Shimano Curado DC Reel Review by Tyler Brinks

Heres What You Need to Know About the Shimano Curado DC


Fall 2018


The Shimano Conquest, Metanium, Antares, and more have all had the DC treatment. Over the past several years there have been multiple different products with this technology both in the United States and Japan. The technology used in the new Shimano Curado DC is not new and was perfected over the years in other reels.

The biggest news about the new Curado is that it brings a high-end technology to a lower price point and makes it available to more anglers. This new reel retails for $249, which is less than half of some of the higher- end digitally controlled reels of the past.


The Digitally Controlled breaking system is one of the most advanced technologies available in fishing reels.

The Curado DC and other DC reels have an adjustable braking system that is controlled by a microcomputer. Every 1/1000’s of a second it is working to control the cast and adjust the speed of the spool.

The result is perfectly applied breaking. The technology allows for almost zero backlashes, without sacrificing casting distance.

It is something that has to be seen to believe it. Being able to cast a lure directly into heavy winds is possible with this reel.

There are four settings on the reel for different conditions, and they are 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The 1st setting is for ultra-long casts in calm conditions.

The 2nd setting is for braided, and monofilament lines.

The 3rd setting is for fluorocarbon lines.

The 2nd and 3rd settings are different based on the weight of the different line types as fluorocarbon is a heavier line.