Well, if you believe all that, you will be able to put it to rest in about three minutes. I recently picked up the Shimano Sienna FD (forward drag) for one of my ultralight rods. I'd been using my Okuma Hardstone on this rod with no problems for three years, but just wanted to switch it up a bit. And so when I visited my local big box sports store, they happened to have this pint size reel for 50% off of the $29.99 MSRP. Sold. Here's the thing. It was still a waste of money.
First of all, the body is 90% plastic and/or graphite, which I appreciate for the light weight, but it just does not have a good feel to it. I mean, how much weight can you even lose off of a UL reel? 1.5 ounces? I
Another issue I immediately had with the reel is that the bearings were either not well packed or well-oiled out of the box. This is basic stuff, guys. Burning 1/16 ounce lures back to the boat should feel effortless and nearly mindless. While retrieving several 1/8oz lures, I mistakenly thought that I had either foul hooked a small fish, or was dragging back some vegetation. Nope. Clean hooks. Need more lube.
After approximately 40 minutes of frustrated casting (and no fish to show for it), the worst came. The reel experienced some kind of backlash, which pulled an extra loop off of the spool and created Insta-Birdsnest. I calmly pulled it all apart and went back to fishing. Three minutes later, the same. I worked out the kinks. Ten minutes later, a nice largemouth took my lure on impact and here's what happened to the reel:
I stomped back to the truck and got my fly rod. Three days later, this reel is still rolling around in the truck bed, with all of this line attached to it. Hopefully someone will straight up steal the damn thing, so I can justify buying a more useful backup reel for my ultralight kit, like the Shimano Sahara (about $70) that brother T recently bought for his trout rod. I have bought dozens of fishing reels in my life. At just $14, the Shimano Sienna is definitely the cheapest, and somehow still a waste of money.