Shimano's Calais DC Casting Reel won Best of Show at ICAST 2006 in the freshwater reel category. This reel takes digital casting control to the next level. The 4x8 Digital Control Braking System was thoroughly analyzed for mechanical and environmental conditions and the resulting design incorporated four new profiles: Extreme Distance X to allow for more than 50,000 RPM; Long Distance Mode L for most fishing applications; Accuracy Mode A for skipping and pitching; and Wind Mode W for casts into headwinds. These four profiles each have eight settings for a total of 32 different settings, which can handle just about any kind of fishing situation. Additional features include the Magnumlite aluminum spool, the Super Free bearing supported pinion gear system, the High Efficiency Gearing to allow for fast 7:1 gear ratio, at tapered titanium levelwind insert that makes it easier to thread the line and reduces friction during casting and the super smooth Dartanium Drag that is capable of generating 12 lbs. of drag. Both DC reels have 10 shielded A-RB anti-rust ball bearing plus one A-RB roller bearing.
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