Shimano TLD

Overall Customer Rating: 5 of 5 stars Shimano TLD Reels 5 out of 5 (3 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Level Drag Reels
Model: TLD
Reel Type: Conventional

Shimano TLD specifications

Model Line Capacity Gear Ratio Ball Bearings Reel Weight (oz.) Max. Drag Type


20/450, 25/350, 30/300


4 BB




20/700, 30/450, 40/330


4 BB




30/600, 40/450, 50/350


4 BB



* All TLD Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano TLD

Shimano TLD

Great Reel


1/31/2013 11:20:19 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Finally got to take my TLD20 deep sea fishing this last weekend. Worked perfectly and I hauled in several large fish. This was my first salt water reel and thought I would let other newbies know a few things about salt water reels. I did not notice that this reel did not have a level wind, no big deal because the way we fished, trolling and shore fishing did not really need it. Also all my previous experience was bass, and hybrid striper fishing, so it took me awhile to figure out how to cast it. This real is fine for casting bait out or trolling but not for casting lures, its just not made for that. Salt water fishing is totally different than fresh water fishing, well depending on what you are fishing for I suppose.
Overall I am hooked and am looking forward to going out again and putting my TLD 20 to some more test.
Reviewed by: Deerwood (United States, Texas)

Shimano TLD

One tough reel! I love it


1/18/2013 11:20:59 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I slammed home my first keeper sturgeon on this reel this past weekend. the quick adjust drag made it a walk in the park to its weight makes it handle great on a rod balancer.
I plan to buy another one when I get a few extra bucks.
Reviewed by: CAsturgeon (Milpitas,CA)

Shimano TLD

Lever drag is great


1/17/2013 11:21:47 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

The TLD 20 has got to be the smoothest and easiest to use big game reel I have ever fished with. I like being able to change the drag setting while still keeping my fingers on the reel handle. It takes a little getting used to casting, but after some practice you may not want another reel.
I recommend this reel to anybody who does light trolling or inshore live bait casting.
You will not be disappointed!
Reviewed by: FishinDave (Grand Rapids, MI)

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