Shimano set to unveil new advancements in Stella reels
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The latest technological advancements in the new Stella FJ reels will be unveiled at the Bassmaster Classic Expo.
The flagship in Shimano’s spinning reel line-up boasts five new models – in sizes for everything from trout and panfish, to bass and walleye, to tarpon, stripers and sailfish.
Anglers will quickly notice new Shimano technology, including the MicroModule II gear system, enhanced HAGANE concept constructed gear and body, X-Protect and SilentDrive.
“With Stella, anglers around the globe know we are always pursuing perfection,” said Trey Epich a member of Shimano’s product development team. “As our reel manufacturing abilities evolve and improve almost constantly – the Shimano way – we’re able to share that technology in new reels like the Stella FJ series.
“Shimano’s MicroModule II gear system includes gear teeth which are designed to the ideal shape to reduce vibration, providing a smoother performing reel. We then take smooth rotation to an even higher level with SilentDrive, a long list of micro adjustments and enhancements to reduce any handle play and eliminate any clicking noise in all moving parts.”
Through design theory analysis, Shimano has improved the Stella’s overall durability. “We have been able to increase the strength of our already exceptionally strong HAGANE gear by 100% since the previous Stella reel series upgrade in 2014,” said Epich.
Epich adds that anglers will appreciate other proven Shimano features on the new Stella FJ spinning reels, including X-Ship, a front drag knob for precision drag adjustments, a ‘Coiled Wave Spring’ for a consistent drag curve, a longer stroke spool design to help longer casting distance, a light and strong, corrosion-resistant Titanium bail wire, plus a smooth lipped, magnesium MGL rotor design that prevents line from tangling around the main shaft. The line clip will easily secure lines of various sizes, from the thinnest PowerPro braid to large diameter mono.
Perfect for light action and light line use, the 5.1:1 gear ratio Stella 1000FJ brings in 25 inches of line per crank. It holds from 85 yards of 15lb test standard PowerPro braid, to 140 yards of 4lb mono or fluoro. The STL-2500HGFJ has a 6.0:1 gear ratio retrieving in 35 inches of line per crank, and can hold 145 yards of 15lb PowerPro, or 120 yards of 10lb mono/fluoro.
With the same body size as the 2500, but with larger line capacity – making it ideal for deeper freshwater situations and inshore saltwater use – the STL-C3000XGFJ holds 140 yards of 20lb PowerPro, or 170 yards of 8lb mono/fluoro. It will bring in 37 inches of line per rotation with its 6.4:1 gear ratio.
Both retrieving 40 inches per crank with 6.2:1 gear ratios, the STL-4000XGFI 200 will hold 170 yards of 30lb PowerPro or 200 yards of 10lb test mono/fluoro – while the large spool capacity/4000 size body Stella-C5000XGFJ can take 200 yards of 30lb PowerPro, or 195 yards of 12lb test mono/fluoro.
“Smoother, more efficient, and improved durability – it’s all about ever evolving technology, and our quest for the best,” said Epich. “It will be hard to believe by those who have been attracted to our Stella reels for what is now more than 20 years – but yes, we did make them better.”