The new Shimano SLX Spinning Rod offers tournament level performance at a price that all anglers can afford. This updated lineup includes a variety of versatile actions that can handle finesse fishing techniques from drop shot, neko rigs, and even smaller swimbaits. Featuring Shimano’s DIAFLASH design that utilizes opposing carbon tape wraps through the butt section to create an X-shape that increases strength and sensitivity, this strong and stylish series of rods comes equipped with titanium-oxide guides and EVA split grips with etched logos.
A nice touch for anglers that like to use the power of their reel is the oversized hook keeper, which is designed to keep your baits securely fastened to your line. Another feature that should please the anglers that love to fish light finesse applications is a compact body that features an incredibly lightweight feel and also helps to reduce fatigue.
The SLX’s overall feel is more in line with the Citica than any other Shimano baitcaster, and this is also reflected by its ergonomics. The long handle feels very familiar and comfortable to palm, and the oversized knobs also channel the Curado. The SLX does not come with many power options, though, and only covers medium and medium-heavy, which means that it is unlikely to work as well for saltwater anglers that want to take advantage of heavier finesse applications. The SLX also lacks some of the signature technologies that have been featured in other Shimano lines, but this doesn’t mean that it cannot compete with other premium offerings.