2010 ICAST Reel Coverage
Going Smaller and
Lighter yet again, Shimano’s new freshwater reel offerings
CI4: The original
Stradic CI4 was designed specifically for ultra finesse applications and thus
only two of the smallest sizes were released last year. This made both trout and
bass anglers happy but fishermen that wanted to target bigger game needed a reel
with a little more capacity and a slightly beefier drag.
The Stradic CI4 is now available
in sizes capable of targeting larger species than bass
Enter the new Stradic 4300 and
4400 sizes. The 4300 size is capable of holding 170 yards of 8lb. test and the
4400 holds a whopping 200 yards of 10lb. test. The 4300 size weighs in at only
7.2oz. and the 4400 weighs a respectable 9.3oz.
These larger reels feature power
The Stella FE gets a complete makeover this season and Shimano’s
flagship reel just got better. The STL1000FE, 2500FE, 3000FE and 4000FE all
feature Shimano’s X-Ship double bearing supported pinion gear and E.I. surface
treatment on the spool.
Shimano's new Reel Specialist,
Kenichi Iida showed us the newly redesigned Stella FE
“For anglers looking for
the best in spinning reels, be it for panfish and trout, bass and walleye, or
inshore saltwater use for bonefish, redfish and permit, our Stella reels have
always been the top choice,” said Robby Gant, product manager at Shimano. “With
these new features, we’ve taken Stella to another level, continuing our goal of
enhancing the overall fishing experience.” With X-Ship, Shimano has increased
the gearing efficiency and power, providing anglers with ultra-light handle
rotation. “When you combine this with our Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement,
anglers will notice out-of-the-box smoothness year-after-year of use,” Gant
said. “Along with gearing that just continues to be extra smooth season after
fishing season, we include our E.I. surface treatment on the cold forged
aluminum spool to resist corrosion. This provides key protection to reel when
used for any saltwater action.”
design, Shimano has increased the gearing efficiency and power, providing
anglers with ultra-light handle rotation
The new Stella FE reels
include many proven Shimano features, from Propulsion Line Management System to
virtually eliminate any line twist and increase casting distance, SR Concept,
Rigid Support System, Aerowrap II, Dyna-Balance and Super Stopper II, and a long
list of others. “As anglers would expect, any Shimano reel technology we have it
our disposable to make these the best spinning reels we have is featured in the
Stella FE series,” said Gant.
features a very sleek profile
All four Stella reels have
14 S A-RB shielded anti-rust ball bearings, lightweight magnesium frames and
sideplate, waterproof drag, and Septon handle grips (paddle grip on the 1000,
flat T on the 2500, and saltwater T type on the 3000 and 4000).
The new E.I. surface
treatment on the cold forged aluminum spool helps fight corrosion
The Stella 1000FE has a
5.0:1 gear ratio, will retrieve in 25-inches of line per crank, and has the
spool capacity to handle 6- to 12-pound mono or 10- to 20-pound PowerPro braid.
Both with a 6.0:1 gear ratios retrieving in 35-inches of line per crank, the
Stella 2500FE holds 8- to 12-pound test mono, or 10- to 30-pound PowerPro, while
the 3000FE can handle from 8- to 16-pound mono or 10- to 40-pound PowerPro. The
4000FE as a 6.2:1 gear ratio, retrieves 38-inches of line per cranks, and has
the capacity for 12- to 20-pound test mono or 15- to 50-pound test PowerPro.
a lot of power into a very small footprint on the new Stella FE reels
This year Shimano has
expanded in a number of areas beyond just reels, while there are definitely
notable saltwater additions to talk about including the redesigned Trinidad, the
company has been hard at work rounding out their rod line as well as introducing
anglers to new techniques and complete fishing “systems” like the Waxwing lure…
which also won the ICAST Best of Show in the Lure category. More on these other
offerings coming soon.