Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA


The Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA is by far my favorite Tiagra in the range. It might not be the biggest or the strongest of the Tiagras, but I love it – Johan W

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Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA

The Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA is by far my favorite Tiagra in the range. Sure, it might not be the biggest or the strongest of the Tiagras…

However, in the age of braided lines one can easily fit 600 meters of 50lb backing and another 200 meters of 50lb class mono on top of that. Combine that with a 35lb drag and it becomes the ideal expedition reel that will keep you in the game for everything from catching live bonnies to landing that “accidental” 200lb yellowfin!!!

According to Shimano website the Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA reels feature an innovative hydrothermal drag system that virtually eliminates the drag setting variances. I can confirm this after years of setting drags on multiple different brands of top spec big game reels. Nothing holds its drag like a Shimano Tiagra!

Why is this important you may ask?

When you hook the fish of a life time, like one ends up doing when on expedition trips to places like St Lazarus banks it is great to know exactly where you are drag wise to ensure that you can never ever break your line.

We suggest fishing the  Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA with 50lb class line on these trips with a “strike” setting at about 7kg, this will put you at about 10-12kg on full drag or as we prefer to call it… Sunset!!! So you are still only at about half of the line breaking strain and if you consider that a angry wahoo or grey-hounding marlin still adds a lot of pressure on the line then you should be real safe as far as line breaks go…

When that big yellow fin tuna settles 100 meters below the boat with those steady recharging circles simply engage the the conveniently located two speed button to really crank down on the fish this will get her next to the boat in no time and safe you a lot of sweating!

Sure the Shimano Tiagra 30 WLRSA is not cheap, but should be considered a investment for life time…

Shimano Tiagra Series Specifications

Tiagra Models (linked)
Retrieve per crank
Line class
Gear ratios

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