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It niggles me when you don’t get a spare spool included with a spinning reel, but I’ve found a solution for this sublime Shimano Exsence C14+ 4000XGS

So when did you last have such a bad blow up with your braid that either you had to change spools over, or else if you weren’t carrying a spare spool you couldn’t actually carry on fishing? Granted, this might never have happened to you - and for the life of me I can’t remember the last time it happened to me - but I am haunted by this feeling that some day I am going to be in the middle of the most epic bass fishing session you could ever imagine, and my extreme over excitement is going to cause me to do a particularly bad cast, blow my reel up beyond all hope, and then I will be left thrashing myself with my lure rod - unless there’s a spare spool loaded up with braid, sitting in my rucksack, calling to me………….

And this is one reason in particular I like to carry a spare spool for my spinning reel - and therefore yes, it niggles me that with some spinning reels you get a spare spool in the box, yet with some you don’t. As I said, I can’t actually remember having to use a spare spool, but I also like being able to use the same spinning reel with a couple of different breaking strains or makes of braid for example - which I can’t do if my reel doesn’t come with that spare spool in the box. I could buy a spare one of course, but firstly I don’t see why I should have to, and secondly they are often next to impossible to get hold of anyway. I must give credit to Ben at the Art of Fishing for actually stocking a few spare spools for some of the more popular Shimano spinning reels - check here.

Anyway, I have been fishing a lot more with this utterly sublime Shimano Exsence C14+ 4000XGS spinning reel (review here) - I liked it a hell of a lot when I wrote that review, but I like it even more another couple of months down the line. Why? Because it just feels right when I turn that lovely chunky handle, and so far I haven’t had a single problem with it. This Shimano Exsence C14+ 4000XGS is so my kind of lure fishing reel and I am sorely tempted to buy another one it’s that nice to fish with - but yes, it still niggles me that this reel doesn’t come with a spare spool in the box.

I mentioned in my review of this reel that it reminded me very much of the Shimano Sustain 4000FG spinning reel, and the other day an idea suddenly came to me in a blinding flash of light - and apologies here if this would seem remarkably obvious to you - would the spool from the Sustain by any chance fit onto the Exsence?

By jove it does, as per above! I have heard of the spools of various Shimano spinning reels fitting perfectly onto other Shimano reels, and this is one of those cases - lo and behold if this Sustain 4000FG spool fitting onto the Exsence C14+ 4000XGS doesn’t now sort out my problem of not having a spare spool with me when I am fishing with it. OK, so none of this will apply to you if you don’t own these reels, but at least my finding this out may give you cause to swap some spools around on your spinning reels and see what might fit. Chances are you aren’t going to need to carry a spare spool with you, but is it worth taking that risk?

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