Fly-lining live baits. Catching big fish on small leverdrags. Common sense says that this is an oxymoron. Star Drags are better casters by nature. They have lighter spools because the drags are in the gears, not the spool. Lever Drags tend to have more power in the drag system because their washers are so much larger.
With Talica 2-Speeds Shimano set out to break the mold. They wanted to make a 2-Speed Leverdrag that could underhand a sardine 40 feet to the chum line with ease. They also wanted to increase the fishable drag capabilities of a small diameter reel to fish with heavy PowerPro and short Fluorocarbon top shots that anglers are using to land huge fish.
Shimano also knows, from their success with HEG (High Efficiency Gearing) in their Star Drag reels, that they could make the ultimate 2-Speed: one with fast line pickup compared to traditional 2-speeds but with unbelievable cranking power in either gear ratio. So when you drop it into low on a circling Tuna at deep color, instead of gaining a couple inches, you are gaining a couple of feet.
Compact, High Speed, Castable Lever Drag with High Capacity
E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection
2 year warranty with online registration
One-Piece Cold Forged and Machined Aluminum Frame with E.I.
Machined Aluminum Handled-Side Sideplate with E.I.
Cold Forged Machined Aluminum Spool with E.I.
Lightweight Spool with Greaseless Support Bearings for excellent live-bait castability
Oversize Carbon Drag Washers
The Talica Story: Castability, Power, Drag, Compact
Reels with heavy spools spin for minutes on the counter of your local tackle store but how that translates to fishing is another story. And while we are using extremely high grade greaseless ball bearings that don't flex under sideload for unbelievable freespool, a truly light weight spool for casting small livebaits such as Anchovies and Sardines is a must. So we aggressively machine the spool to maximize weight savings while maintaining strength. We also created a way to minimize drag created by water between the spool and the frame. 'Chovies and 'Dines are very light, and traditionally, to cast these baits, good anglers would "bump" the spool during the cast to get the spool moving and avoid the bait from flying out, then suddenly getting jerked down by line not coming off of the spool and slapping hard on the surface of the water. We took this one step further in defining the ability of Talica to cast well to mean underhand to enhance bait persentation. Now that the chum line will not be unattainable even when casting underhand, imagine how much further overhand will get you.
Cranking force is a hard thing to explain until you are handed a reel with the fish on the other end. The use of High Efficiency Gears in high and low speeds sets Talica apart from all reels currently offered in the market. The incredible power in low and in high is what makes Talica a joy to battle big fish with. No longer will you have to decide between power in low gear or speed in high gear. Talica is the best of both worlds and lets you save your energy for hoisting that cow up for a photo!
A smooth drag is very important and one that Shimano prides itself upon throughout the product line. Talica is no exception to this rule. However, being able to fish 3 or 4 line classes heavier than you would normally on a reel of its size makes Talica more fun to fish since you spend a lot less time fighting your tackle and more time fighting the fish. Even the smallest Talica, TAC8II, will fish 50# PowerPro with ease!
When you first lay your eyes on a Talica it's intriguing. When you feel what it's capable of it's amazing! An incredible amount of testing for ergonomics went into the design process of this reel and the feel of it confirms this. (We went through over 5 different gearbox angles and shapes before we were happy with it!) Don't let Talica's small stature and lightweight fool you, this reel is a beast!