Shimano Stradic 1000 vs 2500 Size???

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Shimano Stradic 1000 vs 2500 Size???

Postby jkz » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:13 am

Does anyone out there use the smaller Stradic 1000 size for smallmouth/largemouth fishing over the 2500 size reels?

I currently own many 1000 series reels which are only used for smallies/largies (spooled with powerpro and or powerpro with flouro leader in ultraclear water) but am thinking about upsizing to the Stradic 2500s as I see most pros use this size. My concern is the increase in weight, the fact I do not see the use for 150-200 yards of line, and that the 7 lbs of drag on 1000 series sizes is more than many highend baitcasters out there (so do I need 12 lbs "ish" as offered on the larger reels)?


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Re: Shimano Stradic 1000 vs 2500 Size???

Postby Gone Phishin » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:08 am


I used to be in the same boat that you're in, I was worried about the additional weight among other things. I was, and still am, a huge fan of the 2000 size Stradic for certain applications. So I was kinda bummed when Shimano first discontinued that size reel and went up to the 2500; the keyword is "was."

For my longer rods I found the 2500 really balanced them out much better. I only use the 1000 size on rods at or less than 6', or much lighter powered rods for panfishing or walleyes. A few years ago I purchased a St. Croix Avid AS69MLXF for jigs and grubs. Even before I put line on a reel, I attached a 1000 Stradic to the rod. It was way to small to balance it out for my taste, so I went up in size and really love that combo.

I also found that the 2500 gave me increased casting distance. And chances are if you're scaling down to a spinning outfit, the fish are finicky, so you'll want to cast to them from a good distance away as not to spook them.

I really love my 2500 for longer rods in a medium power. Anything shorter or much more finesse orientated, I like my Stradic 2000's. Although, If I didn't have any 2000's I wouldn't hesitate to use a 2500, they are great reels.

All-in-all give the 2500 a shot, I don't think you'll ever look back. With this reel you'll definitely increase your amount of applications and techniques. And if you're still kinda sketchy on them, scour online auctions for a 2000 size Stradic, you can still come across a new one every now and then. Also, Daiwa currently makes a 2000 and 2500 size in their Sol, Fuego, and Tierra spinning reels. Hope this helps. :)

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Re: Shimano Stradic 1000 vs 2500 Size???

Postby Mattman » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:54 pm

I'm with Gone Phishin here.

I too used to think the 1000 was all you needed.

Now the 1000 size is what I throw on my Ultra Light rods.

The 2000/2500 has a larger spool, larger body, longer handle and a stronger drag. Besides balancing much better on 6'6" and longer rods, you get all those added benefits. A larger spool means better casts and quicker line retrieve and less line memory. The longer handle gives you more power and more retrieve speed.

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Re: Shimano Stradic 1000 vs 2500 Size???

Postby Rocness » Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:32 am

all my reels are 2500 size nowadays used to use 1000 but i find the bigger spools and better drag is worth the step up
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Re: Shimano Stradic 1000 vs 2500 Size???

Postby lunker651 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:01 am

I'm in favor of the 2500's too. I have done lots of fishing with the 1000 and the drag is not that smooth. I also notice that when I catch 4lbs . smallies the cranking power is not there when I needed. After trying my friends' 2500 for a year, I made the switch and probebly never go back to a 1000. The 2500 has better drags, more cranking power, throws farther, hold more line and feels much more smoother in my opinion.
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