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The Shimano Symetre 500 FJ is a mid-cost spinning reel that is approved for use in saltwater.

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dependable design, will always work consistently time after time

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reeling in the fish is smooth, don't feel like you're working against the gears

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drag system has a smooth action that avoids sudden jerks

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avoids line tangle very well, lays the line on the reel evenly

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makes casting easy by putting the release in just the right place so you can keep a good grip on the pole

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durable enough to take some rough handling without showing signs of wear

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in mine the clutch on the reel just broke, after about 1 year of fishing lightly

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smaller reel can't handle bigger fish very well

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The Shimano Symetre 500 FJ is a mid-cost spinning reel that is approved for use in saltwater. Features shared throughout the Symetre line include the Propulsion Line Management System, which utilizes a spool lip design that provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design. This spool lip design also prevents backlashes and wind knots from forming. Another feature shared by all the Symetre spinning reels is the Super Stopper II feature. This is another feature geared toward preventing backplay, and consists of a one-way bearing designed for this purpose. For smooth casting, the Symetre line is equipped with Fluidrive II, a gear surface polish that maximizes tooth contact. This design improves casting efficiency, for more distance with less effort. The Shimano Symetre 500 FJ differs from the rest of the Symetre line in terms of inches of line retrieve per crank, weight, line capacity, and pounds of maximum drag.   

  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Slow Oscillation
  • SR Concept: SR One-Piece Bail Wire
  • S A-RB Bearings (Shielded A-RB)
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Lightweight Graphite Sideplate & Rotor
  • Cold Forged Aluminum Spool
  • S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Rubber Handle Grips
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Floating Shaft
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use w/ Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
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