Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels

Shimano Sahara FI Spinning Reels

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TD Code
DescriptionInches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line Cap. (lb test/yds)PowerPro Line Cap. (lb test/yds)Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Price
SH500FI
SHM-3501
Sahara 500 FI Spinning Reel214.7:12/190
4/100
6/60
5/135
8/105
10/65
15/60
64+16.9$79.99 USD
SH1000FI
SHM-3222
Sahara 1000 FI Spinning Reel265.0:12/270
4/140
6/110
10/95
15/85
20/65
74+17.6$79.99 USD
SH2500FI
SHM-3223
Sahara 2500 FI Spinning Reel295.0:16/200
8/140
10/120
10/150
15/145
30/100
204+18.8$79.99 USD
SHC3000HGFI
SHM-3224
Sahara C3000HG FI Spinning Reel366.2:16/230
8/170
10/140
10/200
20/140
40/105
204+18.8$79.99 USD
SH4000XGFI
SHM-3225
Sahara 4000XG FI Spinning Reel396.2:18/240
10/200
12/160
15/280
30/170
50/150
244+110.4$89.99 USD
SHC5000XGFI
SHM-3226
Sahara C5000XG FI Spinning Reel416.2:110/240
12/195
14/120
20/220
30/200
40/160
244+110.6$89.99 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 18 reviews
By Jake
MI
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.
Missouri
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.
By ANGEL M.
TRUJILLO ALTO, PR
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.
Pros
  • Price and performance.
Cons
  • 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.
Pros
  • Everything.
Cons
  • 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....
Pros
  • 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.
Pros
  • 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!
Pros
  • Lightweight, powerful drag, good price
Cons
  • 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
By Galileo
San Diego , California
Really nice reel
June 1, 2019
Really nice reel nice drag and light
Pros
  • Price, quality
Cons
  • No seals
By Sherief
Springfield Gardens, NY
Very smooth and powerful
November 28, 2018
I caught a lot of decent sizes with the 3000 size. Very smooth drag and very light reel. very happy with the purchase.
Pros
  • very light
  • smooth and powerful drag.
Cons
  • None
By John M.
Venice, Laa
Great inexpensive reel
July 18, 2018
Has a lot great qualities but cheap enough to use in the surf and if it it fails throw it away
By Pinseeker
Panhandle of FL
slays trout and flounder
May 17, 2018
I got this for the wife to use with live bait and artificial. For the money it's very smooth handling and the drag works great. No issues with corrosion, but I rinse and clean more than most probably. To date the drag has handled a 35 inch redfish. Has been a great purchase.
Pros
  • smooth drag, weight
Cons
  • none yet
6 Questions & 6 Answers
Dave
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

Raisin
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

Brock
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

Alex
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

Alex
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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