The Shimano Symetre FJ spinning series is loaded with premium features, but comes in under the hundred dollar mark. The Symetre FJ is the beneficiary of much of the new technology Shimano has packed into their new spinning series. One such technology is the new Propulsion Line Management System, which consists of five components designed to reduce every spinning reel's two biggest nemeses, line twist and friction. One of the notable components in the Propusion Line Management System is the new Propulsion Spool Lip, which creates less bouncing and friction due to the unique shape of the spool. Line is able to flow consistently off the spool, resulting in longer casts and less line twist. The aluminum frame and lightweight Graphite Sideplate help keep the weight down.

The Symetre FJ maintains Shimano's signature smoothness with its 4 A-RB ball bearings. Each ball bearing has been through the A-RB treatment process which makes them at least 10 times more corrosion resistant than the standard stainless steel bearings. This is a solid, reliable reel, backed by Shimano's superior warranty.

Note: Some reels may be packaged in clamshell packaging.

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The Symetre is loaded with premium features such as Propulsion, S-Concept, A-RB bearings and Fluidrive II.

-Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
-Slow Oscillation
-SR Concept: SR One-Piece Bail Wire
-S A-RB Bearings (Shielded A-RB)
-Aluminum Frame (GR 1000)
-Lightweight Graphite Sideplate & Rotor
-Cold Forged Aluminum Spool
-S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
-Machined Aluminum Handle
-Rubber Handle Grips
-Maintenance Port
-Fluidrive II
-Floating Shaft
-Super Stopper II
-Repairable Clicker
-Approved for use in Saltwater


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Customer Reviews

Comments: This reel is a piece of junk.  After one season the gears grind and it freezes up all the time.  Spend the extra money and get the saros or stradic.  just another $100 reel thats only worth $50. 

From: Jim: New England

Comments: I bought 3 of these reels last year. They are smooth when new but after a while the gears get rough. the knob on the handle makes a clicking noise on each revolution of the handle. one of the three reels locked up completly. I still  use one of the three I bought but will be replacing it SOON. Dont buy into all the hype about this reel its just another 100 dollar reel that didn't last two seasons.

From: Nick: Kankakee, IL

Comments: Its a pretty nice reel. When I get my reels, I usually tear them down and oil and grease every moving part for the optimum performance. My Symetre is the FJ1000, many for dropshotting on a 6'9" Mojo bass rod. One thing I noticed out of the box, is that it had a weird feel, and a clunking sound as it reeled. After a complete tear down, it works better. Also, it says it has an aluminum frame, which is a complete lie, the entire reel is graphite. If you honestly want a true performing reel, get a Stradic, or get PFlueger Supreme XT, never had a problem with either

From: Mike: Waukesha, WI

Comments:The Shimano Symetre rear drag is a reel that I'd recommend to not just my friends, but any angler. For the cost of the Shimano Symetre, you might ask yourself, why doesn't this reel come with a spare spool? Followed by, I wonder why it doesn't have an extra ball bearing as do some other Shimano reels that cost less. Other than the above, this is an extremely good reel to have. I only use Shimano Reels and I own many of them I must say, they without debate are good reels and if you already have one, and you know of someone who doesn't, or even if you don't have one, shop right here at Tackle Warehouse and pick yourself up one, then tell your friend to do the same, you won't be sorry,"the fish will!". I warrantee you'll love it, and as a seaman you've got my word on that!.

From:Vincenzo: USA

Comments:For a $100 reel, the Symetre FJ is an great reel. It's super smooth for having only 4BB + 1RB. The only downside is that it doesn't include a spare spool, and a spare spool costs $25 from Shimano. For the cost of a Symetre + a spare spool, you could get a Saros F that comes with a spare spool already, plus an extra ball bearing. But other than that, this a great reel. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good reel without busting the bank open.

From:Pete: MN,USA

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