Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels

Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels

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712+16.0Reg Price $699.99Our Price $499.99
2012+17.2Reg Price $699.99Our Price $499.99
2012+17.4Reg Price $699.99Our Price $499.99
2412+19.0Reg Price $709.99Our Price $509.99
2412+19.2Reg Price $729.99Our Price $529.99

Set a new benchmark for spinning performance on the ocean with the latest Stella fishing reels. The Shimano Stella FJ takes the Shimano spinning reel lineup to new heights. The latest models are even smoother, more efficient and more durable than the previous generation (the Stella FI). Micro Module II technology is the heart of the all-new gear design and gear teeth surface. The design provides for amazing smoothness and nearly doubles the strength of Shimano's already unmatched gear durability.

X-Protect also makes this Stella up to five times more water-resistant than its predecessor. This ensures each turn of the handle will feel as good as it did right out of the box for years of trouble-free use. Yet another major upgrade is the all-new Silent Drive, which eliminates play at the micron level and increases tolerances to a level never seen before in a Stella reel. On top of these three revolutionary upgrades is a long stroke spool and tangle-proof rotor design that truly takes the Stella FJ to a new level and sets the benchmark for Shimano spinning reels moving forward.

TackleDirect offers five models of the Stella FJ for anglers who want to chase any saltwater species. Smaller reels such as the Shimano Stella 2500 and 1000 are good for striper, redfish, salmon and other small- to mid-size game fish. If you want to go after bluefin tuna and giant porgies, trust a Stella FJ 5000 with its high gear ratio and line capacity. All of these reels have super-strong Hagane gearing, a tangle-free bail, E.I. anti-corrosion treatment and other features the Stella is known for. Call or email us for expert advice on which reel fits your game fish of choice.

5 Stars based on 28 reviews
By Tom
Tulsa, PK
March 16, 2022
I have three Stella’s and they are my smoothest, most dependable reels that I own. The 4000 pairs well with long and short rods. Changing spools from 4 test to 20 test braid is a snap! Recommend this reel to anybody.
By George
Bethlehem, Pa.
Great trout reel
March 14, 2022
Compact and tight reel. Lightweight and smooth.
  • Shimano has not let me down with any service. Casts like a charm.
  • A little pricey.
By George
Bethlehem, Pa.
Great reel.
March 14, 2022
Very smooth and long casting. Pricey, but you get what you pay for.
  • Shimano stands by their products.
  • A little pricey,
By Philip
Pleasantville, P.A.
Stella 1000FJ
February 10, 2022
I already owned the Stradic 1000FL and the Vanford 2000. Both are great reels for Trout/sm.Bass and Panfish. I seen the Stella on Sale at T.D. for $499 and had to give it a try. It was a luxury reel and at the price I had to give it a shot. To be honest it's a great reel but NOT much better (IMO) than the Stradic or Vanford. Even though it was on sale I'd recommend buying the Stradic,Vanford and if you're a back reeler just wait for the new Sahara. Three really fine reels for the price of one.
  • Precise drag, line management, smooth (But not overly smooth), great price thank's to T.D.
  • Not a big upgrade (If any) than the Stradic 1000FL or Vanford 2000 I already own.
By Eric
Newark, Delaware
Stella 4000 FJ
February 7, 2022
This reel is very smooth and is a great looking reel (looks a lot nicer in person). With 24 lbs. of max drag I plan to load it up with 30 lb. braid and use it inshore for stripers, red drum and the like.
By Jim
2 month jim
February 1, 2022
The only review you need to read is Scott. Underline die on beach. They need to seal these reels. I own a 4000 Stradic.I fish the salt 2 months ever year and wade a lot. One dunking and you have a bad bearing. Tough to get apart completely no matter what the videos show. If the part on the shaft w tiny set screw freezes up youre done. You can get to gears but not the bearing. So you soak it in penetrating oil or head to the repair shop. Smooth for awhile durable no.
  • Smooth light
  • No seals
By Nathan
Los Angeles, CA
Top of the line never disappoint you!
April 23, 2021
As this reel is the most anglers' dream reel, it will never disappoint you!
Very smooth, strong drag, nice design, all silver!!!!!
By James
Amarillo, TX
Very impressive !
January 29, 2021
I cant say enough good things about my new Shimano STL 1000 Spinning reel .
It works flawlessly and very smooth !

Thank you Shimano and Tackle Direct .
January 18, 2021
By Anonymous
Tontitown, AR
Shimano Stella FJ WOW!
October 2, 2020
It was hard to make the decision to drop so much of my hard earned cash on a fishing reel; glad I did. Incredibly light and smooth. It really doesn't get any better than this. I have been using three to four times a week for over a month now and have been completely impressed with the performance and action I'm getting out of this reel. I paired mine with St Croix Legend Tournament Bass Spinning Rod and couldn't be happier.
  • Extremely smooth and light. Absolutely zero back spin.
  • Extremely expensive, but you get what you pay for.
By Candrews
Joliet illinois
Fantastic reel
August 26, 2020
I decided to get this reel because I am a big fan of shimano reels . This reel is smooth as can be and worth the price . I even bought the Stella 4000 because it was a great performer out there
By Bobby
August 17, 2020
This reel is sooooo smooth n powerful, in love with this new toy .
By Vince
FJ 5000, super light and smoother than my Macallan 18
June 10, 2020
Light but sturdy and strong, plus smooth and good looking, what else you want?

