Nomura are a Japanese company that manufacture a range of fishing reels with a high specification. Ongoing research and innovative materials have achieved cutting-edge solutions. With new carbon bodies and stainless steel fittings, the reels are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but they also pack a punch!
We had the opportunity to use and review three Totally Awesome Nomura Reels: The Nomura ISEI FD 3500, the Senshi FD 4000 and the Kuro 6000. Let’s start with the smallest (and possibly the best).
Nomura ISEI FD 3500
This was the main reel I was using during the rock fishing episode we filmed down on the South Coast of England (see video at the bottom of this review). I was using this reel in conjunction with the Nomura Hiro rod. This is a high end Spin Bass reel with 13+1 ball bearings giving it an ultra smooth drag system and an intelligent oscillation system with even line lay. It has a stainless steel shaft and drive gear with a micro adjusting power drag.
To me this reel just screamed out quality as soon as I picked it up. The stainless steel and aluminium alloy construction, smooth drag system and oscillation were what impressed me the most.
You only have to make minor adjustments to the drag to achieve the desired resistance and in the 3500 size, it suited the sort of fishing that I love, which is light tackle rock fishing and dropshotting for Perch. I loaded it with Sidewinder Silk 16lb braid and it can take up to 220 yards of 16lb mono, which is more than enough for the sort of fishing that I would use it for.
The species we were targeting on that day were Wrasse. When Wrasse fishing, you need to employ a firm drag to prevent the fish from crash-diving to the snags. This reel was incredibly efficient on the day, with some fish stripping line off the reel. One more thing I noticed about this reel was that the bail arm was made of strong material.
Although I didn’t need to do much casting on the day, I did test out the reel casting a 7gm lead. The line came off the spool evenly and when retrieving, it was clear to see the speed of the oscillation and even line lay. I think it’s a fantastic reel, made of quality components, that’s looks on course to stand the test of time.
- Swing reduction support system
- Stainless steel shaft and drive gear
- Floating main shaft design
- Gear ratio – 5.3:1
- Microadjusting power drag
- Antireturn Bail System
- Full aluminium alloy construction
- Waterproof sealings
- Intelligent Oscillating System.
Nomura Senshi FD 4000
A step up from the ISEI is the Nomura Senshi. Probably the most unique looking spinning reel on the market, I’ve certainly never seen a spinning reel like it. The aluminium machine cut spool looks truly awesome!
The reel has 9 stainless steel ball bearings and a large carbon washer sealed inside the body, which give it a very smooth drag. When Graeme was using this reel he noticed the soft, ergonomic carbon/EVA handle knob, which was great when picking up the reel quickly to grip it. It coped very well with the larger wrasse that we were catching, with just slight turn of the front drag it tightens up quickly and prevents the fish from taking you to the snags. Graeme used this reel with the Nomura ISEI rod and the two went together perfectly. It was a really well-balanced set up and it actually helped land the biggest wrasse of the day at 4lbs.
- Aluminium machine cut spools
- Stainless steel body
- 9+1 SS Japanese bearings system
- Advanced One Way Clutch
- Gear ratio – 5.1:1
- Carbon washers micrometric drag
- Anti twist power roller
- Oversized hollow bail arm
- Advanced computer balanced rotor
- Stainless steel ultra lightened handle
- Ergonomic carbon/ EVA handle knob.
- Line capacity: 130m of 0.33mm line.
Nomura Kuro 6000
The Nomura Kuro was the largest reel in the range that we reviewed (it was also the cheapest).
Like the other Nomura reels, you could feel the quality of the reel as soon as you pick it up. It features 7 long life ball bearings and 1 roller bearing in the one-way clutch system, which helps to give extreme fluidity and great retrieve power. The spool itself is aluminium, making it light but durable. The micrometric system produces a very powerful drag and it’s perfect for fishing with mono or braid. We spooled it up with clear mono and the line capacity is great, storing over 215 yards of 18lb line.
Graeme paired this with the Nomura Kanji rod (40-80g casting weight) and it worked wonders! You can cast big lures a long way with this reel, the line comes off the spool nicely and with smooth oscillation and a 5.1:1 gear ratio, it ensures a good line lay when retrieving.
This reel would be ideal for Pike fishing and even Carp fishing, it will certainly get some good use here on the Totally Awesome Fishing Show!
- 7+1 ball bearings.
- Aluminium spool
- Micrometric system producing powerful drag
- Large spool size great for line capacity
- Gear ratio: 5.1:1
- Smooth oscillation providing great line lay.
- Advanced computer balanced rotor system.
- Ergonomic EVA soft-touch knob.