Shimano Spheros SW Inshore Spinning Reels

Shimano Spheros SW Inshore Spinning Reels

Price: $119.99
Earn 120 Reward Points   Learn More...

TD Code
Gear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Line Capacity Braided Line CapacityBearingsMax DragWeightPrice
3+120lb8.6oz$119.99 USD
3+120lb9.0oz$119.99 USD
3+124lb9.9oz$119.99 USD

Packed full of proprietary Shimano technologies to help you dominate the most challenging environments, the Shimano Spheros SW Inshore Spinning Reels set a new standard for affordable saltwater spinning reels. The Spheros SW is driven by Shimano's cold forged Hagane Gear that provides incredible strength and durability while the rigid Hagane Body keeps the gears and internal components in perfect alignment, preserving prime rotational operability for many seasons to come. Cranking power is enhanced with the use of Shimano's X-Ship bearing supported pinion gear technology, while the Cross Carbon Drag system gives the reel the drag pressure necessary to put the brakes on bull reds, and big striped bass. Treated with a CoreProtect water resistant coating at key areas to prevent water intrusion, the Spheros SW is prepped to withstand the punishment of unforgiving saltwater environments for multiple seasons to come.

Shimano Technology Found in Spheros SW Inshore Spinning Reels :

  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to its stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An angler’s actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. It’s efficiency through strength.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
  • CoreProtect - The concept of CoreProtect is simple – to provide exceptional water resistance without creating any additional rotational resistance on the retrieve. The reel is treated at key areas such as the roller clutch, body, and line roller to resist water intrusion.
  • Cross Carbon Drag - Allows for a wider range of drag settings, enhanced drag washer durability, and the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano’s A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing’s rotation.
5 Stars based on 14 reviews
By Travis
Fantastic value. Simplified version of stradic fk
February 10, 2021
These reels are simply amazing for what they cost. I own around 14 stradics, ci4+ and fk and fl in C3000, 4000, and C5000 size. Stradic FL is my favorite but it is not cheap. Spheros has drivetrain and sealing and line lay system identical to older stradic fk, but it has simplified spool and spool support system, few less bearings, and less metal and more plastic. It is a fantastic reel for salt or freshwater use. The only thing it may share with Nasci is sealing and spool design, spheros sw has superior gearing and line lay.

SPC3000HGSW is the smallest and lightest ("C" stands for compact body) and compares in size to stradic C3000fk.

SP3000XGSW is one of the first shimano reels in US market that shares body with 4000 but it has a rotor, spool, and handle from smaller C3000. Japanese market has a lot of shimano models with this setup. Because of this it is slightly heavier than c3000 but lighter than 4000. Because of larger body and smaller rotor it also has more clearance for your knuckles, so if you have a shimano 2500 or C3000 size shimano reel and the rotor touches your knuckles as it spins then SP3000XGSW may fix that problem for you, in fact it has slightly more knuckle clearance than 4000 and C5000 size shimano reels.

SP4000XGHG is very similar in size to most shimano reels in that size. I could be wrong but I think that if you need more line capacity then the spool from Nasci C5000 may fit on SP4000XGHG
ProsGreat price point, light weight, salt water rating, great line management, great gearing (from stradic fk) carbon drag.
ConsSalt water rating but it is not water proof. Plastic bushing instead of sealed bearing in line roller. I wish shimano would provide more information about their product.
By Pete
Philadelphia, PA
Amazing value
February 1, 2021
With my eyes closed, I can't tell the difference between this reel and my Stradic. I believe they even spec out similarly
ProsSmooth gears; excellent drag range.
By Ned
Quincy, MA
January 16, 2021
Have always used Stradics, but their price has increased and the Spheros moved into their price point. Right out of the box I was very impressed with this reel. Very smooth, light and well made. Look forward to catching some stripers with it this summer.
By Dexter
Sugarloaf, Florida
SPHEROS 4000 excellent for inshore flats fishing!
December 6, 2020
Fishing the saltwater flats for Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda and Baby Tarpon just got easier with the purchase of the Shimano SPHEROS SP4000XGSW! A smooth drag coupled with a a lightweight frame and spool that handles over 200 yards of braid makes this reel a winner.
By mike
Alameda, CA
Nice inshore reel
August 17, 2020
I got this reel mainly for pier fishing for halibut and rock fish. It is very smooth for reeling up fish under 5 lbs. I do have to install extra washers to make the line spools more evenly.
Prossmall and powerful for its size
By Marshall
Lindenhurst, NY
Love this reel
May 26, 2020
Handles big bluefish, stripers and weakfish with ease!
By Joey
Gulfport, MS
Will definitely be getting more
May 20, 2020
Shimano is by far the smoothest reels out there. The Spheros line when it originally came out were very good. These new ones are smoother than the originals and will hopefully last as long. I got two of the 3000 paired with 20lb power pro and mounted on St Croix mojo inshore rods.
By Jeffrey H.
Port Aransas, Texas
Will buy again
April 16, 2020
Great reel, far better then I expected. Just a great solid reel.
ProsDependable solid reel
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Inshore and FRESH too!
March 29, 2020
Great reel for freshwater. Up to 24 lbs if drag at a sub 10 oz reel at a stellar price point. Bass fishermen? Here’s your reel if you like the eggbeater style.
ProsPrice, drag, weight
By Sean
So far so good
February 26, 2020
I needed a 4k reel. Sometimes my 3k reels are pushing it when it comes to striper fishing.

