Flagship products don't come along just every day, and it's incredible to see when the pros release them to fishing nerds like us for sale. The Stella FJ is built, as is the case with many of Shimano's finest reels, with a specific goal in mind: Dominate fresh and saltwater conditions both. It packs the latest versions of popular Shimano features and tech into one reel, delivering an absurd degree of rigidity and durability in a reel so lightweight.
Smoothness is, quite honestly, about the best we've seen in recent years. Newly updated Micro Module 2 gearing goes with Silent Drive tech to accomplish this, making the Stella FJ a treat to use for enthusiasts and professionals who simply want the best reel in their hands.
Power is phenomenal, too; drag is easily tuned to a very precise level and the feel in the hand remains smooth even under very high pressure.
Our opinion: The Stella FJ is a premium reel, there's no doubt about that. In our minds, it's the perfect top-end choice for an angler who wants to invest decisively in one reel that they can take just about anywhere. Its versatility combined with its incredibly light weight and ease of use made us forget we were even holding it. It's that good.
Specs for the Stella FJ:
- Gear Ratio: 5.3:1
- Max. Dragforce: 20 lbs / 9 kilogram
- Weight: 7.2 ounce / 205 gram
- Line Retrieve Per Crank: 30.7 inch / 78 centimetre
- Mono Line Capacity (lbs/yds): 8/140, 10/120
- PowerPro Line Capacity (lbs/yds): 10/150, 15/145, 30/100
- Bearings: 7 Ballbearings and 1 Rollerbearing
Package Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.7 x 4.2 inches