My best Stradic
Although a mid range reel this reel for me is my best. Its light, smooth and responsive and has not failed. The drag is smooth and reliable and most of all consistent. |Never had a problem and highly recommended from a person that has 5 versions on the Stradic.Others who have used this reel are equally impressed and have converted.
Value for money
Fantastic reel perfect for bay fishing beam, flathead, even a few rat kings put the real to the test and great fun
Great value for money and a very capable reel
Would recommend to all who appreciate a quality reel a must have
Small problem with the bearings but customer service was fantastic they quickly fixed the issue with a week ready for our next fishing trip
Light weight and reliable
Bearing issue quickly fixed great customer service
I recently bought a stradic ci4+ 3000 and entered a competition only a few days afterwards. I caught everything from whiting on stick baits on the flats to long exiting battles with decent sized jewfish and flathead. this reel is very lightweight and comfortable in the hand, it casts far with minimal resistance and has a wonderfully unforgiving drag. I matched this reel with shimano's brand new "crank" rod it's great with this rod because it to is flexible and far casting but can really stick it to a large fish.
everything, very lightweight, funky and yet can really stick it to a good fish.
expensive but value for money.
Ci4 more than just looking good!
I purchased the Ci4 about 4 weeks ago - 2500 size due to a neglected spot in my rod and reel lineup. I found that after buying the white Stradic FJ the Ci4 Stradic is far far far lighter and easier to hold than the smaller Stradic 1000Fj just due to the materials that its made from. I honestly couldn't believe that the 2500 dry was lighter than the 1000 dry...
Shimano have kept this model in production for a long while as the new Stradic's FJ's have X Ship body design - and the new Stradic's feel a little more responsive and stronger in rega...rds to body flex due to a aluminium half body design. Internally its pretty rugged and made to fish, there is a culmative worth of well made parts inside and they look good enough to last a good few years and with proper maintenance I hope to see the reel last for the next 10 years or so. The Spool and drag washer build is very good and there is heaps of drag available on the 2500 size and I honestly wish that I got the 1000 size in the Ci4 than the FJ model. These reels are honest and if you can pick one up for around the $190 your doing very well! LIGHTWEIGHT!, compact design, nice look and paint is superb in the sunlight, good amount of bearings in the right places. Great standard drag! A little flex in the reel foot area - nothing what I would call obsurd or more than other reels I have played with.
Questions & Answers
I was just wondering...... when I hold onto hold the reel and spin the whole thing in a circular motion the handle will not continuously spin until I stop meaning there seems to be a bit of resistance within the gears. on my old one this would happen but only if it needed oil and when I would put some into the maintenance port it would free up and feel very smooth. (not to say the new one isn't smooth it just seems to have a lot more resistance compared to the old one).
Is this normal ie heavier duty or do you think there is something wrong with my brand new reel?
Why have you made the handle shorter on the new CI4+ than the old CI4, I find the new reel much more cumbersome to retrieve than my old one?
Hey mate - they seem to be the same length in the 2500 series - not sure on others? I fish both reels and find my older one "better" to some degree than the new also? However for the facts of more bearings and 'technology' in the new FA reel... Hard to say whats what within regards to the new reels - however I am sticking with the older model for reasons I cant put into words.
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