The DC stands for Digital Control, and quite honestly it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I got the chance to fish with one this spring at Grosse Savanne Lodge during a Shimano media presentation, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Basically, each reel features a microcomputer that monitors the spool speed 1,000 times a second and applies the perfect amount of brake for each cast — which prevents backlashes and maximizes distance. We fished in some howling 30 mph winds to give the reels a workout, and they performed flawlessly — no “thumbing” required. Four easily adjustable external brake settings allow for different line and weather conditions. Reels are available in both left- and right-hand retrieves, with 6.2:1, 7.4:1 and 8.5:1 gear ratios. It went on to win Best Freshwater Reel at the New Product Showcase at ICAST in July. It’s great for beginners, and also advanced anglers who want the ability to skip docks without overruns or bomb super-long casts. Reels started shipping last month, and should be available at your local tackle store now. The MSRP on all six models is $249.99. (Not wasting valuable fishing time fighting backlashes — priceless.) 

More Info: www.fish.shimano.com