A Huge Leap for Daiwa's
Tatula Series by Going Smaller and More Compact
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Introduction: Daiwa's Tatula Series has become a top seller for the
company and with good reason, these reels deliver a lot of the features and
performance of higher end Daiwa reels at a significantly lower price. While the
recent Tatula reels have become extremely refined, even sporting SV spools, the
form factor of the reels still left anglers wanting something more ergonomic and
refined. Daiwa has been listening and drew upon the Steez roots to introduce the
new Tatula 100.
One of the reels that I was the
most excited to check out prior to the official start of the show was the Daiwa
Smaller and Lighter: I got to play with the Tatula
100 on the water this afternoon and I was pretty much blown away with what an
improvement the reel is in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. The new Tatula
100 channels the Steez A form factor and is the lightest and smallest Tatula
The new Tatula 100 looks more like
a Steez than it does a Tatula or Zillion
The new Tatula reel makes use of an aluminum frame to
create a compact 38mm form factor that sits low on the rod for exceptional
palming comfort and weighs in at only 6.9oz.
The Tatula sits very low on rods
making it easy and comfortable to palm
The Tatula reels have always been workhorse reels and the new reel, while
smaller, is no different. This reel is designed to be fished day in and day out
and will be available in three retrieve ratios, standard 6.3:1, high speed
7.3:1, and hyper speed 8.1:1.
I can't believe how much more
comfortable the new reel is to palm
In my short time with the Tatula I found it to be
an effortless caster, and like previous generation reels the T-Wing design
delivers. What is different about this reel is the implementation of a new spool
tension control called "Zero Adjuster" which is a small knob fitted where the
spool tension knob would normally be but is designed to be set once and left
alone. Daiwa explained that the new Tatula can be sufficiently adjusted via the
external cast control system, and that the spool tension doesn't require
tweaking for the various lure weights.
Comparing the size difference
between the current and new Tatula reel frames
The new Tatula 100 is
designed for finesse applications but that doesn't mean it can't handle bigger
stuff. In fact the reel is designed to be a bridge between lighter baitcasting
applications and bait finesse. For heavier power fishing applications like
swimbaits, punching rigs, and frogs the company is introducing the new Tatula
150 which features the more traditional Zillion-like form factor.
The Tatula 100 is designed to fill
the niche between bait finesse and light baitcasting applications
Styling-wise the new Tatula is slick looking, and
makes greater use of the Tatula spider tattoo than previous reels. Daiwa looks
like they are all-in on the Tatula and we can expect to see this design in other
Tatula Series products.
Comparing the new Tatula 100 and
Tatula 150 size reels
The one thing that I wish that the new Tatula 100
did have is the company's excellent SV spool design, but perhaps that will come
down the road. For now the Tatula 100 is by far the prettiest, I mean menacing,
looking Tatula yet, and the reel's ergonomics are nothing short of excellent.
For $159.99 this reel is going to be a real contender in the mainstream segment.