I devote most of my fishing to ultralight fishing in all its varieties, but still sometimes I find myself in conditions where you need to catch some more powerful gear. There are not very many such fishing trips in the season, so I simply did not want to buy any expensive reel specifically for these tasks. After quite a long search, I chose the Black Side Riot 2500FDS reel. And now, two full seasons of operation of this tool have already passed, and on the whole there is already quite a full-fledged impression of this coil, which I would like to share in this review.
By its size, the coil roughly corresponds to the size of 2500s according to the Shimano classification. The weight of the Riot 2500FDS is 269 grams, at the moment, perhaps this is a bit too much. But the coil was bought two years ago and most of the inexpensive 2500-ok weighed in the range of 250-300 grams. The number of bearings in the coil according to the manufacturer 10 + 1. The gear ratio is 5: 2: 1.
The coil looks pretty pretty, I have a certain love for black coils. Some elements are made in gold color, but there is very little gold color, in general – without "gypsy". The reel has a folding handle. The knob is made of black EVA. EVA is tough, high-quality, therefore, there was no thought to change it, and in its form it more than suited me. The only “but”, the knob had a slight backlash, but eliminating it is very simple by adding one small washer.
After the purchase, the coil had a slightly taut move, but in general this is normal for new coils, even for expensive ones. After 3-4 fishing, the course became noticeably softer. I was very pleased that the reel had a shallow spool, yet I bought most of it for fishing up to 12 grams in weight, and even in the “toughest” conditions I rarely used cords with a diameter greater than # 0.8 according to the Japanese classification. There was no need to bother with backing and its constant rewinding. As for the first windings of the cords, everything was quite good here, too, I did not use any additional washers to adjust the winding cone.
An incredibly important plus is the availability of a second spare spool in the kit. Yes, I did not always take them both with me, but sometimes I could use an empty spool to rewind the cord from one of the other coils. The spare spool looks more modest, is also made in black, but already without golden elements.
In most cases, I used the Riot 2500FDS for fishing on wobblers. Moreover, wobbler fishing was the most diverse. These are the classic uniform postings of sheds and rolls, as well as active twitching of wobblers with a minnow from 55 to 90 mm, and, of course, my favorite catch for various top-boats. For some time there were fears that the reel would throw loops on twitching, but for two seasons of fishing, and this is about 30 wobbler fishing, there were no loops at all.
In the fall, I used a reel when fishing for light jig with weights up to 10-12 grams, and in general it is still no problem.
There were times when I fished with Black Side Riot 2500FDS with fairly thin cords in diameter # 0.3 and # 0.4 according to the Japanese classification. To begin with, the coil, despite its price, puts them well. The first time I wound such a cord for the sake of interest, just to check the winding, but then I began to periodically catch with such cords. And this was most often fishing for light jig using fairly long spinning rods, in cases where my main ultralight reels were a bit small in size for these tasks. And in general, you can catch, but I still got a couple of loops when I decided in windy weather to decrease by loading to 1.5 grams. But this was an isolated case, in general, if you use this reel on cords # 0.3- # 0.4 with weights from 3-4 grams, then there will be no problems during fishing.
The reel is not suitable for catching frank trifles, nevertheless, the friction clutch is not tuned accurately enough, and you can “merge” very small dips on the game. But when buying, I suspected that it would be like that. For light fishing, the clutch setting is already more suitable. It is also worth noting one point on the sound emitted by the friction clutch, I noticed that the main spool has a more frictional sound and a louder sound. But at the spare, he is slightly muffled. So here to whom it will be more pleasant for auditory perception, I most often used the main spool.
It was also possible to use the Black Side Riot 2500FDS when fishing in freezing temperatures. In general, everything is good to temperatures above -5 degrees. At lower temperatures, the coil travel becomes slightly taut.
As a result, I can say that Black Side Riot 2500FDS is a good reel for light and medium light fishing at an affordable price. Yes, the coil is not perfect, but in general, for my price, I consider it very successful. I still have this coil in use to this day, and I continue to use it with the tasks set for the purchase.