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Shimano Stradic Spinning Reel (12/265, 16/170, 20/120, 5.7:1, 6 BB)

3.7 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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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
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Product Description

Winner of American Sportfishing Associations, ICAST New Product Showcase Award for Best in Category Freshwater Reels. Equipped with the Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, Propulsion Line Management System and Aero Wrap II, the Stradic FI brings a new standard to the word durability. Featuring a Waterproof Drag system, Shielded A-RB Bearings, and sizes up to 8000, there aren't many fish the Stradic FI can't handle. And to prolong the life of your reel, the Stradic is equipped with a repairable drag clicker and maintenance port that make it easier to take care of your investment. Aluminum Frame. Graphite Sideplate. Graphite Rotor. Aluminum Spool. Spare Aluminum Spool. Machined Aluminum Handle. Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread Handle Attachment). Septon Handle Grips. Maintenance Port. Floating Shaft. Repairable Clicker. Stopperless Design (6000 and 8000 sizes only).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 6 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B001ECB8BI
  • Item model number: ST6000FI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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This is the first fishing reel I paid $100+ and it is worth every cent. I used to buy the typical $20+ fishing reels at Walmart saying to myself why the heck would anyone pay several times this price for a reel? After using these cheap reels for a few years, they started falling apart, not to mention the line getting tangled frequently. The drag on the cheaper reels also gave me a headache as you turn, turn, and turn the drag to adjust it and its on too heavy or light with little room in between. I finally made the plunge and bought two of the 2500 series mainly for trout and smaller fish. The moment I opened the box and started turning the handle on the Stradic, I was amazed. I asked myself how can a reel be so smooth? The price on Amazon for the 2500 series is $128 with free ship and no tax. They go for 159.99 plus tax at the local sporting goods stores. The reel also comes with an extra identical aluminum spool. It also has a repairable drag clicker should it ever wear out.

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.
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I've always been a baitcast man. I had tried a spinning reel years ago and didn't care for it, but decided to give it another chance. I picked this reel based on reviews and because I wanted decent quality. That was several months ago. I strung it up with some 20# braided line and tried it out catfishing off our dock at Lake Livingston. The first fish I caught on it was a 20+ lb blue cat so the reel got a pretty good workout.

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.
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In his review, Dagre says he has trouble with the bail on his 4000. If he will make sure the roller on the bail is at the closest point to the rod he won"t have this problem. Shimano has a narrow area where the bail may be flipped without resistance. If the line roller is at any other point but at the top, the bail will not flip. If you force it you can damage the reel. Hope this helps! I have owned 2 4000's and I think you can't buy a better reel for the money.
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I bought a few of these after my fishing buddy has been using his Stradic reels for nearly 20 years now. After going through his reels they are like new again. I want a reel that will last and great features to keep my braided line from twisting on reel. I could not be happier with product and the only brand I will buy for spinng or bait casting reels.
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