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Shimano® Spirex® FG Front Drag Spinning Reels

   

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SR1000FG

Left/Right

6.2:1

Line Capacity:
2/270

Ball Bearings:
5

Max Drag:
7 Lbs.

Recovery:
28" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
8.8

SR2500FG

Left/Right

6.2:1

Line Capacity:
10/120

Ball Bearings:
5

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
32" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
10.6

SR4000FG

Left/Right

5.7:1

Line Capacity:
10/200

Ball Bearings:
5

Max Drag:
20 Lbs.

Recovery:
33" Per Turn

Reel Weight (oz):
13.9
  • Rock-solid reliability meets advanced technology
  • Hands-down favorite for walleye and smallmouth anglers
  • Shimano S-Concept
  • Graphite frame, sideplate and rotor
  • Cold-forged aluminum spool
  • Propulsion™ Line Mangement System
  • Dyna-Balance®
  • Fluidrive®
  • Shimano S-Concept

Rock-solid reliability meets advanced technology, now that the acclaimed Propulsion™ Line Management System has become standard even on the modestly-priced Shimano Spirex FG Spinning Reel. One of Shimano’s best-selling S Concept reels, it’s the hands-down favorite for walleye and smallmouth anglers who need a trouble-free reel with a dependable drag. Now smoother and longer-casting than ever! Features a graphite frame, sideplate and rotor; cold-forged aluminum spool; Varispeed® Oscillation; Fluidrive® II, Quick Fire II® one-hand casting system; Dyna-Balance®; and a ported handle shank. Now with 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings for smooth performance all around.

Propulsion™ Line Mangement System: Five key components (spool lip, bail wire, roller, bail trip and cam) have been completely redesigned to reduce friction and promote uniformity of line movement. The result: more distance, less friction, fewer backlashes and wind knots, and greatly reduced line twist.

Dyna-Balance® eliminates wobble on the retrieve by counter-balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness. 100% computer balanced!

Fluidrive® gearing means that your reel was manufactured with the highest tolerances and utmost control in the gear-cutting process, to ensure a smooth, powerful retrieve every time.

Shimano S-Concept features ensure that your spinning reel will perform beyond expectations. Features vary by reel model, but may include a specially designed rotor, guard, roller clutch, and/or arm cam.

Line recovery in inches per handle turn.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 67 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent value, excellent reel! The Shimano Spirex is my go-to spinning reel. I have gotten so used to the trigger that I prefer it to any other system. For the money, this reel can't be beat. June 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good Reel Good reel but very heavy on retrieval. Love the quick fire release it is a big plus. You will not be able to throw this reel all day. April 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by love it great reel, smooth casting. would greatly recommend March 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great all around entry level reel Two years and counting and my front drag spirex 4000 is as good as day one. Very smooth reel and very tough. I also use a sahara and abu revo sx. This is my brute go to reel. No issues so far with bail or quickfire. Only downfall is the trigger cant be removed later or reel is out of balance and wobbles. I love the dual handle but if you dont want quickfire or dual handle get the sedona. September 17, 2013
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is this reel good for your normal bluegill fishing day?
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For bluegill i would go with something smaller or a different model. This real feels heavy after a while too. I personally would go with a different Shimano reel.
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Sure, but's it's a bit of overkill. It works great for bass
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i bought this reel and found it not very smooth at all so i returned it. i have used dozens of reels over the years. i wouldnt recommend this reel for anyone considering it costs $60. an inexpensive shakespeare spinning reel with the ez cast trigger is smoother and will last a long time. love shimano reels except for this one
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Most likely yes. The sedona handles have been used size for size with the spirex when spirex guys want single handle so id think the dual from spirex should fit the sedona of equal size as well.
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i read somewhere on the net it does, search the internet
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I love the double handle and put in on a solstace with no problem.
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how smooth is the retrieve?

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Retrieve was very smooth in the beginning and now a month later it feels like a $15 reel. I have a cheaper shimano model that is 10 years old that is a lot smoother.
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The retrieve is not smooth at all. Very rough and herky jerky. In my opinion it is unusable and very disapponting.
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Good. Still don't like the handle, but the reel is like all Shimanos.
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not very smooth compared to my other shimano, a $50 sonora
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Very smooth retrieve. Works like a dream.
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Very smooth and quick
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I've used this feature for so long and it is so handy, there must be another manufacturer/ model with this 'quick fire' feature...
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Quantum Snapshot has a similiar feature. It also includes a feature called "the firing pin" that holds the line for you as you cast. I have owned three snapshots. Two of which were 20 years old and sat in a blistering hot shed every summer but still functioned as if new. I also got a newer one about 3 years ago but upgraded to a higher model reel. The snapshot is a base entrey level reel. I also owned a Spirex but I prefer the Snapshot over the Spirex. The snapshot looks cheap and is made with cheaper materials, which is why it has about a $25 price tag, but it functions much better than the Spirex. However, that is just my experience though.
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shakeseare has ez cast still i think. they are inexpensive but do last and are smoother than spirex at less than half the cost.
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As far as I know, Shimano is the only manufacturer that makes this feature.....and only on the Spirex models. The other manufacturers don't make the Quick Fire trigger.....or anything else like it . Buy the Spirex....I bought 6 of them. Great reels.
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Shimano was the original maker of the "quick-fire" trigger and it is still the best. But what I really love about the Shimano reels with this trigger is that they have a "self-centering bail". You don't have to look down at it when you cast because it always brings the trigger to the right position by just back reeling until it stops. Shimano is the only reel out there that has this feature and it's what sets them apart from others.
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quantum has some entry level combo sets that have it.
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The only other reel i have seen with this is a Shakespeare model reel and it is called E-Z cast.
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Shimano® Spirex® FG
I have a Spirex "2500FG and 4000FG" Can I use them for peir or off shore Saltwater fishing??
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I've used my 2500&4000 on more than a few occasions for pier fishing and light duty off shore angling, paired with bass type lure they work very well for salty bass, hailbut, etc. One word of caution! Try to avoid reels being submerged in salt water and throroughly clean all rods and reels once you return home. You really need to remove all salt residue from your rigs.
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i fish from peirs when i go th the beach and do use fresh water gear, but if you do use a a fresh water reel for salt it would be a good idea to clean off your reel after each use, or it could have major problems down the road
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mine didnt come with a spare spool
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You purchase spools from Shimano now, there is no spare spool (which did used to be graphite).

