Shimano STL4000XGFJ Stella FJ Spinning Reel

Shimano STL4000XGFJ Stella FJ Spinning Reel

Price: $709.99
TD Code
Gear RatioInches Per CrankMono/Fluoro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
PowerPro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Price
2412+19.0$709.99 USD
The all new for 2018 Shimano Stella FJ takes the Shimano spinning reel lineup to new heights, now even smoother, more efficient, and durable than the previous generation, the Stella FI. Featuring Micro Module II, the all new gear design and gear teeth surface provides for amazing smoothness and nearly doubles the strength of Shimano’s already unmatched gear durability. X-Protect also makes this Stella up to 5X more water resistant than its predecessor, which 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.
5 Stars based on 18 reviews
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.
ProsThe 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.
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!
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.
ProsGreat performing reel! The Ferrari of spinning reels.
ConsExpensive. 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.
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.
ProsNice Reel
ConsVan 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.
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!
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