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Shimano Stella FI Spinning Reels

Shimano Stella FI Spinning Reels

Stella FI has the most efficient drivetrain in a spinning reel, thanks to Shimano's X-Ship feature and Micromodule gear technology.

$789.99 - $819.99
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TD Code
Line Retrieve Per CrankMax
Mono Line Capacity (lb/yds)S A-RB BearingsGear
27 in.6.6 lbs.3/136
13 +15.1:16.3 oz.$789.99 USD
34.6 in.8.8 lbs.5/120
13 +16.0:17.7 oz.$799.99 USD
36.6 in.19.8 lbs.8/197
13 +16.4:17.9 oz.$799.99 USD
37.4 in.24.2 lbs.10/186
13 +16.2:19.3 oz.$819.99 USD
With the Shimano Stella FI Spinning Reel the best in spinning just got better. Shimano aimed to make the most efficient Drivetrain in a spinning reel; they achieved their goal by using their new X-Ship feature. The result of using X-Ship makes the handle easier to turn with or without load. This makes the most important thing in fishing, the bite, easier to feel. Because less effort goes into turning the handle you can detect even the lightest ''tick'' bites.
Shimano Stella FI Features
  • Micromodule Gear
  • X-Ship - Double Bearing Supported Pinion Gear • Ultra-Light Handle Rotation • Increased Gearing Efficiency and Power
  • G Free Body
  • E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection on Spool
  • Aerowrap II Oscillation
  • Super Mg
  • S A-RB Bearings (Shielded A-RB)
  • One-Piece Bail
  • AR-C Light Spool
  • Coreprotect
  • Rigid Support System: Rigid Support Drag
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Septon Handle Grips
  • S-Direct Gear
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Fluidrive II
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Titanium Bail Wire
  • Improved Line Clip
  • Super Stopper II
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
G Free Body
G Free Body technology has been developed to shift the reel’s center of gravity closer to the rod. This has been achieved by moving the worm shaft oscillation mechanism 19mm from the bottom of the reel to the top. By moving the center of gravity closer to the anglers hand position, the G Free Body helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.

S-Direct Gear
S-Direct Gear technology improves gear component alignment within the reel itself. By reducing any movement of critical parts within the reel, Shimano has eliminated microscopic amounts of handle play that existed in previous models. The result is an incredible solid feeling that maximizes the power and energy transfer when fishing.

Incredible Smoothness: The addition of MICROMODULE gear technology to Stella provides an incredible breakthrough in gear design and alignment that delivers a new level smoothness without sacrificing strength or durability. The reduced vibration and enhanced smoothness result in greater sensitivity transmitted from your rod, line and lure to your hand.

