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Shimano Stradic CI4

Overall Customer Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Shimano Stradic CI4 Reels 4.5 out of 5 (8 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Spinning Reels
Model: Stradic CI4
Reel Type: Spinning

Shimano Stradic CI4 specifications

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







EVA Power







EVA Power







Round EVA







Round EVA

* All Stradic CI4 Reels specifications from the official Shimano catalog. Shimano reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano Stradic CI4

Shimano Stradic CI4



2/1/2013 9:23:18 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I've caught over 200 trout on the Ci4 2500 this year so far, ranging from 14 inches up to 25 inches long (~6 pounds) on six to eight pound test fluorocarbon line. I've had zero problems. The drag works great. The only downside is no spare spool.
Reviewed by: HighBridge (United States, New Jersey)

Shimano Stradic CI4

good reel


1/25/2013 10:40:09 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

I use the 3000 and the 4000 for flats fishing and it has performed well over the past year. It is very light and can fish with it all day. The drag and casting are great. I'm a little concerned about the durability of the reel over the long hall. Thats the only reason for the 4 stars. Have had some minor issues with the drag tripping and killing the sound.
Its an easy adjustment but should not be a problem with a reel in this price range.
Reviewed by: TRIMANFisher (Georgia)

Shimano Stradic CI4



1/19/2013 9:27:56 AM 3 of 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars

The majority of the reels we have are Shimano and they have proved over the years to cope with use and abuse when they get put down hard or do something for which a heavier reel would be more appropriate.
In preference to the Pflueger Supreme XT I bought the Stradic C14 2500F.
It's smooth and I guess mostly well made but it is far too expensive. For this price the reel should be fault free and it is not. The Stradic also does not come with a spare spool and at this price it should.
The Symetre, which I also have, is equally free running, does everything the Stradic does for far less cost. In use I cannot tell the difference.
The drag on the Stradic cannot be adjusted to provide a light run and when it is backed off in an effort to do this the spool wobbles very badly on the spindle because of excess tolerance in the spool center bore and an undersized circlip washer. I really did not expect this on a reel costing this much very poor, and no spare spool so Im stuck with it.
At least the cranking arm is threaded in so it is locked firm unlike some of our older Shimano's with the hex shaft which always move however tight.
Paired with my Shimano Exage BXS.T.C. Te medium/light 2.7 travel rod the balance is poor with this very light reel. If the balance is right a heavier combo can feel better than an unbalanced light combo. Our much cheaper quantum combo, although heavier, handles much better.
It's a good-looking reel, and I guess it will last, but so far I'm disappointed and I would rate this reel as poor value.
Reviewed by: Plantsman (England & U.S.A)

Shimano Stradic CI4

awesome reel


12/27/2012 9:25:18 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Purchased CI4 1000 size for trout fishing in streams. Great for precision casting, and has no sloppy play which results in quick hook-ups on finicky trout. Also the drag is very adjustable and will handle those occasional 24" lunkers.
Reviewed by: bowhunter (coventryville, pa)

Shimano Stradic CI4

Fine Reel, but


11/26/2012 9:26:15 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

As the title says, this is truly a fine reel. Good balance, well constructed, smooth drag, excellent casting. I have mine mounted on a 6.5' St. Croix premier rod and spooled with 10 lb. Power Pro braid. I have to say that it took half a day's fishing to get used to the very light weight of this carbon fiber reel.
I was a bit suspicious that it would not stand up to the challenge when I hooked my first heavy pike. When the time came however, the reel performed flawlessly and all my doubts disappeared.
Why others do not like the handle design I cannot say. Because it's different? No complaints here. My one complaint however, like that of others, is that the reel does not ship with a second spool. At this price a spare should definitely be part of the package. While certainly not a deal breaker, a definite disappoint, but my only disappointment as far as this fine machine is concerned.
Shimano has given us yet another winner.
Reviewed by: YooperPadre (Upper Michigan)

Shimano Stradic CI4

unbeliveable performance


11/23/2012 9:24:33 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

After a lot of research I decided to buy the CI4 for in shore and near off shore because of price and features especially the drag. I considered the sustain but the price was a little high for something I would use maybe ten days a year as I live in Michigan. I spooled it with 20 lbs. power pro slick on a MH, TFO rod and it was flawless. We caught all kinks of reef fish 8 lb. Sheepshead 5 lb. Grouper big reds and some jacks and pompano but this reel really showed its stuff when I hooked a 10 lb. Tunny it took 200 yards of line and I kept tightening the drag and it was so smooth I couldn't believe it this reel has the best drag system I have seen on a spinning reel. We caught some big fish and gave this reel a real workout and it was flawless.
I can't say enough about how well the drag system is I would buy this reel again and highly recommend it you won't be disappointed I guarantee.
Reviewed by: rem (United States, mid michigan)

Shimano Stradic CI4



11/19/2012 4:46:03 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I have three of these in my stable. Two 4000 series and a 3000 series. They are incredibly smooth and light weight. Using a combination of Shimano Teramar rods and Star Segis rods these reels really preform. The drag is very smooth and isn't insanely loud like some of the other models. At the same time you can set it in a rod holder and know when something hits it. I use these exclusively for saltwater inshore fishing and corrosion hasn't been a problem. I also own a Shimano Sustain and I can't say it does anything better than the Ci4. The Ci4 has the luxury of being over $100 less as well.
Reviewed by: Andrew Etheridge (Oregon, USA)

Shimano Stradic CI4

excellent reel


11/4/2012 9:22:19 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

had a great time with this light wt. reel. good drag. with 3 pound test line pulled in a 25 inch walleye and a 32 inch northern. great fun.
Reviewed by: retep

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