Lightweight but still solid


Reel manufacturers are spending a lot of time and money to get their reels as lightweight as humanly possible. While that’s all good, a lot of these reels turn out to be flimsy and have somewhat of a cheap feel to them. I’ve tested several like that, especially in the past two or three years.

I’m the kind of guy who wants to know my reel can take a beating. If it weighs another ounce or two, I don’t really care. I just don’t want to be replacing parts on it or feeling like I have to baby an expensive reel when I’m on the water.

Thankfully, 13 Fishing has created something pretty special with the Concept C2. Weighing in at only 5.8 ounces, it’s also built from a cast iron carbon material that adds tons of strength to its frame while virtually eliminating any flex. It kind of took me a little while to get used to using such a light reel that felt so sturdy. But I’m definitely not complaining.

I’ve accidentally stepped on this reel on my front deck and I’ve loaded it into the bed of my truck to go fish a pond from the bank. So far, it has taken a beating without any structural issues whatsoever.