Shimano's lightweight, rear-drag IX reel features Quick Fire II.
Quick Fire II
IX R Feature Details
Quick Fire II A system used for easy and fast one-handed casting. The line and trigger self-center, and are within easy grasp of the angler?s index finger. By pulling the line and the trigger with one hand, the bail opens and is ready to be cast.
I've always liked Shimano reels, and when my wife and I agreed it was time for new reels to replace our almost 30-year old Shimanos with the original quickfire system, I started looking around at what Shimano had these days. I was shocked to find they had spinning reels with the Quickfire II system that cost less than $15 shipped to my door. I figured there must have been a misprint. So I took a chance (or so I thought) and bought 2 of these in the 2000 series. We do a lot of small stream and river kayak fishing, and typically have 4 or 6 lb. line spooled on reels this size with 6' medium action rods. Well, these reels were just the ticket. I reserved judgement until I made a few trips with my new $12 reel. Man, I gotta say I'm blown away at how good this little reel is. I can't believe I bought it new for $12. I would have paid $20 for it 40 years ago. So far, I've had it on several trips for largemouth, Guadalupes and whites on central TX rivers, and in the first 5 trips I've caught over 100 fish on this reel. It has performed flawlessly. I figure if it breaks on my next trip, that will be roughly $2/trip for the reel. But I don't expect that. In fact, I expect to get another 30 years out of this Shimano the way I did my last one that this replaced. Either way, I'm one happy camper. Just get it!
ProsExtremely good performance to price ratio. Tackle direct was perfect.
ConsNone so far!
Why did I doubt?
September 22, 2020
I was skeptical about this because of the price and relatively slow gear ratio. I didn't feel particularly impressive but on the water it was fast enough retrieval, smooth, and the quick fire works great. I've been using these since the 80's, the only thing that has changed is that they are even a better value now.
ProsRear Drag, light weight, quickfire, value
By Cynthia F.
San Jose, CA
Best little reel ever
September 14, 2020
You just can't beat this Shimano reel for trout fishing! It has a a very smooth mechanism and is as good as my more expensive reel. I would buy this again and even as a gift.
ProsRear Drag Casting trigger Smooth casting
Shimano IX4000R spinning reel
August 25, 2020
Great reel, I have several and use them for all species of pan fish and catfish. Love the rear brake.
By Ohio s.
$13 bullet proof reel
June 29, 2020
You simply can't beat these reels reliability. They are workhorses. They aren't the smoothest but they aren't clunky either. You can't find a reel in this price range that competes.
ProsCost Ease of use Reliability
June 29, 2020
My Father got a huge bass today using this reel. It?s smooth as butter too.
ProsSmooth Great price Easy to set drag
TRUJILLO ALTO, PR
Outstanding reel for the money
May 18, 2020
Today we have many options whit multiple ball bearings, power drags, fancy handles, seals and high price tickets. But this economy reel for small and medium river fish make a great job for few dollars.
ProsPerformance and price.
ConsFor the price, really nothing.
Good teaching tool
April 7, 2020
I learned to fish with this style of reel, and they all still work today. The price is attractive for teaching youngins and the quick fire makes it easy. You won?t feel bad when the youngster you?re teaching launches it 10 yards further than you?re willing to walk out into the water when they let go of the whole thing. Be glad you paid what you did and they didn?t toss your twin power out there!
ProsPrice, ease, durability
ConsNot something you want to whip out and show your friend right after he says Stella, you?ll end up in the water too!
For the price
February 13, 2020
this is an excellent reel that is comparable to many, if not most, at twice or more the cost. It was a surprise to learn the quality. It does not have instant anti-reverse, but does have one hand operation casting.
It was purchased for spider rigging and grandchildren use, and works exactly as desired to date. It has a satisfactory drag, an excellent handle grip for smaller hands, has suffered no damage from the bumps, drops, and drags associated with child use.
By Kevin L.
November 11, 2019
Well worth the money Great
By Mikey A.
Big bang for little bucks
July 19, 2019
Good smooth retrieval, light weight. Has an awesome rear drag! Great addition to my gear. Shimano is always a good product.
July 15, 2019
great reel& DEAL.
By JOEL U.
excellent service and response
May 7, 2019
good product prompt service
Prosfast shipping and good price .
Conswish it had been free shipping
By Steve K.
Great reel awesome price
March 20, 2019
I have used Shimano reels for years and have never had any trouble with this model. I am getting my son started on his tackle and this is the first piece I have gotten for him. This reel will last a long time and give him great fishing for years
By david d.
great reel .
January 25, 2019
I have at least 8 of these reels . my grand sons tried them and liked the trigger fast cast...one hand casting...so now there are 2 new customers for these reels.
I'm new to spinning reels, how does the quick fire system work on the shimano reels?
Hello Murman. The quick fire system centers the line to be easily grasped by the users index finger to allow for faster one handed casting. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions!