Shimano Tiagra vs Shimano Talica Reel - Reels Comparison

Shimano Tiagra and Shimano Talica reels are group of heavy duty, strong and durable drag lever reels that come with a nice price tag. They are offshore fishing reels designed for any blue water fishing scenario fishermen can encounter. Except perhaps bait fishing.

For more info about fishing reels, feel free to check Types Of Fishing Reels article.

Both reels can be used interchangeably in similar situations, however, they differ in several, very important details and any good fisherman should be aware of them. After all, both reels come in at least 10 different sizes.

Shimano Tiagra Fishing Reels

Shimano Tiagra is a group of about 10 reels in different sizes.

They have 4-6 ball bearings for smooth operation, they weigh between 34.6 and 174.1 ounces (0.98 - 4.93 kg), have max drag range between 33 and 99 pounds (15 and 45 kg), line retrieve per single crank between 36/16 and 41/18 inches (91.4/40.6 and 104.1/45.7 cm) and they have 2 retrieve speeds - hence 36/16 and 41/18 line retrieve.

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Note: all Shimano Tiagra fishing reels are available only as 2-speed fishing reels.

Shimano Talica Fishing Reels

Shimano Talica is a group of about 12 reels in different sizes.

They have 6 bearings, they weigh between 15.9 and 60 ounces (0.45 and 1.7 kg), have max drag range between 15 and 60 pounds (6.8 and 27.2 kg), line retrieve per single crank between 38/25 and 45/20 inches (96.5/63.5 and 114/51 cm), with Shimano Talica TAC20BFC having line retrieve per single crank of 60 inches (152.4 cm). 

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Note: Some models come in versions with single and two speeds, except TAC25 and TAC50 models which are available only in 2-speed versions.

Shimano Tiagra and Shimano Talica Reels Specifications Comparison Table

Shimano Tiagra and Talica specifications are given in the following table:

Reel Model Line Retrieve Per Crank (inches) Mono Line Capacity (Test pounds/yd) PowerPro Braid Line Capacity (Test pounds/yd) Max Drag (lb) Max Strike with Freespool Ball Bearings High Gear Ratio Low Gear Ratio Weight (oz)
Shimano Talica TAC8 38 15/280, 20/200, 25/165   40/395, 50/390, 65/235 20 13 6 6.2:1  - 15.9
Shimano Talica TAC8II 38/25 15/280, 20/200, 25/165   40/395, 50/390, 65/235 20 13 6 6.2:1 4.1:1 18.2
Shimano Talica TAC10 38  15/380, 20/270, 25/215  40/540, 50/535, 65/335  20 13 6 6.2:1  - 16.4 
Shimano Talica TAC10II 38/25 15/380, 20/270, 25/215  40/540, 50/535, 65/335 20 13 6 6.2:1  4.1:1  18.6 
Shimano Talica TAC12 41 20/350, 25/280, 30/230  50/700, 65/400, 80/355  40 22 6 5.7:1  - 23.1 
Shimano Talica TAC12II 41/22 20/350, 25/280, 30/230  50/700, 65/400, 80/355  40 22 6 5.7:1  3.1:1  25.7
Shimano Talica TAC16 41 20/440, 25/350, 30/300  50/845, 65/485, 80/430  40 22 6 5.7:1  - 23.6 
Shimano Talica TAC16II 41/22 20/440, 25/350, 30/300  50/845, 65/485, 80/430  40 22 6 5.7:1 3.1:1 26.5 
Shimano Talica TAC20BFC 60 20/640, 30/440 - 15 3 6 6.7:1 - 28.1
Shimano Talica TAC20II 46/20 30/470, 40/320, 50/260  65/725, 80/575, 100/435  45 30 6 5.2:1  2.3:1  32.3 
Shimano Talica TAC25II 46/20 30/550, 40/420, 50/340  65/880, 80/725, 100/610  45 30 6 5.2:1  2.3:1  33.2 
Shimano Talica TAC50II 45/20 60/440, 80/340, 100/250  80/1120, 100/945, 150/825  60 53 6 3.8:1  1.7:1  56 
Shimano Tiagra TI12 36/16 12/880, 16/650, 20/460  40/795, 50/790, 65/460  33 23 6 3.9:1  1.7:1  34.6
Shimano Tiagra TI16 36/16 16/980, 20/670, 30/430  50/1210, 65/680, 80/520  29.5 22 6 3.9:1  1.7:1  37.9 
Shimano Tiagra TI20A 41/18 20/690  50/1225, 65/720, 80/525  36 30 4 3.9:1  1.7:1 49.7 
Shimano Tiagra TI30A 41/18 30/700  50/1805, 65/1065, 80/770  34 25 4 3.9:1  1.7:1  52.4 
Shimano Tiagra TI30WLRSA 41/18 50/570  65/1435, 80/1180, 100/865  34 25 4 3.9:1  1.7:1  55.6 
Shimano Tiagra TI50A 37/15 50/600  80/1135, 100/930, 150/865 37.5 28.5 4 3.1:1  1.3:1  83.4 
Shimano Tiagra TI50WA 37/15 50/850  80/1575, 100/1235, 150/1180  37.5  28.5  3.1:1  1.3:1  86.3 
Shimano Tiagra TI50WLRSA 37/15 80/550  80/1575, 100/1235, 150/1180  44 35 4 3.1:1  1.3:1  86.3 
Shimano Tiagra TI80WA 39/19 80/950  100/2445, 150/2365, 200/1920  44 35 4 2.5:1  1.3:1  115.2 
Shimano Tiagra TI130A 39/22 130/1000  150/3315, 200/2770, 250/1955  99 79 6 2.2:1  1.15:1  174.1 

