New at ICAST: Dynamic New Freshwater Rods and Reels from Shimano

Success on the water depends on the equipment used to trigger strikes and bring fish to hand. A century of design and manufacturing innovation enables Shimano to craft superior fishing tackle that exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning angler. At ICAST 2021, Shimano introduces new reels and rods to complete every freshwater angler’s arsenal, whether they are chasing their first fish, their next trophy or pursuing victory on the tournament trail.



Curado MGL 150 

Continuing to add to the tournament-tested and dependable Curado lineup of low-profile reels, the new Curado MGL150 offers unparalleled versatility in the lightest weight Curado to date. The perfect combination of a 150-size spool paired with MagnumLite (MGL) Spool technology, Shimano engineered the Curado MGL 150 for anglers to fish different techniques with various lure types and sizes with ease — and with greater casting distance and accuracy. Shimano engineers built the Curado MGL 150 to handle giants with a rigid aluminum HAGANE Body and durable Cross Carbon Drag. Precision gearing lies nestled at the heart of the Curado MGL 150 with Shimano reel technologies such as X-Ship, MicroModule Gearing and SilentTune to create an unmatched reeling experience. Tournament-ready yet smooth and efficient, the Curado MGL 150 is the perfect addition to an angler’s arsenal whether they are on the tournament trail or chasing their next trophy fish. MSRP: $199.99.

Poison Adrena rods

Shimano’s Poison Adrena series — the ultimate high-performance fishing rods — expands with five new models for 2021 with two new spinning models and three new casting models, including one glass offering. Poison Adrena rods showcase Shimano premium rod technologies, including Spiral X Core construction for unparalleled strength in an incredibly lightweight, responsive and sensitive rod blank. A Full Carbon Monocoque handle, combined with an ergonomic Perfection Reel Seat XT on casting models and Perfection Reel Seat CI4+ on spinning models, provides the ultimate combination of performance and sensitivity. Poison Adrena rods feature premium Fuji K SiC guides and a Titanium SiC tip-top guide to offer anglers a series of rods with flagship-level performance.  MSRP: $349.99 to $379.99.



Zodias Glass and Travel rods

Synonymous with performance, the redesigned line of Zodias rods expands for 2021 with ten new models: Five fiberglass casting rods propel light crankbaits long distances and provide shock absorption at the moment of attack. For the traveling angler, new five-piece travel models — available in both spinning and casting configurations — allow all anglers to fish with Zodias performance wherever their adventures may take them. The Zodias series of rods incorporate Carbon Monocoque technology passed down from Shimano’s elite series of rods that set the industry standard for sensitivity. Zodias rods couple a hollow Carbon Monocoque Grip into a CI4+ reel seat to achieve up to 30% more sensitivity than conventionally constructed models, ultimately transmitting vibration from underwater structure, lure action and fish strikes into the palm of the angler’s hand. Shimano’s Hi-Power X technology lies at the heart of Zodias rods and benefits anglers by increasing the transfer of energy through the rod for enhanced accuracy and casting distance and reduced blank twist for better control when fighting fish.  MSRP: $219.99 to $249.99.


Curado rods

Shimano redesigned the Curado series of casting and spinning rods with power and versatility for the tournament angler. Now featuring Shimano’s Hi-Power X technology that utilizes diagonally-wrapped carbon tape forming “X” shapes on the rod blank’s outermost layer, the Curado series provides anglers with rods showcasing increased strength and improved casting performance. The Curado series of rods now feature Shimano CI4+ reel seats for increased sensitivity and reduced weight. The combination of Fuji tangle-free K guides with FazLite inserts is the ideal guide train for reducing line tangles and providing anglers the option to fish with monofilament, fluorocarbon or PowerPro braided fishing line. Shimano built the Curado series of casting and spinning rods for tournament anglers with powers and actions to fulfill the spectrum of techniques one may face when a check is on the line. The complete Shimano Curado lineup includes 16 casting and six spinning models with an MSRP of $159.99 to $189.99.


Scimitar rods

The ideal choice for anglers seeking a rod with high performance and an eye-catching aesthetic, Shimano engineered the Scimitar series of rod with the ideal powers and actions for anglers looking to tackle various fishing applications without limitations. Featuring Titanium Oxide guides combined with a cork rear grip and EVA foregrip, the Scimitar series is the true do-it-all rod that won’t back down from a challenge. The Shimano Scimitar series of rods includes eight casting and 13 spinning models, each with an MSRP of $39.99.
Sustain FJ


Sustain FJ reels

Shimano engineered the new Shimano Sustain FJ family of spinning reels to be strong, sensitive, and ready to rise to any freshwater or inshore challenge. One of the strongest in the MagnumLite series of spinning reels, the Sustain features a redesigned MagnumLite (MGL) Rotor for light startup rotation and faster hooksets with increased sensitivity. An Aluminum HAGANE Body reduces reel flex when winding against hard-fighting game fish and translates angler effort directly into cranking power. Lighter than its predecessor,  Sustain now features Long Stroke Spool to enhance casting distance. MicroModule II gearing combined with Shimano’s HAGANE Gear and SilentDrive technologies provide anglers with smooth reeling performance. Sure to turn heads and incite envy from other anglers, Sustain delivers the sensitivity and quick hook-setting performance needed to fight and land fish in the heaviest of cover. The Sustain will be available in four sizes from 2500 to C5000 – perfect for the demanding freshwater or inshore angler – with an MSRP of $299.99 to $309.99.


Nasci FC reels

Anglers rely on Shimano Nasci spinning reels to deliver smoothness and durability across a range of saltwater and freshwater applications. The redesigned Nasci family includes six reels in six sizes from 500 to C5000, and now includes Shimano’s SilentDrive technology for increased reeling performance. SlientDrive – the same gearing found in Shimano’s flagship lineup of reels – reduces vibration and noise by improving gear tolerances to the micron level for smoother and quieter operation. The cold-forged HAGANE Gear found in Nasci provides unparalleled durability compared to reels with diecast or machined construction, and Shimano’s CoreProtect system provides Nasci with enhanced water resistance without creating a heavy rotational feeling. The spool’s Propulsion Line Management System provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design while preventing backlashes and wind knots. Engineered with Shimano quality and attention to detail, the redesigned Nasci spinning reels perform when needed most. MSRP: $99.99 to $109.99.

Nexave FI reels

Anglers of all ages and ability levels will appreciate the features and fishability of the Nexave series of reels. The newly-redesigned Nexave features Shimano’s Propulsion Line Management System – a specially-designed angled spool lip – helps anglers make longer and more accurate casts by allowing the line to leave the spool in smaller coils with less friction. The Nexave series features Shimano’s G-Free Body technology, shifting the reel’s center of gravity closer to the hand to provide anglers with enhanced casting comfort and reduced fatigue while on the water. Updated features, including new rotor and body designs, an upgraded handle knob, and eye-catching aesthetics make the Nexave an excellent choice for anglers pursuing their first fish or their next trophy. The Nexave series will be available in five sizes from 1000 to C5000 with an MSRP of $49.99 to $59.99.

Learn more about all of the new products from Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro by visiting booths 2200 and 2500 at ICAST 2021 in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to seeing you there!

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