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.

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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 20 reviews
By Nathan
Great reel
December 13, 2020
Great reel at a great price.
By Brian
Destin, FL
Great Reel!
July 21, 2020
Used this reel on a trip in Florida so had to get my own. Great reel!
By Chip H.
Chesapeake, Va
Typical Shimano...
July 17, 2020
Reel has very smooth operation and appears well-built. Drag is excellent. Changing speeds is simple. Love this reel!
TY TDirect for the super fast shipping.
ProsDrag Construction quality Price
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
14 Questions & 13 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 Idaho asked:
April 4, 2021
What is the best rod and reel for catching 9' sturgeon with using 100 lb test line.

1 Answer
I would recommend a Shimano Talavera Xtra Heavy rod linked below

Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 6, 2021

Reese Matthews
from Bradenton Florida asked:
March 6, 2021
Which model is available in left hand and would this be a good choice for bottom grouper fishing? thank you
1 Answer
The TLDs do not come in a left hand option and aren't designed as a bottom fishing reel. They are a trolling reel suitable for offshore pelagic fishing. If you're looking for a LH bottom fishing reel for grouper, I would take a look at the Shimano Torium Star Drag Conventional Reels 20HGL or 30HGL.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on March 9, 2021

from MA asked:
February 25, 2021
would this reel be a good choice for commercial striped bass
1 Answer
I would go with the standard Shimano TLD Triton Lever Drag Reels such as a TLD25. The 2 speeds won't really be necessary for stripers and will supply more than enough drag and line capacity at a lower price point as well.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 25, 2021

from West Palm Beach Florida asked:
January 24, 2021
Could this reel be used for planer fishing, Number 6 or 8?

1 Answer
For heavy planers I would go with a minimum size 50W reel. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 25, 2021

franco carlo
from South Texas asked:
October 16, 2020
Can the Shimano tld30  2 spd. be used  as a  surf  casting rig?
1 Answer
I would not recommend this reel as a casting reel, unless you are kayaking or transporting your baits to the strike zone then this reel would work great. for wenching in fish, just not a very casting friendly reel
Submitted by: Alex T on October 23, 2020

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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