Shimano Aero 4000 Match FA
It was good to see that Shimano has finally started designing spinning reels for the UK market with shallow spools for use with ultra thin braided lines – even if they haven’t yet released smaller models suitable for light rock fishing.

The new Shimano Aero 4000 MATCH FA features some radical design elements – look at that bail arm roller – but the extremely shallow spool is perhaps the most radical for Shimano Europe. Hopefully this will catch on and Shimano will have enough incentive to produce shallow spools on a number of spinning reels across other disciplines, meaning we won’t have to source expensive Japanese imports any more – or put up with backing issues.