Shimano Stella SW C Spinning Reels

Shimano Stella SW C Spinning Reels

The 2019 Stella SW C Spinning Reels are the latest edition to the legacy of Stella Spinning Reels that have led the fishing world in durability, power and operability.

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Gear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Braid Capcity
(lb test/yds)
BearingsMax DragWeightPrice
12+124lb12.5oz$849.99 USD
13+129lb14.8oz$899.99 USD
13+129lb15oz$899.99 USD
13+155lb22oz$999.99 USD
13+155lb22oz$999.99 USD
13+155lb23.6oz$999.99 USD
13+155lb23.8oz$999.99 USD
13+162lb30.9oz$1,099.99 USD
13+162lb31.2oz$1,099.99 USD
13+155lb34.4oz$1,199.99 USD

The Shimano Stella SW C Spinning Reels are the latest edition to the legacy of Stella Spinning Reels that have led the fishing world in durability, power and operability. Shimano builds on that tradition with cutting edge technologies bringing further unmatched strength, reliability and ease of use to serious saltwater anglers.

Featuring Shimano's signature HAGANE Body, Stella SW C boasts a highly rigid metal construction. This means exceptional impact resistance and less body flex under the pressure of heavy loads, keeping the internal gears and components properly aligned for continued flawless performance. At the heart of the reel, Shimano-proven HAGANE Gears are cold forged for lasting durability and smoothness.

With the introduction of X-Ship in the 2013 Stella SWB, the Stella changed the way anglers look at targeting giant fish on spinning gear. This dual-bearing supported pinion gear system allowed for easier and smoother winding under enormous pressure, allowing anglers to use spinning reels to target bigger fish than ever before. While X-Ship has since become a standard feature among many Shimano reels, the 2019 Stella SW C features Shimano's new Infinity Drive Technology that offers an even further improved winding experience, optimizing winding torque by an additional 26%. SilentDrive further improves smoothness by eliminating worm shaft and drive gear play, along with any sound or clicking from all functional parts.

For even better drag performance, Shimano’s new HeatSink Drag transfers heat away from the spool, reducing spool surface temperature by up to 100 degrees. Stella SW's IPX8 waterproof body along with X-Protect and X-Shield's water resistant construction in the line roller and roller bearing guard your investment against the harsh elements of a saltwater environment so you can fish with confidence.

The Stella SW C is available in 10 different models that offer varying line capacities and gear ratios to cover a wide array of saltwater fishing techniques. The models cover an extremely wide range of sizes, from a 4000 size for inshore use with lighter tackle, all the way up to a powerhouse 30000 size for use with the heaviest of lines for targeting the largest species imaginable. HG or "High Gear" models feature a mid-range gear ratio that offers an ideal balance of speed and power for a number of common techniques, while the PG and XG models are more technique specific. PG or "Power Gear" models feature lower gear ratios to provide increased power and torque for jigging and bottom fishing applications, while XG Models utilize a high gear ratio for faster retrieval rates for casting lures. For 2019, Stella SW C takes another step up in powerful, reliable performance.

5 Stars based on 28 reviews
By David
Fairbanks, AK
Definitely Smoooooothhhh!
February 24, 2021
Smoothest operating reel I've ever used in over 50 years of fishing!
By Grant
February 22, 2021
I love a good shaman its very pricey but a great reliable and very smooth real I've caught many fish with it
By Blaze
Kaunakakai Hawaii
January 26, 2021
The drag on these reels are awesome! It's smooth can feel the difference from my other reels. If your looking for a reliable spinner this is it. Highly recommended
By Joel
Riverside, CA
14000XGC Stella
January 12, 2021
The reel is a beast and super smooth. The drag system is awesome and small to medium size pelagics don't stand a chance. Caught at least a dozen large Bonito on my last trip casting with a Coltsniper. Looking forward to hooking up on a large Tuna this coming season. Paired it with a Terez rod.
ProsSmooth and super strong
ConsThe price
By Sebastian
Naples, FL
Worth every penny
December 15, 2020
if you want a durable reliable reel this is the way to go it never fails me
By Cgar13
Perfect setup
October 26, 2020
Bought this to pair up with a grappler 7’10†med/lite. This combo is the perfect balance. Reeling in plugs from 1oz to 3oz you feel no difference. Smooth cranking and drag. What else is there to say. It’s a Stella
ProsIt?s a Stella
ConsWould like the knob to be like the round knob on the twin power
October 17, 2020
By Karl
San Francisco Bay Area
Forget Conventional
July 19, 2020
This reel will handle any saltwater game fish on the west coast.
Paired with a Grappler J 5'3" XXH, it will allow me to hold the rod with my right arm and give me the extra leverage only bottom mount spinning reel can offer.
I plan on using this combination when fishing for Bluefin tuna in San Diego.

