Shimano Trout Area Ultra Light Trout Rod Reviewed At The Stream And River


The Shimano Force Master Trout Area is a rod which is especially made for trout, but of course it can also be used for everything else you find in the trout stream. Read in this article, how the rod did on the river as well as in the creek and how it did with the fishes there. The rod tested here is the model with 1,5-5g casting weight and 198 cm length. So it’s not quite a UL rod anymore, but rather a light rod, although it is still very fine. As usual I bought the rod myself and the test is 100% independent. This time the test is written a little more experience oriented. Write me a comment, if you like it that way or if you like my otherwise rather dry and purely fact oriented test reports better.

Table of Contents First impressionModelsThat’s why I got this rodPractical testOn the riverOn the streamFazitShimano Forcemaster Trout AreaPrize PerformanceProcessingPractical Pros

First impression

I will only be able to describe my first impression briefly here, because I actually went directly to the river after unpacking and test waving. The plug connection fits well and the rod shows a semi parabolic

action when wagging but it is still not a lamb’s tail. I like the design quite well and looks chic and well thought out a nice curved hook eye is also available. Only the reel seat does not please me completely, because it is a Shimano model and no Fuji or comparable. You can already see a certain difference in quality. But what I like about the reel seat is that it is screwed on from above and the reel is quite good and tight. Otherwise the rod is absolutely light and should be fished with a 1000`er to 1500`er reel.


The rod is available in four different models see table.

That’s why I got this rod

I got this rod in the hope that it still casts very light bait but is still strong enough for bigger fish. In our creeks you can always count on 60+ cm trout. No joke, because one stream was contaminated with PBC for a long time, no fish are taken there and sometimes a 70 cm trout swims there, as our electric fisherman master reports and he is absolutely credible! For such fish you need reserves and the rod is actually already too light on paper. But since I also fish at other creeks and the fish are not the order of the day I decided to use the light but no longer ultra light model. I chose the length of the rod because above the creeks there are often low hanging branches and bushes, so I can’t cast with longer rods.

Practical test

I spent about 8-10 hours in two sessions fishing with the rod. As indicated in the title, the rod was first tested on a shallow and fast flowing river and in the next fishing session on a small trout stream. Today another session will follow, if something big changes in my opinion, I will update here. As usual I will also write updates if there is something wrong with the rod after a long time.

Am Fluss

First I went to a small river with my waders and was able to outwit a smaller chub of about 30 cm on an X-Rap during my first casts. The casting distance was absolutely ok and the rod casts lures in the given range and also a little bit beyond that very well. Most of the time I fished on the river with plugs of 3 to 7 length and spinners of size 0-3. Even the bigger spinners caught up against the current did not build up unpleasant pressure on the rod. Unfortunately there was not more in the river than this one fish.

At the creek

A few days later I went into the waders again to go to a small trout stream. Unfortunately there were only smaller trout to be taken there. Despite mounted single hooks the bite yield was quite good and the precision when casting is also very good with the rod. Often I had to make side casts to cast under hanging branches. Rarely have I thrown so little into the bushes with a rod and actually lost no bait for a whole fishing day!

In the evening, once again at the lower section of the stream, I come to a very promising and deep spot, the last one before the mouth into the river. Off with my little Rapala into the floods, even if the first cast goes into the rather flatter, the second cast goes already better into the depth and… there is something hanging. Judging by the wild head butts I immediately think of the longed-for trout, but after a short and wild escape the fish turns out to be a slim and very strong brook chub with a good 45 cm. A very beautiful fish and I can really be happy. The rod builds up really good pressure and getting the not exactly small fish is no problem.

A little later than I fish the same spot again on the way back from below one more bite and this time it’s a small trout which is gently hooked off immediately in the water.


All in all I am absolutely satisfied with the rod and the price/performance is good. I have nothing to complain about for this price range. I am absolutely satisfied with the practice and the look. Bigger fish are no problem, very precise casts are also possible and the casting weight indication is very correct. Recommended UL rod for a fair price!

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Shimano Forcemaster Trout Area 0.00 8.4 Price Performance 8.5/10 Workmanship 8.0/10 Practice 8.7/10 Pros Light but not flabbyPerfect action for troutHook-eye good processed View here at Amazon >>

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