Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels

Shimano Stella FJ Spinning Reels

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Gear RatioInches Per CrankMono/Fluoro Line Capacity
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PowerPro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Price
712+16.0$699.99 USD
2012+17.2$699.99 USD
2012+17.4$699.99 USD
2412+19.0$709.99 USD
2412+19.2$729.99 USD

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 22 reviews
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
By Jason
Columbia, Missouri
Expensive, but great reel.
January 14, 2020
I love this reel, I have the 3000 and wanted to go a bit lighter so bought the 2500. I have it paired with a G Loomis NRX. This is my favorite combo in the arsenal! Great for redfish and bass. The reel is so smooth it almost turns itself. The drag though is the best part, it is so consistent at whatever level of resistance it is set at. Great reel.
  • Great performing reel! The Ferrari of spinning reels.
  • Expensive. Will see how this holds up through years of abuse.
By Daniel
Dallas, TX
Very smooth reel
December 10, 2019
I had a chance to use this over this past weekend and glad I made the purchase. Very smooth on the reel and cast.
  • Feel
  • Cost
By Scott
Lake Minnetonka, Ocean Beach, Mississippi River
Good Reel. Get a Stradic. Or a VR50. Or both.
November 23, 2019
The Stella 5000 FJ is a NICE REEL. I have a Stradic FK 4000. If I close my eyes, and go reel to reel, the only difference is the handle. Seriously. The 4000 Stradic FK and the 5000 Stella FJ feel and fish exactly the same. The Stella 5000 FJ is not $729.00 worth of reel. I returned mine. I am really curious about what a Stella 6000 SWC will be like because the SW is a more robustly sealed reel, holds more 20lb braid, and is more solid. The Stella 5000 FJ is NOT a sealed reel. It has seals, yes, it's true. BUT, THAT THING WILL DIE ON THE BEACH.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Stella FJ as a thing all by itself, but Shimano was using an old playbook when they designed it. The biggest problems with a Stella 5000 FJ are the Stradic FL and the Van Staal VR50. You could get both for the same amount of money as the Stella FJ 5000. Then you would have a water-proof tank for the beach, and a nice free-spinning reel for the lake. Nothing does it all at this time.

Also, in the real world, the Stella 5000 FJ holds 160 yards of 20lb power pro V2. 200 yards will fit onto the spool, it is true. Barely, with a machine. After all the wind knots are out though, you've got about 160 yards. Not enough line for 25-60lb fish, which is the purpose of a 5000 reel.

Nice Reel. Shimano makes great products. They need to direct their efforts a little differently however. The priorities are a little suspect on this product. Needs 2019 sealing. Needs More Line. The Anti Reverse Clutch feels like it's plastic (it is). It's kinda flexy, too. Doesn't feel solid. When you shake it, it rattles inside. Handle had play, maybe needed a shim.

It made an 11lb pike look like a little punk. It's smooth. Well made. A good reel.

I just want more of what it's missing.

With the resources and expertise that Shimano has, they could make a 12oz reel (this one is 9.2oz) that is still super smooth, holds 250 fishable yards of 20lb power pro, have tons of silky smooth stopping power, survive a dunk in the surf and have a high quality rigid feel to it. One reel that can handle a 2lb Largemouth, and a 150lb Tarpon.

That is not this reel. Maybe a 6000 SWC. But that doesn't exist right now.

Just my opinion.
  • Nice Reel
  • Van Staal made the VR50
  • Shimano made the Stradic
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.
  • even if you can't catch fish, you'll look good and have fun turning the knob.
  • Wish 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!
  • 1..Smooooth! 2.. Quiet 3.. Awesome drag 4.. One good looking reel.
  • Zero cons in my book!
23 Questions & 24 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 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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