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Shimano Casting Controls
Calais, Chronarch, Curado and Citica

Greg Myers

Gaining control over spool overruns, or "backlashes" is quite easy with the Shimano Calais, Chronarch, Curado and Citica reels using the Shimano Variable Brake System and the friction Cast Control.

Overruns occurring near the beginning of the cast are controlled with the Shimano Variable Brake System shown to the left.
Overruns occurring at the end of the cast are controlled with the friction cast control knob located behind the reel handle. The friction cast control knob is shown to the right.

Variable Brake System TM

The Shimano Variable Brake System uses weights located on the palming side of the reel. The casting characteristics of the reel can be easily modified by switching all or a combination of the six brake weights by turning them "on" or "off".

To access the brake weights on your Shimano reel, lift the flap on the palm side of the reel, shown to the left, and turn it counterclockwise.

To turn a weight "on" simply push it out (toward the outer spool edge) past the inner retaining clips. To turn a weight "off" push the weight inward past the clips. Weights can be removed by pushing them out past the last retaining clip. The weights are shown to the right. Notice 3 of the weights are "on" and 3 of the weights are "off".

Cast Control

The cast control knob is used to add the proper amount of friction to the spool. Too much friction will shorten the casting distance, too little friction leaves overrun and backlash unchecked. Turn the cast control knob clockwise to increase friction, counter-clockwise to decrease friction. The proper setting will vary with lure type and weight, and line weight. The cast control knob is shown to the left.

 


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