New Shimano TLD A series

Discussion in '360 Degrees Lounge' started by Minnow, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. Gunsmoke

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    I only have one thing to say about the TLD series from Shimano.

    PIECE OF CRAP

    A Graphite Frame should not be allowed on any reel unless the angler is a woman or a pantie waste man. I bought 4 when they first came out. The first two frames snapped at the reel seat. I threw them overboard. When I got back to the dock, I burnt and smashed the other two with a sledge hammer.

    Shimano is probably my favorite brand of reels. You can't go wrong with a Tiagra, Stella, Trinidad, Calcutta, or Torsa. But, the TLD series needs to go away.
     

  2. jig

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    Yeah, nice specs too. I can just imagine fishing the 50 size at the 42# drags setting they post.

    I have a TLD 30 I like, but I fish it at maybe 15-20# drag, and do not use a harness. Once the HooX comes out, it will likely find its way to ebay.
     
  3. DeepBlueGulf

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    I figured these reels were gone for sure when they introduced the Tyrnos reels, but I've got to tell you, I've enjoyed fishing with my TLD20II, it's a great size for YFT chunking or live baiting if you are using spectra.

    I thought the new drag settings they show for these reels was something! I hadn't ever gotten that kind of drag out of my 20 or 30 II's. I like the new handle!

    Tom - DBG
     
  4. TeamOso

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    I only have one thing to say about the TLD series from Shimano.

    PIECE OF CRAP

    A Graphite Frame should not be allowed on any reel unless the angler is a woman or a pantie waste man. I bought 4 when they first came out. The first two frames snapped at the reel seat. I threw them overboard. When I got back to the dock, I burnt and smashed the other two with a sledge hammer.

    Shimano is probably my favorite brand of reels. You can't go wrong with a Tiagra, Stella, Trinidad, Calcutta, or Torsa. But, the TLD series needs to go away.

    Before you do that, just send em to me Ill use em:D
    I guess I need to use a tiagra cuz I kinda liked the tld for 160bukaroos:eek:
     
  5. Hilo_Kawika

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    Geez, I think I have to agree with TeamOso on this one. I have three TLD50 2-speeds and a couple of TLD 25's that have never given me any problems to speak of. I also don't think that Shimano is serious about the drag settings. Perhaps it's the opposite of dumbing down - they're dragging up!

    Having said that, since I fish alone, I use fairly conservative drag settings and never more than 50# test line. When the fish and I are both tired, time to bring it on board...:)

    "pantie waste man" - ummm...might want to use the spell checker on this one.
     
  6. Ragman

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    I read a pretty good new equipment article in SaltWater Sportsman and the author touches on the new graphite reels.

    He states that the new graphite/boron formula compared to the old graphite is a like comparing apples to oranges due to the improvements that address stiffness and the flexing of the frame/spool under drag pressure.

    He gave it a thumbs up as long as you stay within the mfr recommended parameters. He mentions conventional and spinning reels from many mfrs but specifically Shimano.

    It's a good read if you're considering graphite reels.
     
  7. BIGFISH4YOU

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    GUNSMOKE IS RIGHT....J-U-N-K...STARTED WITH TEN I THINK THERE IS ONE LEFT. SAME STORY WITH OKUMA TITUS GOLD... OKUMA IS SHORT FOR OKUMA MATADA... MEANS NO FISHING FOR THE REST OF THE DAY!!!
     
  8. Bret

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    I have had the tld 50s and still have some 25's. They havent given me much trouble. My buddies in CR offered me a 5gallon bucket full of Tld's (25's,30s and 50s)for free, last time I was down there.. They tell me they are JUNK too. For the occasional fisherman they are great, but for day in day out use.. they wont stand up..
     
  9. Pope

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    I have a 30II and it has served me well as a live bait rig (nice free spool) and some chunking too. I wouldn't use it to chunk for anything over 100lbs. I have the drag set at 16lbs at strike and rarely push over that because of the problems I have read about them breaking at the reel seat. My guess is it is around 22lbs at max.