It is that time of the year to welcome back the Shimano Metanium Series. Shimano has released another newly improved casting reel, the Metanium MGL series. It has been a one million dollar question, to why manufacturers have the desire to compete with one another? They go an extra mile to design a one-of-a-kind product which is still quite similar to the others. But, the Shimano Metanium series will prove us otherwise.

It has been an ongoing debate that the products designed for the Japanese market are better than the US ones. From then on, buyers have opted to purchase through the internet directly to Japan. Well, not anymore, because the Shimano America Corp has finally released their latest Metanium reels in the US.

Down below you will find all the information that you need to know about the Shimano Metanium reel. It has various product types, all with different functionalities. But before anything else, let us refresh our minds with what a Fishing Reel is all about.

Casting Reel Overview

A fishing reel is a casting device that comes in a cylindrical shape and is attached to a fishing rod. Nowadays, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing or fitting a fishing reel. Casting range, accuracy, and the retrieving line are all essential elements to pick the perfect fishing reel.

Fishing reels can also be classified into two parts: Reel Mechanisms and Drag Mechanisms. Both mechanisms can also be broken down into smaller parts.

Reel Mechanisms consists of the Direct-drive reel and the Anti-reverse reel. The Direct-drive reel is designed with the spool and handles being directly coupled. On the other hand, the Anti-reverse Reel can cast out a spool while the handle stays still.

Drag Mechanism is when pressure is applied to the fishing spool in order to give off abrasion to the brake that counterparts the spool. This ensures that the spool does not break upon catching a fish.

There are various types of fishing reels, all with different functions as well. Commonly known and used fishing reels are the Fly reel, Baitcasting reel, Spinning reel and the Spin-cast reel.

How to Choose a Casting Reel?

Choosing the perfect reel is a challenge especially if you want to ensure a high-quality performing reel. You have got to check a few things before deciding to buy one. Many factors contribute to a reliable and impressive reel.

  1. The Frame
    • This is the foundation of the reel. It is already self-explanatory that choosing a bad frame will then result to a bad reel.
  2. Bearings
    • The number of bearings is essential to determine for your reel. An average of three bearings can be adequate to ensure a smooth operation. It can be as many as 11 bearings. One key point to remember is to always choose quality over quantity.
  3. Spool
    • This is the fishing line that you are going to cast to catch a fish. There are a few variations of fishing spools. This will depend upon the fishing reel and fishing rod that you are using.
  4. Brakes
    • This is one of the most important factors to determine a good casting reel. An effective braking system makes casting even more convenient than the normal casting.

Now that I have given you the guide on how to choose a casting reel. Let me introduce you to one of the most high-end and popular casting reels used by anglers, the Shimano Metanium series.

Introducing the Shimano Metanium series

The Matanium MGL has been the ultimate choice of professional anglers and averaged fisherman. It has now been improved to be 10% lighter and 20% longer than the previous products. The brakes cover a wide variety of casting conditions.

It is a bait-casting reel that stands out when it comes to versatility and for being light-weighted. Metanium MGL performs with a low moment of inertia. Hence, improving the casting distance by 20% and enhances the turning of the handle into a light and smooth feel.

The product is built-in with high-end features following that of the Micro-Modual Gearing, X-Ship, and SVS infinity breaking. It comes into three different gear ratio classifications: 6.2:1, 7.4:1 and 8.5:1.

Product Specifications of the Shimano Metanium series

Shimano Metanium MGL Regular

The Metanium Regular has a line retriever of 26 inches per crank. It is available in a 6.2:1 gear ratio and a maximum drag of 11 pounds. The Mono Line Capacity of the Metanium MGL regular is available in 10/120, 12/110 and 14/90 line tests per yard. The PowerPro Line Capacity #test/yard are 20/150, 30/135 and 40/105. Its overall weight is 6.2 oz, has a ball bearing of 10+1 and retrieves on the right.

Shimano Metanium MGL HG


The Metanium MGL HG has a line retriever of 31 inches per crank. It is available in a 7.4:1 gear ratio and a maximum drag of 11 pounds. The Mono Line Capacity of the Metanium MGL HG is available in 10/120, 12/110 and 14/90 line tests per yard. The PowerPro Line Capacity #test/yard are 20/150, 30/135 and 40/105. Its overall weight is 6.2 oz, has a ball bearing of 10+1 and retrieves on the right.

