Daiwa: There's no denying that Daiwa's got some of the hottest
baitcasters on the market with the popular Sol and Fuego, and fans of these
reels are going to flip when they see what the company has up their sleeves for
the 2006 season. Whether its a baitcaster, a spinning reel, or a big game
behemoth, Daiwa has got it covered.
Product Manager Toru shows Zander the exciting new Viento
Viento: The Viento was among the most exciting baitcasting reels
we saw at the show. This reel offers anglers all the proven performance anglers
demand from a tournament reel with an added feature never before seen before...a
"Twitchin Bar." By pushing down on the twitchin bar anglers can quickly pick up
slack with just one hand for greater sensitivity and hooksets. That's right, a
button for setting the hook! Press it slowly to ease-in up to 4 inches of line,
this effectively brings lures to life as they lurch forward...all without even
moving the tip of your rod at all. The Viento will arrive in stores around the
September-October timeframe and retail for 199.95.
other baitcaster like it, the Viento is the first reel in the US to feature
a Twitchin Bar (the bar is the oval in the front of the reel, and can be
depressed at various speeds to bring action to your lure or make a quick
Replacing the Millionaire CV-Z the TD-Luna is a completely machined round
reel that features a simple casting adjustment that allows anglers to adjust the
Magforce-Z cast control simply by pressing and turning the sideplate. This reel
felt extremely smooth and refined and is completely hard anodized to resist
corrosion. Bearing the looks and refinement of a enthusiast reel we were pleased
to see a projected price point of only 229.95.
the Millionaire CV-Z is the ultra refined TD-Luna, complete with external
cast control adjustment via the rotating sideplate
TD-Sol Spinning: Companion to the TD-Sol baitcasting reels is the
new TD-Sol spinning reel which bears the same brilliant finish, but it is what
is inside that really impressed us. This reel is designed for both freshwater
and saltwater use and features a washable design. This means that extra effort
was put into the implementation of a sealed drag system to allow washing of the
reel without forcing moisture, salt, or debris inside. The reel features
digigear design for an ultra smooth and powerful retrieve and features a seven
bearing drive system. Design-wise the reel is a perfect match to the baitcaster
with a arc design in the rear of the reel. The TD-Sol spinning reels will be
offered in 2000 and 2500 sizes and will retail for 199.95 each.
companion to your TD-Sol baitcaster, the TD-Sol spinning reel
TD-Fuego Spinning: Fuego fans rejoice, there is also a new
spinning reel to complete your collection. The TD-Fuego spinning reel bears many
of the same specs as the TD-Sol Spinning, but in Fuego tradition the reel makes
use of a compact magnesium body. This reel features a 7 bearing drive system,
and felt extremely fluid. At the time of introduction only a 3000 size reel will
be available and it will retail for $249.99. This is among the lightest 3000
size spinning reels available, weighing in at only 8.3oz.
The magnesium based Fuego 3000
Saltist Super High Speed Reels: The Saltist was introduced earlier
this year and has become a top seller thanks to all metal construction and
aggressive pricing. At the show Daiwa rolled out 3 more super high speed models
capable of retrieving 47.2 inches of line per handle turn! These 6.4:1 ratio
reels will come in 30 (narrow), 40 (medium), and 50 (wide) sizes, and retail for
169.99 to 189.99.
Got the need for speed? The
Saltist super speeds are as fast as they come
Sealine Tournament SLT80W-2SPD:
The SLT30 won our hearts tackling a combination of Tuna and Giant Squid in our
field tests, and is among the very best big game reels right out of the box.
This year Daiwa steps it up with the massive SLT80W-2SP which is capable holding
1700 yards of 50lb line! This big dog is designed to tackle the biggest and
baddest fish in the ocean and will retail for $759.95.
Bill Liston shows Zander the biggest and baddest new reel at
Daiwa, the SLT80W
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