saltwater, I’d recommend steering away from it. The President is more suited for freshwater and may require intensive maintenance if used in saltwater.

When all is said and done, however, you can spend a little extra money for a more durable reel.