# 1 Shimano Stradic CI4 Spinning Reel
I purchased this reel along with a Shimano Crucial 7' Medium Light spinning rod to be used for lindy-rig fishing. Although I haven't actually used the outfit yet, the reel is by far the smoothest, smallest, and lightest 2500 size reel that I have every had, yet it still holds 140 yards of 8lb. line. My previous experience with the Crucial rod is very positive relative to sensitivity/feel, hook-setting power, and light weight. I am anxious to get on the water for a true test this spring.
Light tackle use on a gloomis 6'6 4-8lb IMX for bass and catfish. Matches very well, however, I wouldn't put it on a ultra-light rod for panfish or trout.
Drag is better than expected for a reel it's size and I have landed 4-5 pounders without too much of a problem on this setup. Excellent light tackle for throwing small plastics and lures. Can be used for panfish and trout, but I would recommend the CI4 version that I also have matched with it when fishing for bluegill, perch, or crappie. I'll tell you that the rod and reel are best matched for larger 10inch and up bluegill, white bass, catfish and bass rather than trout and soft-mouthed fish.
If your looking at this reel for ultra-light application, spend a little extra and go with the CI4, you will not regret it.
AND BTW for those looking for ultra-light reel, I would not recommend this 1000 or the CI4 1000, or the CI4 microline. All three stradic versions are exactly the same, spools are interchangeable(I confirmed with shimano)...only difference is microline version has shallower spool to hold less line and max drag is 4lbs. I would go with the small SYMETRE 500 for trout and panfish, crappie.
# 3 Shimano Sustain FE Spinning Reel
The sustain 2500fe is the smoothest and most balance reel I have ever owned. Its not as light compared to the stradic ci4 but it makes up for it in casting distance and you get an extra spool! paired my sustain with a Gloomis GLX 6'6 med action rod and my stradic ci4 is paried with the shimano cumara 6'8 med extra fast action. Both are great set-ups for fishing for walleyes and smallmouth. Shimano reels are always good and performs great and the sustain is no exception.
# 4 Okuma Hardstone Spinning Reel