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Shimano Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reels

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Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line
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PowerPro Line Capacity
(lb test/yds)
Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsWeight (oz)Price
76 S A-RB+1RB5.6$229.99 USD
206 S A-RB+1RB6.7$229.99 USD
206 S A-RB+1RB6.7$229.99 USD
246 S A-RB+1RB8.1$239.99 USD

Back and updated with some of Shimano’s newest technologies, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ spinning reel delivers top-level performance in a lighter and more durable platform than ever before. By decreasing overall weight, adding the new lightweight MGL Rotor, and incorporating G-Free Body, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is the lightest and most comfortable Stradic ever made. Don’t let this reel’s light weight fool you however; the use of cold-forged Hagane Gearing, CoreProtect, and X-Ship technology ensures the Stradic Ci4+ is up to taking the abuse for years of dependable operation.

From Largemouth Bass and Walleye to Striped Bass and Snook, Shimano’s Stradic Ci4+ Spinning Reels delivers all the features and power needed to tame a wide variety of freshwater and inshore species.

Shimano Technology Found In Stradic Ci4+ Reels :
  • Aero Wrap II - Utilizing a patented worm gear design, this two-speed oscillation system lays the line onto the spool in a X pattern that reduces line-on-line friction and helps to increase casting distance.
  • CoreProtect - The concept of CoreProtect is simple – to provide exceptional water resistance without creating any additional rotational resistance on the retrieve. The reel is treated at key areas such as the roller clutch, body, and line roller to resist water intrusion.
  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • MGL Rotor - The Magnumlight Rotor is 25% lighter and allows for better balance and requires 22% less inertia, which makes it easier to start and stop the retrieve for a smoother feel.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano’s A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing’s rotation.
  • Super Stopper - Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing to eliminate back-play in the reel and provide the angler with instant power when setting the hook.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
4.5 Stars based on 29 reviews
By Kenneth
Cary, IL
September 15, 2017
Stradic's do it again!!!
I have many Shimano Stradic reels. Why, because they never fail me. This new C-14 is no exception. The main reasons have to do with castability. They cast like a dream and lay line like a smooth sheet w/o digging in and a great retrieve ratio. My friends think I'm crazy to use them in saltwater but I recently wrestled a nice snook from the mangroves as well as caught bluefish and spanish mackerel from the surf in Florida with these reels. I have several sizes, and each is soooo balanced by the incredible lightness per size ratio, making it effortless to cast endlessly w/o fatigue or reel/rod balance issues. Love these guys, and just gifted one to a friend!!!
ConsUnsealed bearings.
By Dob
February 11, 2019
Shimanos best reel in that price range. Diawa ballistic man but this reel is hard to beat
Great shimano reel and have used stradic reels from the fi,fj etc. ci4+ is the best bet to throw lures all day. The fk series is nice as well n prob would go to it on reels above 3000.
By Joe g
February 7, 2019
Super light reel
Fantastically light and powerful
By jon
oceanport, NJ
January 30, 2019
CI4 is the best
super light and still has a ton of power. By far my favorite reel for inshore fishing.
Prosextremely light
Conshaven't had any!
By Charles P
Gulf Breeze, FL
January 30, 2019
Smooth and light
Super smooth light weight reel. The 2500 is the perfect flats trout and redfish reel. Super smooth drag.
ProsSmooth, light,
By Casper Pierdomenico
Upper Chichester PA
January 27, 2019
Great Reel
So far I love this reel super smooth drag.
By Gerry
January 19, 2019
Not so great
Although very smooth, lightweight and powerful I’ve had several issues with this reel the one year I’ve owned it... I use is pretty much exclusively in salt water for jigging blackfish. Anti reverse fails under load fairly frequently, chrome bail spring covers are corroding, reel handle stem is rusting out at the knuckle. I spray this reel each time after use with freshwater.

This is something you might expect if you were using a freshwater reel in the salt or if it were one of Shimanos less expensive reel lines but @ $239 I expect more...

I’m also not the only one with the anti reverse issue either... I know 3 people who had to have their reels repaired for the same reason...

