Shimano Sienna Spinning Reel Review [2022 Update]


Updated on October 27, 2022 by
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The Shimano Sienna Fishing Reel has an extremely balanced format with M-compact body and that gives the anglers support for deep and long casting. Excellently designed, this is one of the top-ranking products in the store.

In my opinion, the Shimano Sienna is an entry-level reel that doesn’t contain any fancy bells and whistles. However, it is well made and has decent specifications. If you are just looking for a cheap reel that won’t break when you try to catch some panfish a few times a year, then this is ideal. If you are looking to get a high-end option that will fight saltwater monsters, then this is not the reel for you.

Shimano Sienna Spinning Reel

  • Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐
  • Performance – 2/5 ⭐⭐
  • Durability – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐
  • Value for Money – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Shimano Sienna Spinning Reel
  • Graphite Reel, Frame, and Side Plate
  • Propulsion Line Management System
  • Ant-Reverse System
  • Front Drag

Quantitative Score

Performance – 2/5 ⭐⭐

Durability – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

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Explaining Shimano Fishing Reel Technologies [2022 Update]

Shimano Sienna Overview

I tested a Shimano Sienna FG 4000 spinning reel that I purchased from Tackle World purely for this test case. I spooled it with 10 lb monofilament fishing line and went to my local fishing hot spot to give it a test. I paired this reel with an Ugly Stik Platinum Spinning Rod that was around 7 feet long and relatively lightweight.

My first comment was how long it took me to find the anti-reverse switch. This is black and small and almost impossible to see without my glasses. Eventually, I found it after worrying that I had a defect for a few minutes. I then spent some time casting a small lure to come to some conclusions.

This is not a premium reel, but it does offer some great value-for-money features and is well constructed for its price range. If you are on a budget and looking for a spinning reel that won’t break down, then I would certainly rate the Shimano Sienna. There are plenty of reels that are better, but few that are better in the same price range.

Types of Shimano Sienna Reels

There are various different models of Sienna reels that can create some confusion.

  • Shimano Sienna RE – Rear Drag
  • Shimano Sienna FE – Front Drag
  • Shimano Sienna FD – Obselete Model
  • Shimano Sienna FG – Newest Model

The Hard Cased Body Gives Longevity 

The casing of any fishing reel is one of the key aspects that need to be considered. The casing is one thing that makes a fishing reel last for a longer time. There are plenty of features in this device, including the well-crafted rotor, side plates, and gearbox.

All of them are well outlined with a hard casing that provides the essential balance to the reel. The Shimano Sienna reel is well-made and will last for years, but this isn’t a reel that you will hand down to the next generation. Shimano is a Japanese company providing anglers with their fishing aids for the last 60 years and this product is one such signature item from them. Shimano are one of my favorite brands because of their engineering focus and quality craftmanship.

Excellent Drag – No Need to Drag Hard 

Shimano products are designed with one particular feature in common – a smooth action. This Shimano Sienna Spinning Reel is also not an exception in that sense. It spins like a much more expensive reel.

It has a lay-line that is well closed and covered and that has been aided with bearings that make it smoother and spontaneous. Hence, in terms of dragging, you will not only get dragging support to 20lbs but at the same time you will get two other things – smoothness while dragging and protection from slippage.

Casting with A Single Hand 

Cast the line single-handed with this fishing reel. The reel has a gear function that has been set up and placed with a line that has been computerized in alignment. This will give you an excellent output from the reel.

You can cast with a single hand to a distance over 150 yards and more than that you will also get accuracy in the throw. The Shimano Sienna smart fishing reel has been configured in every way to meet your needs during casting.

With the reel, you can get to the big lakes and also in the saltwater bodies. In all cases, despite the wind factor, your accuracy will not be disrupted. The propulsion system in the reel will hold the backlashes and wind knots.

Reversing and Anti-Reversing – The Ultimate Gearing Function 

The stainless steel gear is well covered with the graphite case to make the reel lightweight. At the same time, stainless ball bearings mean you will get a smoother edge while you are angling.

The reel will help you to cast further and the drag is smooth, enhanced by the bearings. The bearings will also allow you to reverse the action easily. The reel’s roller gear will give you anti-reversing with an instant triggering action.

The Shimano Sienna high-tech reel has one of the best sets of gearing functions among similar products.

Pros

  • The reel is designed to be used in all weather conditions and also in different surface conditions. You can use it both in saltwater and also in freshwater conditions. But it is not suited for large fish species, so buyer beware.
  • This Shimano Sienna reel is not a new product. There are endless users of the device who have used it for over 15 years. However, the present version has had many improvements and changes in configuration. This makes it one of the most in-demand fishing reels in the entire market in its price range.
  • M-Compact body, computer-configured gear alignment and lay-line management makes the reel impressive. The oscillated gear of the reel has been closed to the rod so you will find a better grip on the fishing rod.
  • Back play in the reel has been reduced to a minimum value by the instant gear stoppage function, while the anti-reversing technique is applied on it. The anti-reversing technique is supported in the device with the SSII tech, which also helps the rotor in counter-balancing in critical conditions
  • This reel is saltwater ready.

Cons

  • The device has an M-Compact body that brings the fishing rod near to your palm. This will create some problems at the beginning, as you are not used to it. As you become more practised, you will find better support and your casting will be improved.
  • Drag power is less than 20 lbs in their largest model. This also limits the size of the fish that you can catch. If you are looking for a saltwater big game reel, then keep looking.
  • It took me around 5 minutes to find the anti-reverse knob which is tiny and hidden at the bottom of the spool.

Video Review

Specifications

MODELBEARINGSPOWERPRO CAPACITY (LB/YDS)GEAR RATIODRAG POWER (lb)WEIGHT (oz)
SPL_SN1000FE1/110/90, 15/85, 20/655.0:16.67.9
SPL_SN1000RE3/110/95, 15/85, 20/655.2:16.68.2
SPL_SN2500FE1/110/150, 15/145, 30/1005.0:18.89.5
SPL_SN2500RE3/110/170, 15/145, 30/955.2:111.09.5
SPL_SN4000FE1/115/280, 30/170, 50/1505.2:118.712.5
SPL_SN4000RE3/115/265, 30/175, 50/1455.1:115.413.0

FAQ

Does the reel come with an additional spool?

The device pack does not have any extra spool. If you need that, you will have to contact the manufacturer Shimano.

Can this fishing reel be used inshore?

Yes, the reel can be used in any condition. Moreover, the addition of backlash proofing and wind knot proofing technology will aid in strong winds.

Conclusion

The Shimano Sienna is a great entry-level reel with three important features – M-Compact body to ensure a better grip and better casting; Propulsion technology in the gear to support pinpoint accuracy and long-distance casting in any conditions; and SSII technology to support the rotor in counterbalancing.

I enjoyed my time testing my Shimano Sienna FG 4000 model and would be happy to give it to any budget-conscious beginner. But I would be looking to upgrade pretty quickly as soon as I got my interested in the sport of fishing.

If you are looking for alternates then please have a look at our review of the best Shimano spinning reels.


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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.