Shimano STLSW8000HGC Stella SW C Spinning Reel

Shimano STLSW8000HGC Stella SW C Spinning Reel

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.

Price: $1,049.99
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Gear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Capacity
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13+155lb22oz$1,049.99 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 51 reviews
By Nick
Randolph, MA
Amazing reel
July 27, 2022
Best saltwater reel I ever had. Super smooth, drag is amazing, quality build reel!
By Brennan
Best high end reel
July 25, 2022
One of if not the best high end spinning reel on the market.
  • Quality
  • Price
By miller
you should probably buy it
May 24, 2022
love this reel. i caught 4 reds on it in one hour and had no issues.
By Brian
Solid reel
April 17, 2022
You can't go wrong with a Stella! Not the cheapest reels out there but you get what you pay for. Put this on a Shimano Tallus and have no complaints.
  • Solid construction
  • Completely saltwater safe
  • Pricey
By Bill k.
Wall, NJ
Best reel ever
March 16, 2022
Got it for Christmas and its the smoothest spinner I own for tuna fishing.
By kl
20k & 10k
February 19, 2022
We have used these 2 reel sizes for our tuna jigging loaded with 65lb & 50 PP Max on 80lb & 60lb grappler jigging rods. Great set ups, hard to find better, IMO.
  • great balance and feel, super smooth
  • its not diamond crusted for the price. it is after all only 3 more ball bearings then the twin power for 1/2 price.
By Trung N.
Cypress Tx
February 7, 2022
Very smooth and very good reel
By Tam T.
Awesome as always
February 7, 2022
Shimano Stella never let me down!! Smoothest and strongest spinning reels. I have 4 of them and going to get more… as long as you take care of them reels they will hold their value…
  • Last long and strong drag ? reliable shimano reel
  • None
By Tony
Incredible Reel
January 17, 2022
Amazingly smooth reeling and drag... masterpiece.
By James
Great Reel
December 23, 2021
This is a phenomenal reel. I have this paired with my ODM Jiggster rod. Has not disappointed me yet!
By Jason
san jose, CA
Super Smooth
November 13, 2021
I owned 2 of this reel, must say it’s super smooth, and strong
By Christopher
Homosassa, FL
Out performed my expectations!
October 25, 2021
I paired my Stella 5000HGC with the NRX 921S MR. We were catching some nice reds near Clearwater. After releasing a 35 in red a bull shark bit it in two! Following that, twice I hooked into what I believe were sharks due to the head shaking I could feel and my line ended up cut. One of them stripped out half of my line before I managed to turn it. The drag worked flawlessly on the long runs. After about 10 minutes of fighting it, we never saw it, the braid was cut. Both the reel and rod greatly exceeded my expectations.
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth
  • Powerful Drag
  • Price
By Cgar13
First defective one I ever got
October 13, 2021
Love my Stella's. Received my 8000 HGC. When I get a new Stella, I will sit and crank it while watching TV to let in seat its self, Like a break in period. This one felt different and had a kind of clunk when the spool shaft would change directions from from up and down. I gave it a couple weeks and still did not feel right. Checked it against my other Stella's and found the end play of the spool shaft was quit a bit more than my other ones. Contacted TD and as always they were great to deal with. They sent me a return label and set up the exchange. I feel this reel did not get the correct shims and was just to loose. I'm sure the new one will be the usual Stella quality. Thx TD
  • It's a Stella
  • TD was great to deal with as always
  • The one I received was a factory defect.
By Rick
Great Flagship Shimano reel
September 19, 2021
Shimano’s flagship reel, its super smooth and can handle the toughest of fish. It’s a great reel and it’s great for all offshore and inshore applications.
By Jose p.
Very smooth and strong
September 15, 2021
Very smooth and light perfect for popping and jigging. Paired to grappler you can cast all day.
  • Almost perfect spinning reel. Its so worth it!
  • No regrets.

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