There are many reel manufacturers and so any models of reels to choose from made from different materials and using different technologies.
The Shimano TLD 25 is a basic and simple reel with a graphite body and an aluminium spool.
There may be stronger and higher technology reels on the market but there is no reel on the market that can give you so much for the small amount of money that a TLD 25 costs.
The TLD is bullet proof, reliable, lasts forever and maintenance is low, whilst spare parts are available they hardly ever break and just keep going and going year after year, fish after fish even when they are abused and not cared for.
So the reason I say it is the best lever drag ever made is because you get so much reel for your money, simple, reliable, longevity and low maintenance for a very long time along with good performance fish after fish. No other reel on the market can give you so much bang for your buck.
Shimano TLD 25 is best spooled with 600m of Sufix 15kg Big Game mono filament line. Mine are paired with the Shimano 7ft Beast master boat rods.
The TLD Single Speed series has 3 models, all equal in what is said above, the 25, 20 and 15.
Written by Mike Laubscher