It will allow me to cast the bait to the target species!
ProsThe quality is unmistakable!
By juan
Charlotte nc
July 5, 2020
a smooth and strong reel is just perfect
By Johnson
oakland, CA
Work OF Art
June 12, 2020
Silky smooth reel.
By John
Coram, NY
Great Reel
April 27, 2020
Purchased the new Stella in the 6K size, liking it much better than my larger 10K so far. It fits most 7-9ft rods nicely, is light weight, great drag, and IPX8 rated. Shimanos platinum service is a big plus as well.
ProsQuality Sizing Drag Water Resistance Smooth
By Eddie P.
Best of the Best
April 11, 2020
Shimano Stella 4000
This is one of the very few out there right now.
Luckily, i was blessed to get one.
If you get the opportunity, jump on it.
Smooth as silk. Small and powerful.
Bring on the funnies !!!
ProsSmooth drag. Small and powerful piece of equipment. You cant purchase a better reel. You just can compare a Stella to anything !!
ConsHaven't found any yet.
By H H.
Harrisburg Pa
The best money can buy.
February 24, 2020
I’ve always wanted to buy one for years, this 14000 model is all I need for now I am saving
For a 20000 model for big game fish like Tuna.
ProsNew and improved
ConsOnce you buy one you have to buy another.
By Dylan
Melbourne Beach, FL
Awesome Reel
February 12, 2020
Great reel probably the best on the market, I can't wait for the 4,5,6 k to come out
By Muhammad
Oman- salalah
Best reel out there BUT
February 4, 2020
I have 10000pgc , smooth underload as usual , but when i paired it with okuma distance 13' rod the line will get stuck between the rotor arm and line ruller so rapidly and with shakespeare agility 11,6 rod but with less occurances.

Shimano such issues shouldn't be with ur flag ship one
20 Questions & 20 Answers
Joe L.
from Rohnert Park, CA asked:
October 29, 2019
Why 2013 has 61.7 max drag and 2019 has 55 max drag.  

What changes?

1 Answer
There were a few changes to make more specific reels for certain applications. One notable thing was the heatsink transfer system reducing heat means a longer life for your reel. As far as the drag poundage drop there's no exact reason why they lowered it by 5 pounds. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on October 30, 2019

from New Jersey asked:
June 24, 2019
Hi. The spool of size 14000 is compatible with the 8000?
1 Answer
It's somewhat close but the 14000 has a larger spool capacity. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on June 26, 2019

from north carolina asked:
May 2, 2019
why is it expensive
1 Answer
Best components in the fishing industry don't come at a cheap price and the 2019 models are priced better then the 2018 models 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 2, 2019

from RI asked:
March 25, 2019
What's the difference between the 2013 version Stella's and the 2019 version Stella's
1 Answer
A more rigid body resulting in less body flex, The new infinity drive increases torque by 26% and Shimano's new heatsink drag transfers heat away from the reel resulting in reducing surface temps by up to 100 degrees. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 12, 2019

from San Diego, CA asked:
March 10, 2019
Is the Stella 14000 convertible for left hand use?
1 Answer
The Shimano Stella reels are ambidextrous 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 11, 2019

from Papua New Guinea asked:
February 26, 2019
I have a fishing trip on April 15th. Will these be out in time? What are the expected dates?
1 Answer
To soon to confirm that the 2019 Stella models will be here on time to make your trip 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on February 28, 2019

from MA asked:
April 3, 2021
Which size work perfect with  lamiglas gsb 10 light ?
1 Answer
Go with the 6000. Should pair great. 
Submitted by: Cory - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 5, 2021

from Rhode Island asked:
March 22, 2021
I'm looking to pair a STLSW10000PGC or STLSW14000XGC to a Terez rod for casting/jigging for tuna.  Any suggestions about what would pair well? 
1 Answer
The 14000 has more line capacity and only weights .2 oz more than the 10000. I would go with the 14000, Tuna can rip out a lot of line fast, so that extra capacity without sacrificing extra weight is a great advantage.  
Submitted by: William Larkin on March 22, 2021

