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Shimano Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reels - 2017 Model

Shimano Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reels - 2017 Model

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Inches Per CrankGear RatioMono/Fluoro Line
(lb test/yds)
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
Shimano Stradic CI4+ Spinning Reels 2017 Models are lightweight and provide an ultra smooth reeling experience. These reels are designed to last. These reels feature upgraded water resistance with core protect. The magnumlite rotor on these reels allows for a light feel when you turn the handle.

  • Hagane Gear
  • G free body
  • CI4+ construction
  • X-Ship
  • Core protect
  • Magnumlite rotor
4.5 Stars based on 19 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 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!
By Lawson Tilghman
Somerville, TN
March 22, 2018
Favorite on the market
This is by far my favorite spinning reel on the market. It is easy to go, very light weight, quiet and versatile. I have used this reel for a long time and have never had any issues. You canā€™t go wrong with any Shimano product. Great quality and great service.
ProsQuiet, easy to hold, very lightweight
ConsNo! Not with any Shimano product
By Capt. Peter Brown
Charleson, South Carolina
March 20, 2018
Best in class
As a full time saltwater guide I spend over 250 days a year using reels. The Shimano line has continued to impress me and for inshore use the Stradic Ci4 is the perfect blend of weight, strength and performance. The Hagane gears are cold forged which means they are stronger, smoother and last longer. Overall I have found the Stradic and Srtadic Ci4 hold up better and longer than any other reel in thier category, definitely worth the investment!
ProsThis reel is lightweight and the finish is strong and long lasting so the reels look good and work well after countless hours of use. The gears are smooth and allow for flawless operation and the bail system works extremely well preventing accidental bail closure.
By chang
January 26, 2018
always great
love shimano products. love this reel for inshore striper and trout
Prossuper smooth casting distance
By Derek
Apopka, FL
December 15, 2017
Best reel I own
Rearming with my inshore tackle this year and bought a penn, stradic and a sustain and a quantum cabo to own them side by side and see how they do and hold up. The stradic is the smoothest of all and by far the lightest. Will let you know how it lasts but it seems the best of the bunch so far.
By Frank Smith
Edisto Island, SC
December 7, 2017
Shimano STCI42500HGFB Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reel
Very smooth and quiet operation. Plenty of capacity for line when playing larger fish.
By Dhari
October 11, 2017
Drag washer
I bought a stradic 2500 ci4+ a week ago, i used it 3 times then the drag washer melted, which made me order new drag washers from carbontex, I expected a $230 shimano reel could have at least a better drag washer.
By Eidolen
Outer Banks
July 19, 2017
Almost perfect
It's a wonder how something so slight can perform so well. I admit that it looks a little cheap at first glance. It has that look of a $15 reel you see in the cheap section of the tackle shop, but those fears are quickly dismissed once it is in hand. The only problem I've encountered is a slight crunching noise when reeling under load. It doesn't seem to affect performance at all, but my Sustains are practically silent under the same conditions.
ProsSuper light but sturdy.
ConsLittle noisy.
By Jason
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
June 13, 2017
Great reel!
This is my second stradic ci4+ and it doesn't disappoint. Super light and strong drag.
ProsDrag, weight, smoothness of feeling.
ConsHandle knob could be bigger.
By Chris
Stuart, Florida
June 1, 2017
Great reel.
This reel is as smooth as silk with its action. Very well balanced. You will be very satisfied using it in shore.
By JerryS
Atlantic Beach, NC
April 30, 2017
This reel is well made, quite and smooth. It's well worth the price. The drag is also smooth and gradual. I like the spool because it has an indication of where the maximum fill. This reel quality made.
ProsQuality and smooth
By Anthony Hughes
PalmBay, Florida
February 23, 2017
Both Pretty and Sweet
" Very Sweet ", light, smooth, mounted on a Temple Fork 7'6 rod, perfect šŸ‘Œ match, Snook, Red's, and Speckled Sea Trout have as much Fun on their end as I do on the other !!!
ProsCan fish this combo all day, anytime, anywhere !!!!! Salt or Freshwater ! ! !
By Brian
Central Florida
February 3, 2017
Great Reel
This is really nice reel. After receiving it, I ordered a second one.
By Eric
December 29, 2016
Light weight reel
As far as small spinning reels go, I believe this reel to be the lightest and strongest for its size.
By Richbirdhunter
November 10, 2016
Fantastic reel, smooth drag and casts a mile. I use it for finesse fishing in Texas.
ProsIt's a piece of art, well balanced and pretty to look at.
ConsAt over $200 dollars for the reel it's hard to pull the trigger, but I'm glad I did.
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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