Shimano did not have its origins in making Shimano fishing reels. Shozaburo Shimano, after serving as an apprentice at an iron works company near Osaka, decided to not follow his fathers footsteps into farming. Instead he opened Shimano Iron Works in the 1920's. His first product was a single speed bicycle. Shimano focused on quality, and the company became known for their famous derailleurs for multi speed bicycles which were introduced in the mid 1950's.This great bike features a Shimano Gear:
Shimano continued to refine and improve their products and processes, making smoother and stronger gear parts and developing multi-speed bicycles, including racing bicycles. Many Tour de France riders use bicycles with Shimano Gears. Shimano has become world renown for their excellent bicycle parts, gears and derailleurs. In the bicycle above, Polaris chose Shimano's 21 speed drive train for this excellent comfort touring bicycle. Click on the bicycle to read more about this value packed bicycle.
It was not until the 1970's that Shimano introduced their fishing division, which capitalized on their excellence in precision gears and mechanisms to build outstanding Shimano fishing reels. Shimano now produces world class fishing reels.
Shimano now produces world class fishing reels. Their product line includes conventional round and low profile Shimano Baitcasting Reels as well as Shimano Spinning Reels. In 1978, Shimano introduced their first fishing reel, the Shimano Bantam reel. Personal experience with Shimano reels has shown them to be strong, durable and smooth running fishing reels.
The same strength and smoothness is built into Shimano Casting Reels. Many anglers choose a Shimano Baitcaster such as the Shimano Caenan Reel as their first baitcaster. This entry level reel is remarkable. Its 6 stainless steel ball bearings, ceramic line guide, and breaking system made this reel very easy to use and versatile. The retrieve ratio of 6.5:1 brings the lure or catch in quickly when needed. Shimano makes a wide variety of low-profile as well as round baitcasting reels.
To compliment Shimano Fishing Reels, Shimano has added fishing rods, PowerPro Line and a variety of apparel to their product mix. Take a minute to review PowerPro lines for its strength with small line diameter. Because of their unique process of manufacture, PowerPro offers applications in most situations and because of its strength to diameter you will find that your lures swim better, crank baits dive deeper, with less line out, and jigging rigs sink to the bottom faster and are less affected by current. Its no stretch means that whatever is happening on the other end is felt sooner and even the slightest bite will be felt. If you haven't tried PowerPro, click on this link and try it out: