Shimano announces its new showcase spinning reel series the Stella SW, offered in sizes and construction features to handle nearly any game fish found in the worlds oceans The 12 models include the STL-SW5000XG, 5000HG, 6000HG, 6000PG, 8000HG, 8000PG, 10000PG, the Cape Cod Canal jigging special 14000XG, 18000HG, 20000PG, and a true spinning reel built to tackle Bluefin tuna the STL-SW30000. Shimanos SW-X Concept brings together power, rigidity, toughness, drag performance and water resistance, focusing on retrieving power, strength and durability.
X-Tough Drag, with its dramatically enhanced smoothness, control and toughness anticipates the vigorous speed of Blue-Fin Tuna and Giant Tuna
X-SHIP enhances power transmission through the gear. This results in increased cranking power with extremely smooth feel
X-Shield and X-Protect combine to provide extreme water resistance in the harshest conditions
The Power Aluminum Body, X-Rigid Rotor, X-Rigid Body and X-Rigid Handle combine to provide ultimate rigidity & eliminate loss of power caused by reel flex
Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller IV Oversized Roller with Overflange for the Ultimate in Line Protection, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
Septon Handle Grip - On models 10,000 and up
Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread-In Handle Attachment)
Approved for saltwater use & Rated for use with PowerPro, Fluorocarbon and Mono lines
Aero Wrap II Oscillation
Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement with Low Wear Rate Pinion Gear
Cold Forged Aluminum Spool: Proprietary Coating on Spool Lip is harder than a Ti coated Stainless Steel Spool Lip, Ceramic Coating on entire spool for extreme corrosion resistance
Shimano Stella the best reel that Iâ€;™;ve ever owned tough as nails incredible smooth drag
ProsDurable great drag
By Juan D.
Very Smooth and powerful
January 16, 2020
Great pieces of gear to add to my fishing arsenal.
January 15, 2020
Feels as it should, super smooth. Canâ€;™;t wait to use it on bft!
Best Blue Fin Reel out there
December 17, 2019
The Stella 18k is by far the best spinning reel on the market right now. The weight, spool size, and smooth drag are perfect for fighting tuna from 50" to over 100".
ProsSmooth Great drag nice weight
Best Spinning reel on the market for inshore and light offshore fishing
December 16, 2019
I am impressed. The reel balances on my 7'2" Terez perfectly, and does not feel nearly as heavy as I imagined a 15.6 oz reel would feel like. The reel cranks as smoothly as I have ever seen, and the gears are smooth and powerful. This reel looks good, feels good, handles good, and is nothing short of the perfect inshore/light offshore spinning reel. The drag is perfect for a reel this size, and is easily adjusted.
ProsSmooth action, very beautiful lines/design, power handle
ConsThe bale is not a true automatic flip, I find it best to flip it manually, like larger saltewater reels
By Chio P.
Awesome, top of line spinning reel.
February 6, 2019
Awesome, top of line spinning reel. I absolutely love this reel.
I wish I could wait for 2019 Stella SW 14000PG........
January 16, 2019
I am fine with 2013 Stella SW 8000PG. strong drag power, smooth retrieve, strong body I love it. But, I should have waited for 2019 Stella SW 14000PG...
Consneed better (X Protect) for line roller like 2019 model need Heat SINK drag system spool like 2019 model
Boca Grande, FL
June 16, 2018
This reel is like butter! The 6000 is light enough to cast all day yet strong enough to land 200+ pound tarpon. I spooled it wit 50# Power Pro Super Slick. The drag is extremely smooth and allows for really putting the heat on fish. Love this reel. Just bought another one!
ProsTo many list
ConsPrice. This reel is expensive, but you get what you pay for.
June 3, 2018
Bought the 20000 and 14000 just uesed them for the first time in Panama for yellow fin tuna
the 20000 landed Tuna to 100lb+ yellow fin no problem, and a 70lb Cubera Snapper along with other fish.
