Exsence vs Stella FJ

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Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by HobeyBaker » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:36 am

Anyone have both of these reels? How do they compare? I have an Exsense and looking to get another 3000 sized reel.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by Real Pudd legend » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:27 pm

I have both , exsence is no slouch and is pretty smooth. Stella Fj is more silky and buttery , I am
Ok with using either or to be honest buddy .

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by HobeyBaker » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:08 pm

I ended up ordering a Stella since the Exsence wasn't in stock from the place I ordered from (25% off Shimano sale).

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by Real Pudd legend » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:55 pm

25% off is a hell of a deal , I got mine for $510 and that’s already hard to beat.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by HobeyBaker » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:05 pm

I was shocked that they were on sale for that much off. A local shop used to offer a 20% off sale everything in their store, but changed it a few years ago to exclude rods and reels.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by Blacktail 8541 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:45 pm

You will love the Stella! I have 2 plus just got an Essence. I haven't fished the Essence yet, but It is not as buttery as the Stella's'.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by smallies » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:36 pm

Im scared to try a Stella, I love my Stradics and dont want to feel obligated to spend that much money

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by Blacktail 8541 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:47 pm

smallies wrote:Im scared to try a Stella, I love my Stradics and dont want to feel obligated to spend that much money
If you don't want to lay down the cash, don't try one! Because if you do it will be all you think about till you scratch that itch. :drool:

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by smallies » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:15 pm

Blacktail 8541 wrote:
smallies wrote:Im scared to try a Stella, I love my Stradics and dont want to feel obligated to spend that much money
If you don't want to lay down the cash, don't try one! Because if you do it will be all you think about till you scratch that itch. :drool:
So tempting, but that is one dangerous slope...

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by HobeyBaker » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:28 pm

Got the reel in the mail today. It has a different feeling than my Exsense...more of a connected feel. It is smooth as butter.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by Blacktail 8541 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:25 am

You are really going to enjoy the stella. But like lays potato chips, it's hard to stop at just one!

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by jerkbait22 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:57 am

I've been eyeing the Exsence to put on a Conquest 842S, but as I'm reading TT, I'm wondering if I should just go with the Stella FJ. I actually like that the exsence 3000 has a slower gear ratio (6.0:1) vs the Stella 3000 FJ (6.4:1). I guess I could go down to the Stella 2500 FJ which has the same ratio as the exsence (6.0:1). I also like the shallow spool on the exsence since I'll primarily be fishing braid to fluoro (6-8lb) or straight 6lb fluoro.

What do you guys think?

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by Blacktail 8541 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:51 am

Get the 2500s instead of the 3000. Same reel, just shallower spool.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by HobeyBaker » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:13 pm

Blacktail 8541 wrote:Get the 2500s instead of the 3000. Same reel, just shallower spool.
This. Bantam1 told me it has the same frame as the 3000 and a shallower spool. The 3000 is for saltwater fishing.

I have both reels and can put up a picture if you want.

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Re: Exsence vs Stella FJ

Post by jerkbait22 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:15 am

HobeyBaker wrote:
Blacktail 8541 wrote:Get the 2500s instead of the 3000. Same reel, just shallower spool.
This. Bantam1 told me it has the same frame as the 3000 and a shallower spool. The 3000 is for saltwater fishing.

I have both reels and can put up a picture if you want.
Can you compare the exsence vs stella FJ?

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