Shimano Tekota reels are really great. They are my go to reels for striped bass fishing. they have a low gear ratio which really makes them powerful and they have a very strong level wind system that lasts. The line counter models are super for trolling deep diving plugs for bass or slow trolling for fluke in the ocean. The Achilles heel to this reel is its handle. It is made of some cheap aluminum which with salt water use will become corroded around where it fits on to the main shaft. As corrosion eats away at the metal the handle will begin to develop slap, or just move back and forth without moving the spool. It is very annoying and becomes worse very quickly until the reel is almost unusable. Also very often the knob on the handle which should spin freely often tightens up and cannot be freed. To replace the handle with another junk handle costs fifty bucks with tax, shipping and handling. I became tired of spending good money for another piece of junk. Determined to solve the problem I did some leg work and found a machine shop to make a new handle that would accept an Accurate American made handle. I like the Accurate Speed handle best so that is what I chose to start with. Skimmeroutdoors.com and Trophy Tackle will now be handling this new product. The Accurate handle can be any color they produce including silver, gold, gun metal, red, blue, black and green or you can choose another type of Accurate handle configuration. The silver handle will be standard and other colors will have to be custom ordered and will take approximately one week. This stainless steel handle with Accurate speed knob will retail for $70. Once you replace the junk with this handle you will have a great reel and a handle that will last for the life of the reel and work better than the original.
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