Look, feel, drag gearing, durability all top class
Proslook and feel, smoothness of the drag, durability and power of the reel
Consnon - get what you pay for a top class reel
April 18, 2018
14k handles Hawaii jacks np, saving up for smaller 5k high gear
ProsQuality, smooth and big game np
By SoCal F.
Long Beach, CA
Great Offshore Spinning Reel
April 10, 2018
One of the things I love about this reel is how powerful it is for a spinning reel. Not only that it has a lot of drag, but the drag is really smooth. I have 80# of PP MaxC and pair it with a 8'3 popping rod.
By Dean F.
Bradenton, FL United States
March 31, 2018
Probably the best reels out there,one of mine recently spent five days at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico before I got it back.It just needed a quick rinse and was as good as new.Unfortunately I had already bought this one to replace the one I thought I would never see again.
Ocean City, NJ
February 22, 2018
Currently fishing a 14k and an 8k. Wonderful reels.
February 5, 2018
Super smooth real. Define type top notch quality!
St Cloud, FL
Simply The Best
November 30, 2017
This is the daddy of spinning reels, I have the 20000 for popping, and the 14000 for jigging
smooth as butter, and as strong as an ox
Prosbeautiful designed reel. top of the range engineering, look after it and will last for a long, long time
I purchased a Stella SW4000XGB about a year ago On about my 4th time I used it, surf fishing for redfish the drag froze up. I lost a nice fish when it happened. I sent it back to the warranty shop for repair. They said I needed a new drag knob but that I would had an Asian model and would have to go to Japan for this part. As you can imagine I'm pretty upset after paying top dollar for a saltwater reel that breaks faster than anything and I get the run around on warranty support. Can you help me???
Hello John, JDM parts are hard to find in the states. They aren't impossible to find but it does look like ebay does have the drag knob for a jdm 4000 stella.
Thinking of the Stella SWB 4000 for fluking with my Game J, any thoughts?
I looked at the Game J rod on-line and it looks like the 4000 with pair up just fine.
You can flounder fish, with this set up no problem.
Submitted by:Andrew Montagna on June 6, 2019
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from firstname.lastname@example.org asked:
August 5, 2018
Could you get a regular rubber grip on the 6000?
Unfortunately, the Stella 6000 is only sold with the ball handle.
Submitted by:Rebecca on August 7, 2018
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from SCITUATE, MA asked:
March 9, 2018
I'm looking at buying a Stella 5k and am having a hard time deciding on which gear or model is right. Will be used for mixed purposes, casting plugs, bucktails and livelining mackarel for stripers. Thanks
The Shimano Stella SWB STL5000SWBHG Saltwater Spinning Reel is the reel i would recommend using for the application your intending using the reel for.
Can you please specify the line diameters used. Would be help full to be able to have that comparisons as well
Unfortunately each braided line diameter is slightly different based upon the brand of the line. That is the main reason we do not post line diameter because it could be slightly off based upon brand (braided line).
I've got the shimano Stella 18000sw ( the old model ) Is it ok for jigging ?
That is a little big, it would depend what you are jigging for. It is also a little heavy, so it comes down to preference and whether or not you would want to stand there and jig with the weight of that reel all day. But, as far as performance goes.... Than it is a great reel for fighting fish you would be jigging for.
would the handle for the 5000xhg fit on the 6000hg
John, Looking at both reels the handles look to be the exact same. For any further question or to help us better answer your question please call in at 1-888-354-7335 or email us at email@example.com.
What do all the letters stand for in the new range of Stella reels, i.e. "SWB" and "XG", "HG" and "PG"? I presume HG is high gear!? The other elude me though and I cant seem to find anything online. Thanks, Graeme
The letters describe the gear ratio XG = 6.2:1 HG = 5.7:1 PG = 4.4:1 The SW is the Saltwater model
Submitted by:Customer Service on September 9, 2013