I've yet to hook onto anything on this reel but casting and retrieving live up to the name, Shimano. Makes me wonder if I should get a 3k reel...
By Van
This is a Stradic FK for $90 less!
February 3, 2020
This is almost the same as the discontinued Stradic FK. There is a video on utube of this and a Stradic FK where both reels are disassembled and the guy discusses the similarities of the two reels. At the end of the video he puts one side of the stradic to the opposite side of the spheros and they fit! There are some differences but they are very minor.

The Spheros inshore 4k has more braid capacity, is the same weight and has more drag than the 4k Stradic FK. These are great reels and feel identical to my Stradic 4k. This is a no brainer reel.
ConsThey only have 3000 and 4000s, they need sub 3000 reels and a 5000 reel.
By Marlow
So far so good
December 31, 2019
Bought this reel for use in going after fish in inshore waters (tog, sea bass, etc.) So far it has been solid. Solid construction and plenty of drag. It replaced a BG that failed after less than 2 years. I hope this new reel holds up.
By Steven P.
Springfield, Illinois
Superb entry level SW reel for the money
December 10, 2019
Simple and smooth operating. What I've come to expect from Shimano. And its sealed! And TackleDirect was great too!
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
If you love your stradic FK GET THIS
November 20, 2019
This reel is very similar to the stradic FK at such a good price point. I think shimano made this to compete with the BG competitively
9 Questions & 8 Answers
from San Diego C.A asked:
November 6, 2019
I have 2 questions. 1.What it the difference between this and the Nasci. 2. Will more sizes for this reel come out in the near future?
1 Answer
One of the main differences in the reels is that the Spheros has the hagane body which makes the reel more rigid and is less prone to the body of the reel flexing when fighting a larger fish and as far as we know the Spheros is going to stay in the smaller sizes like the 3000. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on November 7, 2019

from Hawaii asked:
October 17, 2019
Your website says that the SP4000XGSW is in stock at Tackle Direct.  Are they really available for shipping now?  Thanks.
1 Answer
Yes, at the time these are in-stock.
Submitted by: Ethan on October 18, 2019

from belmar, new jersey asked:
October 16, 2019
how would this reel compare to other shimano reels such as the nasci?
1 Answer
This reel is very comparable to the Nasci in size, strength, and line capacity. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on October 17, 2019

Eddie Rosado
from PR asked:
September 18, 2019
When it will be available
1 Answer
We are aiming for October 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on September 19, 2019

from Ohio asked:
February 15, 2021
I have asked previously if spheros SP3000XGSW shares body with SP4000XGSW and I received a reply that they do not. Then I acquired both reels and they indeed share the same "body". The body on SPC3000HGSW is smaller (compact). If you compare SPC3000HGSW and SP3000XGSW you will see that they have same size rotor, spool, and handle, but the body on SP3000XGSW will be slightly bigger than SPC3000HGSW, it is because it does not have a compact body but has the same "body" as SP4000XGSW. SP4000XGSW looks bigger than SP3000XGSW because it has larger handle, larger rotor and spool, but "body" is the same. It is frustrating that even USA shimano website has wrong parts diagram listed for SP3000XGSW, they have SPC3000HGSW pdf file for SP3000XGSW reel.

from Ohio asked:
February 10, 2021
Can you confirm that SP3000XGSW does not share the body with 4000 size?  In JDM market 3000 size simano uses body from 4000 and rotor and spool from 2500. Letter C stands for compact body. So technically sphetos SPC3000HGSW should have same body as all shimano reels in 2500 size and SP3000XGSW should have a compact rotor and spool from c3000 but body from 4000 size reel.
1 Answer
The SP4000XGSW and the SP3000XGSW do not have the same body size.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 10, 2021

from Texas asked:
December 24, 2020
Does the 4000 size share the same size body as the 3000 xg or are they completely different and would a 3000xg spool be interchangeable with the 4000xg?
1 Answer
The SP4000XGSW and the SP3000XGSW do not have the same body size and do not have interchangeable spools. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on December 28, 2020

from Palm Harbor fl asked:
December 2, 2020
Which would be a better choice for inshore fishing this or a penn battle III dx
1 Answer
These reels are a very well designed reel for inshore use, boasting impressive power and drag specs this reel is priced very well for what youre getting,

I would recommend this Spheros SW over the Penn Battle DX, the only advantage the Penn will give you is more line capacity, but  provides less drag, and is an overall heavier weighted reel

Submitted by: Alex T on December 2, 2020

Dennis Nathan
from Florida asked:
April 27, 2020
What's a good rod to pair with the 4000

1 Answer
The Shimano Talavera Inshore Spinning 7'0" Medium would make a great fit for the reel.

Submitted by: Sydney on April 28, 2020


Show off your fishing gear investment. Please post images and videos of your fishing gear, apparel, catches and lifestyle shots on and off the water. Let's see what you've got for a chance to win FREE gear! You can use #HookedOnTD or UPLOAD YOUR IMAGE HERE to make it onto our product pages or gallery. See something you like? You can shop directly from the images we post when gear we sell is featured!