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Shimano Sienna Spinning Reel Review

The Shimano Sienna is a good budget reel that offers some decent features at an affordable price. It has an aluminum frame for durability, a functional drag system, and overall smooth performance. Despite these positives, there were multiple items we weren’t fans of. Read our full review here.

Shimano Sienna Overview:

Up close of the Shimano Sienna spinning reel

When it comes to fishing reels, Shimano is one of the industry’s most well-known and trusted brands. They have been making fishing products for over 50 years, and their dedication to quality shows through in every product they produce.

The budget priced Sienna is no exception to this standard. Shimano has managed to create a budget oriented spinner which offers solid features at a highly affordable price point.

Let’s take a look at the Shimano Sienna and see if this is the right reel for you.

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Sienna Specs:

  • Reel Sizes: 500, 1000, 2000, 2500, 3000, 4000
  • Ball Bearings: 4 (3 bearings + 1 anti-reverse bearing)
  • Gear Ratio: 5.0:1, 5.6:1, 6.2:1
  • Anti-Reverse: Yes
  • Weight: Starting at 7.2 ounces
  • Max Drag: 4 lb up to 19 lb
  • Braking System: None
  • Mono Line Capacity for the 2500 (lb/yd): 6/200, 8/140, 10/120
  • Braid Line Capacity for the 2500 (lb/yd): 10/150, 15/145, 30/100
  • Handle: Right or left hand retrieve

Daren's Thoughts:

The Sienna is a decent first fishing reel. It offers a few of the features offered on some of the higher end Shimano reels, while maintaining a budget oriented price.

I'm not a huge fan of some of the corners Shimano cut on the Sienna, including a plastic gear, some other internal plastic components, and a weak feeling bail.

In using the Sienna, the performance feels fine for the most part. It's personally a little small in my hands and heavier than the Shimano Stradic I normally use. But this is to be expected with such a budget oriented reel.

If you're looking for an inexpensive reel and want to stick with Shimano, the Sienna is a good option for you. While I don't think it's going to last as long as a Shimano Stradic or similar reel, you get a lot of value for a lower price.

Darren K.
Man fishing in a lake with the Sienna spinning reel

Features:

The Shimano Sienna spinning reel is a solid all-around fishing reel for beginners or budget focused. It offers a smooth drag system that gives you the functionality you need to fight large fish.

The Sienna reel features a sturdy aluminum frame with widened side plates to reduce weight and increase strength. The graphite body reduces overall weight while also increasing sensitivity.

The Sienna comes with 4 ball bearings. 3 primary bearings with 1 instant anti-reverse bearing.

Durable Aluminum Frame and Sideplates:

The Sienna’s frame is aluminum for increased strength and reduced weight, making it easier to fish all day without feeling fatigued. The side plates are widened, too, for an even more durable design.

Varispeed Oscillation:

This type of “variable centrifugal brake” helps the reel cast further and keeps your line in good shape. It also reduces backlashes and increases your gear durability. The oscillation gear on this Shimano reel is located near the bottom of the reel, placing it closer to the fishing rod, which helps with a more balanced experience.

Powerful Drag System:

The Sienna has a multi-disc drag system. The two drag washers that can be adjusted to meet the needs of whatever fish you are trying to land. You’ll never have trouble taking on big bass again with this reel!

Smoothness:

Shimano is known for its smooth reels, and the Sienna lives up to that reputation. You’ll be fishing all day without experiencing pain or fatigue!

The Sienna has an easily adjustable star drag system, which can be adjusted with just a half rotation of the knob. This reel also features Shimano’s signature S-curve oscillation system that reduces backlashes and increases your gear durability.

Reversing and Anti-Reverse:

The Sienna features a quick-set anti-reversing system that allows you to change directions quickly. The reel also has a left and right-side ratchet wheel with an easy-grip knob, so it’s easy to switch from one direction to the other!

The Sienna is equipped with Shimano’s instant anti reverse, Super Stopper II. This prevents the spool from going in the opposite direction and letting out your line.

The Super Stopper II can be enabled or disabled depending on your own fishing preference.

Power Roller:

This system helps keep your line in good shape by reducing friction when you have a fish hooked. The Power Roller minimizes the amount of wear on your fishing line, so it stays smooth and lasts longer! It can even help reduce backlashes too! This is an excellent feature for beginning anglers because broken lines are so frustrating!

Single Hand Casting:

The Sienna has a side plate adjustment for easy single-hand casting. This is also great when you’re fishing in windy conditions! You can adjust the reel to reduce backlashes and increase your gear durability, making it easier to cast with one hand!

