Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

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Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Cal » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:43 pm

Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

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Introduction: When it comes to bait finesse system (BFS) options, low profile reels seem to get all the love. Compared to the likes of the Pixy, Aldebaran BFS, Brenious, Alphas SV, T3 Air, among others, those who enjoy the fully machined precision of a round reels have had few alternatives. The Conquest 50/51S was simply a shallow spooled version of the 2000 Conquest 50/51 - not a reel truly tuned to be fished with finesse baits, and the Cardiff 50/51DC was actually intended for trout. Of course, a reel does not know for which species it is being fished, but in this world of technique and species specific tackle, we enthusiasts are allowed to knit pick. The tides have finally shifted in 2017 with Shimano Japan's introduction of today's subject, the Calcutta Conquest BFS.

Complete Article: http://tackletour.com/reviewshim17conquestbfshg.html
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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby goldrod » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:34 am

Thanks for the review. I have an old conquest 50 and had a new version conquest 100 but sold it. I have been eyeing this reel for a while and must say that all my questions were answered in the article. 5lb test line isn’t something that i have every purchased and i can’t imagine what catching a fish on such light line feels like but just the fact that a round reel is tuned for bfs makes this a cool reel to own.
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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Cal » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:27 am

It is a very fine piece of machinery and very close to being retired for posterity :lol:
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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby ScoobyDoo » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:42 pm

I'm surprised you didn't mention the clicky drag.....
I've found it to be a spectacular feature. You can really dial in how much pressure your putting on light line by the feel.

The sound isn't all that important but you can feel the detents on the drag as you wind against the drag. Which is an incredibly tactile way to determine if your gaining or not.
Something I never thought of before but once i experienced it. It was eye opening!


Every reel should have that feature. I could be silent for all i care. But feeling it is huge

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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby DirtyD64 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:20 pm

ScoobyDoo wrote:I'm surprised you didn't mention the clicky drag.....
I've found it to be a spectacular feature. You can really dial in how much pressure your putting on light line by the feel.

The sound isn't all that important but you can feel the detents on the drag as you wind against the drag. Which is an incredibly tactile way to determine if your gaining or not.
Something I never thought of before but once i experienced it. It was eye opening!


Every reel should have that feature. I could be silent for all i care. But feeling it is huge


Agreed, I would do all my casting reels that way if possible.

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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Houndfish » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:36 pm

I have been on the fence about one ever since they came out, that review is not helping me resist. Also not helping is that I think I have found the perfect 1/16-1/8oz inline spinner rod, a legend inshore 66xlm, and I now find that I do need a salt-safe reel for it. The reel will be way way overkill for perch fishing, but it would be cheaper (I think) then my current plan of buying a Conquest 50 and having it BFS tuned. Which is also overkill, but the word is not ready for a sub-$400 salt safe bfs reel I guess ;)

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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Cal » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:14 pm

Houndfish wrote:Which is also overkill, but the word is not ready for a sub-$400 salt safe bfs reel I guess ;)


It is on sale right now at JapanTackle for $368 ;)
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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Houndfish » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:05 am

Cal wrote:
Houndfish wrote:Which is also overkill, but the word is not ready for a sub-$400 salt safe bfs reel I guess ;)


It is on sale right now at JapanTackle for $368 ;)


Oh man, my "tackle I absolutely need" list is long enough as it is.

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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Dalleinf » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:25 am

Cal wrote:It is a very fine piece of machinery and very close to being retired for posterity :lol:


“Say what”, is the reel being discontinued?

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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby Cal » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:38 pm

Dalleinf wrote:
Cal wrote:It is a very fine piece of machinery and very close to being retired for posterity :lol:


“Say what”, is the reel being discontinued?


Speaking from the perspective of my collection of reels...
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Re: Shimano's Fully Machined BFS Masterpiece

Postby slipperybob » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:08 pm

That shallow spool is perfect for ice fishing application. When will Shimano come over to the freeze side? :big grin:
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