Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG spinning reel review - not remotely cheap!

Further to this blog post here from a while back, I manfully lasted precisely three whole days before giving in and buying this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG spinning reel. I gave up smoking just before I turned 30 without any trouble at all, but I can’t control myself around fishing tackle. Go figure………….

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Anyway, as per always with a spinning reel, I can only tell you what I think of it after a certain amount of use, and yes, I am not Alan Hawk and his incredibly detailed and helpful in-depth spinning reel reviews. After another chunk of time I will report back on this reel, so please take this review of mine as merely my impressions after a certain amount of time with it. If it helps, I started using this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG at the start of August 2017, and to be honest I have hardly used another spinning reel since I (so weakly) gave in and bought it.

I can’t get away from how much reel for the money the amazing 2016 model Shimano Stradic 3000FK is (review here), and my mate’s one continues to perform flawlessly after a hell of a lot of saltwater use and not a whole lot of TLC. Of course there’s the ever present argument about how many cheaper reels you could buy instead of this not remotely cheap Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG, so let’s be honest here - is the more expensive reel really going to last 2.4 times longer than the cheaper one (£359.99 Twin Power price divided by the £149.99 price of the Stradic)? Me sincerely thinks not, but a lot more time with this Twin Power will surely give me an inkling.

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OK, so for £359.99 you should damn well expect this stunning looking Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG spinning reel to be almost beyond sublime to fish with. And it is, to the point that sometimes when I am retrieving say a white senko at night, I turn my red bulb on and have a quick look to make sure the braid is actually coming back onto the spool as I turn the handle - it’s almost too smooth, and it continues to be that smooth after three months or so. As it should be perhaps, but plenty of spinning reels I have fished with at least start to feel like they’ve had some decent use after this length of time (different degrees of “grindiness”). This Twin Power if anything feels better than when I first lovingly lifted it from its box.

I love the handle on this Twin Power, I love how the drag knob goes from zero to hero so quickly, the line lay is perfect of course, the 6.0:1 retrieve ratio works great for me on a reel of this size, I haven’t had even a hint of braid trouble with a decent line level and casting all manner of lures in all manner of conditions (I have used both Sufix 832 and Sufix Performance Pro 8 braids on this reel, but to be honest I wouldn’t expect any trouble from these two truly outstanding braids on a decent modern spinning reel anyway), the size of the reel for me sits really well on any of the lure rods I might use for my fishing, I am so glad there is no anti-reverse mechanism, and overall this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG is just a delight to fish with. We all like different stuff, but for me this reel just floats my boat. Will it catch more fish for me than the considerably cheaper Stradic? Nope, obviously not, but then I drive a Berlingo and you might drive a Mercedes and so on.

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Is this Twin Power 2.4 times better than the cheaper Stradic 3000FK? Nope, but then how can a £149.99 spinning reel which fishes so well actually be made 2.4 times better for the sort of lure fishing we do? Sure, you can use more more expensive materials and innards or whatever, but in a saltwater environment, you and I both know that it’s not going to add up to 2.4 times the life of the reel. I am not here to remotely try and justify the price of this Twin Power, and I am not going to tell you that I really need a spinning reel like this for my UK and Irish lure fishing. I sure as hell don’t need the quoted 9kg of drag on this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG either, but it is a lovely smooth drag regardless, and as I said earlier, I like how it doesn’t take endless turning to tighten it up a decent amount. Why give fish line when you don’t need to?

I just really like lure fishing with this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG, and that’s all there is to it really. Sure, it niggles me that you don’t get a spare spool in the box, but then you don’t tend to with the more expensive spinning reels. Hell, it seems to be increasingly rare that we get a spare spool with any spinning reels these days (I blame Brexit!), but that aside, this Twin Power does it for me to the point that I can’t recall lure fishing with a specific spinning reel that I have liked quite as much. Time will tell how long this love affair goes on for - and as I said earlier, I will report back - but for the time being I can’t get enough of this thing.

And I still blame the owner of Needful Things for “so innocently” putting this Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG spinning reel into my hands in the first place………………..

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