Shimano TLD-2 Speed A Lever Drag Reels

Shimano TLD-2 Speed A Lever Drag Reels

Light in hand and easy to shift, these reels are adaptable to any number of bluewater species from tuna to striped marlin.

$299.99 - $409.99
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TD Code
line Retrieve
Per Crank (in)
Line Capacity
Max Drag at Full
w/ Freespool
Max Drag at Strike
w/ Freespool
BearingsGear RatioWeight
36.2$299.99 USD
37.5$309.99 USD
57.3$409.99 USD
57.3$409.99 USD
You don't need a big boat to catch big fish. In fact, there's absolutely no reason why you couldn't catch a 250-pound thresher shark from your 20-foot center console boat - unless you left your Shimano TLD saltwater reel at home. If you own a small fishing boat, or you often find yourself elbow-to-elbow with your angling compatriots on the large party boats, you need a reel that's both nimble and versatile. Our TLD 2-speed lever drag reels are light in hand and so easy to shift they're almost mindless. This makes them adaptable to any number of bluewater species from tuna to striped marlin. And because they're built by Shimano, durability is an inevitable part of the package.

TackleDirect carries several models of TLD conventional reels for trolling or casting in the middle of the ocean. The Shimano TLD20IIA is an impressive real for mid-sized striper and salmon while the TLD30IIA has increased line capacity. For the biggest, hardest fighting fish, the Shimano TLD 50 produces the ultimate power and retrieve. Each model has a graphite frame and side plates, aluminum spool, rod clamp and specially treated anti-rust bearings for the durability that is a hallmark of Shimano reels. A large private ocean-going vessel may be neat, but it's not necessary for big game fishing. Just match the tackle to the situation and let the fish fall where they may. Visit our Q&A section or call us seven days a week to learn more about this premium reel series from our expert anglers.
  • Graphite Frame
  • Graphite Side Plates
  • Rod Clamp
  • Barrel Handle Grip
  • Aluminum Spool
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) are specially treated stainless steel ball bearings that are at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.
  • Clicker increases the tension on freespool and activates a clicking alarm when a fish bites.
5 Stars based on 17 reviews
January 2, 2020
Happy with my purchase of a pair of TLD30s. I have already used them before and are the best for rude battles. I hope to unleash them on a good marlin or tuna.
Consnot yet
By Cam
New Jersey
November 20, 2019
Will hold enough line for most fish you'd come across. Good drag and loud clicker. 2 Speed comes in handy with Tuna and other large fish.
ProsStrong Line Capacity Drag 2 Speed
ConsGraphite body No Casting
By Kenny
The ultimate budget reel
November 19, 2019
This reel is a bigger step up from it's other variant the TLD, this upgrade handle really makes it more comfortable for when you need to kick it into high gear and burn that line in
By John
Destin Florida
Awesome service with a great product!!!!
September 12, 2019
Heading out for a 3 day trip, needed additional tackle, these folks had what I needed, put everything together for me, great pricing, great delivery, made the trip in time, results fish in the boat!!!!

