Shimano Sedona Review: What’s New in FI Reel Series? [Comparison + Guide]

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The new Sedona FI is the first in Shimano’s lower end price point models to include cold forged Hagane gears.

It offers everything you need for an outstanding fishing experience at a price point that has your budget in mind. If you have a few rods that need new reels, then why not buy a selection of sizes and cover yourself for a large range of applications without hurting the bank balance?

The new FI series has replaced the discontinued series of Sedona FE and FD. The new Sedona FI has upgraded drag power and increased gear ratios, meaning the series has models for everything from light freshwater to heavier offshore species in the larger models. Additionally, weight has been reduced significantly across all sizes to reduce fatigue during long days of casting or jigging.

So what’s new in New Sedona FI vs Old FE?

  • Gearing significantly upgrade to cold forged Hagane Gear.
  • Rotor design upgraded as Sustain original Magnumlite rotor design.
  • Body weight has also been reduced with hollowed reel foot.
  • The gear ratio is higher on all models except the 1000 size.
  • Drag Power has been increased on all sizes except the 1000 size.

Here is a table comparison for a quick overview of side by side difference.

Old Sedona FENew Sedona FI
Weight225-315g215-300g
OscillationVarispeed IIVarispeed II
DynabalanceYesYes
BodyCompactG-Free
RotorStdMagnumlite rotor 1
Bearings3+13+1
GearDicastHGN Gear
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Features

Shimano Sedona Review

  • Ball Bearings: 3
  • Roller Bearings: 1
  • Maximum Drag: 7-24 lb
  • Retrieve Per Crank Range: 26-41 in
  • Suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fishing
 

Hagane Gear gives you the long-lasting smoothness and pleasure that you feel when you first use a reel, over and over again. No cutting work is applied to the teeth of the drive gear. Instead, the entire surface is calculated in minute detail by special 3D design and then formed by Shimano’s cold forging technology.

G Free Body shifts the Sedona reel’s center of gravity closer to the rod. It helps to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort by moving the center of gravity closer to the anglers hand position.

The Propulsion Line Management System is the new Propulsion spool lip design. This new spool lip design provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design while preventing backlashes and wind knots from forming.

Oval oscillation gear alters the speed of the oscillation cam to provide a consistent spool speed. This results in an even line lay that provides excellent castability and manageability. On other hands, normal oscillation systems use a constant rotation of the oscillation gear that, when translated to the cam, provides an inconsistent spool speed. This results in line lay that stacks at either end of the spool.

One of the cons is that there is no reverse-direction switch. Some may not count it as a drawback depending on the type of fishing they do. Another drawback is the usual kind of you’d hear from any mass produced technical product. There have been some cases of handle snapping in half or crank having sticking issues after a short amount of use. This kind of thing you won’t see in more expensive spinning reels.

In the whole, Any reel that offers the qualities seen here at under $100.00 is worth taking a second, or even third look at.

What size suits you?

With these reels, you can go for finesse fishing the likes of Trout, Bream, Bass, Whiting, and Flathead. Tackle a larger class of the same fish by sizing up your reel.

The numbers (1000, 2500, 3000, 4000, etc) in the model code indicate the diameter of the spool. Bigger the diameter, more line you spool your fishing reel with.

  • The 1000-3000 small size Sedona reels are suitable for Lake/River
  • The 4000-5000 are ideal for River, light offshore and beach.
  • With a 6000 or 8000 sized Sedona reels, you can go for big Snapper from the reef and Yellowtail Kingfish from the wash near shore or the blue water offshore. Target Salmon, mackerel, tailor, bonito, and kingfish with these reels.
The 5000, 6000 and 8000 will also make for cheaper access to Big Tailor and Aussie Salmon from the rocks and surf. The 8000 has enough drag and line capacity to mix it up with big surf-side Mulloway.

