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Reel Review

Daiwa’s Pluton can be described with one word…. Solid

Date: 1/15/09
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander & Cal


The Daiwa Pluton has arrived and is already available now at a number of online retailers. Since our original preview of the Pluton we have tested a mass production reel in a number of applications and it is now time to release our complete field test of this solidly built round reel.

Daiwa Pluton 200H/200SH Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 12/185, 14/155, 17/120
Gear Ratio 5.1:1 - 200H
6.2:1 - 200SH
Line Retrieve per crank (in) 23.6" - 200H
28.7" - 200SH
Weight 12.5 oz. - 200H
12.7 oz. - 200SH
Bearings 8BB + 1RB
Additional Features Corrosion resistant bearings, machined aluminum frame, infinite anti reverse, swept handle, three point laser engraving
Origin Made in Japan
MSRP $369.99


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Impressions: When we originally previewed the Pluton we were looking at one of the very first reels off Diawa’s line. We have since returned that “pilot run” reel to Daiwa and purchased a reel from Tackle Warehouse.


The Daiwa Pluton has arrived at e-tail and retail stores


When comparing the two reels we found the mass production reel was identical in all respects except one, the reel we ordered was actually smoother than the first run sample!


Cal decides to try the Pluton even though the reel is available only in right hand retrieve

Just as originally observed on the first sample the Pluton feels extremely solid in hand, not only when examining the reel in hand but also when cranking. The Pluton reminded us of a smaller Saltiga with a levelwind added on, and the gearing feels particularly exact. On the first sample we noted that “the reel was smooth, but not buttery smooth” but on the mass production reel we ordered we noted the components were better lubricated and the tolerances in the gearing appeared to be further refined.

The Pluton paired on a Zillion Swimbait rod

The Pluton was designed by Daiwa to be a multipurpose reel, one that can be used for tossing big freshwater swimbaits, targeting inshore species, or loading up serious big game with light line. The reel is designed to handle superlines as well as monofilament, and since the Pluton is can operate in saltwater applications just as much as freshwater Daiwa put extra emphasis on properly sealing the reel and loaded it with eight corrosion resistant CRBB bearings plus one roller bearing. The entire frame is machined out of a single piece of aluminum and machining marks are visible inside the center of the reel.

The Pluton feels extremely solid in hand

At the current time the Pluton will be offered in both a 200H and 200SH version with respective retrieve ratios of 5.1:1 and 6.2:1 and both reels will feature the same machined spool which has a line capacity of 12/185, 14/155, 17/120. The 200H will be capable of winding in 23.6” of line per crank and the 200SH will add another 5.1” on top of that. Unfortunately fans of left handed reels will have to wait longer or opt for a right handed version for now.

Zander prepares to cast a swimbait with the Pluton to target Alpers

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