Notes:

- Reel model - Shimano reel model with Amazon link for more reviews and recommendations. All links in the table open in the new window.

- Line Retrieve Per Crank - the length of the line retrieved per single crank, with full spool.

- Mono Line Capacity - reel spool capacity in yards of a monofilament fishing line.

- PowerPro Braid Line Capacity - reel spool capacity in yards of PowerPro braid lines. Braid lines can be very abrasive, but braids are recommended type of fishing lines for these reels, except for Shimano Talica TAC20BFC model.

- Max Drag - maximum drag setting of the reel. In real life, drag can be increased even more, but with the risk of damaging the reel.

- Max Strike with Freespool - maximum drag setting at strike before losing freespool, in pounds.

- Ball Bearings - number of ball bearings. Usually, more ball bearings means smoother operation, however, construction and quality of ball bearings and reel itself determine the strength and durability of the reel.

- High Gear Ratio and Low Gear Ratio - number of spool rotations for a single crank.

- Weight - weight of the reels, given in ounces.

As one can see, Shimano Talica fishing reel models are lighter and 'faster' when compared with Shimano Tiagra fishing reel models.

Having 2 speeds significantly aids in successful landing of game fish, but it also complicates the reel mechanism and increases weight, price and maintenance. All reels are made from high quality materials, optimized for salt water fishing and are very durable, but they are NOT maintenance free.

Single speed models are somewhat cheaper, but are also lighter and have simpler retrieve mechanisms.

All models are optimized for fishing with braided lines, except Shimano Talica TAC20BFC, which is designed primarily for monofilament lines.

Personally, if you are ready to pay several hundred dollars/euros for a reel, consider 2-speed reels - one never knows what is lurking below waves. On the other hand, Shimano Talica TAC20BFC with 60 inch line retrieve per crank is perfect reel for quickly reeling in the line when fishing with the kite.

Which one is the best? Well, these are all great reels and which one is the best depends on situation, fishing technique, game fish and individual preferences of the fisherman.

For example, Shimano Tiagra TI130A is capable of holding 3315 yards of 150 pounds braid line - that is 3km of 68kg fishing line. If you end up in situation that really requires such reel with such capacity and you land that fish - congrats! :)

Use links in the table to check for more reviews and recommendations of individual reel models.