The Ultegra XTD & XSD are Shimano’s best-selling Big Pit/Surfcasting reels and have been for many years. The compact 5500 models are supreme their category, combining exceptional value with undoubted performance and credibility.
If you are the type of angler who fishes smaller carp waters, the Ultegra 5500 XTD, with its compact size and stealth finish is worth a serious look. The compact size balances lighter test curve rods perfectly and is especially suited to short 9ft-11ft models that are now becoming increasingly popular. It also makes a great large river specialist rod when fishing for barbel with heavy leads and feeders. Alternatively, if you require a compact-size long-range surfcasting reel to balance a lightweight surfcasting rod in the 80-120g casting range, check out the silver/gunmetal Ultegra XSD, which will enhance your distance casting without overpowering your selected rods.
The combination of Shimano’s high build quality and X-SHIP technology delivers the smooth performance associated with the Ultegra XTD/XSD. And, with hundreds of thousands in use around Europe, you can be sure that this is one reel that has longevity. Casting performance is maximised by the use of the Parallel Body design with Slow Oscillation, and, for ease of use, the 5500 is fitted with Instant Drag which makes changing from freespool to fish-playing super fast and locking down your spool easier for a long-range cast into the surf.