BIOCRAFT XT AND XTLA
The process of cold forging ensures a strong yet lightweight frame and spool. The frame is then machined and the result is a reel that is as impressive to behold as it is to use. Fly rods have become increasingly lighter, thanks to the use of new materials and technology – it is therefore important that reels follow suit to ensure a well-balanced outfit. At 160 grams, the 7/8 version is one of the lightest metal reels on the market. As well as Cold Forging, Shimano is known for the quality of its drag systems – the Biocraft XT benefits here as well. Both 3/4 and 5/6 sizes incorporate a single disc, micro-adjustable drag, whilst the 7/8 features a double disc system. A quick-change, push butt on spool and straightforward handle conversion, completes the specification.