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Reel Review


Fighting Smallies with Fire, Daiwa Fuego style (continued)
 

Real World Test cont'd: Long after the introduction of the Fuego spinning reel Daiwa introduces the new smaller size Fuego 2000. This reel brings the benefits of magnesium frame design to anglers looking for a light/ultralight reel. We pair the Fuego 2000 with the Steez spinning rod and see just how well this reel can handle some hard hitting smallmouth.

 

The Daiwa Fuego in the lab

 
Casting: The Fuego makes use of Daiwa’s ABS spool design to improve line lay and casting distance. Though the Fuego doesn’t have a titanium lipped spool you would never know it from the casting distance. With the smaller 2000 size reel you are more likely throwing smaller lures and plastics, so accuracy is just as important as distance. In this category the Fuego is pretty run of the mill.

 

The Fuego's well oiled drag system

Retrieving: During the tests I cast everything from split shot rigged 4 inch worms to Daiwa’s own fat lipped Japanese RPM crank. The Fuego feels very similar to the Sol and Tierra, and is smooth and confident on retrieves. The reel doesn’t feel geary, but anglers will perceive exactly what is happening both inside and outside the reel, as is characteristic of many a Daiwa product.

Remove the backplate and we find a gasket

In terms of speed the Fuego features a 4.9:1 ratio on all available sizes. This is a bit faster than most of the other Daiwa reels (Steez- 4.8:1, Certate- 4.8:1, Sol- 4.7:1), and gets baits going reasonably well. By turning the crank slowly I was able to fish everything from weightless plastics to shakeyhead worms, and with mid sized cranks and spinnerbaits tied on I was able to burn them back to the boat without difficulty. Fishing slow proved much more effective on smallmouth during our test, but the capability to fish a wider range of lures is a definite plus.

The gears can already be oiled from here without removing the sideplate

The Fuego makes use of an older type of bail trip mechanism than its siblings, which all make use of an internal bail trip mechanism. Unlike the other reels in the Diawa lineup the Fuego makes use of an external bail trip similar to that found in the classic TD-S. The bail trip mechanism is actually built into the side of the rotor, and a lever extends when the bail is open.


The bail trip mechanism is covered by a plate on the rotor

The bail can only be tripped back into place when the lever comes in contact with the reset area on the frame. This mechanism is very reliable, but does have one quirky side effect. The bail trip mechanism is much easier to reset with a little momentum. If the reel is retrieved very slowly and the lever comes in contact with the reset point at very low speed the reel feels like it locks up, and you have to either close the bail by hand or really press down on the handle to force it to flip the bail back.

 

The mechanism in closed position

Some anglers will find the bail return a bit annoying, but the system is much easier to maintain than an internal system. This also is a non issue for any spinning anglers that make it a habit to close the bail by hand before they even start retrieving. There is absolutely no backplay in the Fuego, but there is a tad amount of slop in the actual knob itself, which could have been avoided if it was supported by a pair of quality bearings. Nonetheless the Fuego cranks beautifully, and was able to manhandle smaller fish.

Once the bail is opened a lever extends outwards

 

Next Section: A washable drag?


 

 

 

 

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