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Redefining the UL Market : The Uber-Ultra Light Daiwa Presso Baitcaster (continued)

The Field Tests: We were able to load about 80 yards of 6lb Yozuri Hybrid onto our Daiwa Presso, but our real dilemma was which rod from our vaults would be worthy to test the capabilities of our Daiwa Presso? We decided to pull something from our 2006 review list and paired the Presso up with our Evergreen Temujin Crossfire Quad Twister: a light-action casting rod featuring an aggressive split rear grip design, spiral wrapped, titanium framed guides, a lure rating of 1/8 oz to 1/2 oz, and a line rating of 6 – 12lb test.

Daiwa Presso Complete Field Test Setup




Daiwa Presso Baitcaster

Evergreen Temujin Crossfire TXFC 66L

6 lb Yozuri Hybrid ( 80yds)

We then took to some of our local reservoirs in search of both black bass and trout to see how the reel would perform under real world conditions.

Our Daiwa Presso mounted on an Evergreen casting stick


Another view of our Presso & Evergreen combo

Casting & Pitching: We began our tests casting a 3/16oz Megabass Baby Griffon. The Presso really felt no different than our Daiwa Pixy. We then switched to a 1/8 oz Live-X Smolt and again, experienced a “feel” reminiscent of the Pixy. With the analysis of brake control profiles fresh on our minds, we decided to try pitching with the Presso and found, indeed, the only way to get decent pitching performance was to turn the brake control dial to zero. With any amount of magnet force enabled on this reel, pitching with light weight offerings resulted in a rise of our bait off the water instead of the desired glide only inches above the surface. This part of our test was consistent with our brake control research.


Baits used during our casting tests: The 3.5g Megabass Live-X Smolt (top left); The 3/16 oz Baby Griffon (top right); an 1/8 oz finesse jig (bottom left); Water Gremlin BB splitshots (bottom right)

To finally put the Pixy comparisons to rest, we spooled up one of our Daiwa Liberto Pixy’s with 6lb Yozuri Hybrid and found, this reel held a similar 80yds of line. So much for the expected differences in line capacity! We then took out a pack of Water Gremlin BB split shots and pitted the reels head to head with one another.


We were able to load 80yds of 6lb Yozuri Hybrid on our Presso

The Daiwa Pixy also holds 80yds of 6lb Yozuri Hybrid


The actual weight of split shots, listed as B, BB, 3/0, etc., has always been somewhat obscure, but we were able to discern, on average, that one BB split shot in our package weighed approximately 0.6 grams. We then added one split shot at a time, to the end of our line and attempted several casts. To make an excruciating long story short, we found the low end casting weight threshold for both the Presso and Pixy came in at about 2.4 grams (4 BB split shots) or roughly 2/25ths of an ounce. Our Presso did not outperform our Pixy when it came to casting super light offerings. With this disappointing result in casting performance, the window to spinning tackle is still open as any ultralight spinning outfit could easily cast two or even one BB splitshots crimped to the end of the line. 


This handsome combination deserves yet another look


Retrieve: Our rate of retrieve on the Presso tested out at twenty-one to twenty-two inches per turn of the handle. This was consistent with our similar measurements on the Daiwa Pixy. Actual retrieve with the shorter 70 mm handle is smooth and consistent thanks to the bearing supported knobs and we experienced no unusual sounds or friction during retrieve. We were surprised to find out, for some reason, the 70 mm handle on this reel did not feel too short as this was not the case with similar setups on other reels. An aspect the Presso baitcaster definitely has over an ultralight spinning reel is the absence of line twist during the retrieve - something that can be very difficult to manage with light line on a spinning reel.


The spool bearing of our Presso came with an extra shield held in place with a c-clip (located on the backside of the assembly)


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