Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reels

Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reels

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Gear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankBearingsMono Line Capacity Braided Line CapacityMax DragWeightPrice
6.6lb6.9oz$199.99 USD
19.8lb7.9oz$199.99 USD
19.8lb7.9oz$209.99 USD
24.3lb9.2oz$219.99 USD
24.3lb9.3oz$229.99 USD

New for 2019, the Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reels are the latest edition to a line of spinning reels that for generations has served as a benchmark by which all other reels in its class are measured. For years, the Stradic has set the bar for innovation and performance at its price point, and the Stradic FL continues this tradition by putting flagship level performance in the hands of anglers at a price never thought possible. Now driven by Shimano's MicroModule II cold forged gear, anglers can experience unprecedented smoothness and power transfer. Internal components are tuned to the highest tolerances possible with Shimano's Silent Drive technology.

To protect your investment from the elements, Shimano's X-Protect water repellent coating and specially designed water channeling labyrinth construction work to prevent water intrusion and preserve that out-of-the-box effortless rotation for the life of the reel without adding the rotational resistance commonly felt in sealed reels. Euipped with a heavy duty Cross Carbon Drag system, the Stradic FL is poised to be put to the ultimate test against the hardest pulling inshore species. The introduction of the Long Stroke Spool offers enhanced casting capabilities by decreasing the frequency in which your line changes direction while coming off the spool, creating less turbulence going through the guides and resulting in longer, smoother casts. From the lake to the back bays and beyond, the Stradic FL proves itself to be a worthy edition to the Stradic legacy.

Shimano Technology Found in Stradic FL Spinning Reels :

  • 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.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to its stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An angler’s actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. It’s efficiency through strength.
  • 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.
  • MicroModule II Gear - State-of-the-art gear design makes use of smaller gear teeth and more of them, which results in a more efficient gear train and much smoother retrieve.
  • Long Stroke Spool - By increasing the height of the spool, the line is able to be laid on the spool without the spool having to fully oscillate as frequently. This results in the line having to change direction while coming off the spool fewer times during a cast, resulting is less turbulence going through the guides for a smoother and longer cast.
  • SilentDrive - A long list of fine-tuned internal micro adjustments and enhancements that reduce any handle play and noise from moving parts.
  • X-Protect - By combining a water repellant coating and a specially designed water channeling labyrinth construction, X-Protect provides high-level water resistance without adding weight or sacrificing light rotor rotation.
  • G-Free Body - G-Free Body technology enables the reel’s center of gravity to be moved closer to the center of the reel seat, and therefore the anglers hand position. This shift in weight and balance helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
  • 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.
  • Cross Carbon Drag - Allows for a wider range of drag settings, enhanced drag washer durability, and the smoothest Shimano drag performance ever.
  • 5 Stars based on 128 reviews
    By Hugo L.
    September 14, 2021
