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Shimano Stella FE

Winner of the 2010 ICAST Best Freshwater Reel!

The best in spinning just got better with the new Stella FE. We aimed to make the most efficient Drivetrain in a spinning reel. We achieved our goal by using our new X-Ship feature. The result of using X-Ship makes the handle easier to turn with or without load. This makes the most important thing in fishing easier to feel the bite. Because less effort goes into turning the handle you can detect even the lightest "tick" bites.

  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
  • X-Ship Double Bearing Supported Pinion Gear Ultra-Light Handle Rotation Increased Gearing Efficiency and Power
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) Coating, S-Arm Cam
  • E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection on Spool
  • Aerowrap II Oscillation
  • SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR Handle, SR 3BB Oscillation, SR Balanced Body, SR Floating Shaft, SR Boltless Mg Body, SR One Piece Bail Wire, SR Slider
  • S A-RB Bearings (Shielded A-RB)
  • Magnesium Frame & Sideplate
  • Aluminum Rotor (1000 size is Magnesium)
  • Cold Forged and Machined Aluminum Spool with Titanium Lip
  • S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Shield Roller Clutch, S-Arm Cam
  • Rigid Support System: Rigid Support Drag, SR Slider
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread In Handle Attachment)
  • Septon Handle Grips
  • WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
  • Shimano Stella STL1000FE
    Line Retrieve Per Crank: 25"
    Line Capacity:
  • 2# test/270 yd
  • 4# test/140 yd
  • 6# test/110 yd

  • Max Drag: 7.0 lbs
    S A-RB Ball Bearings: 14
    Roller Bearings: 1
    Gear Ratio: 5.0:1
    Weight: 6.0 oz
    Shimano Stella STL2500FE
    Line Retrieve Per Crank: 35"
    Line Capacity:
  • 6# test/200 yd
  • 8# test/140 yd
  • 10# test/120 yd

  • Max Drag: 20.0 lbs
    S A-RB Ball Bearings: 14
    Roller Bearings: 1
    Gear Ratio: 6.0:1
    Weight: 8.0 oz
    Shimano Stella STL3000FE
    Line Retrieve Per Crank: 35"
    Line Capacity:
  • 6# test/230 yd
  • 8# test/170 yd
  • 10# test/140 yd

  • Max Drag: 20.0 lbs
    S A-RB Ball Bearings: 14
    Roller Bearings: 1
    Gear Ratio: 6.0:1
    Weight: 8.1 oz
    Shimano Stella STL4000FE
    Line Retrieve Per Crank: 38"
    Line Capacity:
  • 8# test/240 yd
  • 10# test/200 yd
  • 12# test/160 yd

  • Max Drag: 24.0 lbs
    S A-RB Ball Bearings: 14
    Roller Bearings: 1
    Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
    Weight: 9.5 oz
    Dyna-Balance This feature eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counter balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness. By using computer balancing, an approach similar to car tire balancing, we are able to redistribute the rotor weight to create smooth rotation and eliminate vibrations caused by the reel. Aero Wrap II Oscillation System Aero Wrap II is a worm gear oscillation system with a specially designed pitch to create optimal oscillation speeds for the Propulsion Spool Lip design. It provides uniform line lay and winding shape to prevent loss of energy during the cast while providing longer casts than other oscillation systems. So, casting distance increases with less effort required. (Aero Wrap II is not available on Saros reels, which are equipped with Slow Oscillation.)
    Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement Spinning Using a special cold forged aluminum drive gear and a hardened brass pinion gear (Stainless Steel pinion gear on Stella SW), reels equipped with the Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement will retain their out-of-the-box smoothness much longer than before. In fact, testing has shown that this combination of metals is more durable than an all-stainless steel drivetrain while maintaining the smoothness that Shimano is famous for.
    Propulsion Line Management System The most obvious component of the Propulsion Line Management System is the new Propulsion spool lip design. Through tens of thousands of casting tests and computer simulations it has been determined that this new spool lip design provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming. It also allows the line to flow off of the spool in smaller loops during the cast which means less slap on the stripper guide. This means longer casts with less friction. The Propulsion spool also utilizes a long stroke design to further enhance the casting distance. Furthermore, there is less bouncing of the line on the spool lip like on a standard spinning spool. Because of the unique shape of the Propulsion spool, the line flows consistently off of the spool. So, with a standard spool, friction alternates from heavy to light as the line slaps the spool lip. This causes backlash and inconsistent line speeds. The Propulsion spool lip provides consistently light friction to overcome these situations.
    S-Concept S-Concept represents Shimano's initial philosophy on which many of our spinning reel have been designed. The three basic ideas that are inherent in the S-Concept are Smooth, Silent and Strong.
  • Smooth rotation and comfortable retrieve, coupled with excellent drag performance and longer casting distance, leads to our smooth, flawless operation.
  • Silent operation of parts within the reel's construction represents the attention to tight tolerances, reducing excessive noise and resulting in the silent operation of our reels.
  • Strong, solid and functional construction leads to powerful torque and durable drivetrains. This gives anglers the strength and confidence they need to battle elusive gamefish.
  • The new sizing of our S-Concept reels offers anglers a bigger spool and smaller body, resulting in a lighter, more comfortable fishing experience without sacrificing line capacity.
  • The end result are reels offering anglers smooth, silent and strong reels that are designed for years of fishing use. The knowledge of fishing and the minds of Shimano's engineers have given today's angler state-of-the-art reels that are ready for any challenge.
    A-RB A-RB bearings are stainless steel ball bearings that have been through the A-RB treatment process which makes them at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard stainless steel ball bearings.
  • A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) are made of Stainless Steel that has been through the A-RB process.
  • At least 10 times more corrosion resistant than standard Stainless Steel ball bearings.
  • Easy Maintenance-no shield design allows for easy flushing of debris and easy lubrication.
  • Increased Bearing Speed-no shield design and lighter viscosity lubrication reduce friction and allow the bearing to spin faster and longer.
  • SR-Concept The SR-Concept combines the new concept of Reliance with all aspects of the S-Concept: Smooth, Silent and Strong. The Reliance Concept, or R-Concept, means that dreams in reel design are now evolving into reality. The result of the use of the new S-R Concept in design is the development of many exciting new features.

    Fluedrive II Building upon the successes of Fluidrive, which provides extremely tight tolerances and control in the cutting process, Fluidrive II polishes the gear surface to maximize tooth contact. This increases the efficiency of the retrieve for more power with less effort.

    Platinum Premier Service Plan The Platinum Premier warranty program is available only when you register your warranty online at Following your online registration, you will receive an extended two year warranty against manufacturer defects.
    Super Stopper II Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way bearing that eliminates backplay.This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power. In some reels, the Super Stopper II can be turned off to allow backreeling for special techniques and situations.