Shimano STL1000FJ Stella FJ Spinning Reel
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|Gear Ratio||Inches Per Crank||Mono/Fluoro Line Capacity|
|PowerPro Line Capacity|
|Max Drag (lb)||Ball Bearings||Weight (oz)||Price|
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.
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.
If youâ€™re reading this, then youâ€™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 #â€™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, Iâ€™m elated with this reel. The price is what hurts.
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