I have never written a review before but these folks really deserve it, 7 out of 5 stars!!!!!!
By Ford
Greensboro, NC
All around
June 20, 2019
Great all around reel
By Arne
Well made, easy to use
January 18, 2019
All around great real
By Nathaniel
Marathon, FL
Awesome Reel!
December 27, 2017
This reel is absolutely awesome! It comes extremely well greased in the box and is incredibly smooth. The drag works excellent and is very smooth. It has ample line capacity which is awesome. It is extremely durable and you can feel how well built this reel is - would definitely recommend!
By woomstr
Boca Raton, FL
July 5, 2017
I have two of each, they are my main trolling rods. 50's are on Crowder 50-80 and running 80lb mono. 30's are on Crowder 30-80 running 40lb mono. I run the 50's with large bait, deep behind the boat and the 30's in closer with lighter bait. Great overall reels, easy to maintain, heavy drag when needed. The Big lever drag is right at your fingertips. Great value for a moderate priced reel.
Proseasy to maintain, step g frame, lovecrhe easy grip handle forvthe flight!
Consplastic drag knob.
By Jake
Great reel for the price
June 28, 2017
I have never been disappointed with any Shimano products and this reel is no exception. I was looking to get a two speed lever drag but didn't want to spend too much. I am extremely happy with my decision. I primarily use this reel for shark fishing and trolling for wahoo.
ProsVery powerful and smooth drag
By Justin
Charleston, SC
Great reels. Great Price
August 31, 2016
I bought 7 TLDs over 12 years ago and have abused them ever since. They've never let me down. Reliable, but affordable reels that you can count on.
By andre
Boynton beach, FL
Great affordable trolling reels
January 11, 2016
Great large trolling reel without breaking the bank
By Zackary
Dana Point, Ca
Virtually indestructible
October 11, 2015
I have owned several of these reels for many years. They have served me well as dedicated trolling reels. Used with 60 and 80 lb tackle and have never failed me or anyone I have handed of fish to on them.
ProsSimple to maintain and take a beating and keep on ticking
ConsClicking without clicker engaged. Some people get annoyed, doesn't bother me
By Loren
Long Beach, CA
Shimano TLD 30 II A
September 17, 2014
Great 2 speed reel for under $300. Works great for trolling or bottom fishing. Works great for fishing 40 - 50 pound mono.
By f s.
Salinas Ecuador
I agree
March 18, 2014
The best Gear
ProsI am a boat Captain and recently on a Charter my guest from Boca Raton fla caught a 1200 pound Black Marlin on a tld 50 w/ a taulrus rod the best gear I have fished with.
Consthe screws for the tie downs break easily
By Patrick
Hampton, N.H.
Unbelievable bang for your buck
February 24, 2014
I use a pair of 50LRSAs for mainly sharks and bluefin tuna on standup rods. I fish them alongside a pair of Penn international 50s and a pair of Penn 70 Vs. The Shimanos fish just as smooth as the Penns, they rattle less than the Penns, and they are easier to work on for maintenance. Along those same lines, the Shimano TLDs dont get scratched and dinged like the Penns do. I traveled to mexico for some fishing last spring and I brought my Shimano TLD 50s because they fish just as nice as my other reels and I didn't need to worry so much about them getting damaged in transit, or damaged by my guides. I highly recommend these reels if your are trying to get into big game fishing on a budget, or want some awesome reels that wont make you cry if you bump them against something or drop them.
ProsSmooth action, price, ability to handle 80lb test line on the LRSA, drag lever size and placement, and overall quality.
ConsThe drag adjustment knob is plastic and should be metal. It feels kinda cheesy and doesn't seem as sensitive as it could be.
9 Questions & 8 Answers
from Jacksonville, Florida asked:
January 16, 2019
Witch Fishing Rod would you recommend with the Shimano TLD50IIA, I will b e using on a sailboat in the Exumas (Bahamas)
1 Answer
A 6 foot stand up or bent butt trolling rod would pair up well with this
Submitted by: Bernie on January 17, 2019

from Lake Worth Fl asked:
January 7, 2018
What weight hollow core options are available for free spooling and capacities?
1 Answer
Hello Joe, we would need to know which reel you were interested in because each has it own capacity also the hollow core wouldn't be spooled for free however we can spool with mono for free if you would like.
Submitted by: Bernie on January 8, 2018

from NY asked:
January 20, 2020
Which Shimano rod would recommend pairing the TLD50LRSA with for trolling for tuna? 
1 Answer

Hello Mike, We recommend the shimano Tallus

Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on January 23, 2020

from NJ asked:
July 16, 2018
When you spool these reels are they straight mono or do you back them with Dacron then mono?
1 Answer
Usually straight mono. IF not that then it's usually spectra for backing with a mono topshot.. Not much dacron used on TLD's.
Submitted by: John on July 17, 2018

from Boston, MA asked:
December 4, 2017
Are the line capacity number given for mono or braid? I am assuming these are mono numbers?
1 Answer
The line capacities for the Shimano TLD-2 Speed A Lever Drag Reels are for mono line.
Submitted by: Donald on December 7, 2017

from L.A asked:
January 11, 2015
do you recommend this reel for trolling/bottom fishing? and what is the best rod ( medium/heavy) that would match the reel

from Tehachapi, Ca. asked:
June 16, 2014
I am looking for a reel to use with 80# for a long range trip that won't break the bank. Would the 30 work for this? I need something to fish deep dropper loop on a 6 day trip.
1 Answer
The 30 will work for your application. It should hold about 300 yards of 80# braid.
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 17, 2014

from Farmingdale, NY asked:
June 4, 2014
Hello, I am looking for the smallest 2 speed reel that can handle at least 500 yards of 80 lb braid? Do any of the 2 speed TLD-2 fit that bill? Thank you for your time.
1 Answer
The Avet LX is a smaller reel than the TLD-2 and has a grater line capacity,
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 5, 2014

from hyannis MA asked:
November 4, 2013
If I'm going to use 60 lb test should I use the 50 or the 50RLSA?
1 Answer
The LRSA has a greater line capacity, where as the standard 50A has less line capacity. With the weight and price the same I would recommend just going with the LRSA because of the increased drag and more line capacity.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 5, 2013


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