The 2016 Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG has long been hailed as one of the best bait finesse reels available. The Aldebaran BFS XG is the lightest casting reel Shimano makes, coming in at only 130G out of the box.
This reel features Shimano’s famous FTB (Finesse Tune Braking) brake system which is unique in that there is no brake rotor on the spool. Instead, the magnetic braking system and spool overlap each other allowing for reduced spool weight while still having full braking capacity allowing this reel to cast down to roughly 1.5g in stock form.
The Aldebaran BFS XG features a clicking drag, an external brake adjustment dial, and a high-speed 8.1:1 gear ratio.