Shimano Tekota 500/600 Reels

Redesigned star drag reels are more compact and lighter.

Shimano Tekota 500/600Courtesy Shimano

Shimano has fully redesigned its Tekota 500 and 600 star-drag reels, implementing the company's latest technologies to make the reels more compact, ergonomic and lighter. The new models feature Hagane bodies and CoreProtect technology for water resistance, and come in left- or right-hand retrieve standard and line-counter versions. All haul in 38 inches of line per crank with 6.3-to-1 gear ratios. The 500 (pictured) can carry 240 yards of 50-pound braided line and costs $209.99. The 600 holds 330 yards of 65-pound-test braid and costs $219.99.