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To all fishing enthusiasts over the world I personally think that no other reel has close to the great reputation as the shimano tiagra game fishing series reels.It earned in my eyes the recognition as the ultimate benchmark for gamefishing reels.

The Shimano Tiagra 80 W is one of the top model gamefishing reels that has gathered a very seizable

following among game fishing anglers.


One of the many advantages of the Tiagra is its exceptional resistance and durability against the

constant punishment of saltwater and is one of the main reasons that makes it very popular.Its thick gold

anodising protects the reel from corrosion and damage.


The Tiagra 80 have a solid machined aluminium frame and side plates for greater strength with a

thickness of 7mm with a weight of 3266g which makes this reel the toughest available on the market today.

My main reason for choosing to fish the Tiagra 80 in stead of a Tiagra 50 for tuna was because of its bigger line capacity and higher retrieve ratio.

My line have been stripped down to the drum a couple of times already by big yellow fin tuna on a Tiagra 50 here in our cape waters.

The Tiagra 80’s cold forged aluminium spool can hold 868m of 36kg (80lb) mono,the real have a dual gearing feature with a high gear retrieve ratio of 2,5:1 which gives a 94cm retrieve per crank while the low gear have a ratio of 1,3:1and that would give you a 48cm retrieve per crank which work excellent for turning big fish.

Of course when fighting big fish the drag of the reel play maybe the most important part,the Tiagra 80 features a click stop drag quadrant and a ratcheting lever drag for more accurate drag adjustment.The reel have a twindisk drag system and gives a max drag of 24kg,with the click stop drag quadrant precise fine tuning of the drag is possible and is a big bonus for fisherman who want to fish lighter line.

In our Cape waters most fisherman use standup harnesses when fishing,so the addition of harness lugs to the reel makes it perfect for our purpose,though on the other hand it is just as home in a fighting chair or in a swivel gunnel rod holder application.


The Tiagra 80 is fitted with 4 of Shimanos famous A-RB (anti rust bearings) and a full stainless steel set of gears and the twin pawl anti reverse system fitted in the reel is a must for series game fishing.

The reel have an awesome and very comfortable ergonomic rubberised power handle which gives you great control.

Game fishing rods which are rated at 24-37 kg matches great with the Tiagra 80,but if needs be it could be fished on heavier rods as well.

It is suited to target ANY big game fish from Tuna,Marlin,Sailfish,Wahoo all the way down to sharks. The Shimano Tiagra 80 is for sure the best on the market when it comes to game fishing reels and is definitely great value for money.Ive been fishing with Shimano Tiagra reels for 10 years now and NEVER

had any problems with it or heard of any complaints from other fisherman.

About a month ago I walked into one of our local fishing tackle shops and noticed the new range of Tiagra

rods that came in.


Since I lade  eyes on the new Tiagra Tcurve 37kg I just could not help myself…I HAD

to have one.

The Tiagra game series rods make use of Tcurve technology to deliver the fishing industry’s most

trustworthy and best game fishing rods. Tcurve blanks are exclusive to shimano,they feature a three ply

graphite weave that is subjected to a proprietary curing process. The Tcurve blanks is light and strong and very responsive.

The Shimano Tcurve 37kg standup is fitted with a full set of Aftco roller guides, Aftco reel seat ,custom Eva grips and a uni butt.

For me fishing the Shimano Tiagra Tcurve 37kg is pure pleasure,it makes easy work of pulling big fish,the rod have incredible back bone and a very responsive tip and would definitely be the perfect option for a beginner fishermen and experienced fishermen all alike. The Shimano Tiagra Tcurve is by far the best standup game fishing rod I’ve ever had the privilege to fish with and ill for sure be continuing fishing this great rod in future.

I want to thank Shimano for another great quality product and Rapala sa for the opportunity to fish the best rod money could buy.