Shimano :: Spinning Reels :: Sahara FE


Shimano Sahara FE

Overall Customer Rating: 4.12 of 5 stars Shimano Sahara FE Reels 4.12 out of 5 (8 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Spinning Reels
Model: Sahara FE
Reel Type: Spinning

Shimano Sahara FE specifications

Model Line Capacity Gear Ratio Ball Bearings Reel Weight (oz.) Max. Drag Type


2-270, 4-140, 6-110






6-200, 8-140, 10-120






6-230, 8-170, 10-140






8-240, 10-200, 12-160





* All Sahara FE Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano Sahara FE

Shimano Sahara FE

Trouble with the reverse wind


7/2/2013 8:03:01 PM 1 of 5 stars 1 out of 5 stars

Sahara 3000 FE, Bought it brand new. Occasionally this past fall and spring the reel would not lock in a retrieve direction. The trouble was intermittent. After having to mess with it in the field on occasion the reel would perform properly. Now the reel winds freely in both directions and will not lock for a retrieve mode only. This thing sucks. Any recommendations?
Reviewed by: Big Steelieman (Michigan)

Shimano Sahara FE

Great reel


1/11/2013 10:17:37 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I now own 4 of these reels. For the price they're great reels and I haven't had a stitch of problems with mine. I put my reels through a lot of abuse and these have held up well. They scratch up pretty quickly but they keep working as they should.
Reviewed by: Superkeen (Canada, Yukon Territory)

Shimano Sahara FE

Solid Performer


1/5/2013 10:18:56 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

I have several of these reels and use them constantly for walleye, striped bass and white bass. They are extremely smooth, long casting and the drag is excellent. Would give 5 stars but for the weak bail wire/arm. Have bent one and had to replace it-Shimano stood behind it. You have to be very careful you don't bend it while transporting the reel, etc. Simple fix would be to make the arm out of stiffer/heavier wire like many others in this price range.
The Pflueger President reel has a very strong bail wire/arm by comparison.
Reviewed by: KansasMan (Canada, Kansas)

Shimano Sahara FE

good value equipment


1/3/2013 10:20:04 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I recently used 2 of these reels on a FL trip. They performed very well with the much heavier lg mouth bass in that state. The drag is smooth and the gear ratio is very sufficient for a variety of fish. Very easy to clean and assemble.
Reviewed by: Mark (Canada, Illinois)

Shimano Sahara FE

Good Quality Spinning Reel


12/25/2012 10:16:35 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

I really like the way these reels perform. I own several of the 2500 models that I use for walleye fishing in Canada and I have never had any problems with them.
It would be great if they would include a spare spool in the package.
Reviewed by: Varmint (United States, Illinois)

Shimano Sahara FE

Excellent Quality Reel


12/25/2012 10:08:07 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I use this real all year long in winter it goes on a st. croix ice rod and in summer on a Fenwick ultra light never lets me down and you can't beat the price
Reviewed by: chenzon (Canada, Ontario)

Shimano Sahara FE

Great reel!


11/27/2012 10:06:54 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Christmas Day this reel helped land a nice Sandy River steelhead!
It is balanced and nice breaking system
Reviewed by: Arno (United States, Oregon)

Shimano Sahara FE

Worth buying


11/14/2012 10:25:47 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

It's always better to review a product I have personally experienced. I purchased this and used it just for the look and feel of it. it is a Wonderful product
Reviewed by: Sartreman (Florida Panhandle)

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