What is it?
Gear Review: Shimano SLX DC
What sets it apart?
Last year, Shimano introduced the Curado DC reel with its I-DC4 digital brake control system designed to reduce the learning curve for anglers new to baitcasting reels, while raising the performance level for experienced fishermen. Now, Shimano expands the lineup of I-DC4 reels with the budget-friendly SLX DC 150 series. Essentially making it much easier to use a baitcaster, the digital brake control system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1,000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance.
How do I use it?
Built on Shimano’s established SLX low-profile platform, these reels feature a sturdy all-metal HAGANE body, A-RB anti-rust bearings and a tournament performance long handle. Models include the SLX DC150 and left-hand retrieve DC151 with 6.2:1 gear ratios (26 inches of line per rotation), the SLX DC150HG and DC151HG with 7.4:1 gear ratios (31-inches), and the even higher speed SLX DC150XG and DC151XG with 8.5:1 gear ratios (36 inches).
I’d love to tell you I never backlash baitcasters, but there are far too many witnesses, including several Elite Series anglers, who would put an end to such self-indulgence. I’ve tossed a few baits on Shimano reels with the I-DC4 digital brake control system and have felt the difference. I like the external adjustable brake settings, which allow you to match the amount of control to four scenarios from max distance for lengthy casts to max brake for those challenging shots like dock skipping.