The Shimano Chronarch MGL is a lightweight, versatile baitcaster that has become well known for its incredible casting distance and all-round high performance. It makes use of Shimano's MGL spool technology, enabling anglers to cast light lures with ease.
- Available in 6.2:1, 7.1:1 and 8.1:1 gear ratios.
- 9 ball bearings
- Magnetic braking system
- MGL spool technology
- 11lb max drag
Reasons to buy
- Extremely smooth, quiet reel that casts a great distance thanks to the MGL (MagnumLite) spool
- Ci4+ housing is rigid, but very light. Reel weighs in at only 6.5 ounces
- The MGL spool has become a fan favorite. It allows anglers to cast a huge variety of presentations, including light lures without the threat of backlash
- To further improve the casting experience, Shimano has included the Super Free Spool feature - reducing friction and increasing casting distance with less effort needed
- SVS infinity braking system is ever-reliable and incredibly easy to fine tune for any lure weight
- All round versatile reel - suitable for any technique. Some anglers use it for finesse fishing with 8lb fluoro, others pitch heavy braid with it. Feedback from both sides is almost all positive
- Lightweight design is very comfortable to fish with
- Performance of this reel has been compared to that of the Metanium MGL, a significantly more expensive reel
- Very dependable reel. Anglers have described it as a "workhorse" that is durable and can always be relied upon on the water
Reasons not to buy
- Multiple reports of the reel's paint coming off too easily, causing the reel to look a little worn
- If you struggle with backlashes, you may be better off with one of Shimano's Digital Control (DC) braking system reels - Check out the Metanium DC
Reviews from our Readers
The Shimano Chronarch offers tournament level performance at a price that while not cheap, is most definitely fair. The reel is lightweight, durable and performs incredibly well on just about every metric. It enables anglers to cast an absolute mile thanks to the MGL (MagnumLite) spool and Super Free Spool technology combination. On top of that, it also makes casting light lures a breeze allowing anglers to fish more finesse presentations on a baitcaster without having to go for something in top-tier price points like the Metanium MGL or Metanium DC.
The Chronarch is also versatile. It is perfectly suited to lighter line techniques, but is equally good at the heavy stuff. Its light weight and ergonomic design makes it one of those reels you can keep in your hand all day without fatiguing.
The only consistent negative feedback we found on the Chronarch MGL is the fact that the paint chips off easily. While this is only a superficial problem, it is a pity and for a reel costing around $300, this is not something that should be happening. Overall though, it is hard to fault this reel when it comes to overall performance and value for money. Its become a favorite among experienced and new anglers for good reason.
What gear ratio is the Shimano Chronarch MGL?
The Chronarch MGL is available in 6.2:1, 7.1:1 and 8.1:1 gear ratios.
What are the differences between the Chronarch MGL and the Chronarch G?
The Chronarch MGL has a MGL (MagnumLite) spool, which is lighter than that of the Chronarch G and allows anglers to cast lighter lures more effectively. The heavier spool of the Chronarch G is more corrosion resistant as it was designed to be used as an inshore saltwater reel. The Chronarch MGL in contrast was designed to be used in freshwater and is not deemed suitable for saltwater fishing.
About the brand
Shimano is arguably the biggest and most respected name in fishing. They are responsible for producing some of the most ground-breaking tackle ever seen, and they continue to lead the market in all forms of fishing.
Shimano has taken a key interest in bass fishing, and have developed the finest baitcasting reels on today's shelves. Many other brands constantly look to Shimano for ideas, as they seldom put a foot wrong.
You simply cannot go wrong with a piece of Shimano gear.
Professionals who work with Shimano:
- Keith Combs
- Brett Preuett
- Bernie Shultz