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 anglerís actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. Itís 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 reelís 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 Shimanoís 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 bearingís 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 34 reviews
    By john c.
    Great Reel
    April 2, 2020
    Purchased this reel for my wife's float fishing setup. Smooth as butter, one solid reel! Definitely would by another!
    By Ron
    Bulverde, TX
    Still the best reel buy extant
    March 25, 2020
    Looks like I get to write two reviews since I have both FL 4000 and 5000 purchased here. Have noticed Daiwas on sale on both sides of the big pond (as much as 50% off if you shop Japan). What Shimano did with the new 2019 Stradic even put their $400 Sustain temporarily out of business. I'm sure we'll see competing upgrades from Daiwa soon, and and a new long-stroke Sustain that will also fit '18 Stella spools.
    The Stradic really comes in 3 bodies with different spools. The 1000 (and 2000 sizes in Japan) are common with 13.5 mm stroke (fits S-27 spools); the 2500 and 3000 17mm stroke (S-20 spools), 4000 and 5000 19 mm (S-28 spools). Not only do the parts interchange between the matching bodies - should you want a 5000 handle on your 4000 - they interchange with the '19 Vanquish and '18 Stella.
    The differences between the 4000 and 5000 sizes is the handle knob, and 2020 spool on the 4000 v. 3020 spool on the 5000 - the first 20/30 is braid test, the second 20 is 200-yd spool capacity. In spite of that, have my 5000 spooled with 300 yards 30-lb braid.
    Started with not liking the flat tee handle on my 4000 - it seemed to catch everything - so swapped the tee knob for a round Yumeya knob, and since I wanted a spare spool, anyway, found the matching Yumea 1520 spool that downgraded the line capacity - my 4000 with reduced spool capacity still holds 275 yds 15-lb braid.
    Awesome reels, double points at TD add up - and write those reviews.
    ProsStill the best $400 reel you can buy; crazy big drag and the guts to withstand it
    By Kai
    Carpinteria, CA
    Stradic 4000
    March 23, 2020
    Don't let the size fool you, this reel is a total workhorse when spooled with spectra. Smooth gears and drag. Just purchased a 2nd one!
    By Daniel P.
    The best
    March 23, 2020
    I bought 6 of these to redfish with. Literally the best reels ever
    By ChuckD
    Clayton, NC
    It Delivers
    March 20, 2020
    Tight feeling with power handle are great
    By William D.
    Lady Lake, FL
    Absolutely Amazing
    March 15, 2020
    Smooth as butter
    Very long-casting
    Has held up well
    Lighter than most
    Sharp looks
    ProsSmooth Long casts Relatively light Good longevity so far
    ConsA bit pricey, but it?s still relatively inexpensive in comparative to some high end reels
    By Cobb
    Glenmoore, PA
    Stradic 5000
    March 2, 2020
    Very smooth and lightweight size 5000 has a really nice power knob which helps when bottom fishing overall great reel and good for sea bass and tog.
    ProsLightweight Sturdy Power knob Not super expensive
    ConsNone so far
    By Tyler
    Virginia Beach, Va
    Awesome reel!
    February 26, 2020
    I had a stradic 4000 for a few years and absolutely loved it. Reel is smooth as butter. I remember the first time fishing it I was in absolute awe. Only sold it to upgrade but I definitely recommend this reel.
    Pros?Super smooth
    By Salvatore
    Solid reel
    February 21, 2020
    Cast amazing, very durable and very light
    ProsLight weight
    By Colby
    Plantation, FL
    great purhase
    February 17, 2020
    great reel, definitely worth the price. Only problem with these stradic's is the drag washers will wear out over time, but you can go to any local rod and reel repair shop to get carbon fiber drag washers that will last forever. But overall a great purchase and i am very happy with the reel
    By Matthew
    Ventura, CA
    Bail Malfunction
    February 13, 2020
    Something wrong when you open and close the bail not quite sure what it is but it doesn't feel right should lock into place with ease before casting but it does not. Fished Shimano reels my whole life never had any issues so maybe I just got a bad reel from the factory but very disappointed in the reel I received.
    By Skyraider
    Eastern shore
    best bang for you bucks
    February 8, 2020
    nice reel and lot cheaper than another hight end shimanos.
    By Kai
    Carpinteria, CA
    My new favorite inshore reel
    February 7, 2020
    I have several older Stradics and like them a lot. I have to say that the new ones are a step above and worth the money.
    By Jim
    Salisbury, MD
    Awesome reel!
    February 7, 2020
    I purchased this reel last year and loved it so much I bought another one recently. Very light reel but has no problem bringing in Chesapeake Bay Stripers and speckled trout. Highly recommend.
    By Snook t.
    Sebastian inlet
    Mini stella
    February 6, 2020
    Reel is so smooth....hard to describe...wont be able to fish lures with anything less now...awesome shimano perfection..will spoil you at a great price point!
    20 Questions & 21 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 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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