    This reel performs as a champ! Excellent drag system, it is very light so you can cast all day with it plus is one of the best reels out there. Highly recommended. Excellent for Fresh and Salt water applications.
    ProsLight Weight Cast a mile Great Color
    ConsNone so far
    By kehan
    Good buy
    August 30, 2021
    Great reel for its price. Light weighted. Feels smooth.
    By Keven
    Papillion, Nebraska
    Beauty and the BEAST!!!
    August 23, 2021
    Fishing the Stradic fl 2500 is awesome!! Buttery smooth performance from this beauty of a reel. Don’t let the looks fool you though I was catching large mouth bass with it and the Stradic held its own like a beast easily! It feels like a solid reel when holding it because there is no play in it whatsoever. Shimano has engineered another great reel.
    Pros Very smooth retrieval Strong 20lb Drag Solid build with very tight tolerance Beautiful looking reel
    By Salt C.
    New Jersey
    Strong and dependable
    August 22, 2021
    Super lightweight, looks great and super strong. Has no problem reeling in 5lb seabass, let alone striped bass and blues.
    By GL
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Silky Smooth
    August 14, 2021
    Super smooth reel with awesome drag! Though I would be getting this as a backup to a my baitcaster... but now I'll need to rethink this!
    By Boston T.
    Sneads Ferry, NC
    I bought 2 3000 series
    August 4, 2021
    I bought 2 3000 series and they are my go to Kayak saltwater fishing reels!
    ProsLight weight and great performance!
    By BigWillie
    Awesome Reel
    July 30, 2021
    This stradic 2500 reel is buttery smooth with a great drag system. This reel is top notch and is a great value.
    By Steve
    Stradic STC3000
    July 29, 2021
    Very smooth action. Reel is designed for almost no maintenance. Does not have the anti reverse switch, which took a little getting used to, but great overall reel.
    By Jake
    all around great reel
    July 27, 2021
    I was convinced to buy a stradic last year. I have bought two more since. Super smooth and high quality build.
    By Rhett
    Collierville, TN
    Great Inshore Reel
    July 22, 2021
    I have purchased 2 of these reels ( Size 3000 ) for a trip to Venice, LA ... My son and I caught multiple Reds, Sheepshead, Stingrays and more... Reels worked to perfection.. Would highly recommend.
    By Justin
    Biloxi, MS
    Classic spinning reel
    July 15, 2021
    The Stradic 3000 is the one I have, and it has brought in many reds, specks, and flounder. A durable and reliable spinning reel at a great price point.
    ProsA lot of bang for the buck.
    By Rudy
    Solid reel
    July 14, 2021
    Great reel for cheap. Gotta send in to Shimano annually. Handle on the 5000 worth the extra money.
    ProsHandle, drag, weight
    By Jason
    Great reel for the money
    July 11, 2021
    Very smooth, and solid feeling reel. I love the handle on the 5000 size, which is a nice upgrade over the one on the smaller sizes.
    By Kenge
    Fantastic reel
    July 7, 2021
    Right reel as gift to friends
    By Eric
    Ruskin, FL
    Bullet proof
    July 4, 2021
    Thee reels are outstanding, the quality is beyond expectation. They have a smooth drag system and a sturdy aluminum frame so you can use these compact babies for anything from snook and redfish to mangrove snapper and grouper. I'm a fishing guide and I have 5 that get put to the test daily.
    41 Questions & 42 Answers
    Ahmed Hunaif
    from Florida asked:
    January 29, 2020
    What is the actual weight of the Stradic FL 5000? There seem to be different information.
    1 Answer
    After physically weighing the Stradic FL they weigh 10.4 oz's. 
    Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on January 29, 2020

