Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels

Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels

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DescriptionInches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line Cap. (lb test/yds)PowerPro Line Cap. (lb test/yds)Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Price
Sahara 500 FI Spinning Reel214.7:12/190
64+16.9$84.99 USD
Sahara 1000 FI Spinning Reel265.0:12/270
74+17.6$84.99 USD
Sahara 2500 FI Spinning Reel295.0:16/200
204+18.8$84.99 USD
Sahara C3000HG FI Spinning Reel366.2:16/230
204+18.8$84.99 USD
Sahara 4000XG FI Spinning Reel396.2:18/240
244+110.4$94.99 USD
Sahara C5000XG FI Spinning Reel416.2:110/240
244+110.6$94.99 USD

Shimano's powerful new Sahara Spinning Reels offer unparalleled durability at an incredible value. Incorporating X-Ship and HAGANE Gearing in a G-Free Body, and available in sizes from 1000 through 5000, the Sahara offers value and performance that will appeal to beginner and advanced anglers alike.

The cold-forged, HAGANE Gear provides unmatched durability and smoothness. The HAGANE Gear is produced by applying nearly 200 tons of pressure to the raw metal. This technology is unlike any other in the world, and requires no cutting work, forging a high-precision gear with micron accuracy in a single process.

4.5 Stars based on 22 reviews
By robert
shell beach louisana
great light to heavy fishing reel
June 11, 2022
i have had a lot of reels fishing for over 55 years specks, red fish in the hopedale area louisana, The reel is smooth , cast a long distance, and with 30lb. power pro line , have landed 30lb red fish. More then i have ever expected from a reel,
  • endless
  • none
By Tony S.
Kintnersville, PA
You won't be disappointed!
June 6, 2022
I've got a Sahara C3000 spooled with 20lb Nomad Panderra, maybe 150 yds. I don't remember exactly how much got on the spool. This reel was smooth out of the box, but after using it for 3 months, and I use it 4 days a week, it has gotten smooth as silk. I could not be happier.

The drag is so smooth. Whether I've got a Crappie, Bass, or a 10 lb Catfish, the drag is smooth. The retrieve is Shimano quality. I've never turned the handle on a Shimano I didn't like.

I can't believe I got this quality at this price point
  • Fit and finish
  • Drag
  • Smoothness
By Walt
Great reel
December 23, 2021
I firmly believe in Shimano reels . Own several ,this reel is perfect for going after Reds on the Gulf coast.The price and shipping are excellent.Good company to do business with.
  • Holds adequate amount of line and smooth retrieve
  • None
By Jim W.
South Sound Washington State
Very nice spinning reel; Great value
November 9, 2021
1000FI is great reel for light tackle lake kayak fishing; 500 size works nicely for ultralight, also.
  • Very smooth retrieve and casting; drag also very smooth.
  • But wish it had reverse switch for light tackle lake trolling.
By Jake
Line Capacity Error
August 6, 2021
Line capacity on the C5000 is stamped at 175m at .35mm diameter. I had a 135m (150yd) spool of .36mm braid. I was unable to even finish getting the full 135m on before the reel was maxed out. Reel feels great, lightweight, smooth, strong drag. But, need to be able to have at least a full 150yd spool on there.
By Gearhead
Mission Viejo, CA
Smoothest reel I've ever owned!
March 22, 2021
Seems robust enough for inshore saltwater use. TackleDirect shipping was fast and flawless.
By Louis B.
Good reel but not GREAT
March 14, 2021
Bought 2 of the 5000 series (from a different retailer) and out if the package,one was grinding and locking up.
Took it apart,and shocked at all the plastic and cheap pot metal.
Returned it for another.
After a season of use,they both caught nice sized largemouth bass,and giant bowfin,and both worked great,with the exception that the reel lip makes long casting any distance difficult unless the spool is filled....much less,and I'm talking a minute amount less....and distance suffers.
Food for thought.... I also bought Shimano FX reels and a Sienna,which are the same reels just rebranded....and they're the same reel basically as the Sahara,just a couple less bearings.
All in all...they serve their purpose,but for me,when the time comes to replace them,I'll stick with the $22 FX models which are just as smooth and catch fish just as well.
A legendary reel...
January 1, 2021
The Shimano Sahara is not a new fancy reel in the market.
The Sahara model is a outstanding reel for surf spinning or fresh water whit a solid reputation of performance and quality.
In special when you fish in water whit big and strong fish near shore line.
Low weight, very god recovery line rate and strong drag.
  • Price and performance.
  • Nothing.
By Anita
New york
great fresh water reel...
December 16, 2020
Purchased this for ultra light fresh water use. nice smooth reel.
By Aarron
Super Smooth!
August 1, 2020
i bought this reel about a year ago and just recently put braid on it for the first time. I spooled it up with 10lb Power Pro, and it casts a mile!! For the price you just can't beat how smooth it is and how far it cast!
By Patrick
Bangor, PA
Super smooth
July 29, 2020
I replaced an old spyrex with this in the 3500hg and wow! What an improvement! Definitely worth the 80 dollar. Really smooth.... REALLY SMOOTH! reel.
  • Everything.
  • Its got a little weight. Makes it feel like quality. Maybe not a con.
By denes
germantown, NY
Awesome reel for almost any price, excellent price too
May 10, 2020
Got (4) 2500's and (1) 1000 saharas and love very one of them.

