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I have the Shimano SLX MGL 70 Casting Reel. I am curious is the frames are the same.

 

I'm interested with the 2024 SLX 70, if there's much difference from that and the SLX MGL 70. I know the 2024 model has Silent Tune and weight differences is minimal.

 

Would it be worth getting the new SLX if I have the SLX MGL 70?

 

 

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Looks pretty similar frame if not the same frame.   You’re just getting mgl 3 spool and silent tune.   The current slx mgl 70 is a great reel.  I don’t see it being much of an upgrade.   If you want an upgrade go for the jdm slx dc xt.   Different frame for the slx.  It’s next level slx. Has the mgl 3.   Idc5 brakes and a joy to fish.    Nice small compact reel.   I like it as much as my 21 zillion sv.  

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For what it’s worth according to JP DeRose the older version is a 100 size frame and the new version is a 70 size frame. I saw him do a review on You Tube. 

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ALF is selling the SLX MGL 70 for $99.99. Good deal!

My guess is the Curado MGL 70 will take it’s place at the higher price point. 

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3 hours ago, Eric 26 said:

For what it’s worth according to JP DeRose the older version is a 100 size frame and the new version is a 70 size frame. I saw him do a review on You Tube. 


Must of missed that when I watched the video.  Ha.   By pics it looks similar.  

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I figured they must be coming out with a new SLX MGL when I saw places starting to drop the prices. I saw in the sale thread that Omnia was selling them for $109, and now ALF selling them for $99. I would be more temped to buy sme more at the $99 than think of upgrading at the higher price.

 

The current SLX MGL 70 is a great reel. I think I have 4 of the left handed 71 models. I've been so happy with the current model that I really have no need to upgrade, but I will definitely check them out!

 

It would have to be some serious upgrades to warrant swapping out what I have though, as I have no complaints about the ones I have.

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The SLX MGL is such a great little reel. I could be perfectly happy with a boat full of them. 

I have the Curado MGL's also and honestly I don't think it's worth the added cost.

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1 hour ago, rangerjockey said:

The SLX MGL is such a great little reel. I could be perfectly happy with a boat full of them. 

I have the Curado MGL's also and honestly I don't think it's worth the added cost.

The biggest advantage I can see to the Curado MGL is the option of a slower gear ratio. I have a couple Curado 151 MGL in 6.2:1 and like them for crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

 

Beyond that, I agree with you and have more SLX MGLs than the Curado MGLs.

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As I’m sure many already know you can get the 6.3:1 gear ratio SLX MGL 70/71 through the various Japanese shops. 

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Question: what's the technique that these little reels are used for? 

 

It seems like things are getting smaller and smaller, like 200 sized reels are even becoming uncommon now, most baitcasting reels from Shimano are now the 150 size and now the 70s are becoming popular. 

 

is it mainly just a small reel for all purpose bass fishing? or is it something more specific like flipping where you don't typically have a lot of line out?

 

thanks 

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1 hour ago, Hulkster said:

Question: what's the technique that these little reels are used for? 

 

It seems like things are getting smaller and smaller, like 200 sized reels are even becoming uncommon now, most baitcasting reels from Shimano are now the 150 size and now the 70s are becoming popular. 

 

is it mainly just a small reel for all purpose bass fishing? or is it something more specific like flipping where you don't typically have a lot of line out?

 

thanks 

Most can be used for general fishing applications. You'd only want a bigger reel if you needed capacity for line or maybe technique specific. Also just like anything else we seem to aspire for smaller. I mean the first computer filled up a large room and now everyone carries a computer in their pocket.

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1 hour ago, Hulkster said:

Question: what's the technique that these little reels are used for? 

 

It seems like things are getting smaller and smaller, like 200 sized reels are even becoming uncommon now, most baitcasting reels from Shimano are now the 150 size and now the 70s are becoming popular. 

 

is it mainly just a small reel for all purpose bass fishing? or is it something more specific like flipping where you don't typically have a lot of line out?

 

thanks 

Extra line cap is pretty irrelevant where spools are nominally 34mm in diameter and line size is average from .012"-.014". A typical 70 sized reel is just fine here with typical bass lures and average length rods from 7'-7'3". Step up to longer rods and try to absolutely bomb baits that fly like casting plugs, like a heavier Dark Sleeper or heavy poop type baits, then line cap will be an issue. That scenario aside, a 70 sized reel is fine for general purpose fishing and average casts of 80'-110' or so. The upside is typically but not always a somewhat lighter spool that isn't loaded with backing.

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Although I can’t find any other information regarding frame size other than the video I referenced I’m thinking the upgrades are going to be the same as the upgrades they performed on the SLX A. This is purely speculation on my part however. 

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@ghost I watched a Tactical Bass gear review today on you tube and he was very excited to get his hands on a new SLX MGL 70 A, he mentioned the new spool, the quiet drive or whatever the heck it’s called but nothing about the frame being smaller. I know nothing about MGL 3 spools but he was very enthusiastic about it being lighter. I’m not sure if you made your mind up between the new or older version but I hope this helps if you didn’t😉

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@NorthernBasser I’ve been chasing his comment ever since I’ve seen that video and can’t find any information to confirm that comment 🤔 I’m going to my local fishing show on the 18th of this month and my favorite local shop said they will have them there for me to handle/ogle 😃 

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27 minutes ago, Eric 26 said:

@NorthernBasser I’ve been chasing his comment ever since I’ve seen that video and can’t find any information to confirm that comment 🤔 I’m going to my local fishing show on the 18th of this month and my favorite local shop said they will have them there for me to handle/ogle 😃 

 

Ok, let us know what you find. JP is kind of like a Shimano spokesman, so I would think he'd know. But ya never know..

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On 1/29/2024 at 6:21 PM, MiceNReets said:

If you want an upgrade go for the jdm slx dc xt.

Agree 100%, definitely my next reel. But it costs around $200 on Digitaka I think, and the new SLX 70 is $150. For the extra $50 a no-brainer to me but that could be a big jump in price for the OP. I got the “old” SLX MGL 70 on ALF for $99 and of course now I have new tech envy. But not sure the MGL3 spool and silent tune is gonna make a noticeable difference. (At least that’s what I am telling myself.)

On 1/30/2024 at 12:22 PM, PhishLI said:

absolutely bomb baits that fly like casting plugs, like a heavier Dark Sleeper or heavy poop type baits, then line cap will be an issue.

I nearly spooled my Curado 70 throwing a 3.5” Cover Scat. Crazy dense and aerodynamic bait. Not bad at catching fish either 😉

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2 minutes ago, MontclairDave said:

Agree 100%, definitely my next reel. But it costs around $200 on Digitaka I think, and the new SLX 70 is $150. For the extra $50 a no-brainer to me but that could be a big jump in price for the OP. I got the “old” SLX MGL 70 on ALF for $99 and of course now I have new tech envy. But not sure the MGL3 spool and silent tune is gonna make a noticeable difference. (At least that’s what I am telling myself.)


definitely worth the $50 price difference.    The upgrades are 100% noticeable.   You won’t be disappointed when you get one.    I don’t think the upgrades from older slx mgl 70 to new one will be as noticeable as one would hope.    But I haven’t tried it of course.  Just a hunch.     Had Shimano released the new slx mgl 70 the same as the slx dc xt minus the dc braking.  I’d be all over that.    

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