Shimano Calcutta Conquest

Upgraded reel series features faster gears.

The Conquest round-reel series has been upgraded with faster gears.Courtesy Shimano

Shimano has thoroughly upgraded its Calcutta Conquest round-reel series with faster gears and a synchronized levelwind as well as a wide range of brake adjustments for fine-tuned spool control. The four 300- and 400-size reels come in right- and left-hand retrieve models with 6.2-to-1 gear ratios that gather 33 inches of line per crank. Conquests feature Shimano's S Compact Body Design and MicroModule gear system. The 300 and 301 weigh 11.6 ounces and handle 40- and 65-pound-test braid. The 400 and 401 weigh 12 ounces and carry 50- and 80-pound braid. The reels cost $579.99.