The drag is so dang smooth, other $300 $400 reels can't compare to this, obviously you get what you paid for.

Stella SWC6000 is about 15 oz, the FJ5000 is about 9.2 oz, I can throw plug all day long without getting a sore arm.

I pair it with my gloomis pro blue, I can either throw plug or bottom fishing inshore or off-shore.

By Scott
San Antonio, Texas
The finest real I have ever purchased
March 30, 2020
This Shimano STLC3000XGFJ Stella FJ Spinning Reel is the nicest real I have ever bought. I just purchased a Shimano Exsence 3000 and was so blown away. But what can I say this Stella is a definite step up. Love this real, can't be happier. I paired it with a G-Loomis NRX 842, it took a long time to justify this expensive of a fishing combo.
  • The best I have ever owned, too many things too talk about in this real. Shimano has really outdone themselves on this real. You will not regret this purchase at all.
  • Expensive
By Outback w.
Old Dominion
Best of the best!
February 19, 2020
very smooth, silence and solid feel... Shimano's best and made in Japan!
  • expensive
27 Questions & 28 Answers
from Texas asked:
November 27, 2019
What is the weight and maximum drag of the 5000 model?
2 Answers
The weight is 9.2oz's the drag is 24lbs of drag 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on November 29, 2019

24lbs of drag and weighs 9.2 oz's

Submitted by: Ethan on November 29, 2019

from RI asked:
April 23, 2019
Do the FJ Stella's have the infinity drive and heat sink drag?
1 Answer
Those are features on the 2019 Stella SW model that the Stella FJ doesn't have 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 25, 2019

from Anna Maria Florida asked:
April 4, 2019
what does the FJ Stand for on the Shimano Stella
1 Answer
The fj doesn't really stand for anything except it's how Shimano designates there reels old new newest 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 4, 2019

Dick Lehman
from Lake Placid, Fl asked:
September 21, 2018
Does the new stella have an anti-reverse selector lever
1 Answer
It does not come with a anti-reverse switch
Submitted by: Bernie on September 21, 2018

Marc Goscin
from Florida asked:
January 28, 2018
Is the reel body made of magnesium like in previous F series or is it aluminum?
1 Answer
The Stella Fj uses the Hagane Body
Submitted by: Bernie on January 29, 2018

from New Hampshire asked:
February 1, 2022
Are the FJ reels Old stock? If yes, what are the most current models?
1 Answer
Hi Bo, The Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels were released in 2018. The current model replacing these are the Shimano 2022 Stella FK Spinning Reels. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on February 2, 2022

from Miami, FL asked:
November 10, 2021
Which Stella reel do you recommend  for my Drennan Acolyte Plus 14ft (float fishing)?
1 Answer
Hi Mihai, Based on the fishing application you described, I would recommend a 4000 size Shimano Stella FJ. Specifically Model; STL4000XGFJ; TackleDirect Code: SHM-3499. This would be the best size for your float fishing application. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on December 3, 2021

Alejandro Echaves
from San Diego asked:
November 2, 2021
When will this be in stock? What is a nice rod to pair with this? Looking to use jigs 1/32- 1/4 oz
1 Answer
Hi Alejandro, the Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reel Models: STL2500HGFJ, STLC3000XGFJ, STL4000XGFJ, and STLC5000XGFJ are all currently in-stock. For your fishing application I would recommend either a G-Loomis GL2 Trout Jig Rod. Model: GL2 720S TJR; TackleDirect Code: GLO-0863. Or a G-Loomis GL3 Panfish Spinning Rod. Model: SR6010 GL3; TackleDirect Code: GLO-0314. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on November 5, 2021

from CT asked:
October 14, 2021
Will this pair well with St Croix Triumph 7 Heavy?
1 Answer
Hi Danny, We would recommend a Shimano Stella 5000. Model number: STLC5000XGFJ, Tackledirect sku: shm-3500. This will be the best balance for that rod and ideal for a lot of different fishing applications and a various amount of species. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 20, 2021

from San Diego asked:
January 17, 2021
Rod recommendations the FJ1000 for trout fishing
1 Answer
I would go with the G-Loomis GL2 782-2S TJR Trout Jig Rod 2pc.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 18, 2021

Fabian Fernandez
from Florida, USA asked:
January 12, 2021

I am considering buying an FJ1000 , providing that it IS Made in Japan. ( actually "Made" in Japan ).

And also , is this one the absolutely BEST Ultralight spinning reel I can get ? , or is there any better version ?

Also I need this reel to be A JAPANESE DOMESTIC MARKET reel. I DO NOT want the US version.

