Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel (12/265, 16/170, 20/120, 5.7:1, 6 BB)
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- 12/265, 16/170, 20/120, 5.7:1, 6 BB.
- Maxium Drag: 29 Pounds
- Ball Bearings: 5 Ball Bearings/1 Roller Bearing
- Gear Ratio: 5.7:1
- Weight: 21.0 Ounces
Top Customer Reviews
When you compare the stats for this reel with even the lower end Shimanos like the Saros, the Stradic is a winner. It is lighter, retrieves more inches of line per turn, and probably has the best drag in its class and size. It offers 15 lbs of drag in a reel under 10oz and 34 inches of line per turn thanks to its high gear ratio.
When I used to open my cheap reels to oil them and I remember seeing the ball bearings. If you can see ball bearings, sand and dirt can also go inside it easily. When I removed the handle of Stradic, I could not see the ball bearings because they are sealed. The drag is also sealed and water tight. The maintainace port on the reel is another great feature. You unscrew it and place a few drops of oil and screw it back on. This reel was made for fresh and salt water.Read more ›
It didn't take long to get the hang of casting it and man, does it work great with braided line. I love the strength and durability of braided but it can be tough to use on a baitcast reel. Once you get that stuff backlashed you might as well break out the knife. The Stradic 4000FI handles it great. Maybe any spinning reel would do the same but this one has the guts to reel in bigger fish without even flinching.
This isn't the only "big fish" reel I have. I have ABU 6500 and 7000 reels that have a lot of muscle. But they do not have the finesse of the Stradic.
I liked it well enough that I put another one on my Christmas wish list and my BW put one under the tree for me. I'll probably always favor my old baitcast reels for panfish,etc., but when I go after the big ones it will be with the Stradic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I presently own three Stadic reel. I think that Shimano makes the best reels on the market today. I own inshore & offshore Shimano reels. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by redfishroads
I like my reel but if lure more 1 oz bale at casting snaps line broken lure fly avay.It was from day I have it 3 hers.Published on June 23, 2012 by Vlad
Most reveiwers of this reel have drunk the Kool-Aid. A Pflueger President at half the price is smoother and lighter. Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by T. Clutter