Anyone used the new Stella SW hard enough yet?

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by tmd, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. tmd

    tmd Large Member

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    it has been out for more than a year now. i suppose some of the hard core people here have put them to some very tough use. what do you think of them so far and how do they compare to the FA ? comparison in terms of drag, build quality, durability, etc.

    thank you in advance
     
  2. gman

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    I was one of the first to bite the bullet and purchase the 2009 JDM Stellas, I absolutely beat mine to hell this year with trips. Panama, NC, Cabo, PV & Florida. I purchased a 18000HG and a 20000PG and have used the 10000XG which will be my next purchase

    There are some differences. I feel that the reel itself is somewhat lighter, The new spool design and clicker are awesome, it sounds like a 50w screaming when line peels out. The silver body hides scratches and nicks much better than the old blue. The drag feels smoother than the older versions but to me the lip design on the spool is a great design change as it really helps with line lay and casting. The line comes off that reel at hyper speed and very tight.

    Overall I would say that I love this one more than my older ones, they have killed some big fish this year for me so they are lucky in my book
     

  3. jiggawhat

    jiggawhat Senior Member

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    whats the diffrence with the jdm ? what did you do about warranty issues?
     
  4. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    apparently there is no difference although would debate it. I havent had the need to get anything warrantied so IDK all i know is USA is servicing them now. The JDM came out first so I purchased two from Anglers Pro Shop
     
  5. jiggawhat

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    sweet atleast they are going to service them.you think the 8000pg would go with oti 400g okay.
     
  6. DanS

    DanS Senior Member

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    Gman

    Is the 10000 a size in between the 8000 and 18000? Or is the 10000 the same frame size as the 8000, but with a deeper spool?
     
  7. lordhell

    lordhell Moderator

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    I emailed shimano USA and asked, same size with slightly deeper spool.
     
  8. DanS

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    Can anyone comment on the size difference between the Stella 8000 and the Saragosa 8000? Same frame size?

    I saw and played with the Saragosa 8000 at Bass Pro, and it seemed fine for larger freshwater.... but saltwater size fish? I have my doubts.

    How about Stella 18000 vs. Saragosa 18000? Same frame size?
     
  9. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    the stella 8000 and the 10000 are the same size but the spool is larger on the 10000
     
  10. jiggawhat

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    Do they make a 10k swpg?
     
  11. lordhell

    lordhell Moderator

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    Only the JDM stellas have low geared 10kSW reels.
     
  12. jiggawhat

    jiggawhat Senior Member

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    What is the 10000xg
     
  13. lordhell

    lordhell Moderator

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    It's equivalent to USDM stella 10kSW, it's the high gear JDM reel.
     
  14. d-a

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    What is the 10000xg


    Its the high gear model, also the only one offered in a US model

    d-a
     
  15. bigscrnman

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    I just purchased a 10K, going to venice next week and will post up results when I return. Married the reel with a 7'6" tuna sniper so I have high expectations...
     
  16. MrBill

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    Once again, Shimano has improved on a already great reel. The FA's were and still are great reels. The biggest improvements to me is the reverse lipped spool and the new gears. I can also tell a little difference in the drag.

    I've caught a bunch of fish on my SW20K and quite a few on the SW8K. If you are thinking about the 8K, just buy the 10K. It holds 55 more yards of line and doesn't increase the weight but a little bit. I don't think any normal person could tell the difference in weight. You could also buy the 8K spool and it will give you a choice of both. The frame on the 8K and the 10K are the same. Only difference is the spool size.

    I've bought around eight of the SW's. (8K, 10K, 18K, 20K) All of mine have the gold arm, therefore they are all the US versions. From what I understand, the only different is the color of anodizing.
     
  17. jiggawhat

    jiggawhat Senior Member

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    10k for jigging?or just get the 8k and the 10k spool?
     
  18. d-a

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    10k for jigging?or just get the 8k and the 10k spool?

    10k pg for jigging would be preferred

    d-a
     
  19. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    BIG clarification


    If you want to jig and your buying a USA model get either the 8000 SW PG or a 20000. DO NOT but the USA 10000 because its a high gear

    if your buying a JPD stella you can get the 10000PG or the 20000PG
     
  20. Drifter

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    After reading the feedback on the new Stella's, I bit the bullet and purchased a couple of USA 10K's and a 20K to go along with my 20K FA and Twinpower 8K.

    Not sure why I need so many but they're pretty :D