Daiwa Revamps the Saltiga Series adding Refinement and
Introduction: Originally introduced in 2002, the first Saltiga
set a new standard for heavy-duty saltwater spinning reels and the company has
continued to upgrade and refine the series over its eighteen-year history. For
2020, Daiwa’s Saltiga has been fully re-imagined and redesigned, delivering what
the company believes is the best saltwater spinning reel on the market.
Designed to be the best saltwater spinning reel on the
market, the new 2020 Saltiga brings the complete range of Daiwa features in a
Spinning: The new Saltiga yields the most advanced features ever seen in the
series starting with Daiwa’s new monocoque body. Monocoque is a structural
system used widely in military and boat-building applications, whereby internal
loads are supported through the external skin. Think of the symmetrical design
of an egg; the single-piece high-strength aluminum body of the Saltiga can house
much larger internal gearing, meaning more power to battler saltwater beasts.
This monocoque design incorporates the one-piece frame with a one-piece threaded
side plate. Because screws are not necessary to attach the side plate and hold
the main gear, its interior space is greater, allowing for larger, more powerful
gears held in place by the lighter, sturdier body and side plates. The monocoque
body also boasts a new rear cover design, eliminating screws from the underside
of the reel to fortify against the intrusion of moisture or contaminants.
Improved paint and finishing processes also afford increased durability to the
Saltiga’s cosmetics, delivering enhanced corrosion protection.
Housed within the monocoque body is the new G1 Duralumin cut Digigear system.
Digigear is digitally developed gearing with bigger teeth and more touch points
to yield gear strength and torque more than double its predecessors. Digigear
transmits the power of the handle directly to the rotor with smoothness and
To make sure that this new
reel was able to handle the pressure of top of the food chain fish Daiwa
engineers also developed a new drag stack, growing the number of washers to
yield ten times the drag durability of previous Saltigas. The reel’s newly
designed aluminum heat-dissipating Drag Knob results in improved cooling, too,
while Daiwa’s Longcast spool offers improved casting performance and enhanced
Speaking of the spool, ABS is Daiwa’s exclusive reverse tapered spool design
that reduces casting friction for longer and easier casting. The spool’s
maximized core diameter and reversed taper mean 100% useable line, with no more
"dead" line buried in a deep core. You can fill it with line right up to the
edge of the spool lip without fear of tangles.
The extremely water resistant Saltiga also utilizes Daiwa’s Magsealed patented
technology to apply magnetic oil that can change density and shape when a
magnetic field is added. When Magsealed technology is applied to the main shaft
and/or line roller of a spinning reel, it produces a low-friction seal that
keeps water, dust and grit from disrupting the internal components of the reel.
The result is a watertight seal with much lower resistance than conventional
The Saltiga’s Air Rotor stands out for its balance, toughness and sensitivity.
The arched profile and 15% weight reduction compared to standard rotors offers
optimal winding smoothness and eliminates vibration thanks to the lowered center
of gravity. Likewise, the hollow touch Air Bail is made from SUS303 steel and is
20% tougher than a solid titanium bail of the same weight, while lasting up to
13 times longer.
Designed to not just chase, but break records, this premium saltwater weapon
will be available right after ICAST this year in a complete range of sizes and
ranging from $999.99 to $1099.99 depending on size and configuration.
The new Saltiga LD reels feature clean lines with
beautifully machined frame and components. These reels are built like tanks for
battle with the biggest saltwater fish
LD Casting Reels: In addition to the upgrades to the Saltiga Spinning Series
the company's lever drag reels also get a makeover for 2020. There will be six
single-speed models, ten 2-speed models, plus two special-purpose tournament
style sailfish designs cover all the bases from inshore and near shore fishing
to offshore and canyon action.
All Saltiga LD reels feature a single-piece machined aluminum frame and side
plate to assure precise alignment of bearings and gears for remarkably smooth
performance, less flex, increased power and reduced binding, even during the
fiercest battles. Oversized, super-hard, polished, and meshed stainless steel
main and pinion gears fit together perfectly to drive the kicking gear with
extra strength and nearly silent precision. Oversized spool bearings reduce side
load which makes turning the handle easier and smoother so anglers can
concentrate on fighting fish rather than the reel.
Advanced Tournament Drag System (ATD) is designed to keep each Saltiga LD cool
during the heat of battle while providing consistent maximum pressure through
the end game. A machined aluminum spool won’t bend under high drag pressure or
outwardly expand as you tightly wind on line. A machined aluminum rod clamp
always keeps your reel tightly secured with no twisting, shifting or play as the
fish of a lifetime stains at the end of the line.
“We made sure that every reel in our Saltiga LD series starts with a solid
foundation,” explains Mills, “then we fine-tuned the small stuff as well. From
the frame and side plate to the bearings, gears and even the reel handles,
everything has been redesigned to produce more power with less friction,
grinding and binding. The result is a great looking reel that can be trusted to
stand up to trophy fish under adverse conditions with minimal strain for the
angler. This series is the Rolls Royce of lever drag saltwater reels. These
models are all high end but worth the investment because they’ll turn monster
fish when you bear down and apply full pressure yet respond instantly to a beast
on the run with a silky smooth drag that won’t overheat come the moment of
Larger Saltiga LD models will feature a long T style power
handle. Even the handle and knob are designed to help distribute heat during the
battle while providing a solid grip for maximum leverage
All Saltiga LD single and smaller two-speed models, along with the high-speed
tournament sailfish reels, are outfitted with soft-touch rubber handles for
fast, comfortable retrieves. The larger size 50, 55 and 60 2-speed models
feature a long “T” style offset aluminum power handle to improve leverage and
comfort without blistering your hand as the fight progresses. A substantial
spool clicker is just loud enough to not be overbearing.
Max drag ranges for Saltiga LD reels range from 22 to 45 pounds for most models
while line retrieve per handle turn runs from 39.9”to 47.” The tournament style
sailfish models have a max drag setting of 22 pounds and line pick-ups of
“The line pick-up rate is
quite impressive across the entire series,” notes Mills, “but it’s truly amazing
in the high-speed sailfish reels. Those fast retrieve ratios allow these reels
to hold a ton of line and excel at recapturing slack released during multiple
hook-ups or when a sailfish or white marlin pops the bait during kite fishing.
The lighter drag settings on those models also help ensure hooks aren’t ripped
from fish during the heat of battle.”
Saltiga LD single-speed reels are designed to be ideal for jigging or any type
of fishing where extra torque is not required. The two-speed models, because of
their different gear rations, are especially helpful when superior power is
needed as when a fish is hooked that can’t be followed, which is often the case
when open boat tuna fishing.
These new Saltiga LD reels come backed by Daiwa’s Executive Saltiga Five Year
Warranty and Service and Saltiga Lever Drag models will MSRP from $419.99 –
649.99 while the Saltiga Two Speed Lever Drag models will retail for MSRP
$499.99 – 699.99 when they become available later this Summer.