Shimano Spirex FG Review – A Great Reel for Catching Bass

Shimano Spirex FG Review

The Shimano Spirex FG comes at a great price. But don’t let the fact that it comes at less than 100 dollars fool you that its performance is substandard. 

In fact, the Shimano Spirex FG comes with some of the features found on higher-end and more expensive Shimano models.

Shimano Spirex FG In-Depth Review

Together the side plate, rotor, and graphite frame give you the ultimate combination for strength and lightness.

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The aluminum spool comes braid-ready and enables you to use a wide range of line sizes including a 30-pound braid.

Moreover, the Shimano Spirex FG comes with a one-handed QuickFire II casting system and a propulsion line management system that consists of 5 key elements: the spool lip, bail wire, roller, bail trip, and cam) that have been redesigned to minimize friction and increase the uniformity of the movement of the line.

This makes line management a breeze and maximizes the accuracy of your casting and fishing.

The Shimano Spirex FG features both a Varispeed Oscillation and a Fluid Drive that make all your retrieves as smooth as they can.

Furthermore, the Dyna-balance feature virtually eliminates the wobble during retrieves by counter-balancing the rotor to improve both the smoothness and sensitivity.

There are 3 models for the Shimano Spirex FG.

The first is the SR1000FG that weighs 8.8  ounces, has a 6.2:1 gear ratio, a maximum drag of 7 pounds, and retrieves 28 inches of line per crank.

The second is the SR2500 that weighs 10.6 ounces, has a 6.2:1 gear ratio, a maximum drag of 15 pounds, and retrieves 32 inches of line per crank.

The third is the SR4000 that weighs 13.9 ounces, has a 5.7:1 gear ratio, a maximum drag of 20 pounds, and retrieves 33 inches of line per crank.

Which makes it the best-suited model for fishing for harder fish that put on tougher battles.

In addition, the Fluidrive gearing ensures that your reel comes with the highest tolerance and unmatched control in the gear-cutting process for a powerful and smooth retrieve every time.

Finally, the double-padded handle makes keeping a grip on it a lot more comfortable and makes winding longer casts a lot easier.


  • ​Suitable for all kinds of fishing
  • The rotor is lightweight
  • Features a Power Roller III
  • The rear-drag system is superb
  • The components are of high quality


  • ​Not the best reel for beginners
  • Doesn’t  have that great line capacity

Shimano Spirex FG Summary

The Shimano Spirex FG maneuvers around the pitfalls of cheaper reels as well as it would help you maneuver your way around catching the toughest fish.

The different models offer you different drag capacities that would suit your needs and they all come at the same affordable price.

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Donnie Byars - July 21, 2019

Shimano Spirex reels have been my favorite for years. I bought 2 new 2500 reels and both of them have broken off at the foot. I never had that trouble with the 2000 reels. I see others have also had this issue. Shimano you have a problem. I’m sure you will turn your head and laugh but a big bass will break your reels. Sad!


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