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Rod Review

Continuing Our Look into Daiko Japan with Their Mid-Level Lineup, Gallet

Date: 10/16/06
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Daiko
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.08

Introduction: Earlier this year, we covered the surprising BRSC68M from Daiko Japan. So impressed were we with this stick, we wanted to see what else this Japanese Rod Manufacturer had to offer. Only this time, instead of staying with their top-end product, we moved down a couple of steps looking for something less exotic and just a little more practical. Introducing the two-piece Daiko Gallet GLS-632L, a light action spinning rod that delivers just a hint of exotic flavor.


Daiko GLS-632L Specifications

Material Graphite
Length 6'-3"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 7"
Line Wt. 3 - 8 lbs
Lure Wt. 1/16 - 1/4 oz
Pieces Two
Guides Fuji Ion Plated SiC ( 6 + tip)
Power Rating Light
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 3.8 oz
Manufacturing Country Japan
MSRP 24,000 JPY

Impressions: Thanks to it's short, two-piece length, our latest Daiko stick arrived from Japan via the very affordable express mail service (EMS). Once I pulled it out of its packaging, I was pleased to find it wrapped in a very sturdy, nylon bag. This bag had two distinct compartments: one for the handle section and the other for the tip section of the rod. The two pieces are joined by the same type of friction joint as described in our Major Craft DC-644M review. While this stick is rather conservative and void of the traditional detailing I've come to appreciate in Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) rods, there are a few hints, here and there, of the rod's origins. Just the same, the important aspect here is the actual performance of this stick.


Introducing the Daiko Gallet GLS-632L


Lab Tests: So where does this stick lineup with some of our domestic offerings? We compared the results of our deflection tests on the Daiko GLS-632L with that of our previously reviewed Powell 701L and previously measured G.Loomis DSR820C (a casting stick). This rod lined up very similarly to these two sticks.


Lab Results

Avg RoD (1-16 oz)
Rated Action
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Daiko Gallet GLS-632L
+ 7.5"
Powell 701L
3.1 oz
+ 10.25"
Loomis DSR820C
Extra Fast
Left & