24 Reviews
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96% Recommend this product (23 of 24 responses)
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!
Oak Island, NC
bottom line it a Shimano
February 5, 2020
These are my go to for inshore Trout, flounder and Redfish.
ProsLight weight, heavy drag and smooth retrieve.
By Van
best reel at or under $300
February 3, 2020
I was bummed that the old FK Stradics were discontinued, but I bought several before I bought two of these new 5ks. Originally I was not going to spend the extra $40 or $50 to get the new reel but I am glad I bought these. The new FLs have more line capacity, are lighter and have better water resistance than the outgoing FK 5k. The FL has more drag too but for me that doesn't matter.
ConsMy wife will kill me if I buy any more!
By Stephen
Portland, ME
Awesome reel
January 24, 2020
Super smooth, holds a fair amount of braid for its size, should work great for schoolies and inshore.
ProsSmooth, light & sexy
Consprice... but worth it
By Will
Lady Lake, FL
Wow.... from a owner of two stradic CI4s
January 18, 2020
This is, by far, the smoothest and longest casting inshore or freshwater reel I’ve ever used or owned. The drag setup is much better than some of the older models; it’s more of a progressive increase as you tighten it down, rather than basically being max-drag-or-nothing like some other reels I’ve fished. The max drag for this reel is quite powerful as well. All this in a very lightweight package is pretty impressive. I own an older Stradic Ci4 2500 and a relatively newer 3000, and this Stradic FL makes me want to get one for every inshore or freshwater rod setup I own. Caveat: I’ve only used it about 7 or 8 times now, but every other Shimano spinning reel I’ve owned has held up wonderfully, so I’d expect more of the same.
ProsLong Casting Nice Drag System Very Lightweight Looks Sharp as a Tack
ConsNone that I?ve found so far.
By Tony
Excellent Reel!
January 10, 2020
Being a life long Shimano user, this Reel does not disappoint. Smooth operation and very nice design!
By Tyler
Ocean city maryland
Great all around reel!
January 8, 2020
I originally purchased this reel with the intent of jigging for tog filled it with 300 yards of 20 pound power pro maxcuatro and put it on a jigging world nexus. It has been outstanding
By Chase
Quincy, MA
great quality
January 5, 2020
I am a huge fan of Stradics and they did not disappoint yet again. I have the 5000fl paired with a 7' Teramar. It is smooth and powerful. Ive used it for schoolie striped bass, lake trout, and LMB.
By Reginald M.
Atlanta, GA
Very smooth. Good for salt water.
December 17, 2019
Very nice reel for light salt water. Decent line capacity for the size of reel that it is.
ProsTough and smooth. Appears durable for salt water. Elongated spool casts well.
ConsIt is a relatively heavy reel for its size, but since I use it for light surf, it works fine.
By Tucker B.
Murlles inlet SC
The smoothness is reel
December 11, 2019
I’ve had the three thousand since about two weeks after they came out. I don’t say this about most reels, but this reel is amazing. I’ve caught up to 30 in reds on it and have been putting in work with light swim baits inshore, and it’s just as smooth as when I got it (extremely). I haven’t put it through bad conditions though such as sand and a lot of splash so no comment on that, and I don’t plan to. If you want an amazing inshore reel for reds or a super nice reel for throwing jerk baits to brown trout this is the best reel for your buck. The only reels that compare to this reels quality in the small game market are in the $500-$1000 range, ( Certate LT, and Stella). Overall an amazing reel and a great buy. Would and will buy again.
ProsSmooth. Durable. Great casting with braid and fluro ( LS spool design). Great carbon drag on 3000-5000, I haven?t used the 2500 down with the felt washers so no comment. No anti reverse switch, and one piece handle. Overall great value for what you are getting.
ConsNOT sealed, so you are not using this for surfcasting to bluefish in a rough surf. More for light surf, bay, or boat fishing. No anti reverse, I put this in both because I personally do not like an anti reverse switch (another port for water) but I know some people like it when they are hooking up their hook to their rod without messing with their drag or for getting that lure at just the right length from the rod tip for a cast. Either way that?s up to you.
