We have had a couple of long plays with the new Stella SW reels and it sure looks like Shimano has moved the goal posts a lot higher. When you look at the presentation on our previous post you’ll see a lot of new claims and obviously it’s not just advertising hype, these are noticeable improvements. The new one piece bail wire is made of titanium and is the strongest most rigid bail we’ve seen. The old reel had a top class drag and this new one is even better, absolutely smooth without a hint of breakaway torque even at the highest settings. Handles, gears, rotors all made better and stronger along with increased water resistance, this is going to be one awesome reel!