Shimano Corvalus CVL401 Fishing Reel

Shimano Corvalus CVL401 Fishing Reel

Price: $99.99
TD Code
Line Retrieve
Per Crank(in)
Line Capacity
Max DragBearingsGear RatioWeight
CVL401 Left-Hand Retrieve
113 BB
1 RB
5.2:111.8$99.99 USD
The Shimano Corvalus baitcasting reels offer top quality at a very affordable price. With a diecast aluminum frame and aluminum sideplates, the Metal Series frames not only keep moving parts in precise alignment, they also feature the use of the latest anodizing, plating and painting techniques for beautiful and durable finishes. Other key features include Shimano's Variable Brake System (VBS) to aid in controlling the cast and Super Stopper with Assist Stopper to ensure instant hook setting power. The Corvalus 400 and 401 reels are equipped with Non-Disengaging Levelwind System and clicker.

Shimano Corvalus Baitcasting Reel Features

  • Variable Brake System (VBS)
    Uses centrifugal force rather than magnets to aid in controlling the cast for increased distance and adjustability.
  • Super Stopper
    One-way roller bearing that eliminates backplay for solid hooksets.
  • Assist Stopper
    Back-up anti-reverse system that reduces the stress placed on the one-way roller bearing to increase durability.
  • Non-Disengaging Levelwind System (only on 400 and 401 models)
    Allows the levelwind to track back and forth during the cast which reduces drastic line angles that cause unwanted friction and backlashes on wide-spool reels.
  • Metal Series
    Metal frames keep moving parts in precise alignment for increased efficiency and durability.
  • Two Post Quick Take Down
    By unscrewing the thumb screws the sideplate can be easily removed for maintenance or to adjust the VBS brake weights.
  • Rubber Handle Grip
    Comfortable and soft to the touch.
  • Diecast Aluminum Frame
  • Aluminum Sides
  • Clicker (available on models 400 and 401)
    Increases the tension on freespool and activates a clicking alarm when a fish bites.
  • Aluminum Spool
3.5 Stars based on 10 reviews
By Dennis C.
Honolulu Hawaii
It’s nit working at all it’s damaged as I tried to use it at the park
March 22, 2019
Overall it’s not a good reel there’s problems with it , I tried to cast it with a weight on it it completely birdnests an backlash how do I return it to get s full refund?
ProsNot worth the monetary
ConsIt?s not a good reel at all I got damaged
By Jessie
Nice reel for the price.
July 13, 2018
My buddy bought one as a first time fisherman last summer who insisted on having his own gear when he came out ona boat trip with us. Got to use it for a little while that day and test it out and was impressed for the price. Solid reels, and i hate saying that because I'm normally an Avet or Penn guy when it comes to reels, but this honestly made me think about picking up 1 or 2 of these for my friends and little cousins when they come out fishing.
Prosgreat all around beginner reel if you have first time fishermen on the boat. If it goes overboard with a guest you won't have lost a $400 setup. Perfectly suitable as a backup reel for anything in the 20 lb range, but be prepared for a battle
Best $80 reel on the market
February 28, 2015
I fished this reel, actually two of them, were my catfish reels for 2 years. Awesome beginner reels, price is great, work great. Very smooth and solid. Don't waste your money on ABU's junk $80 reels. This reel in the 400/401 size is great. The drag is fine for fish up to about 25-30lbs, and they'll definitely work it a bit. I caught many 15-20lb flatheads on this reel with ease. Casts far, love these things.
ProsPrice, smooth, sturdy, well made, good line capacity, comes in left hand
ConsOnly 11lbs drag Clicker switch is in a weird location
By Michael
Boynton Beach, Florida
decent reel
January 20, 2015
Can't complain for 80 dollars I have put the heat on this reel and had handled big snook only thing I don't like is that the level wind disengages
By andre
Boynton beach, FL
ok baitcasting reel
January 19, 2015
With this reel you pay for what you get. Its not the best but it definitely gets the job done. I dont like how the level wind disengaged when casting on the 300. Better off paying a little more for a better reel like the tekota
By Cristian
lake worth, florida
great overall reel besides....
January 17, 2015
this reel is awesome just not the drag I wish it had a higher max drag.
By BCK112458@yahoo c.
Fairfield Ca.
Have 3,of the 401,left handed.model.
June 30, 2014
It replaced the orsair model. I am very please with all 3,of my 401,model reels. I fish Stripers and Sturgeon with them and have caught many a fish with them. I couldn't be happier.
ConsNone that I have come.a Ross.Love the grip, casting ability and smooth retrieves of these reels.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
Okay reel, you get what you pay for.
June 20, 2014
This reel is a good reel of you do not hook on to a 6+ lb fish, then it becomes an okay reel.
ProsDecent drag system, Cheap.
By Abe
Houston, TX
plastic garbage, corvalus 300
December 18, 2013
this reel shattered on the inside while i was clearing a backlash. a coil wrapped around the line guide base and the gears just broke to a million pieces while i was trying to wind the backlash out. maybe I should have put less force while winding but the quality of the components is questionable to say the least.
By Dan
Northern California
Shimano corvalus left handed fishing reel
December 1, 2013
Very user friendly ....good reel for the price...I use it for striper fishing in the California delta paired with an eight foot shimano clarus rod....
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