Lino Remorin
from Texas asked:
March 20, 2021
Stella sw 10000 were. Is made?
1 Answer
This is made in Japan. 
Submitted by: Cory Comunal on March 22, 2021

from Mexico asked:
February 17, 2021

Which Stella will pair good for St. Croix 9’6 Avid surf MHFast 12-25lb  2-6oz?

1 Answer
I would go with the 6000.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 17, 2021

from CC, MA asked:
February 14, 2021
Given the price-is there a model that would span large stripers through small/med size tuna (if I used different rods and two spools with appropriate braid for each?) effectively?
1 Answer
I would go with the 10K. You'd be able to effectively fish for larger bass, and would still have the stopping power for small-mid size tuna. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 16, 2021

Irving Butler
from Maryland asked:
February 3, 2021
I know the sw stands for saltwater but what does the c stand for 
1 Answer
The C in the model number just indicates which generation Stella this is, for example the next Stella model would most likely be listed as the SW D model.
Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on February 4, 2021

from Ber asked:
January 26, 2021
Which model best fits the Shimano Grappler 5’3 Xxh rod? And what rod best fits the 200000 model ?
1 Answer
For jigging scenarios, you'd want the 18k or 20k Stella. Either model would pair up nicely with the 5'3" Grappler XXH. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 26, 2021

from Doha asked:
January 4, 2021
What are the main differences between stella Fj and Stella SWC 
1 Answer
The Stella FJs are geared more toward inshore saltwater fish like stripers, redfish, snook, etc., whereas the SWCs are designed for offshore saltwater species such as tuna, dolphin, wahoo, GTs, etc. 
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 5, 2021

from Pensylvania asked:
April 16, 2020
I’m trying to get one and I need help for choose one for surffishing  i don’t know if the 14k is good or the 18k the difference is 7 lbs more and I be throwing lures like popper etc
1 Answer
Kelvin, the 18k will be too large. The 14000 has a very fast retrieve that is useful in certain situations like up at the canal and also locally for keeping sinking style topwaters up on the surface. If you are set on a Stella for surf fishing the 14000 on a 10'6" or 11' surf rod would be our recommendation. 18k was designed almost specifically for casting poppers and stickbaits to large bluefin tuna and other pelagics. 
Submitted by: Brian on April 17, 2020

from New York, NY asked:
April 16, 2020
Which Stella reel size would be a good match for Lamiglas GSB 9'2'' 2 piece John Skinner?  I can't decide between the 4000 and 5000 size.  What is your recommendation?
1 Answer
The Shimano Stella 5000 will be the best fit for a rod of that size. 
Submitted by: Sydney on April 17, 2020

jason cope
from South Yarmouth asked:
March 26, 2020
Whats the deal with shimano stella 18k? I kinda have a problem shelling out 3500 for something not in stocl???
1 Answer
That size is preorder at this time, still waiting for Shimano to release them for the first time. For Preorders we do not charge until the order is ready to ship, only an authorization is used at the time of order. Let us know if we can help answer any questions you may have regarding these new Stella SWC Reels. 
Submitted by: Brian on March 27, 2020

from RI asked:
March 16, 2020
Why is 8000 size braid only?
1 Answer
This will be due to the spool. Shimano reduced as much weight as possible from the reel and since mono stretches unlike braid, it could bind up the spool and cause damage under heavy pressure. 
Submitted by: Brian on March 16, 2020

from NY asked:
February 19, 2020
What rod would you match up with a 20000?

1 Answer
Depending on what you are fishing for, how you are fishing, and what you are fishing with lure or bait wise will help us recommend the best rod option for your application. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on February 25, 2020

kim Chi
from USA FL asked:
April 8, 2019
When will they start selling the 2019 Stella in the 4000 and 5000 sizes? Just wondering how long is the wait to buy them at your store sir.
1 Answer
At this time (4/10/2019), we have no confirmation that they will be producing them in the immediate future.
Submitted by: Ryan on April 10, 2019


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