Total Protection: The concept of COREPROTECT is simple... to provide water resistance without creating a heavy rotation feeling. There are three key areas of the reel that require protection; the roller clutch, the body and the line roller.
5 Stars based on 19 reviews
By Richard Young
Abu Dhabi
September 30, 2018
Love it
I am a Diawa man but bought an F1 (2000 C) for light salt water spinning and flicking small plastics and poppers around. I pair it with a Yamaga Early 8.2). Three season in and it has I can not say enough about how good this reel is. It has dealt to queenies up 8 kg, King mackerel up to 10 kg, Dorado big Emperors and Golden Trevally - so a mixture of sprinters and brutes. I even has a tussle with sail fish that took a needle fish (the sail won that one!). It is one a tough little reel with a great drag and it runs smoother than a babies bottom. Looks great too. I bought the 2015 exist and was a little disappointed. The 2018 Exist is on my radar but for the time being this is one Daiwa fan that is happy to give a shout out to Shimano.
By cyaco
Upstate New York
April 19, 2018
Well, can you the difference???
Well, can you the difference between 2014 Shimano Stella FI STL4000XGFI and 2015 Shimano Stradic FK ST4000XGFK??????? They both have slimy retrieve (in good way) but Stella FI has better slimy retrieve... the big difference is when you flip the bail. Stella FI does not have cheap toy feeling and sound when you flip the bail. Also, Stella FI Hagane Gear must be better than Stradic FK Hagane Gear...
ProsThe Highest end reel ever. Stella = The Best of Bests, King of spinning reel
ConsToo expensive for regular fishermen
By Jimjam
New Roads La.
May 7, 2017
Only the best !!
Smooth as silk, with a comparable rod , pure heaven.
ConsIf you can't pay the price, get a better job.
By John
Magnolia, Texas
March 9, 2017
Best reel I have ever used
While this reel is obviously expensive, I contend it is worth it for the serious fisherman. The build quality is absolutely top of the line, as is the performance and overall feel. For those looking for the best freshwater spinning reel on the market, this is it. With proper care and maintenance, this reel should last many many years. Assuming parts remain available, it should easily last decades.
ProsQuality, reliability, performance
By Billy
Concord, California
April 2, 2016
I'm Cheating on my Wife with Stella
The Stella is an amazing reel. I caught my first fish ever on a plug with this reel a couple of weeks ago. The reel is lightweight, but has a strong, smooth drag. Plugging has never been more fun. I am in love.
By samuel
Ventura, CA
February 19, 2016
Smooth action, tight workmanship
Very nice reel for saltwater fishing.
By Marc
Tarpon Springs, FL
August 17, 2015
smooth silent strong
great reel very pricey but it handles large snook no problem. drag is incredible for a reel its size.
By Thomas
Lavallette, NJ
July 20, 2015
Powerful and awesome
Bought the 4000 and I have to say, this reel is the bomb! The smoothness is just unbelievable and it can handle big fish. I use this reel for saltwater only and it is a solid performer. Shimanos recommends no servicing or lube should be done by the owner. Just send it in to them for full service. We will see over the long term if this reel stays smooth. Price is steep but this is a winner
By Owen
July 9, 2015
Great Reel
Reel shipped quickly and has performed magnificently. Smooth drag and used in both fresh and inshore applications.
By david
May 5, 2015
great bass reel
this reel is great for bass and even small inshore snook fishing i love the really great drag and is very smooth
By Alex
California, MD
April 25, 2015
Unbelievable reel
I was iffy about buying such an expensive reel for freshwater fishing when I have a a few high end saltwater reels already, but this is the smoothest reel I have ever felt. The Shimano Stella is worth every penny!
By Drew
April 23, 2015
Amazing Reel, Not amazing price
This reel was by far the best reel that I have ever owned. However, the price was something that made me cringe.
ProsGreat quality
By cristian
Lake worth, FL
April 23, 2015
one of the best
this is honesyl one of the best reels i have ever used my friend let me catch a fish on it and i caught a 43 inch snook on it it had a very strong drag
By george kishida
March 18, 2015
smooth strong reel
By Joe Raimondo
Valrico, Florida
October 4, 2014
super smooth
great drag/strong and super smooth
5 Questions & 5 Answers
from st louis marco island asked:
April 11, 2017
I have two questions, what size do you recommend for inshore fishing in marco island 10,000 island in the back country on a bay boat? And what size would you recommend at the lake of the ozarks missouri for bass fishing thanks.
1 Answers
The Shimano Stella STL4000XGFI or SWB 5000 or 6000 for inshore fishing in Marco Island. The Shimano Stella FI 2500 or 3000 would be a suitable size reel for fishing at Lake Ozarks.
on April 12, 2017

George Stumpf
from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin asked:
January 4, 2017
Is the SHM 2811 tough enough for Muski fishing? I want to pair it with a 7'9" heavy spinning rod and I am through ink 3-5 oz. lures.
1 Answers
This reel would be good for fishing for musky using 3 - 5 oz lures.
on January 4, 2017

from Philippines asked:
October 18, 2015
I am thinking of getting a stella 2500 or 3000 F1 are they saltwater rated?
1 Answers
You can use this in saltwater, although I would avoid getting them very wet or sandy.
on October 19, 2015

from GA asked:
June 11, 2015
Can the Stella FI be used in saltwater (inshore) for trout and reds?
1 Answers
Hello Keith. Yes, the Stella FI would be perfect for that application! Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.
on June 11, 2015

from Raleigh, NC, United States asked:
August 15, 2014
Can this reel handle big bass?
1 Answers
With light line, yes this reel can easily handle big bass for a fun fight.
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