March 12, 2013
I have 4 of these reels along with 8 of the other digital controlled reel Shimano makes. The Calais is better for retreiving fast baits and the other is better for slow retrieve (gear ratios different on each). I have had several of these since they originally came out several years ago. They have held up very well. I have had to send several back to Shimano for minor problems and they have taken care of issues and returned to me quickly. I use my reels for bass, speckled trout, and red fish. The drag works great even with red fish up to 40 lbs. I recommend this reel even though it is costly. . . I send my digital controlled reels back to Shimano for an annual servicing which I feel is probably a great idea because the digital control is extremely sensitive to oil and other contaminants (an once of prevention. . .).
Pros:Helps to prevent backlash which enables me to cast longer with a lot of confidence. Shimano does a great job servicing these reels. . .
Cons:The plateing under where the line retrieves on all 4 of my Calais have begun to peel away from the metal - I use sometimes in a brackish/salt water environment - possibly the reason for this.