Shimano says its new SLX baitcasting reels are built for anglers who demand bulletproof durability in their fishing tackle. The six new models feature
solid-aluminum frames with the company's six-pin Variable Brake System for casting control and Curado K-type long handle. Models include the 6.3-to-1 SLX150 and left-hand retrieve SLX151, the high-speed (7.2-to-1) SLX150HG and 151HG, and the extra-high-speed (8.2-to-1) SLX 150XG and 151XG. Each reel weighs 6.9 ounces; spool capacities range from 150 yards of 20-pound braid to 105 yards of 40-pound braid. They cost $99.99.