Before they even reached store shelves several weeks ago, Shimano’s newly designed Stradic FL spinning reels attracted plenty of attention, winning “Best Saltwater Reel” at the ICAST tackle-trade show this past July.
The Stradic FL comes in sizes from 1000 to 5000, good for seatrout all the way to tuna and tarpon, with plenty of new technology included. The MicroModule II gear system has teeth designed to reduce vibration, its Long Stroke Spool allows anglers to cover more water, and its durable cross-carbon drag (on C3000, 4000XG and C5000 models) is made for tough, saltwater battles. The 1000 and 2500 class reels have a 6.0:1 get ratio, the C3000 has a 6.4:1 ratio, and the 4000 class reel has a 6.2:1 gear ratio.
The FL’s external design prevents saltwater intrusion, but there’s no sacrificing the smooth feel when you turn the reel handle. Also, there’s no anti-reverse switch, a spot where saltwater intrusion can be a problem.
Suggested retail prices are $199-$229. For more info, visit: fish.shimano.com