[A] SHIMANO STELLA C4000
The C4000 size of Shimano’s flagship Stella spinning reels now features the MicroModule II gear system, with gear teeth designed to reduce vibration, and SilentDrive, new enhancements to reduce handle play and noise. The C4000 holds 230 yards of 15-pound braid and offers a 6.2-to-1 gear ratio. It weighs 9 ounces and costs $709.99.
[B] OKUMA TESORO 5S
Tesoro 5S star-drag reels feature forged, then machinecut, aluminum frames, side plates and spools, as well as Okuma’s mechanical stabilizing system for zero flex. The 5S and its sister sizes (10S and 12S) also offer a highspeed 6.2-to-1 gear ratio, corrosion-resistant coating and an aluminum swept handle. The 5S holds 465 yards of 50-pound braid and costs $299.99.
[C] ACCURATE TERN
Accurate used its TwinDrag technology to design the star-drag Tern. The system features one washer on each side of the gear with friction plates instead of a stack of washers on one side. The aircraft-aluminum Tern comes in three sizes — 300 ($279), 400 ($289) and 500 ($299) — with either a high-speed 6-to-1 or a powerful 4.7-to-1 gear ratio.
[D] PENN SPINFISHER VI 2500
The latest version of Penn’s popular Spinfisher reels now features an IPX5 waterproof rating and machined CNC gear technology. The VIs come in 11 sizes from 2500 (pictured) to 10500; the new 2500 size will be Penn’s smallest-ever sealed reel. It holds 220 yards of 8-pound braid, features a 6.2-to-1 gear ratio, and weighs 10.7 ounces. The 2500 costs $139.95.