Man holding up a bass that was caught

Burt's Shimano Sienna Review:

The Shimano Sienna is a good budget-friendly reel for people who are just starting out in fishing. It doesn't have all the features of a top-of-the-line reel, but it does a good job for the price.

The Sienna has a few issues with it, but it’s still a good reel to get you started in fishing or as a backup reel. I have been testing the 2500 model that comes in the 6.2:1 gear ratio.

I have tested this reel over the last few months, on several different fishing trips and multiple outings. I used 12 lbs. test mono, and mostly spinnerbait and jerkbait lures.

My overall impression of the Sienna is positive, but there are some drawbacks to it.

The positives are that the Sienna casts fairly well, and I was able to get my lures out there with pretty good accuracy. The drag system wasn't anything special, but it functioned as I would expect it to. Overall, the performance was what I would expect from a budget reel.

As far as the negatives, there's nothing really "wrong" with the reel, but I'm not a big fan of the handle. It's a bit small, and it just doesn't feel as good in my hands as other spinners in this size category. Also, I really like a self closing bail, and the Sienna does not automatically close when I start to retrieve.

I could nitpick more, but really it's a budget spinning reel, and I think that the Sienna accomplishes that very well.

Burt K.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Durable aluminum frame: The Shimano Sienna has an aluminum frame which is excellent for durability! It’ll be able to last you a long time if properly taken care of.
  • Value for money: The Sienna is cheaper than other models but has many of the same features! You’ll be able to get some of the most important features while saving money.
  • Easy to use: Drag system is easy to use, easy on/off instant anti reverse, and the Propulsion Line Management System makes it easier to cast farther.
  • Casts smoothly: This reel casts very well due to the S-curve oscillation system. It’ll allow you to cast further and more accurately.
  • Great for beginners: If you’re a beginner, the Sienna is a great option! It doesn’t have all the features that more expensive models do but will still get the job done. You can always upgrade to another model later on if you outgrow this one.

Cons:

  • Small size: Depending on the size of your hands, this could be a positive feature, but the Sienna is a very small form factor reel. So it may be too small for some people.
  • Plastic parts: This is one area where the price has the biggest effect on the Sienna. Shimano does use plastic parts in this reel, including a gear and some other internal parts. This is likely to keep the price down, but plastic will generally break down sooner than metal parts.
  • Manual bail arm: The bail arm on the Sienna does require a manual flip before you can begin retrieving the reel.
Man showing the Sienna reel and rod

FAQs

The 2500 size will probably be the best bet for bass fishing. This will provide you with the right balance between size and power.

I’d also recommend going with the 2500HGFG, which is the 6.2:1 version which will be better suited for a wider variety of bass fishing presentations.

Shimano has created a few different versions of the Sienna. Our review is focusing on the Shimano Sienna FG, which replaced the older FD reel.

There are also 2 different versions of the FG. The standard FG, and the HGFG. The latter is equipped with higher gear ratios, which is better suited for some bass fishing tackle.

Shimano has also released a rear drag version called the Sienna RE. The RE is very similar to the FG, but has a more specialized drag system. Since the RE is heavier, more expensive, and has a more complicated drag system, we recommend sticking with the FG series.

Yes, you can switch the side the handle is attached to on the Sienna allowing you to use it either right or left handed.

The Sienna is designed for freshwater and inshore fishing. If you’re going to be using the Sienna for inshore fishing, we’d highly recommend cleaning it thoroughly after use. With some of the cheaper parts used within the Sienna, you’ll want to clean off any salt residue as soon as possible to keep this reel working smoothly.

The fishing line you use is going to be highly dependent on the type of fishing you’re doing. We have put an article together about the best monofilament, braid, and fluorocarbon line for bass fishing. I’d recommend checking it out to find the best line to use.

Shimano has rated the Sienna for inshore fishing use. This would include saltwater and brackish water. With that said, due to the design of the reel and some of the cheaper parts used, if you are going to use it in saltwater, make sure you clean it very well after use to make sure all of the salt residue is removed. Otherwise, you’ll likely end up with broken parts and locked up gears.

Reel Score:

We’ve given the Shimano Sienna spinning reel ratings in four categories. They are as follows:

  • Price: A
  • Build: B
  • Feature Set: B
  • Design: B

The Shimano Sienna earns an overall score of: B

Man pier fishing with the Shimano Sienna

Conclusion:

We think that the Shimano Sienna spinning reel is a good option for someone who’s looking to buy their first fishing reel. It includes some solid Shimano technology, while coming at an affordable price.

If you’re wanting something feature packed and built for performance, you should probably invest a little more money, but if you’re looking for a standard Shimano spinning reel the Sienna is a decent option to check out.

While it’s not a perfect spinning reel by any means, it is a good option for the price.

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