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Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reels

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The Shimano Stradic FL comes from a long history of Stradic reels and the FL series certainly does not disappoint.  It features many flagship technologies Shimano has developed and that are only seen in their higher-end reels.  For the first time, Shimano has implemented a Long Stroke Spool in the Stradic, which allows for better line flow off the reel when casting and ultimately increases casting distance.  Durability has also been improved as Shimano has further increased gear strength over the previous model while also adding X-Protect, which provides for more water resistance.  X-Protect is a combination of a water-repellent coating along with a labyrinth style construction that mitigates water from entering key components of the reel. 

Stradic reels are well known for their smoothness and fish fighting abilities.  For many it is the ideal light tackle reel for Albies, Bonito, Stripers, and many other gamefish we see in the Northeast and across the country.  The new evolution of the Stradic FL comes with a Cross Carbon Drag system which enables the reel to conquer the most blistering of runs.


  • Stradic Models ST1000HGFL & ST2500HGFL come with an I-Shaped Handle
  • Stradic Models STC3000XGFL & ST4000XGFL come with a T-Shaped Handle
  • Stradic Model STC5000XGFL comes with a Ball Shaped Handle.


-Hagane Body                               -Long Stroke Spool

-X-Protect                                      -MicroModule II Gearing

-Cross Carbon Drag                       -G-Free Body

-One Piece Handle Design


Hagane Gearing:  A cold foraged gear set for the heart of reel, assisting with gear durability, longevity, strength, and smoothness.

Micro Module II Gearing:  The most advanced gear technology Shimano has done to date.  Its Shimano's pursuit at the ideal shape of each gear tooth, which ultimately provides for less gear noise and improves smoothness.

Long Stroke Spool:  Allows for better line flow off the reel when casting and ultimately increases casting distance.  With a taller spool, friction is reduced as the line has fewer movements up and down, providing that extra distance when you may need it.

Drag Washer Selection:  Stradic 1000 utilizes one felt drag washer, Stradic 2500 utilizes three felt drag washers, and Stradic 3000-5000 utilizes three high-grade cross carbon fiber washers to handle increased drag pressures and wear.

G Free Body:  Designed to shift the center of gravity of the reel to be closer to the rod.  This puts the center of gravity closer to the angler's hand, thus reducing fatigue and enhancing casting distance.  


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A The Saltwater Edge Customer
Robert D.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Amazing Reel!

This reel is way smoother than the previous FK model with refined gearing. Lightweight and very powerful versatile reel. The long cast spool does make a difference and allows to achieve furthur distance. You will not be disappointed in this reel!

The Saltwater Edge Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reels Review
A The Saltwater Edge Customer
Charles P.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Absolute killer value of a reel

I am a first time shimano reel buyer after getting a bunch of penns and daiwas in the same price bracket. This reel just stands, far and away, as much more premium yet durable product. Saltwater edge was super fast shipping and good price. Will continue to patronize them

Cliff B.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Stradic FL 4000 on G Loomis GWR941S

I purchased two 7'10" Greenwaters a couple of years ago and tried pairing them Stradics in size 5000. The reels were brand new but had been sitting on my shelf for 20 years. Unfortunately, the older reels were too heavy for the rods and they made the combo uncomfortable to fish with. I spent almost a year trying to figure out what reel to pair with the rod Twin Power? Van Staal? Certate? "Settled" on the new Stradic FL in 4000 size - 2 reels for the price of one of the others I was considering. Loaded the reels with 15lb braid. My wife and I got an opportunity to fish the new reels on the rods the last week of June. Fished sugar reef. I was throwing a 9 inch sluggo in squid and my wife was throwing a Hogy in amber. Fishing was pretty steady, between the 2 of us we caught about 20 schoolies in the 22 to 26 inch range. The rods are now balanced perfectly and the rods are now a pleasure to fish with. The one knock I have on the reel is Shimano has eliminate the anti-reverse switch which makes it a little difficult to get used to. A great reel IMHO. A quick word about Peter and Saltwater Edge. Could not be happier with the great assortment of tackle they offer for light tackle fishing in the northeast and the personalized approach and service they offer.

Dave L.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Stradic fl 3000

A jewel of a reel. So many high end features and fit and finish is outstanding. Retrieval and drag are super smooth. I look forward to fishing with it soon.

Kenny N.
Stunning reel!

The FL is a huge step up from its FK model. This is an insane budget reel. Gotta love the smoothness of it