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Shimano Spirex FG

Overall Customer Rating: 3.8 of 5 stars Shimano Spirex FG Reels 3.8 out of 5 (5 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Shimano
Series: Spinning Reels
Model: Spirex FG
Reel Type: Spinning

Shimano Spirex FG 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






8/240, 10/200, 12/160





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


Fishermen's opinions about Shimano Spirex FG

Shimano Spirex FG

Best reel ever


12/27/2012 11:35:17 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

If you are looking to get that traditional reel, one that will back spin a bit to lock the bail unlike the new reels of today that just stop and don't reel backwards, then this is your reel. The action is so smooth and even. The balance is perfect, weight just right and the look is just so unique. I love the dual handle. It's so unique looking. Also, not many reels have the Quick Fire trigger system so even if I don't use it that much at least I know it is a feature and I got it. The drag is front loaded and I debated as whether or not I would get the rear drag but I am happy with this. The blue color is really the only change I wold make but there are not many blue ones out there so it adds to the uniqueness of the reel. Hands down this is a great price for such a feature packed reel.
I use it for trout and lake fishing (Bass).
Reviewed by: Dalman (Milford, CT)

Shimano Spirex FG

Jigging and Anti Reverse


12/7/2012 11:34:27 AM 3 of 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars

12lb Northern Pike Belgrade ME, Smallmouth... I borrowed someone's rod with this real on it for jigging smallies. The only problem with it is that the anti reverse is like 50/50. It spins back about 1/2 way until the anti reverse catches. Not good for setting the hook if your hand isn't on the knob. Other than than it is a nice real. Smooth drag, nice one handed cast (it actually feels good one handed). Paired with a higher end Rod and powerpro... It wasn't that bad.
Reviewed by: CoastFishes (NJ)

Shimano Spirex FG

Trigger wears out


11/16/2012 11:33:12 AM 2 of 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars

I love the reel when everything works. I have a 1000 and a 2500. Both triggers wore out in Sept. I have had the 2500 for 2 yrs and the 1000 for 3 mos. Use the 1000 more then the 2500 but both triggers wore in exactly the same spot. The 2500 is wore out and has some other issues, but am ordering new trigger for the 1000.
Have a light Shakespear reel with a trigger and it is about 5 yrs old and the trigger is fine on it. Love that reel but they don't make it any more.
Reviewed by: reelslures (Grand Island, Ne)

Shimano Spirex FG

Reliable, functional


11/16/2012 11:32:21 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I grew up fishing Shimano reels with the Quickfire II feature, spending greater than 12 hours a day, >240 days a year on the water. As many other reviewers have pointed out, the Quickfire II feature is a tremendous time-saver in terms of getting your lure back into the water at the end of a retrieve, and the fact that the lure hangs at the same distance from the rod tip prior to every cast greatly improves casting accuracy. While the guy in the next boat is trying to get his lure into the right casting position by slowly retrieving the last couple of feet of line, then reaching down to manually open the bail with his retrieving hand and possibly stripping some line from the spool in order to get the proper distance from the tip, your lure is back in the water in a fraction of the time. No joke. If you want to test this claim, bring this reel and one with instant anti-reverse out to the lake with one rod, one lure, and make sure both reels are spooled with the same type and breaking strength of line. Now pick a specific spot on the water within comfortable casting distance and compare the number of casts, and the accuracy of lure placement on each cast, made within a pre-determined amount of time with one reel, then switch the reels out and repeat the process. Don't be surprised if the number of accurate casts made with the Quickfire II reel exceeds the other by >25%.
For those who think that infinite or instant anti-reverse is a necessary feature: baloney. I have caught literally hundreds of bass, pickerel, pike and marine species including striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, jacks, and snappers all on reels featuring Quickfire II, which has an obligatory roll-back of the bail to the casting position. If you want "instant" anti-reverse, then simply hold on to the handle. No one-way gears to fail you (which is the first thing to fail me, personally, when using other reel brands with this feature). For what it's worth, I fish topwater lures, diving lures, spoons, finesse baits, jigs, and during the summer fish a lot of plastic worms; I have never missed a fish because the bail rolled back to the casting position when I went to set the hook.
These are great reels, front- or rear-mounted drag. For the price, which is about 200% what I paid for the same reel 25 years ago, you still can't go wrong.
Reviewed by: Scientist (United States, Missouri)

Shimano Spirex FG

good value Spirex 1000FG


11/13/2012 9:14:24 AM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

The Spirex SR1000FG is nice for the price and fishes well. Smooth drag, smooth-enough retrieve, nice easy quick cast feature. The double handle looks awkward in photo, but is good in use.
I'm using Nanofil line successfully. There is inherent play in the anti-reverse (due to design of the quick cast feature), but it doesn't bother me in a 1000 size real, even fishing jigs.
Reviewed by: mayhall (Pittsburgh, PA)

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