When Shimano joined theworld of big-game reels with its im pressive Tiagra line, we knewit was only a matter of time before it unveiled a 130 two-speed.
Well, now that time hascome, and the reel was worth the wait. The Tiagra 130 bears aclose resemblance to its smaller breth ren, sporting a one-pieceframe and side-plate, both machined from solid aluminum.
The reel seems smallerthan the competition’s, yet it holds 1,000 yards of 130-poundmono. Gear ratios are 2.2:1 and 1.2:1, and maximum drag settingis a tuna-stopping 90 pounds. The 130 can even be equipped withtwo separate drag cams – a standard cam for handling big marlin and tuna, and an optional accessorycam that reduces drag pressure on a steeper drag slope, whichis ideal for fighting fish on or near the surface. Shimano’s exclusivepush-button, two-speed shifting mechanism lets you smoothly changefrom high to low gear while fighting a fish. Other features include a calibrated pre-setdrag knob, a loud clicker, and a large, counter-weighted handle.The drag features a pre-lubricated graphite drag washer, whichthe company considers to be the best material for obtaining awide range of drag settings. The 130 has twice the drag surfaceof the Tiagra 80, and utilizes both sides of the drag plate (thefloating drag plate is spring-loaded). Shimano, Irvine, CA;(949) 951-5003; www.shimano.com/fishing.