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Was looking into buying a conventional real the Shimano Calcutta, does anybody have one? What do you think?
 

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I have had quite a few calcuttas... currently the 401TE (I crank lefty). When they are in good shape, they are a great boat reel ... but I've used them on the rocks and the surf and they just don't hold up to getting beat up... the salt gums them up fast, they have a few critical plastic parts...

The good news is that the drag system and it's casting ability is just awesome...

More good news is that Shimano really stands behind them.. a great customer service company...
 

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I have the 200TE and 400TE and I like them. Both are nice smooth reels. Wash them down after fishing and never had any problems.
 
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