Shimano Stradic Ci4 Spinning Reel Review [Pros & Cons]
By: Luke Simonds on April 5, 2018
Have you tried the Shimano Stradic Ci4 spinning reel?
Like it? Love it? Hate it?
This post will show the pros and cons of the Shimano Stradic Ci4 Spinning reel, and you’ll also see how the new model compares to the older Ci4.
Best of all, this review is 100% independent because we are only sponsored by the Insider Fishing Club Family so that we are able to give unbiased reviews that have zero influence from equipment manufacturers or corporate sponsorships.
The video you’ll see below will cover both the pros and the cons of using multiple Shimano Stradic Ci4 reels over 3+ years in both fresh and saltwater while also experimenting with many other reels from other manufacturers.
And the 2nd video will show some fun footage of a big fish caught on a very small reel.
Shimano Stradic Ci4 Reel Review
This video shows what I have found to be the top pros and cons of the Shimano Stradic Ci4 spinning reel.
If you have used this reel, please share your findings (pros and/or cons) using the Comment section at the bottom of this post.
Just click on the video below to watch it:
Shimano Stradic Ci4 Drag Strength
There are many ways to test drag of reels, but the ones I trust most are one-the-water tests.
So I thought I’d include a video showing how a small 2500 sized Shimano Stradic Ci4 performed when faced with a very strong tarpon.
Here’s a short video showing an accidental tarpon catch when using just 10 lb line and this small reel.
Shimano Stradic Ci4 (PROS)
One very important benefit of this reel is that it is extremely lightweight while also staying very smooth and maintaining plenty of drag power.
This is especially important to me because I mostly use artificial lures so I get a lot of casts in every day I go fishing, and every ounce of weight savings truly does make a difference.
Also, the lightweight nature of it allows it to float when set up on many rods to allow for easy recovery in the event of an accidental dip in the water.
This feature alone saved me over $350 one day because I was able to recover rod that a trout yanked out of the boat when we weren’t paying attention to it…
Best of all, we got the rod/reel back and also landed the trout:)
Note: Although this reel was completely submerged in saltwater, it did not suffer in performance even though we did not bother taking it apart to clean out any salt that could have made its way in.
Shimano Stradic Ci4 (CONS)
The biggest con of the Shimano Ci4 in my experience using it is just that its price is higher than many other reels for inshore fishing.
Most stores carry it at roughly $220 and up based on the size of the reel, and that is more expensive than many other options.
Where To Buy Shimano Ci4 Reels
These Shimano Stradic Ci4 reels are popular reels, so they fortunately can be found at many local tackle shops which is where I recommend going to first.
But if the stores near you don’t offer them, here’s a link to where you can get them on Amazon: Ci4 on Amazon
The Shimano Stradic Ci4 has been a lot of fun for me to use over the past few years.
I especially like that is it super-lightweight while being very smooth and packing enough power to handle pretty much any fish that feed on the flats such as redfish, seatrout, snook, flounder, and even some small to medium sized tarpon.
The biggest con is its price tag which is typically offered at $220 and above (depending on the size of the reel).
Please share your thoughts with these Shimano Stradic Ci4 reels using the Comments section below… we would love to hear from you!
Note: We do not have any ties to Shimano, so feel free to leave good or bad reviews.
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