By Dylan
Melbourne, Florida
Awesome Reel
December 10, 2019
Great reel for the price. New design is way better the the FK because they sealed the roller bearing so it won't make noises. Also this reel has a way better seal now.
ProsSealed roller bearing Smooth Light Water resistant
By avery
, florida
Best reel for the money
November 22, 2019
You simply cant beat the stradic when it comes to the price. Outdoes anything in its category.
By Jose
Provides RI
Best purchase this year
November 18, 2019
I bought a new saltwater rod for the striped bass fall run. I needed a red to complete the combo. I did a large research and decided to buy the new stradic. I can’t be more happy with my new reel. It feels so smooth but at the same time is really strong when dragging the fish. I’ll definitely recommend!
ProsSmooth and strong drag.
ConsNothing yey.
By Kenny
, MD
mini stella at an attractive price
November 17, 2019
This reel is the best bang for buck out there right now on the market. Shimano decides to add Stella parts to this reel and keeps it at a very great price.
By Ron
Bulverde, TX
best $400 reel you can buy...
November 9, 2019
but wait, it's a $200 reel. The reel take down guys on youtube seem to agree Shimano only sells 2 reels in the US: the Stella and the 2019 Stradic FL. With this reel, they've rebuilt the Stella using lower grade materials - composite flier instead of machined titanium, wear treated aluminum shafts instead of wear-proof stainless - many of the parts interchange.. Worm-gear drive, long spool oscillation for longer casts. Same overqualified roller bearing clutch, big drive gear to deliver more torque through the handle, finer and more gear teeth for less freeplay = less wear; low spindle deflection to let you use silly big drags. This is the baseline reel for anyone who truly needs to use more than 4-lb drag (a bunch if you've ever used a spring scale to set a drag). Can't submerge the reel overnight, but if you dunk it and keep fishing, no worries. If you really don't like the Tee handle grasp (me), easy to replace with a Yumea or JW round handle.
Prosit's the Stella Junior; long spool for longer casts, worm-gear oscillation, stiff spindle to use silly big drag settings; seriously lightweight - half the weight of other reels in the same capacity
Consfull-time anti-reverse - you decide if that's a con - it fished fine for me using manual bail or drag to feed trim line Line capacity is a size smaller than its rating, e.g. 4000 = 3000 (and still half the weight)
By Steezo
Block Island, RI
Do it. Buy it. Reel is awesome.
October 21, 2019
Took me a while to leave the domestic spinning reel line. I’ve seen the light. This new 5000FL is an amazing reel.
ProsLight, holds up in salt, great drag, casts a country mile. Sweet ball knob
ConsNone. Just buy it.
By Chase
Quincy, MA
so smooth
October 17, 2019
I have 2 and am considering a third. I use these primarily for freshwater but I use the 5000 for both. The 5000 has caught largemouth bass and stripers in many situations. The 3000 is my favorite freshwater reel ever.
A nice looking reel
September 18, 2019
Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it preforms flawlessly. Smooth retrievals and great ASMR coming from the drag.
By Brad
Champaign, Illinois
My new Stradic 1000 FL
September 16, 2019
Just got my new Stradic 1000 FL. It is truly a beautiful reel, but the jury is still out. Just got off the water with it along with my Stradic 1000 FK and Sustain (2) 1000 FG. To be truthful i am a little disappointed. It is a very tight reel with zero gear play. Maybe too tight. It is not a smooth (under a load) as the other 2 reels. The only description I can come up with, is it feels "gravelly". Hoping that in time it will break in and get smoother. Maybe the larger sizes will be smoother.
Pros1.. Beautiful reel 2.. Reel has extremely tight tolerances. 3.. Casting distances are as good or better than previous model. 4.. Nice reel for the money. 5.. With X-protect this will be my go to wading ultralight reel.
Cons1.. At first use, reel is not as smooth as previous model (hopefully it gets smoother with use).
By Richard H.
First impressions
September 15, 2019
Its a stradic. So far so good, I do think the carbon drag is smoother. Still too new to say much more.

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