I'd suggest skipping the spare spool concept and go with a braid mainline and then a variety of mono/floro leaders depending on what you need. I've been testing perfection loop to perfection loop connections for the past 2 years and have yet to have one fail.
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Yes
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THEY DON'T HAVE SPARE SPOOLS WITH THE NEW MODELS! GETTING CHEAP ARE'NT THEY?
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I want to know how well does this reel cast and how is the drag.Does it cast far and can I use fluorocarbon line on it.
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Drag is great, and can be adjusted to your taste. The reels cast about 65-75 yards with a large crankbait. , and about 50-60 yards with a medium crankbait. Not bad for a spinning reel.
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It doesn't cast as well as the older version, but still does pretty well. Drag is smooth, with no noticeable start-up resistance.

I personally go with braid and floro leader, but I am sure purely floro would be just as good.
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It casts just fine. I ran into problems when I was reeling it in. The reel has too much back-play and will bird nest a lot if you are not careful. On a windy day, the line will fall off the spool and cause you a huge headache.
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casts plenty far for me catfishing. then again i am not repetively casting. and i've had a cat or two pull the drag and it seemed to work great
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Yes it does cast well. Very well, in fact. I have the 2500 FG, not FD like I put in my review by mistype.

I use 10lb braid (currently) with a 6-8# Yo-Zuri Hybrid leader anywhere from 2-4' in lenght using an albright knot, sometimes a drop of superglue.

Casting distance depends on lure weight and rod length. Suffice it to say, on a 6'6" rod I was casting 1/16, 1/8 oz. lures ~50-60' +/- Now I'm using a 5'9" ML rod and those lures don't quite go as far...but 1/4 oz. lures go super far.

Regarding FC line, yes you can, but you'll want a softer line that doesn't coil so much. I used Yo-Zuri Hybrid before I put braid on. I would opt for Hybrid Ultra Soft, next time if I didn't use braid instead.
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They are the new style reels with Quick Fire triggers and double crank handles. The 4000 designates the size ( large ) , 2500 ( medium ) and 1000 ( small ). I use only the 4000 models for bass, but others prefer the smaller reels.
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It's the new one.
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my grandfather has had the 4000 style for as long as i can remember so i would have to say no.
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stick on some trilene xl green 12 pound line. i use 14 to horse the big ones in. thats as big as i would go.
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I use P-Line CXX, 15# test, in Moss Green color. Best line I have ever used, and I have tried them all. Stay away from braided line on spinning reels. It snags very easy, and makes for a long day.
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Depends on the kind of Fishing bigfishy.

For me in Upstate NY, I go with 15 lb braid and whatever mono/floro leader size/length I want - I use perfection loops to connect the the main line and leader. I've been doing this for 2 years now, and have yet to have that connection fail.
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I am a braid person. I love braid. I would recommend powerpro or fireline.
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If mono and flourocarbon are not up to the task due to their pound test then spiderwire will handle very well on this reel. I would recommend 20# or 40# test spiderwire STEALTH. I use it on several spinning reels and it lays evenly on the spool and is very easy to cast. There are other superlines out there that will probably work as well but I don't have any experience with them. I like the stealth because it wont hurt my rod guides or the line roller on my reels. If you use another superline make sure it is round and not a braided flat line.
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This reel will handle flourocarbon up to 10# unless you are using it in temperatures below 40 degrees. Really cold weather can make flourocarbon lines pretty stiff. Monofilament is dependant on limpness but any quality line up to 12# should be fine. As a rule 8# flourocarbon usually has a wet strength above 12# mono so I would stick with 8# flourocarbon from spring through fall and then switch to 10# or 12# trilene XL in the winter. Any quality line lower in pound test should perform very well.
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I was looking to see what pound test line you can use ? I fish in south Fl. in the glades I normally use 17 lbs. for plastic worm. I fish for large mouth bass so I need the heavy line for the lily pads .
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i use trilene xl 14 on my 2500 shimanos. most line that big wont work well on spinning gear that small but trilene xl is an exception in my experience.
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I live in south Fla also, and fish the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. The only line I use is P-Line CXX, #15 test, in Moss Green color. You won't be sorry.
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Berkley Triline in 12 to 25 pound test. This line is great for spinning reels because it has no line memory and is strong. since you're fishing in the liy pads, i would opt for 20 pound test just because if you hook a real giant in there, you don't want to loose him getting tangled up in the vegetation.
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Spiderwire STEALTH! It works great on spinning reels.
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