- Feb 8, 2013
I received my replacement handle from eReplacementparts.com yesterday . This may help you find parts for your Stella. It did take 3 + weeks for it to arrive but it was the only source I could find who had the part. Hope this helpsThe biggest issue with Shimano reels is not the product but the support. I have an FA Stella I can no longer buy parts for readily. Shimano will upgrade a product and 5 years later will discontinue making parts for the older version. If you have an older repair shop they may have parts for you. Other than that you will now have like in my case a 1000 dollar paperweight. I have 2 80's that I can no longer service. These were the original beast masters not the new electrics of today. Penn still makes the parts for stuff I was handed down from my grandfather. VS was that way before zebco parent bought them but since the parts are still very similar you can cross-reference the newest to the older stuff seamlessly.
The only reason for the reply was yesterday the last Shimano I own/use broke on a nice striped bass for a client. Cost him at least a mid-forty-pound fish. That set up was used just for snagging bait and the bass ate the snagged bait. Had it been on one of the VS or Cabo's he would have had a better shot.