Any advise will be appreciated. I am ready to buy now. Thanks

1 Answer
These reels are made in Japan. As far as quality, Stellas are known for being ultra-smooth and powerful reels. The FJ1000 should be a great fit for inshore species. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 12, 2021

from CT asked:
December 25, 2020

I have the Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reel 5000XGFJ paired with Shimano Tirelajo 10’6 Medium Power. I however want to pair the Tiralejo with a Stradic STC5000XGFL. Can you please recommend a 10’ or 10’6 Medium Heavy surf spinning rod to pair with the Stella FJ Spinning Reel 5000XGFJ? I want this to be my everyday rod, throwing poppers, buck tails, up to 3oz jigs etc. 

1 Answer
There are many good options, but I would suggest the ODM NXD-104 D.N.A Surf Rod, theODM NXG-104 Genesis Surf Rod, or the Lamiglas Supersurf 2G Rod.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on December 28, 2020

Jae wang
from Morganville , nj asked:
October 27, 2020
Can I pair fj5000 to st croix lgsc110mhmf2 ?
1 Answer
You certainly could, as this is one of Shimano highest end reels and would be capable of handling this application.

I would recommend going with a Shimano Saragosa for surf conditions, this is a much more common reel for these applications

Submitted by: Alex Trommelen on October 28, 2020

Yousef Harmoodi
from Dubai, UAE asked:
June 7, 2019
Can I change the rubber handle to the ball handle in both model 3000 & 5000 and do you have the ball handle in stock 
1 Answer
The handles on the Stella are press fit together, but changing them is possible.  We do not carry any additional/replacement Shimano handles.
Submitted by: CHARLES on July 16, 2019

from Santa Ana asked:
April 5, 2019
What sizes reel would  be best for 7foot MH fast Gloomis E6X thanks 
1 Answer
I would recommend going with the 4000 size. 
Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on April 9, 2019

from zambia asked:
March 19, 2019
is it suitable for freshwater?
1 Answer
Submitted by: John Vaughan on March 21, 2019

from Champaign, Illinois asked:
February 4, 2019
Have any of your customers had any issues with the Stella FJ 2500, 3000 or 4000? (The contact issue where the bail hits the spool).
1 Answer
We have not had any complaints about the bail hitting the spool. If this is happening to you please give us a call at 1-888-354-7335 so we can help out.
Submitted by: Rebecca on February 5, 2019

Tuan Truong
from Oklahoma asked:
November 5, 2018
Are the FJ made in Japan?
1 Answer
Yes, they are made in Japan.
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 6, 2018

from Arctic asked:
August 29, 2018
Is it a spare spool with this reel??
1 Answer
These do not come with a spare spool.
Submitted by: Tyler on August 31, 2018

Kryalan Sundrum
from asked:
April 18, 2018
Do you ship to South Africa ? How much is shipping
1 Answer
We do ship to South Africa. The cost to ship this reel to where your located is $46.29UPS Worldwide Expedited, $48.88US Postal Service Priority Mail International or $59.79UPS Worldwide Express Saver.
Submitted by: Donald on April 19, 2018

Larry Hawkins
from Defiance ohio asked:
March 25, 2018
I just bought the conquest spinning rod 7 foot 6 and I want to put a Stella reel on it what size Stella would you think would be best for it
1 Answer
The Shimano STLC3000XGFJ Stella FJ Spinning Reel would match well with the Conquest 7'6'' spinning rod. The two would balance well and would be a versatile combo for anyone who may use it.
Submitted by: Donald on March 27, 2018

Mark J
from New Jersey asked:
February 8, 2018
What's the major differences between the new Stella FJ and the Stella FI in the 4000 size.
1 Answer
The major difference is the new technology, Micro Module II used in the FJ gears which makes it smoother and more durable. The new Silent drive also is a key ingredient that separates this reel from any other Stella made. The features allows it to increase tolerances never before seen in this series of reels.
Submitted by: Donald on February 9, 2018

from florida asked:
February 6, 2018
What material is the Hagane Body?
1 Answer
Submitted by: Devon on February 13, 2018

from Berwick victoria asked:
January 27, 2018
where is the drag knob?
1 Answer
The drag knob is located at the top of the spool.
Submitted by: Donald on January 27, 2018

from Brick, NJ asked:
January 26, 2018
What model would you suggest for a 9’ St Croix surf rod
1 Answer
The 5000 i would assume without seeing them first hand. We will have better info in regards to the new line Stella reels coming out once they are in stock.
Submitted by: Donald on January 26, 2018

from Brick NJ asked:
January 25, 2018
What model would you suggest for a 9’ St Croix surf rod?
1 Answer
The C5000 size (model number STLC5000XGFJ) would be most suitable for a 9 foot rod.
Submitted by: Devon on January 29, 2018

from Kuwait asked:
January 25, 2018
Hi Is it suitable salt water? Thanks
1 Answer
The Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels are going to be suitable for saltwater fishing.
Submitted by: Donald on January 26, 2018


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