photos of a possible new Shimano “Green” Reel
TackleTour has obtained
spy photos taken by an angler at El Salto that indicate that Shimano is now in
the process of field testing a new “green” reel.
Another angler at El Salto spotted
Shimano field testing reels and at El Salto, we were able to obtain these images
When it comes to tackle
there is perhaps no more guarded secret then when a Tier 1 reel manufacturer
like Shimano prepares to introduce a new reel to market. Most of these
introductions are made at ICAST when manufacturers set the tone for next season
with a complete slew of offerings.
We are able to confirm that the
Shimano angler is none other then Jeremy Sweet, product Manager for Shimano
In our previous interviews
with the Shimano staff they have mentioned that extensive field testing that
goes into each and every reel before it is introduced to market. It is no secret
that Shimano has gone south of the border in the past to test their reels prior
to introduction, and recently the Shimano team was actually spotted at Lake El
Salto during one such a field test.
We magnified the images to see
what appears to be a low profile green reel
We have obtained secret
spy images from an angler that was also on the lake while the Shimano staff was
field testing what appears to be a new green reel. Unfortunately our source for
these images did not have a high powered zoom lens like the ones that we
normally employ, but we are able to confirm that it is indeed Jeremy Sweet,
Shimano America’s Product Manager for reels that was field testing this reel.
Jeremy spots the angler taking
Our source described to us
that the team was casting a variety of large crankbaits, and that they were
burning them back to the boat, we believe most likely testing the strength of
the gearing. These pictures were shot without the approval of Shimano, and our
source managed to get a few pics of Jeremy actually catching fish with the reel
in one of the coves at Lake El Salto.
We expand this image as well, here
you can see the underside of the mystery reel
Our source was too far
away to describe any unique sound the reel was making, and only managed to get a
few shots before he was seen by the Shimano team and had to leave. While the
“green” reel was being field tested Jeremy was also being filmed by a video
crew, we do not know if this was for an internal video or a media publication.
We tried desperately to blow up the spy images, and you can see in our magnified
images that the reel is a low profile green reel, and while we can’t
specifically say what the reel is it is possibly a new reel that will be
introduced later this year.
We will try and get more
information about this reel that Jeremy was field testing, currently Shimano is
remaining very tight lipped about the sighting
to Shimano regarding the images we obtained were not immediately returned, and
for the time being the company is remaining very tight lipped about the new
reel, any specifications, or even availability. The team here at TackleTour is
working hard to learn more about this new secret “green” reel that Shimano is
field testing. As soon as any more information becomes available we will follow
up with more coverage.