Lightweight frame but big-time line capacity


This is a beautifully balanced spinning reel. Weighing in at just 7.9 ounces, it’s lightweight but still has enough “shoulders” to it to feel like a high-quality reel.

I’ve tested a lot of spinning reels that, in my opinion, were actually too lightweight for my liking. A lot of manufacturers really focus on the weightlessness of a reel instead of the structural and mechanical integrity. In some of these super-lightweight reels, you’ll notice a lot of flex in the frame of the reel when you’re fighting fish. I don’t like that feeling. 

This reel has virtually zero play, even when it’s under a load. It’s an impressive blend of weightlessness and freakish strength, in my opinion. 

I’ve also really liked the line capacity of the Ultegra. When I first spooled it up, I was pretty surprised to be able to fit an entire 150-yard spool of 15-pound Seaguar Smackdown Braided Line onto the reel. It seems like it’s the perfect amount to offer plenty of line without overruns and line tangles.