Is a Stella worth it?

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Is a Stella worth it?

Postby Okiekev » Sat May 06, 2017 9:32 pm

I am building a new rod for shakey head and other light spinning applications. I am putting top of the line components on this thing and wanting to make it the best possible. That in mind, I am automatically thinking Stella for the reel. My question is, for freshwater bass(spots, largemouth, and smallmouth) is it worth it? I know they are amazing, but are they worth the difference over a sustain or similar high end models?

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby Dexter » Sat May 06, 2017 10:21 pm

Yes.

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby bronzefly » Sat May 06, 2017 11:00 pm

Dexter wrote:Yes.


Exactly :lol:
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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby SteveSchmelzle » Sat May 06, 2017 11:20 pm

New? I would personally say "no" - at least not for your suggested use.

But a used one? Certainly.
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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby Kurt L » Sun May 07, 2017 1:20 am

I would just suggest if you go for a Stella beware... many of them are geary feeling I just looked at another one the other day that the was rough right out of the box. That's not acceptable for a $700.00 reel. Buy from a retailer that will exchange it for you if you get a bad one...

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby BigG » Sun May 07, 2017 2:38 am

Your rod will be the best possible, so why not the reel?

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby Okiekev » Sun May 07, 2017 2:57 am

Haha! Exactly what I was expecting... any very specific reasons why?

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby SteveSchmelzle » Sun May 07, 2017 3:00 am

well, specifically, the stella is a rock solid, non flexing, powerful reel.

I use it for slop senko fishing on my inshore 804xmr nrx rod.

for all my light application fishing, weightless open water senko's, shaky heads, etc, I prefer Ci4+ and Sustain's.

Stella is my go to when I want power, no flex, and pure rock solid reliability.

Shaky head fishing a Sustain would do just fine.
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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby teamdaiwa5 » Sun May 07, 2017 3:58 am

I've had two...I might be the only guy who doesn't like the feel. I liked the Stradic and Sustain, but not the Stella. If you want a high end reel that can go in salt as well, you might like it.

On the other hand, you'll have to pry my Steez 2500's from my cold dead fingers.

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby vinnieb729 » Sun May 07, 2017 4:32 am

I'd look at the 16 Vanquish. Especially for light spinning as you mentioned. The two reels are nearly identical in features but the Vanquish is quite a bit lighter.

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Re: Is a Stella worth it?

Postby ScoobyDoo » Sun May 07, 2017 5:12 am

Kurt L wrote:I would just suggest if you go for a Stella beware... many of them are geary feeling I just looked at another one the other day that the was rough right out of the box. That's not acceptable for a $700.00 reel. Buy from a retailer that will exchange it for you if you get a bad one...

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I bought two from a big retailer...both had sideplates misalligned. Sharp too. And rotor wrash guards misalligned. WIth edges exposed.

returned both.

Bought a 3k and 4k. Flawless. From giant brown trout to bluefish...couldn't be happier.


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