    Hook Charters
    from Provincetown, MA asked:
    January 14, 2020
    I have 2 Hanta Sensation 6’4” jigging Ross. I’m thinking of pairing them up with Stradic  FL 5000 with either 40# or 50# super slick. I fish near shore off Cape Cod.
    1 Answer
    The 40# test line would be the better option without going to a larger pound test increasing line diameter and decreasing line capacity. 
    Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on January 16, 2020

    from San Diego CA asked:
    December 30, 2019
    I am planning to buy the Stradic FL 5000. Which 8 ft St Croix Avid Inshore would pair with the 5000 size Stradic?
    1 Answer
    The Stradic FL 5000 would pair well with either SCR-1850 or SCR-1879 both 8ft one MH and the other M power. 
    Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 30, 2019

    from LA asked:
    December 27, 2019
    What is the difference between the Shimano Stradic FL and the FK?
    1 Answer
    The key features that the Stradic FL has that the FK did not is the Micro Module Gear II, silent drive, NEW Hagane Gear, X Protect, Long Spool, Carbon Cross Drag Washer. Overall a better reel and key for inshore saltwater fishing! 
    Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 31, 2019

    from NC asked:
    December 21, 2019
    With the 5000 would the grappler be a good rod?

    If yes what size 

    2 Answers
    Yes, a Shimano Grappler would pair well with the 5000 Stradic FL for jigging applications. Which Grappler model to choose depends on the types of fish you are targeting and the weights of the jigs you will be using. The Medium Heavy models rated for 50lb line and 250g jigs would pair well with a reel that size and are a versatile option for a fairly wide range of species and jigging depths.
    Submitted by: Devon Hicken on December 30, 2019
    The Stradic FL 5000 would pair well with a few of the Grappler series rods. Depending on the application the best jigging model would be the and if you are using it for mainly topwater application check out the popping model:
    Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 30, 2019

    from Houston, Tx asked:
    November 8, 2019
    What is best size for inshore? Speckled trout, flounder, drum and red fish.
    1 Answer
    Either a 4 or 5000K
    Submitted by: Ethan Matuzsan on November 9, 2019

    KC Johnson
    from Folsom, CA asked:
    September 11, 2019
    Looking for a Spinning Reel to match up with my G. Loomis TSR792-1 6'7" and was wondering if the Stradic FL 1000 would be a perfect fit.
    1 Answer
    Yes the FL 1000 would be a good pair for that rod.
    Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on October 5, 2019

    Chris Richardson
    from Atlanta, Georgia asked:
    August 30, 2019
    Is it possible to put the power know that comes with the 5000 onto the 4000?
    1 Answer
    This information is not available yet. 
    Submitted by: Ethan on August 31, 2019

    Jerry Hayner
    from Pontiac, Illinois asked:
    July 10, 2019
    Can this reel be turned backwards?  Can you wind it forward and backward?  Thank you.
    1 Answer
    No, there is no anti-reverse switch. The handle cannot be turned backwards.
    Submitted by: Devon on July 13, 2019

    from Perth Western Australia asked:
    September 14, 2021
    Are these prices on Stradic HGFL 2500 in AUS dollars or US?

    What would be the the delivery charge to Perth Western Australia?

    1 Answer
    All of our prices would be in USD, unfortunately at this time we are unable to ship Shimano products internationally. I apologize for any inconvenience
    Submitted by: TackleDirect Customer Service on September 15, 2021

    from Hayward ,WI asked:
    August 24, 2021
    Could the 5000 be used with the appropriate rod for muskie fishing? It involves a LOT of casting. Lure weights from 1 to 4 ounces.
    1 Answer

    The Shimano Stradic FL 5000 spinning reel would be fine for Muskie fishing as it has plenty of drag (24lb) and line capacity (235yds/30lb braid).  The right rod is definitely the more important piece when casting 1-4oz lures all day.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

    Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 25, 2021

    Benjamin Rodrigues
    from Maharashtra asked:
    August 12, 2021
    Can the stradic fl 5000 be used to target saltwater barramundi of about 40lbs?
    1 Answer

    The Stradic 5000 can be used to target bigger fish, like Barramundi, since as it has 24lb max drag.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

    Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on August 12, 2021

    Robert Johnson
    from Neptune, NJ asked:
    July 2, 2021
    I have a Stradic FL 5000 matched with a G Loomis E6X inshore rod 904s. Is this a good combination?

    1 Answer
    That is a good combination for most inshore species in NJ.
    Submitted by: Paul Olah on July 2, 2021

    from NY Long Island asked:
    June 30, 2021
    What size should I buy for a G Loomis IMX-PRO 842S XF ?

    Thank you for answering. 

    1 Answer
    I would recommend either the 3000 or 2500 size reel for that rod. 
    Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 30, 2021

    from Savannah ga asked:
    June 23, 2021
    Would the 5k pair well with a teramar px southeast 7 ft medium heavy with 20 lb power pro for redfish snook small tarpon and shallow wrecks 
    1 Answer
    Yes this will be a good pairing.
    Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 24, 2021

    Hunter Stubley
    from Galloway, New Jersey asked:
    June 15, 2021
    What size would be better for bass, the 1000 or 2500?
    1 Answer
    I recommend the 2500 for both fresh and saltwater bass
    Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 15, 2021

    from Illinois asked:
    June 6, 2021
    Where are these reels made?
    1 Answer
    The Stradic is made in Malaysia 
    Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 7, 2021

    from N.y. asked:
    June 4, 2021
    Is the fl2500 or the 3000 the best for flounder and smaller also medium or ml rod
    1 Answer
    Both will be good for Flounder. The main difference between these two reels will be retrieve rate and capacity. I would opt for the 3000 size reel and for a rod I would choose a medium rod. I recommend this one: St. Croix TRIS70MF Triumph Inshore Spinning Rod
    Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 4, 2021

