Heavily upgraded for 2021, the Shimano Ultegra FC Spinning Reels seek to outclass their competition with features and technologies previously unheard of in their price bracket. These feature-packed reels spare no expense in maximizing performance. From the lightweight and highly rigid CI4+ composite frame, to the cold-forged Hagane Gear with MicroModule II technology, the Ultegra FC is built to perform and keep on going. By borrowing SilentDrive technology from Shimano reels well above its price point, these reels boast an impressive rotational smoothness thanks to improved gear meshing and a reduction in overall play in construction. The implementation of X-Protect technology certifies the Ultegra FC as more than capable of holding up in punishing saltwater environments, making it a worthy choice for freshwater and inshore anglers alike. For final touches of refinement, features such as the Long Stroke Spool and a one-piece bail allow for smooth and efficient line management by reducing friction on casts and eliminating possible tangles during bail operation. The Ultegra FC is a versatile reel for all anglers in a wide variety of fisheries and is by far one of the most feature-rich reels in its class.