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.
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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.
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).
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||4||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|
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- 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! :)
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