ModelLine RetrieveGear RatioMono Line Cap. (lb/yds)PowerPro Line Cap. (lb/yds)Max Drag (lb)Weight (oz)Prices
SE500FI27"5.6 :12/190
4/100
6/60
5/135
8/105
10/65
76.3 Check Price
SE500FIC27"5.6:12/190
4/100
6/60
5/135
8/105
10/65
76.3 Check Price
SE1000FI26"5.0:12/270
4/140
6/110
15/85
20/65
77.6 Check Price
SE1000FIC26"5.0:12/270
4/140
6/110
15/85
20/65
77.6 Check Price
SE2500HGFI36"6.2:16/200
8/140
10/120
15/145
30/100
98.6 Check Price
SE2500HGFIC36"6.2:16/200
8/140
10/120
15/145
30/100
98.6 Check Price
SEC3000HGFI36"6.2:16/230
8/170
10/140
20/140
40/105
208.8 Check Price
SEC3000HGFIC36"6.2:16/230
8/170
10/140
20/140
40/105
208.8 Check Price
SE4000XGFI39"6.2:18/240
10/200
12/160
30/170
50/150
2410.4 Check Price
SE4000XGFIC39"6.2:18/240
10/200
12/160
30/170
50/150
2410.4 Check Price
SEC5000XGFI41"6.2:110/240
12/195
14/165
30/200
40/160
2410.6 Check Price
SEC5000XGFIC41"6.2:110/240
12/195
14/165
30/200
40/160
2410.6 Check Price
SE6000FI33"4.6:112/265
16/170
20/120
30/290
50/195
65/140
2215 Check Price
SE6000FIC33"4.6:112/265
16/170
20/120
30/290
50/195
65/140
2215 Check Price
SE8000FI37"4.6:112/345
16/250
20/185
40/340
50/265
65/215
2421.7 Check Price
SE8000FIC37"4.6:112/345
16/250
20/185
40/340
50/265
65/215
2421.7 Check Price

C” in the end stands for “compact body” which means that everything except the spool is one size smaller or more compact. For example “C3000” reel will have “2500” body but “3000” spool. “S” in the end stands for “shallow spool” which is a small spool with lighter weight and less line capacity.

In the model numbers, HG is High Gear and will get you more fishing line in one turn of a reel. Whereas, XG stands Extra high Gear and is usually for 4000 sized reels or above. The XG will get you more line than anything else.

Above all the gear ratio, the purpose of your spinning reel is important to know. For example, if you are doing lure casting like poppers you need high speed (HG), otherwise your popper won’t ‘pop’. Low-gear is good for bottom fishing because low-gear have more power when fighting fish if speed is not important to you.

But if you want an all-rounder, I recommend HG models. Apart from all the above is also important to note the length the line retrieve per 1 rotation crank (handle), why? because for example Sedonna2500 5:2:1 can be different retrieval length from Stradic 2500 5:2:1.

Alternatives

Shimano Sedona vs Pflueger president

Pflueger President continues its reign of dominance with affordable performance in a class all its own. It also has an instant anti-reverse feature that is missing in Sedona. President also has a higher bearing count of 7. Sedona reels beat the president in the max drag competition. Moreover, Sedona retrieves more line per crank. You would definitely want to go with Sedona if you are doing lure casting. Shimano Sedona has also resolved the binding issues. However, Pfleuger President is cheaper than Shimano Sedona.

Shimano Sedona vs Sahara

The Shimano Sahara will outperform the Sedona with an addition of many features. Sahara has the corrosion resistant bearings which add to the longevity. It also has one more bearing than Sedona. However, Sedona is in the 79.99$ range vs the Sedona at 59.99$ if the price is a concern.

Shimano Sedona vs Sienna

Sienna has only one ball bearing as compared to 3 in Sedona. Sienna also doesn’t have features like Hagane gear and G free body of Sedona. Moreover, Sienna is only available in 1000, 2500 and 4000 sized models. Comparatively, Sedona models are lighter in weight. With all lack of these features, Sienna is dirt cheap as compared to Shimano Sedona.

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