    from Florida asked:
    March 26, 2021
    For fishing the surf would you prefer the Stradic 5000 or the Vanford 5000? I'm leaning more towards the Vanford just because of how light it is but I feel like the Stradic has better salt resistance... is this the case?
    1 Answer
    If you are surf fishing, the Stradic will be the best reel. The Vanford is more of a freshwater/inshore reel and will not hold up in the rough surf conditions. The Vanford is also not heavy enough to balance with a surf rod. 
    Submitted by: William Larkin on March 26, 2021

    Franklin mitre
    from Panama asked:
    March 26, 2021
    Hi, I would like to know which reel is better shimano FL o sustain and what is make it better 

    from Split, Croatia asked:
    February 7, 2021
    I have Stradic 4000 FL, can I put 5000 FL spool on that body?
    1 Answer
    The 5000 spool would be too big for the 4000. 
    Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 9, 2021

    from Westport, MA asked:
    January 23, 2021
    Does the Shimano Stradic 3000 XG  have an anti reverse feature?
    1 Answer
    The Shimano Stradic FLs do not come with an anti-reverse.
    Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 25, 2021

    Cole cothern
    from Tampa FL asked:
    December 2, 2020
    Would you be able to beach or inlet fish with the 5000?
    1 Answer
    Certainly, this reel is a very well designed overall very salt capable reel. the 5000 model will definitely do the trick for most open beach and inlet fishing
    Submitted by: Alex T on December 2, 2020

    robert hagan
    from ny asked:
    November 25, 2020
    what kind of rod. Size action for a stradic fl 3000? thank you
    1 Answer
    Typically i would recommend a 6'6-7' M or MH rated rod but totally depends what you plan on targeting.

    I would suggest looking at the new St. Croix Mojo and Triumph inshore rods

    Submitted by: Alex T on November 27, 2020

    John Lilley
    from NC asked:
    October 25, 2020
    What size is more similar to a penn battle II 2000 series reel? The 2500 or the 3000?
    1 Answer
    The Stradic 2500 would be a very similar size to a Penn Battle II 2000
    Submitted by: Alex T on October 27, 2020

    from New Orleans, LA asked:
    October 20, 2020
    What size Shimano Stradic FL is compatible with Star Rods

    SG1530S10 (10 ft) Stellar Lite Surf Spin Rod

    1 Answer
    I would recommend jumping up to a Saragosa 5 or 6000 size reel, but if you want to stick with the Stradic I would go with the 5000 model
    Submitted by: Alex T on October 23, 2020

    from New Orleans Louisiana asked:
    October 14, 2020
    I have a Diawa Procyon 701MHFS would you recommend the Stradic 3000 or 4000 ? 
    1 Answer
    I would recommend the 4000 just based on how much more drag and versatility that size would provide, However if you are targeting smaller inshore species and doing more casting then the 3000 would also be a useful option. These reels are great, you won't be limited by either option
    Submitted by: Alex T on October 23, 2020

    from Egypt asked:
    October 12, 2020
    Whats the meaning of fl , and is it offshore reel ?
    1 Answer
    The FL is in reference to the generation model#, the old stradics were FK, these new are the FL model.

    Although this is a very solid tough reel, I wouldn't recommend using it as an offshore reel seeing that they only go up to a 5000 size.

    I would recommend bumping up to a Saragosa or twin power if you are looking for more of an offshore reel

    Submitted by: Alex Trommelen on October 22, 2020

    from Sacramento,CA asked:
    April 15, 2020
    2 Answers
    You will want to go with a larger reel like a Shimano Spheros or Saragosa in a 6000. The stradic is a much smaller reel and would not pair up well with a 9' 6" surf rod. Spheros and Saragosa are built on a larger body and would balance out really well.