Hands down by far the best ultralite 1000 series reel I ever bought.

I never truely loved a freshwater reel since my quantum snapshots...... But, this reel makes me totally forget about them.......

Smooth as glass, great line lay, quiet, and good drag...... Line never gets caught under the spool....
  • Great reel at any price. Great price too
By Nick
Mantua, NJ
Smooth & Beautiful
May 10, 2020
Shimano has always been my reel of choice. I've bought $20 shimano reels that have held up over the years and have caught some nice fish too. So I was expecting the best with the Sahara. Shimano did not fail. The reel not only looks great it performs as well. It casts a country mile and is smooth as heck. My expectations were met with this reel, well done shimano.
  • Great reel for the price
  • Smooth Drag
  • Looks good
  • Cast a mile
By Manuel
Reston, VA
Great reel
May 4, 2020
I bought a Sedona 1000 and a Sahara 1000 at the same time, 8 years ago, primarily for trout and shad fishing. From day one I had problems with the line on the Sahara; I thought I was over spooling so I made sure not to go over what's recommended. 2 or 3 Ok casts, and then a nightmare, a complete mess of line all over. Try mono, flouro, braid, same problem. After few years I decided to give it away. Last year I came across a Sahara 2500 used, really like new, for a real bargain. Decided to buy it and I couldn't be more happy. Great reel!
  • Lightweight, powerful drag, good price
  • None
By Reese
Johns island, SC
I had a Sahara that lasted me 7 years
February 7, 2020
Great reel smooth durable jut overall well built and long lasting no complaints
9 Questions & 9 Answers
Thom Downing
from Redwood City, CA asked:
April 23, 2022
Looking to set up a couple rods with spinning reels as Ive got two baitcasters  for fresh water bass fishing in NorCal lakes. 1000 too light? 2500 just right? Suggestions? 
1 Answer
Hi Thom, I would recommend a Shimano Sahara 2500 FI Spinning Reel. This would be ideal to pair with most Medium and Medium-Heavy action rods between 6ft - 7ft range for freshwater fishing applications. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 25, 2022

Luke Butler
from Florida asked:
January 22, 2022
Is this reel made in Japan?
1 Answer
Hi Luke, According to Shimano, The Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels are made in Malaysia. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on January 25, 2022

from Houston, TX asked:
November 16, 2021
Is a 5000 series compatible with a heavy power inshore rod? Thank you.
1 Answer
Hi Mel, I would recommend a Shimano Teramar Inshore Southeast Spinning Rod to pair up for the Shimano Sahara C5000XG FI Spinning Reel. Specifically model: TMS-F70H; TackleDirect Code: SHM-0403. This would be a great combo for a variety of inshore fishing applications. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on November 17, 2021

from Cape Canaveral, Florida asked:
May 11, 2020
Which model would you recommend for fishing on the surf and piers.  Not looking for a large reel. I was looking at the 2500.
1 Answer
Hello Dave, 

For what you are doing, the 2500 may be a  bit too small, especially when hoisting fish up over the railings of the pier. Take a look at the 5000. That will be a perfect all around size when bouncing between the piers and beach! 

Submitted by: B. Smith on May 19, 2020

from Cedar Rapids, Iowa asked:
March 16, 2017
Does this reel have the reverse system included?
1 Answer
The Sahara FI does not have an anti-reverse switch, therefore it cannot be reeled in the opposite direction. Most manufactures are removing this feature from their newer generation reels as the switches frequently malfunction.
Submitted by: Devon on March 17, 2017

from New Orleans, Louisiana asked:
February 25, 2017
What rod(s) would be a nice match with the 3000 size for inshore fishing the Gulf coast?
1 Answer
The St. Croix Mojo Inshore Spinning Rods 7 ft M rod would be a good match for the Shimano Sahara 3000 for Inshore fishing. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs and have a great day.
Submitted by: Donald on February 25, 2017

from Fort Lauderdale, FL asked:
February 5, 2017
Can you fish this reel in saltwater?
1 Answer
You can use it in Fresh or Salt. You may want to look at the Nasci if it's saltwater.
Submitted by: John on February 8, 2017

from Fort Lauderdale asked:
February 4, 2017
Is this a screw in handle like most reels like the battle or is it like the nasci?
1 Answer
The Shimano Sahara has the cap with the screw at the end that attaches the handle when installed.
Submitted by: Donald on February 9, 2017

Ed richmond
from Pawleys Island, S.C. asked:
January 10, 2017
Would you recommend this real for flats fishing?
1 Answer
The Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels would be a good reel for fishing the flats.
Submitted by: Donald on January 10, 2017


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