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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TD Code
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 16 reviews
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
By Dan
Stuart, FL
Stella 20000
January 22, 2020
Just bought 2 for bluefin this summer. Smooth as expected but heavy.
ProsLarge line capacity
ConsA bit heavier than expected. Jury is out whether the drag can sustain heavy pressure over time
By T B.
Must have
January 10, 2020
On life's journey if you get the chance spoil yourself...
ProsSmooth Silky Strong Longevity
ConsDidn't get another one 😣
By David
East Islip, NY
January 5, 2020
Just got this reel and although I haven't gotten it wet yet I can't keep my hands off it. Smoothest reel I've ever touched.
ProsEverything except price
ConsPrice is steep but worth it
By Yohan
Bloomington, Indiana
Best Popping/Jigging Reel
December 3, 2019
This reel feels like owning a Ferrari. Shimano reels are all amazingly smooth from low to top tier. I always say invest in high quality gear and the Stella never disappoints. There are new features added to this amazing reel and I am so excited to test it in soon. I would recommend it to anyone who targets big fish like GTs, Tunas, etc...
Pros1) Aesthetically looking dope 2) New features added compared to old Stella 3) Price is unbeatable because I got a huge deal on Black Friday
ConsNone so far
By Kenny
Shimano's Flagship Reel
November 17, 2019
it's a stella! This reel can put the breaks on a 50in striper anyday. Fish after fish this thing will keep you impressed as the day you bought it
By Francesco
Power pro Maxcuattro
October 9, 2019
In the specs it says 315 yards of 65 pounds power pro and I needed for vertical jigg so I tried spoiling it with power pro (maxcuattro) and the entire 500 yards fit perfectly. Love it.
By Francesco
Dominican Republic
Awesome reel
October 2, 2019
I love this reel just bought a second one! Don’t be afraid to spend your money into this reel
By Huy N.
It's the beast
September 13, 2019
I was hesitated whether or not I should have bought this reel. I did some comparison between this one (the Stella SW 14000XG) vs TwinPower 14000XG which is at half price. I also did some research and even came across Alan Hawk where he showed some flaws of the 2019 model.

Until a friend of mine recommended this reel to me. He told me if I bought this reel I would not worrying about losing big fish... well we all know we can lose any fish even with the best gears we have :)

I decided to buy this anyway because I was too hyped even it broke the bank LOL. I haven't actually used it as I haven't had a chance to go offshore fishing up until now. I even haven't spooled it.

However, what I can tell is I feel good because I own one like this. I live in Georgia and so ocean access is just a dream, but I know I will have chances to put it into heavy use at some point in time, perhaps when I am retired and buy a house close to the beach, and oh with a boat too, who knows LOL.

ProsIt's the Shimano flagship. Words cannot stress this enough. Do your own research before buying this or just simply go to Youtube and search for Shimano Stella and watch how it handle giants in the ocean.
ConsI don't know if it's a con but with 14000 size it's heavy at least to me, and it's absolutely for offshore fishing. So if your application is mostly inshore or nearshore, consider to get the smaller one in size.
By John
Coram, NY
Great Reel but Could Be Better
August 24, 2019
It’s a Stella, smooth, IPX8 rated, beautiful, refined reel. However for what was added some was also taken away. The back up anti-reverse was removed and the famous Shimano Anti-Reverse is now plastic vs metal.
ProsSmoothness Shimano Platinum Service Resale Value Build Quality Line Capacity IPX8 rating
ConsNo backup anti reverse Plastic Clutch downgrade Smooth Drag but not what it’s rated at Price Limited Sizes and gear ratios as of Aug. 2019
By Joe
San Diego, California
Shimano Stella 10000 Reel
July 3, 2019
Best Spinning Reel Ever! Just buy it and enjoy the best experience a spinning reel can provide you.
ProsFunction Quality Looks
By greg n.
aptos california
2019 stella
March 27, 2019
tad lighter than previous, for extreme die-hards $$$$ not a issue.
ProsBest in the business, most will never move up to this level to go fishing but if your a die -hard who wants the best this series is as good as it gets, better tha
ConsStill extremely expensive
By Cyaco
Upstate NY
Just like Stradic FK to Sustain FI upgrade... Not significant improvement from 2013 Stella SW
March 19, 2019
Just like Stradic FK to Sustain FI upgrade... Not significant improvement from 2013 Stella SW.
Another 2014 Stella FI to 2018 Stella FJ improvement.

As I expected, I received 2019 8000HG in mid-March, 19 8000HG was lighter than 13 8000HG.
InfinityDrive helps for lighter retrieve when you are jigging and fighting with a big fish.
SilentDrive x XShip help for a smooth retrieve.
XProtect for Line Roller is nice, but if you take care of line roller ball bearing, I don't think this is not significantly improved.
XRigid Rotor and New Compact Rotor (8000 only) help for a lighter retrieve.

My conclusion
If you didn't buy 13 Stella SW 8000HG/PG, buy 19 Stella SW 8000HG/PG.
It's a new concept 8000 reels. You can't use 10000/14000 spool.

If you have 13 Stella SW 8000HG/PG, don't buy 19 Stella SW 10000PG/14000XG.
The main reason., 13 Stella SW 8000HG/PG can use 19 Stella SW 10000PG/14000XG spools. That means you will get the HeatSink spool.
I would just purchase19 Stella SW 14000 spool with 19 Stella SW drag knob for 13 Stella SW 10000PG/14000XG, then wait for 2026/27 Stella SW.
ProsIt's Stella, best reel in the world
ConsStill Expensive Not significant improvement
10 Questions & 10 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

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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