Shipped it back to Shimano and hope they can fix or make good on it..
ProsLightweight year vert powerful
ConsAnti reverse fails under load and does not seem to hold up too well in saltwater
By Don
December 30, 2018
Like the 1000 ci4 a lot . Good reel
Well built reel and like a 1000 on 6'6 star seagis for using plastics.
By Jerry
Shalimar Fl
November 8, 2018
C4I 1000 get real at a great price
Awesome reel second C4I I own.
ProsLight weight great drag.
By Michael
Pelham, NY
November 6, 2018
Perfect Blackfish Spinning Setup
This has been my go to blackfish reel for 4 seasons now (2500 series) - had to replace the drag washers once from all the abuse its taken but the reel is a tank. I've successfully stopped 4 double digit tog with this reel, paired with a 6'6 St Croix Premier MHF spinning rod - you cant go wrong.
By Ron Desimone
Elkhart, Indiana
October 12, 2018
Stradic HGFB
I have many of the Stradic HGFB in my arsenal in sizes from 2500 to 4000. Quality of this reel and
durability are unmatched. Heck I still have the Stradi'cs with wood handles that I still use.
ProsHagane gear strong and durable Smooth and reliable Drag Light weight with CI4+ material Core protect water resistance
By Dan
Rochester, NY
July 19, 2018
Beautiful, smooth reel.
I've owned many reels, fishing for saltwater,freshwater, sharks, and now back to freshwater again.
I own this 4000 and also a Ci4+ 3000 as well as a Daiwa Certate 2004, and 2510.
The Daiwa's are nicer and smoother (as they should be for more ball bearings) - but they cost twice as much.
This Stradic is a great reel, very light, strong and smooth drag and I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice, mid priced reel.
I am currently using this as my 2nd pike setup from the boat - and it will be my Salmon reel this fall on my 10' St Croix Avid Surf.
I will be getting the 1000 sized for my trout setup this spring as well.
I add power knobs to my Stradic reels.
ProsSmooth Strong drag Looks nice Reliable
By Kevin
July 3, 2018
Shimano CI4+ 2500HG Series
Bought 3 of the above mentioned reels, paired with 3 St Croix , Avid 7'6" ML action rods. Use them for Bass in the lakes and Reds and Specs in FL. The handle all Bass good, all Spec trout and Reds up 10-+15 lbs, Ver High Quality Light reel that is strong.
ProsLight, Strong, High Quality
ConsA little pricey
By Les
Long Island, NY
May 19, 2018
Great small reel. I had the previous generation before and this is even smoother than the last.
I paired this up with a St. Croix Premiere Ultra Light 6.6 fast action one piece rod and it performs great for trout, crappie, and even bass.
By Sean
Buffalo, NY
March 31, 2018
Best spinning reel on the market
I own 3 of these and can't see myself owning anything else!
15 Questions & 15 Answers
Max Isenhower
from 27948 asked:
May 30, 2018
what does the letters CI stand for ?
1 Answers
CI4 stands for Carbon Interfusion with the 4 referring to the number of electrons in the Carbon atom. Ultimately, this means CI4 is reinforced Carbon Fiber. The new CI4+ is the next generation of Shimano's CI4 material and 250% stronger. It is over one and a half times stronger than Shimano's normal XT-7 graphite and is over 20% lighter. Because it does not contain metal, it is also impervious to rust. So, as a result of its strength and weight, it allows Shimano to create an extremely lightweight reel with very precise tolerances.
on May 30, 2018

from Chino Hills, California asked:
January 22, 2018
Can I use the Stradic CIF Plus for surf fishing
1 Answers
Maybe the 4000 model, in my opinion the reel itself may be to small for any surf fishing applications.
on January 24, 2018

from San Francisco asked:
November 20, 2017
What size reel is ideal for trout and bass fishing? And Maybe small stripers
1 Answers
4000 would probably be your all around reel for multi species fishing.
on November 22, 2017

from Israel asked:
November 20, 2017
Stradic CI4 3000 can fit to ultralight rod ? if so to which rod recommended? And which medium fast action rod recommended?(for salt water)
1 Answers
Hello Jacob, That reel can be paired with a 6 foot 4' Tsunami Slim Wave Rod for a ultralight setup.
on November 20, 2017

from Tennessee asked:
July 1, 2018
Have 3 Shimano Stradic CI4 2500 paired with St Croix 7'6" ML Avid series rods. Use them for Bass, Specs and Reds. They handle reds, have not caught any Reds bigger than about 7 or 8 lbs, they handled that pretty good. But will be fishing in LA shortly for Reds and specs where the possibility of getting hooked up Bull reds increases, 10-30 lb range. Thinking of Shimano CI4 4000 series with St Croix Legend Tournament 7'6" Med action. Your thoughts on this combination with 30 LB Power Pro Slick 8
1 Answers
This setup will work well for the fish and size of fish you are targeting.
on July 5, 2018

raymond powanda
from asked:
May 29, 2018
Looking for a reel to match with either a St. Croix avid surf 7 ft or a St. Croix tidemaster 7 ft both with lure ratings up to 1 1/2oz. This will be for light tackle fluke and black sea bass. Would you recommend this reel or fk. And in what size
1 Answers
I would recommend either the 3000 or 4000 depending on the pound line you decide to fish with.
on May 29, 2018

Dale thomas
from Va asked:
March 6, 2018
Would you recommend the 3000 or 4000 reel for use on the st croix legend tournament inshore medium action,also would you choose 7' or 7'6" rod for inshore trout fishing
1 Answers
For inshore trout fishing the 7'6'' rod paired with the 4000 Stradic would be a great combo for your fishing needs.
on March 8, 2018

from FL asked:
June 3, 2017
does it come with 2 spools?
1 Answers
on June 3, 2017

from Miami, FL asked:
May 22, 2017
What's the difference between the 2016 and 2017 model?
1 Answers
The 2017 model cut down on weight by adjusting the positioning and size of the counterbalance on the rotor. They have also removed the anti-reverse switch that was included on the older Ci4+ model.
on May 26, 2017

from Canada asked:
May 22, 2017
Which real would be the best for Bass fishing in Ontario.
1 Answers
If you are referring to Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, a 2500 or 3000 size reel is the perfect size.
on May 26, 2017

from Florida asked:
April 15, 2017
Is this reel rated for saltwater use?
1 Answers
Yes it is.
on April 17, 2017

from wichita,ks asked:
March 26, 2017
What's the different between the 4000FA and 4000Xg ?
1 Answers
The XG is the most recent model of the Stradic. It is lighter weight and features an updated counter balanced rotor than the previous model (Stradic FA).
on March 28, 2017

from Chicago illinois asked:
March 10, 2017
The Country of Origin: Imported?
1 Answers
The Stradic Ci4+ is manufactured in Malaysia.
on March 10, 2017

from Qatar asked:
January 7, 2017
which one is more preferable for saltwater fishing or is resistance against saltwater , Stradic FK or Stradic Cl4+ ?
1 Answers
Th Shimano FK would be a better fit for saltwater fishing.
on January 7, 2017

from San Francisco, CA asked:
January 5, 2017
What are the biggest features & differences between the Stradic FK & CI4 models.
1 Answers
The CI4 are lighter and the stradic FK does not have the CI4 technology which makes the reel lighter and stronger at the same time.
on January 5, 2017


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