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So, I Was Going To Buy A Stradic Fk...

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After a little research I was all set on buying a Stradic FK reel from one of my favorite JDM sites to round out my bass fishing gear.  As I logged onto the site, a voice kept whispering a name in the most convincing voice "Stella...  Stella... Stella..."  Initially I resisted the urge, but the voice led my wandering hands to click on the Stella image.  "Stradic" I said out loud while my right index finger added a 2014 Stella C2500HGS to my cart.  Often times I'll talk myself out of the 25 pack of hooks and settle on the 10 pack, I can be cheap sometimes - but there was no such cash saving impulse.  As I glanced at the Stella in my cart, I did not hesitate to click "Pay with Paypal."  The was no rationalization as I clicked the "Pay Now" button.  Oddly, there was no regret or remorse when I received the "You just sent an obscene amount of money for a fishing reel to XXXXXX" email from Paypal.  All I feel now is excitement.  A special kind of excitement that I will in no way whatsoever share with my wife.  I bought a Stella and it's in an airplane on it's way to me right now.

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Awesome!  I'm saving up for one right now.

 

Pics when she arrives.  

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May she (Stella) live up to all your excitement! :smiley:

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I hope I don't do the same thing when I go to order my Stradic. It will totally destroy the plans and color scheme I have for its intended rod build!

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I hope I don't do the same thing when I go to order my Stradic. It will totally destroy the plans and color scheme I have for its intended rod build!

 

The Stella is going on a St Croix LTB.  Should match up nicely. 

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The Stella is going on a St Croix LTB.  Should match up nicely. 

 

it most certainly will.  My Stradic will be going on a metallic silver Rodgeeks.

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Ahhhh! Wish i could do that. My Stradic FJ is the best spinning reel I've ever used, I'm sure a Stella is even better

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Ahhhh! Wish i could do that. My Stradic FJ is the best spinning reel I've ever used, I'm sure a Stella is even better

 

I'm not sure if I should be comforted or concerned that there are lots of people with better 'bait monkey self-control' than me!

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LOOK AT WHAT I JUST PICKED UP FROM THE POST OFFICE!!!

 

Beautiful box! LOL :smiley:

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I imagine this is what it feels like to get a box from Tiffany & Co.

That's a great looking box. Is there a fishing reel in it?  :Idontknow:

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I've been using my Stella for a few months now too and enjoy every minute of it. Don't be surprise if it's a bit stiff out of the box. Once you break it in it'll loosen up. Silky smooth.

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Ok, so it hasn't been out on the water yet, but holy cow this reel is S M O O V, smoooove. The nicest reel by comparison that I currently own has been a Pflueger Supreme XT. The Pflueger is really nice, but its like comparing a nicely equipped Honda Accord to a Maybach. I don't know that the Stella is a huge step up in terms of actual performance from the Stradic/Twin Power, but the level of refinement in this reel is unquestionable. The bail is solid, but opens smoothly. There is no metal-on-metal feel in the gearing. Force required to turn the handle is consistent with no wobble. It's nice and clearly an indulgence.

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Nice! Copy these pics to the "Show Off Your Stuff" thread at the top!

Now add a rod, some line for that reel, and some fish slime and get to fish'n!

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The Stella is the ultimate. The Steez and Exist look nice but I always think to myself "I could have a Stella for that money." If I were a rich man or sponsored I would only own strictly Stella

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