Shimano Spinning Reels Review

by frank on November 24, 2013

How to Choose the right Reel

It’s neither a mistake nor luck that Shimano Spinning Reels have been around for decades and have also become one of the top names in fishing gear as well as a favorite of countless pro anglers. They are well-known for being highly reliable and durable under the most extreme conditions. If money is not an issue and you want the absolute best then go buy the Shimano Stella.

Below is a selection of other recommended reels manufactured by this company. To make the best choice be sure to read the information provided throughout the page which reviews and explains the most important features of spinning reels.

Features such as: Water Factor, target species, ball bearings, drag, line capacity, construction and machining and more.

Shimano Spinning Reels Review

Shimano Spin Reel Clam

Shimano Spin Reel Clam

Introducing an economical choice, the Shimano Spin Reel Clam. For the price, this can be pick-up for under $15 online but may cost you upwards of $40 at your local fishing gear oulet. The Clam model is a true bargain and performs at a pretty high level. Makes a great spare reel to have in your box.

It available in three different sizes:

  • IX-100RC
  • 4.1:1 11.8 Ounce 10/200
  • 4.1:1 8.7 Ounce 8/120

Read the fully review

Buyers Tip #1 - Something called the Water Factor is the first factor you need to consider when deciding on which spinning reel is going to work the best for you. If you will be fishing in briny or saltwater then you will need a reel that is built to stand up to these harsh environmental conditions. Be sure to read the product descriptions before buying.

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Shimano Sedona FD Spinning Reel

Shimano Sedona FD Spinning Reel

Great Drag System

Highly rated and quality constructed reel that comes in 4 different sizes. The drag system on the reel is excellent and the casting and and retrieval are smooth and easy.

The price difference between the 4 different sizes of this model is small, you should be able to pick a Shimano Sedona up for right around $50.

Sizes available:

  •  SE1000FD
  •  SE2500FD
  •  SE4000FD
  •  SE500FD


Buyers Tip #2 When buying a reel you also need to consider what your target species will be and how much line you will need to land the fish. If you will mostly be fishing for small fish such as, bluegill or perch you may not need too much line but in order to land big game fish that can take quite a bit of your line and run with it you will need a reel that can hold a lot more fishing line.

Shimano Stradic FJ 

This is the most popular spinning reel Shimano makes. This FJ model is very lightweight but has a lot of power and a lot of torque in it. It’s a little more expensive compared to the models already mentioned but with good reason. It offers a few very nice features that are not included in other models: Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, Propulsion Line Management System and Aero Wrap II.

Click through to read the full review on each individual model. The biggest difference between the different sizes are line capacity and gear ratio. Depending on which one the price varies from around $148 to $200.

Shimano FJ Spinning Reel Models


Buyers Tip #3 Quality ball bearings are what sets quality spinning reels apart from the ordinary. It’s the bearings that make the retrieval smooth and also makes for a quiet reel. Some people make the mistake of believing the more bears a reel has the better. This is not true. A reel with 5 quality bearings will outperform one with 12 poor bearings. And since you are interested in a Shimano reel you will be happy to know most every reel they make contains very high quality ball bearings.

Shimano Sonora Review

Sonora Spinning Reel

Excellent Saltwater Spinning Reel

This is a very sturdy and durable reel that provides very smooth action. If you are looking for an excellent saltwater reel the Sonora Spinning Reel might be exactly what you need. Very popular with many anglers who fish these harsh conditions.

Available in three different sizes and should be able to find one online for just under $50.

  • SON1000FB
  • SON2500FB
  • SON4000FB


 Buyers Tip #4 Another important factor when to consider before buying a spinning reel is the construction. What materials is it made from? The perfect combination is one that’s light enough to hold  but at the same time can survive the torque produced by a big fish. What are the toughest, most durable and most dependable reels made from? All-metal construction. This is the construction you most have if you are fishing for big game fish. But they will also be the heaviest.

If you are going for smaller fish that will not produce as much torque when on then you might want to consider something lighter. Lighter reels are made from graphite, copolymers or a combination.

Spirex RG Review

Shimano Spirex FG Review

Lightweight Graphite Design Great Casting Reel

This model is great if you plan on doing a lot of casting. It’s comes in three sizes each having a lightweight graphite design. Each features the Shimano Quick Fire II one handed casting system. The ball bearings are the highest quality Shimano makes A-RB bearings.

The Spirex RG has many cool features. Too many to include in this short review. If you would like to read a more detailed review you can click through on the sizes listed below. All the following models can be purchased online for between $50-55.

Available Sizes:

  • 2 Pounds/200 Yards
  • 4 Pounds/140 Yards
  • SR4000FG

Buyers Tip #5 Quality machining of the bears used is extremely import to the life and performance of your reel. Bearings that were manufactured with very tight tolerances are the best.


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