43 Reviews
81% (35)
12% (5)
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5% (2)
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93% Recommend this product (40 of 43 responses)
By Philthy
New York
I love this reel
June 22, 2020
i use this reel on a 7ft. St Croix for fluke off the surf, spooled with 15lb J Braid, throwing small jigs with gulp, and small bucktails lightweight, smooth, great casting.....A bit pricey but well made. I love it
Proseverything is great a little tank of a reel
Consa bit pricey, but all my older stradics are still 100% up to par.
By Joe
newark, de
awesome reel
May 30, 2020
super light reel looks small but its got great power to reel the fish in
By Manuel
Reston, VA
Unmatched reel
May 4, 2020
This reel is an engineering accomplishment.
ProsLightweight, precise, long and smooth cast, powerful drag
By Matthew
Ventura, CA
Strange noise and not very smooth
February 13, 2020
The reel makes a strange noise when you're reeling and it is not smooth feels rough. Very dissappointed with the reel.
By Reese
Great smooth reel
January 31, 2020
I've had this reel for about 3 years now paired with a gloomis e6x inshore. This thing is a workhorse. I have the 3000 series and I've caught redfish upwards of 10 pounds no problems at all
ProsVery smooth and cast well nice drag system. Also really lightweight compared to competitors
ConsNothing really
By Brad
great light weight
December 27, 2019
i have the 3000 and 4000 CI4 reels. Great reels and light weight. I have caught 40 inch plus redfish on my paddleboard with these reels. Fishing on a paddleboard all day is quite a workout and having a good light setup is key.
Prosgood drag and light weight
Conscost more than the Stradic
By Dan
Manchester, CT
Great Reels, Lightweight and durable
November 20, 2019
I have 5 Stradic Ci4's, 1 gen 1, 2 gen 2's and 2 gen 3's. I am tough on my gear and they get a lot of use and have never let me down. Super light and durable. I've caught 15 pound bluefish and 20 pound stripers on the 3000's and use use them for albies as well. I will say that I wish they kept the foam grip handle on the gen 3's. That's the only reason I'm not giving this reel a 5 star ratings.
By Kenny
one of the lightest reels out there
November 17, 2019
The CI4 version is so light but still packs a punch as its sibling the stradic FK, I use these for freshwater applications because I baby this reel so much I don't want to put it on saltwater
By Christopher
Great Reel
September 30, 2019
I have the 3500 series I love the reel does well in fresh and saltwater, great for bass fishing. I have no bad things to say about the reel.
By James
Great Neck, NY
Probably the best inshore fishing reel money can buy
May 22, 2019
The drag is butter smooth and the crank is so easy flowing. Also feels like a super premium product and very very lightweight
By Philthy
Staten Island, New York
Mini me of a classic
May 10, 2019
I bought this reel to pair up with my light st.croix 7 rod throwing small jigs and Gulp from the shore. Awesome combo.
ProsKiller reel, smooth cast and retrieve
ConsPricey for a small reel
By Aldis
Great Reel!!
April 2, 2019
This is really nice reel. This is really nice reel.
ProsFantastic light and powerful!
By Dave
Nice !
March 23, 2019
Very lightweight, smooth cranking spinning reel.... compliments my Ultralight perfectly !
By Thomas
Lumberton, NC
Great lightweight reel!
March 18, 2019
This reel performs great! It is very smooth and lightweight. Highly recommended.
ProsLight Smooth
By Dob
Shimanos best reel in that price range. Diawa ballistic man but this reel is hard to beat
February 11, 2019
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.
Super light reel
February 7, 2019
Fantastically light and powerful
By jon
oceanport, NJ
CI4 is the best
January 30, 2019
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
Smooth and light
January 30, 2019
Super smooth light weight reel. The 2500 is the perfect flats trout and redfish reel. Super smooth drag.
ProsSmooth, light,
By Casper P.
Upper Chichester PA
Great Reel
January 27, 2019
So far I love this reel super smooth drag.
By Gerry
Not so great
January 19, 2019
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
Like the 1000 ci4 a lot . Good reel
December 30, 2018
Well built reel and like a 1000 on 6'6 star seagis for using plastics.
By Jerry
Shalimar Fl
C4I 1000 get real at a great price
November 8, 2018
Awesome reel second C4I I own.
ProsLight weight great drag.
By Michael
Pelham, NY
Perfect Blackfish Spinning Setup
November 6, 2018
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 D.
Elkhart, Indiana
Stradic HGFB
October 12, 2018
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
Beautiful, smooth reel.
July 19, 2018
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
Shimano CI4+ 2500HG Series
July 3, 2018
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
Best spinning reel on the market
March 31, 2018
I own 3 of these and can't see myself owning anything else!
By Lawson T.
Somerville, TN
Favorite on the market
March 22, 2018
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 canâ‚"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 B.
Charleson, South Carolina
Best in class
March 20, 2018
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
always great
January 26, 2018
love shimano products. love this reel for inshore striper and trout
Prossuper smooth casting distance
By Derek
Apopka, FL
Best reel I own
December 15, 2017
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 S.
Edisto Island, SC
Shimano STCI42500HGFB Stradic CI4 Plus Spinning Reel
December 7, 2017
Very smooth and quiet operation. Plenty of capacity for line when playing larger fish.
By Dhari
Drag washer
October 11, 2017
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 Kenneth
Cary, IL
Stradic's do it again!!!
September 15, 2017
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 Eidolen
Outer Banks
Almost perfect
July 19, 2017
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
Great reel!
June 13, 2017
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
Great reel.
June 1, 2017
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 H.
PalmBay, Florida
Both Pretty and Sweet
February 23, 2017
" Very Sweet ", light, smooth, mounted on a Temple Fork 7'6 rod, perfect 🀘’ 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
Great Reel
February 3, 2017
This is really nice reel. After receiving it, I ordered a second one.
By Eric
Light weight reel
December 29, 2016
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.

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