Shimano Metanium MGL XG


The Metanium MGL XG has a line retriever of 36 inches per crank. It is available in an 8.5:1 gear ratio and a maximum drag of 11 pounds. The Mono Line Capacity of the Metanium MGL XG is available in 10/120, 12/110 and 14/90 line tests per yard. The PowerPro Line Capacity #test/yard are 20/150, 30/135 and 40/105. Its overall weight is 6.2 oz, has a ball bearing of 10+1 and retrieves on the right.

Models Offered

The Shimano Metanium comes in 6 model types. The Metanium MGL 150, Metanium MGL 150 HG, Metanium MGL 150 XG, Metanium MGL 151, Metanium MGL 151 HG and Metanium MGL 151 XG. The product specifications of these various models have already mentioned above. The only thing that differs is that the Metanium MGL 151 models retrieve left. 

The Construction and Quality

Shimano Metanium

The Shimano Metanium series are magnesium framed reels. It has a distinctive look of having shades of gray as a motif. Its top plate is colored dark gray and the remaining parts are colored light gray, closing to a silver color.

It has a perfect tolerance when it comes to its frame and side plate quality. Although, there is a slight turn-off with the handles when turning it back and forth, also in and out. Nonetheless, the knobs on the reels are tight to its handle.

The reels of the Shimano Metanium improved its gearing system by featuring a new micro module. The teeth of the pinion and primary gears have doubled in number from the previous Shimano Reel. Because of this, it has less noise when gearing and a better and improved performance in the handle.

Performance and Ability

Shimano Metanium

It is time to take into account its drag capabilities. The Shimano Metanium series had a small alteration in its turns with a total range of two and a half. Although its maximum drag is 11 pounds, the average drag that it can sustain is 8.42 pounds.

It has been tested that, the longer the line being cast out, the increase in each setting of the drag. Rest assured, the Metanium series is going to bring a quality and competent performance. The Shimano Metanium series promises a smooth and consistent lock-down drag.

As for the length of a millimeter handle, a standard Metanium reel with a 6.2:1 retrieve ratio is 84 millimeters in length. The Metanium HG, with a 7.4:1 retrieve ratio, has an 84-millimeter handle. Lastly, the Metanium XG, with an 8.5:1 retrieve ratio, comes with a 96-millimeter handle.

Power, Brakes and Casting Range

Shimano Mentanium

The Shimano Metanium series offers a strong cranking power. Aaron Martens, BASS Elite Pro, can vouch for the extreme credibility of the Metanium series. He uses the Metanium HG model, but they are all replicated from one another. Thus, you can expect the same power from the Metanium Regular and Metanium XG. They are also reliable for throwing deep diving crankbaits.

The Infinity SVS brake system has been the newly designed brake feature of the Shimano company. Although it is not highly user-friendly and takes the time to understand its maneuvering, it has one advantage. The brakes can be set on the inside of the reel, and can be adjusted with a dial tune on the outside.

The brake’s outer adjustment dial is located at the bottom of the side-plate with no handles on it. The braking force of the reel depends on the extent of its dial adjustment. The more it can turn as it extends the brakes, the stronger the force of your brakes will be.

The Metanium series can best perform when using a 12-gram spool. Equipped with an Infinity SVS feature, the spool’s extremely light weight can significantly improve the Metanium’s casting range. Generally speaking, the casting capabilities of the Metanium series is really first-rate.

Overall Review

The Shimano Metanium series is a bait-casting reel that is ultra light in weight, impressively powerful and has an incredibly smooth operation. It is a combination of carbon, magnesium, and aluminum to further its performance and quality. It is not that user-friendly but is practical and easy to understand.

Due to its Micro Module gearing system incorporated with the Shimano’s X-Ship feature, the Metanium series is now the smoothest and most stable baitcasting reel there is. It is popularly used by professional anglers. This bait-casting reel can promise you a perfect catch.

Now that the Shimano Company has made this gear available to the US as well, we can now bask in the satisfaction of an awesome fishing experience. The Shimano Metanium in Japan offers the exact the same results and performance from that of the US. It is indeed a great investment!

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