Shimano Stradic Reels Available In Tackle Outlets

Even smoother rotation, added durability, and enhanced casting distance are all part of the ‘continuous evolution’ in spinning reel technology Shimano brings to its newly-designed Stradic FL reels. Offered in five sizes to cover all types of freshwater action including bass, walleye, panfish, and more than capable for inshore saltwater use – and honored with the ICAST 2019 ‘Best Saltwater Reel’ award – for redfish, sea trout, striper, bluefish and smaller tarpon and tuna, the reels include the Stradic FL 1000HG, 2500HG, C3000XG, 4000XG and C5000XG.

Stradic FL reels are now showing up at tackle shops from coast-to-coast and throughout Canada.

However, anglers can expect that select sizes may be limited through the month of September. “Since ICAST, there has been exceptional interest in this new Stradic series,” said Trey Epich with Shimano’s product development team. “We’ll do our best to get reels to retailers so anglers can take advantage of early fall fishing, which offers great action in both fresh and saltwater.”

Within the Stradic FL reels, anglers will discover cutting-edge technology including Shimano’s MicroModule II gear system where the gear teeth are designed to the ideal shape to reduce vibration, providing a smoother performing reel. Durability is enhanced through the use of a Shimano cold-forged HAGANE gear, and by using Shimano’s Long Stroke Spool, anglers will quickly notice their baits are covering more water when needed. You can learn more about how all these features can enhance your fishing experience by watching the video above by JP Derose.

“Through the continuous evolution in the technology Shimano brings to spinning reels, we’re able to redesign iconic reels like the Stradic series with performance-enhancing features originally conceived for reels including our flagship Stella series,” notes Epich. “When you have complete control over the entire manufacturing process all handled by Shimano staff in Shimano facilities, we’re afforded the capabilities and opportunities to continuously strive to make the best reels on the market. That’s the key to anything Shimano does – enhance the fishing experience.”

The Stradic FL reels also feature X-Protect which allows smooth yet strong reeling even under heavy loads, and Shimano’s labyrinth design construction that offers exceptional water resistance and prevents water intrusion without sacrificing light gear and rotation feel. Plus, with sizes perfect for flats and inshore coastal waters, there is no anti-reverse switch where saltwater intrusion can cause all kinds of problems. And while in the salt, the Stradic C3000, 4000 and C5000 use a more durable cross carbon drag, while the 1000 and 2500 have a felt drag for better smoothness with lighter line.

Perfect for light action and light line use, the 6.0:1 gear ratio Stradic (ST) 1000HGFL brings in 30-inches of line per crank. It holds from 75-yards of 15# test standard PowerPro braid to 160-yards of four-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon. The ST-2500HGFL has a 6.0:1 gear ratio retrieving in 35-inches of line per crank and can hold 145-yards of 15# PowerPro, or 120-yards of 10# mono/fluoro.

With the same body size as the 2500 but with larger line capacity – making it ideal for deeper freshwater situations and inshore saltwater use, the ST-C3000XGFL holds 140-yards of 20# PowerPro or 170-yards of eight# mono/fluoro. It will bring in 37-inches of line per rotation with its 6.4:1 gear ratio.

Both retrieving 40-inches per crank with a 6.2:1 gear ratio, the ST-4000XGFL will hold 180-yards of 30# PowerPro or 200-yards of 10# test mono/fluoro – while the large spool capacity/4000 size body ST-C5000XGFL can take 235-yards of 30# PowerPro or 195-yards of 12# test mono/fluoro.

For more information on the new Stradic FL spinning reels, see your local tackle dealer or visit the Shimano web site at

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