    Submitted by: Brian on April 16, 2020
    5000 will be a good size to pair with the 9' 6. 
    Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on April 16, 2020

    from Tyler asked:
    April 5, 2020
    Looking at possibly getting the 5000 size for an inshore/freshwater live bait reel. Any rods in the 7th length you can recommend to pair up nicely with that reel? I’m not planning on using really large baits or sinkers.
    1 Answer
    The 7' Medium (SCR-0829)  or 7' Medium-heavy (SCR-1363) would pair nicely with that reel. 
    Submitted by: Sydney on April 7, 2020

    from NY asked:
    March 13, 2020
    Is the Shimano Stradic FL spinning reel salt water approved?
    1 Answer
    Yes these are saltwater approved
    Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on March 14, 2020

    Tom R
    from PA asked:
    March 5, 2020
    Is the 4000 & 5000 models the same body size with the only difference line capacity
    1 Answer
    Yes, the 4000 and 5000 Stradic FL Spinning Reels feature the same body, and the differences are the spool and the handle. 5000 size comes with the larger handle knob.
    Submitted by: Brian on March 9, 2020

    Willie B with CCA-TX & LA
    from LA asked:
    February 28, 2020
    SW Flats fishing in coastal bend of Texas for slot redfish, flounder, and specks.  Stradic FL - thinking 3000 size.  Maybe use Nanofil 14 or 20 poundfor more distance with a fluorocarbon leader.  Throwing soft plastics, popping corks with Gulp, spoons.  Any recommendations out there for what length rod, action, weight, brand for distance? 
    1 Answer
    A Shimano Stadic 3000 would be perfect for what you are describing, 14-15lb would help maximize your casting distance and will handle your listed applications. A 7' 6" medium power, fast action inshore rod would be your best bet to do a little bit of everything and help to maximize your casting distance if wade fishing or fishing from land. Stick with same specs and a 7' if fishing from a boat. Couple options below:

    Give us a call if you'd like more in depth help in picking out the perfect setup, more than happy to help out.

    Submitted by: Brian on March 17, 2020

    Larry R Wilson
    from MI Howell asked:
    February 25, 2020
    The last 5000 I bought came with extra spool do still come with two spools
    1 Answer
    These do not come with extra spools. 
    Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on February 25, 2020

    from St. Petersburg, Florida asked:
    February 17, 2020
    How well will this match up with the Star Plasma 2 split grip inshore spinning rod?  I’m thinking of using it kayak fishing for reds and snook? 
    1 Answer
    Absolutely. This would be a ideal reel for that application. 
    Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on February 18, 2020

    from Crystal River, Florida asked:
    January 23, 2020
    I own a shimano Teramar QL-SP and need to purchase a reel. Which do you recommend.The rod is TMS-F70H. I fish salt water inshore Florida. Catch Reds, Sea Trout, Snook, Cobia and an occasional shark.  They like pin fish.
    1 Answer
    Hello, I would recommend the 5000 size 
    Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on January 23, 2020

    Ron Strong Jr.
    from 06082 asked:
    January 11, 2020

    Which reel size would you recommend for a St. Croix Tidemaster 7'

     MH rod...4000 or 5000?

    1 Answer
    Hello, either sizes will work perfect, The 5000 has a deeper spool for line capacity but same size body  
    Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on January 13, 2020

    from Oregin asked:
    November 30, 2019
    Is the 5000 suitable for saltwater bottom fishing? 
    1 Answer
    This reel would be great for back bay flounder and casting top water lures.
    Submitted by: John on December 1, 2019

    from North carolina asked:
    November 26, 2019
    can the retrieve be reversed such as right handed or left handed?
    1 Answer
    Hello, Yes this can be switched from right to left 
    Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on November 26, 2019

    from Oxnard, CA asked:
    November 24, 2019
    Does the 4000 come with a knob handle and if not is there one available to purchase?
    1 Answer
    The 4000 size does not come with the knob handle. There may be a company who has and after market one. 
    Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on November 25, 2019

    Arsenio Z GONZALES
    from Texas asked:
    September 4, 2019
    Is the retrieve handle of the 5000FL

     an egg shell like the Stradic FG or FL?

    1 Answer
    The knob is a ball style
    Submitted by: Tyler Bennett on September 25, 2019


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