Sienna spin reels have been part of the Shimano lineup for well over a dozen years now, and the latest incarnation raises the standard for entry-level performance. The compact XGT-7 body has a changed centre of gravity, which makes them comfortable for beginners. The one ball bearing and one roller bearing combine with Dyna-Balance to make winding delightfully smooth.
There are three general purpose sizes: 1000, 2500 and 4000. They cover all manner of light line situations, from bait fishing to Squidgy soft plastic and hardbody lure casting. They punch out 4kg drag, and the AR-C die-cast aluminium spools hold a generous amount of monofilament and a lot more of braid. If you’re just starting out or you want to introduce the kids to something a bit more sophisticated than a basic handline, check out the Shimano Sienna FE Spinning Reel.