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Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels

Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels

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712+16.0$699.99 USD
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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 10 reviews
By Christopher
September 30, 2019
Best reel on the market, it is a little pricy but it is well worth the price, I have caught countless bluefin and yellowfin off the coast of New Jersey and I can easily say it is my favorite reel to fish with.
By Derek X.
Eureka, Ca
Best of the Best
June 23, 2019
Nothing beats a day out on the water...... nothing beats a day out on the water fishing...... and there is Absolutely nothing that can beat a day on the water fishing with this reel. Silky smooth, effortlessly powers fish into the boat unless you want to fight them and truly have fun. I bought this reel for bass and crappie fishing but i wanted to test it out and snagged a 30-40 lb carp. Yeah, it wasn't even fair to the carp, dragged his ass in and its safe to say this reel can do it all. Im going to invest in 4-5 diff Rods and use this one reel for them depending on applications. Would be way too expensive to have 4-5 Stella FJ's.
Proseven if you can't catch fish, you'll look good and have fun turning the knob.
ConsWish it didn't cost half my mortgage, but then again, if it was cheap, everyone and their mother would own one.
By Brad W.
Champaign, Illinois
The One and Only Stella! Stella 2500 FJ
March 4, 2019
One Awesome Reel! This newest offering (Stella FJ) from Shimano is every bit as smooth as the previous models with the big plus of being almost 100% silent. Did a little walleye fishing last weekend, and what a joy. I will buy more!
Pros1..Smooooth! 2.. Quiet 3.. Awesome drag 4.. One good looking reel.
ConsZero cons in my book!
By Frawgg
Texas Coast
Ultimate engineering
February 2, 2019
Stella 1000 FJ
If you’re reading this, then you’ve already researched the information and specs on this reel. Yes. The product is as described by the manufacturer. Silky smooth drag, handle, and rotor rotation. I loaded 115yds.of 6lb. braid backing and got a solid 50yds. of 6lb. fluoro top shot (those #’s are exact). I thought this reel was a bit large for 2lb. ultralight and would suggest to those looking for 2lb. ultralight reels have a look at the Daiwa Exist models. Overall, I’m elated with this reel. The price is what hurts.
By Michael
Line Capacity
January 19, 2019
Spooled 6lb. Spiderwire InvisiBraid with a crossover uni knot. (as the arbor knot kept slipping). From rod TIP to a 2’ Bimini Double, I’ve got a solid 115 yards. Then tied a top shot of Seaguar 6lb. fluoro to the Bimini and got an additional 50 yards...FYI...
ProsLight (1000 model obviously) Silky smooth operation. Incredible drag system in an ultralight
ConsAhem, (cough), P-R-I-C-E-Y!
By Andy
Wilmington NC
No Hooks or Bait Required!
December 19, 2018
I can't believe it, the fish just jump in the boat to touch this reel! I never have to waste money on bait, hooks or rods again. Best purchase ever!
By Richard B.
Stella 4000XGFJ
October 12, 2018
This reel is incredible. After 300 days on the water the reel works and looks like new. Not one issue, Shimano hit a home run on this Stella!
By Jes
Love this reel
June 16, 2018
I have a Stella 5000FJ on a gloomis NRX883S for stripers. Absolutely love it! Cant say enough good about it!
By Jason
Columbia, MO
Awesome reel for inshore brutes
May 26, 2018
I have officially worn this reel in with many hardfighting redfish. This reel is smooth, exactly what you would expect from a high-end Shimano reel. The drag is super smooth, fish after fish. After a week of heavy use kayak fishing in saltwater still as smooth as it was on the first fish. I have it paired with a St. Croix Tournament Legend. I would go with the 2500 over the 3000 if I did it again, but that is down to personal preference. Love this reel!
ProsLightweight, great ergonomics, extremely even drag. Salt resistant.
ConsHigh-end on price point for all spinning reels, as long as it hold up for many years to come should be a good investment.
By c
Upstate New York
Should I compare the previous best against THE BEST?????
April 19, 2018
Should I compare the previous best against THE BEST?????

I compared Shimano Stella FI STL4000XGFI and Shimano Stradic FK ST4000XGFK,
Now, I will compare Shimano Stella FI STL4000XGFI, Shimano Stradic FK STC3000HGFK, and Shimano Stella FJ STLC3000XGFJ.
Yes, I purchased Stella FJ and Stella FI within 2 months, Stella FI made me think the best retrieve feeling, drag noise, and bail flip sound ever but Stella FJ has improved all category and $100 cheaper!!!!
I have Stradic FJ 2500, 5000, Stradic FK 1000, 3000, 4000, 5000, Stella FI 4000, and Stella FJ 3000, Stella FJ C3000XG is the best fit for Long Island sound fishing (some says Shimano Stradic FK C5000XG and Stella FJ C5000XG.....), But, light weight reel with max 20lbs drag, continuous 13lbs drag, this is reel is the best of bests.
ProsWorld Best $100 cheaper than Stella FI
18 Questions & 18 Answers
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

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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