As far as micro reels go, the Shimano Sustain FG SA1000FG Spinning Reel is one of the absolute best on the market. Widely used across the country for panfish like crappies and bluegills as well as light trout fishing, the SA1000FG gives you borderline Stella performance without having to shell out another 400 clams…….get it? The engineers at Shimano have somehow managed to squeeze 8 shielded A-RB ball bearings into the tiny body of the Sustain 1000, and this keeps the reel operating buttery smooth for years. Shimano’s patented X-Ship system, which places a bearing at either end of the pinion gear, keeps the Hagane gearing securely in place during the fight – you’ll lever lose a fish due to gear slippage. Another great feature of this reel, and perhaps the defining characteristic, is the Magnumlite CI4 rotor, which drastically cuts weight and gives you an amazing feel especially when running microline such as Nanofil. You’ll squeeze about 270 yards of 2# mono (or braid equivalent) on the CF Cold Forged Aluminum spool of the SA1000FG, and thanks to the Propulsion Line Management system, you’ll never have to worry about wind knots again. The Shimano Sustain SA1000FG Spinning Reel utilizes a 6:1 gear ratio that will wind your line back on the spool at a quick 30 in/crank rate.
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