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Shimano Solora Spinning Rod Review – The Best Fishing Rod for Beginners

Being one of the top brands in fishing rods, Shimano have brought out a lightweight rod with great balance in its Shimano Solora Spinning Rod.

I have put together this review of the Shimano Solora to give you a clear picture of its pros and cons so that you can make an educated decision on whether it suits your requirements.

This article explains some of the key criteria for selecting any fishing rod such as the power, the action, the materials of the rod and the grip, as well as answering as many frequently asked questions as we can.

Let's dive in.

Shimano Solara 5'6 M Spinning Freshwater Spinning Rod
  • The Solara series is designed to be the ideal tool for new anglers to learn the art
  • Reinforced with durable Aeroglass blank construction that provides incredible sensitivity
  • Featuring aluminum oxide guides for smooth line flow on every cast and retrieve

Power and Activity 

Some anglers claim that the Shimano Solora fishing rod is the best fishing rod to assist the beginners in developing the best fishing action. It is the balance of the rod that helps develops in this development.

The rod has two inbuilt modes, the faster version for catching small fish and the slower for catching larger fish.

Design and Durability 

The rod is designed in two parts and that is effective for two things – durability of the rod and also for the efficiency in catching different types of fish. Both parts can be easily adjusted according to the size of fish being caught.

The guides of the rod are made of aluminium oxide and that assists in casting and even at the time of retrieving during cranking. So, you can handle the line-lay easily now with the help of this Shimano Solora lightweight rod.

Slippage Protection

The grip of the rod is important and in most of the cases you will find a comfortable rod grip, made of rubber. However, this rubber corrodes with time and ultimately you are left with the inner aluminium only. This is not the case here at all.

The grip of the rod here is made from the same material as the rod. The entire Shimano Solora lightweight spinning rod is made of Aero-glass, which is hollowed from inside.

So, the outer surface is highly durable and has a natural glow too, in regards to appearance. As the rod material is hollow, the flow is smooth and the the rod is extremely lightweight.

Seat and Cork

The reel seat is made from graphite and made solid at the locking place. This will give you a better edge while attaching the reel with the rod.

The grip of the rod when fighting a fish will be tight, which is especially important when catching larger fish. The seat of the Shimano Solora lightweight fishing rod is attached with cork in both fore with rear handles.

Shimano Solora Specifications

ITEM CODE

ACTION

LINE WEIGHT (LBS)

LENGTH (IN)

LURE WEIGHT (OZ)

POWER

SLS56M2

Fast

6-14

5'6''

1/8-1/2

Medium

SLS56UL2

Fast

2-6

5'6''

1/32-3/16

Ultra Light

SLS60M2

Fast

6-14

6'0''

1/8-1/2

Medium

SLS66M2

Fast

6-14

6'6''

1/4-5/8

Medium

SLS66MH2

Fast

8-17

6'6''

1/4-3/4

Medium Heavy

SLS70M2

Fast

6-14

7'0''

1/4-5/8

Medium

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The Shimano Solora Aero-glass fishing rod has been well crafted for the beginner angler. It would also suit an expert angler in terms of its strength and the tightness of the seat.
  • The rod has been constructed with hollow aero-glass and that makes the body very durable and strong as well as making it very sensitive.
  • The line flow contributes to good casting strength and retrieving force.
  • The rod is made with aluminium oxide to make it ultra light and at the same time perfect for gripping and casting.
  • The seat is made of solid locking graphite and comfortable cork attachments.The rod also contains rear grip handles, so if your reel supports rear dragging, this feature will be of assistance.

Cons

  • This is a lightweight rod and is not suitable for larger freshwater fish and certainly not larger saltwater fish
  • As the rod has two sections, there is a possibility of them coming apart when under stress.

Shimano Solora Spinning Rod

Shimano Solora Spinning Rod Review – The Best Fishing Rod for Beginners

Medium Power, Fast Action Spinning Rods With Durable Aeroglass Blank Construction

FAQs About Shimano Solora Spinning Rod

What is the exact length of the rod? 

The rod has 6 models and they range from a height of 5ft 6 inches to 7 ft.

What are the rear grip and foregrip length in the rod?

Considering the 6 models, the average length of the rear grip ranges between 6 to 8 inches, whereas the same for foregrip ranges between 2.5 to 3 inches.

Is the rod very heavy? 

No, it is only 4 ounces in weight and can be handled easily.

Will the rod be affected by saltwater? 

No, the rod’s surface is made of Aero-glass and hence there will be no effect of saltwater on the Shimano Solora ultra-light spinning rod.

Conclusion

The Shimano Solora ultra-light fishing rod is a top-rated rod. Due to the material of construction it has great balance and alignment.

This rod is a good choice for beginners and experienced anglers alike. The 2 part design allows it to be stored and transported easily.

If you have a Solora of your own then please share your experience in the comments below so that all of our readers can learn from your wisdom.

Happy fishing!

Russ Egan
 

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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