Shimano Ultegra XTE Spod reel

With Shimano releasing the new Ultegra XTE models last year in 2022, it was only a matter of time before they unveiled the update to the ever-popular Spod reel with cosmetics to match. Used by so many, the Ultegra XTD Spod has been a true workhorse and we expect the 2023 model to be another step in the right direction. One thing’s for sure, the sleek new looks and mouth-watering spec certainly hit the mark!

The Shimano Ultegra XTE Spod is a dedicated spod reel and like its predecessor features an increased gear ratio of 5.2:1, for a speedy retrieval rate of 120 centimetres per crank of the handle – something you’ll be thankful for when sending out multiple spods at long range. Further adding to this dedicated performance, the reel features an enlarged egg-knob handle, ensuring you retain a steady grip during excessive use.

Another feature carried over from the XTD on to this model is the wide diameter aluminium AR-C Spool, which when combined with the Super Slow 5 Oscillation 5 for impeccable line lay, enables effortless distance casting. The spool itself is a shallow spool, designed for using braid without the need for backing, and there are also three line clips, allowing multiple clip points to be used without overloading one clip.

This is where the XTE quickly accelerates past the older XTD, with significant improvements in gearing and body material technologies. Super-tough Hagane cold forged gearing has been used in this version, providing consistent performance under load for years to come. X-ship from the original XTD is then combined with Infinity Drive and Silent Drive for a truly effortless performance, providing even, smooth and more efficient winding.

The new XTE Spod reel utilises Shimano’s renowned Ci4+ construction for a lighter, tougher and more rigid body. RigidCast and a Parallel Body design reduces spool deflection at the moment of release during a cast and guides the line at the perfect angle towards the butt ring. All this not only improves your comfort during the cast, but adds extra percentages on to your performance.

The reel features the incredibly sleek new looks of the new Ultegra XTE reels. It also features an instant drag and unlike the older model also comes supplied with a spare spool. This is a very welcome feature for anglers fishing lots of varied venues, where one may want to load one spool with a super-fine spodding braid for range and a second with a more heavy duty version that doesn’t require a leader, or perhaps a fine mono that can prove useful when distance casting in windy conditions.

All in all, we believe that the new Ultegra XTE Spod reel will be a huge hit with anglers as it looks to provide a compelling list of features for a very fair price!

RRP - £174.99