Shimano Spirex FG Spinning Reel

The Shimano Spirex FG Spinning Reel is a totally unique spinning reel. You can operate this reel totally one handed for casting. Just reach down with your finger, hook the line and trigger to open the bail then cast. You’ll also notice that handle has two knobs like a baitcasting reel.

All the Shimano reels are well Engineered and this reel is no exception. Even though this reel is relatively inexpensive it still has all the features.  You’ll notice by reading the specs that it’s also rated for fresh or saltwater.

Here’s the Specs on the Spirex FG

  • Propulsion Line Management System
  • QuickFire II One-Handed Casting System
  • Varispeed Oscillation
  • 5 Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Lightweight Graphite Frame, Sideplate & Rotor
  • Cold Forged Aluminum Spool
  • S-Concept: S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
  • Ported Handle Shank
  • Rubber Handle Grips
  • Fluidrive II
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines

An Explanation Of Some Of The Shimano Coined Terms

Propulsion Line Management is the way the line comes off the spool during a cast. According to Shimano it results in longer casts

Varispeed Oscillation is supposed to lay the line on the spool evenly. How it works I’m not really sure.

The rest of the terms in the specs should be self explanatory.

I like the fact that Shimano points out that it’s rated for mono, fluorocarbon and braided line. I prefer braid over mono and have always used PowerPro. Most of the reels I own are spooled with PowerPro.

Although I don’t own this reel (yet), I would definitely consider it. I’d like to try the 1000 or the 2500 and use it on a light tackle setup.

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Quotes From Reviews Of The Spirex FG Rate It At 4.8 Stars Out Of 5

“They are hard to beat for the price and hold up very well.”

“Excellent reels in comparison to the many other spinning reels I have owned in the past.”

“So far I love it, the two handle design and quick fire fit me perfectly.”