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How do you guys set up your shimanos?

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Hey guys, 

I was wondering how you guys are setting up your shimanos, specifically Curado K, Chronarch G, Slx, and Casitas. Do you guys change them for every bait or keep them roughly the same like Diawas?

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2 brakes on and dial set between 3-5 depending on wind and lure with my curado k. Play around with the spool tension. It took me a bit to find the proper setting

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All lures--One brake inside, spool tension at minimum dont adjust, will use dial on outside as needed.

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I only have older model  Shimano reels. I usually set two pins for centrifugal brake and spool tension as needed to stop back lashes. If the wind gets to be a problem I will set a third pin. Mine don't have magnetic brakes.

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2 pins on 

spool tension so lure falls slowly(adjust with change in lure weight)

2-5 outside adjustment 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, QUAKEnSHAKE said:

All lures--One brake inside, spool tension at minimum dont adjust, will use dial on outside as needed.

One brake with newer Shimanos? I use one brake with the old E series and I series curados but always seem to backlash using one brake with the new meet curado k series 

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Thx guys, I'll be trying these out tomorrow. I've been setting them up like my Daiwas with a super loose spool tension and higher brakes.

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2 hours ago, Jcj90 said:

One brake with newer Shimanos? I use one brake with the old E series and I series curados but always seem to backlash using one brake with the new meet curado k series 

Yes new svs infinity brakes on curados and chronarch mgl dial usually at 4. Same with VBS on e series 50 reels and with lighter clear/smoke brake tab abec 7 bearings. Fat Ikas soar. Using braid helps as well much better spool control over FC line.

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Factors like wind, lure choice, line, etc. are too variable to recommend a given setting. Different combinations of brake settings and spool tension accomplish the same thing.

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I have all mine set the same. 2 brakes on internal and between 1.5-3 on the external dial and go. The only time I touch that is when I cast on super windy days, I will just adjust the external dial up a little but inside always stays at 2. 

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11 hours ago, Jcj90 said:

One brake with newer Shimanos? I use one brake with the old E series and I series curados but always seem to backlash using one brake with the new meet curado k series 

 So do i! 1 brake on in the old VBS braking system (spool tension knob to adjust) and 2 on the new SVS infinity system. However, with heavier and more aerodynamic lures (like lipless crankbaits for exemple) i´m able to go 1 brake only in the SVS, pretty much everything else as to be 2 brakes...

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23 hours ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

Thx guys, I'll be trying these out tomorrow. I've been setting them up like my Daiwas with a super loose spool tension and higher brakes.

Shimanos SVS infinity centrifugal brake provides more brake force at the beginning of the the cast when spool speed is higher. Towards the end of the cast it's the spool tension knob that helps keep the spool in check. Based on my personal experience I’d start with setting your spool tension tighter based on lure weight and back it off slowly till you find the sweet spot based on how educated your thumb is and how smooth your casting is. I can run my Shimanos with spool tension that allows the bait to fall relatively quickly, but not as loose as I can set my Daiwa SV reels. 

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Every Shimano I have (back to the Curado 100B) has two brakes on and those with an outside dial are either on "2" or "3"  

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2 brakes set and I never touch those again. My tension knob will take it from that point forward.

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On 12/30/2018 at 9:48 AM, kschultz76 said:

Shimanos SVS infinity centrifugal brake provides more brake force at the beginning of the the cast when spool speed is higher. Towards the end of the cast it's the spool tension knob that helps keep the spool in check. Based on my personal experience I’d start with setting your spool tension tighter based on lure weight and back it off slowly till you find the sweet spot based on how educated your thumb is and how smooth your casting is. I can run my Shimanos with spool tension that allows the bait to fall relatively quickly, but not as loose as I can set my Daiwa SV reels. 

Same here.  Similar to my Daiwas but with a little more spool tension.

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I realized when servicing my Curado G that I never even set it. It just kept on casting heavier jigs happily with only spool tension set.

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Curado 201 K

 

Brakes: 2 on, 2 off (symmetrical)

External dial: 1 (minimum)

Spool tension knob: Set to "just barely drops".

 

Brakes and external dial remain the same most of the time, except in dramatically varying wind speed or direction.

 

Spool tension knob is adjusted after every lure change (and whenever the sideplate is reclosed, because apparently many Curado 200/201K do that weird thing where you can't lock the sideplate closed without releasing spool tension :Idontknow: ) - but tension knob adjust is fast and trivial.

 

 

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Same as most others, 2 brakes on, then adjust tension so it barely drops.

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I've been playing with them for a bit now, its interesting.  The Curado K performed best with a tighter spool tension, but the Chronarch performed best with a much looser spool tension. It's interesting because they are both SvS infinity braking systems, yet they are set up so differently.

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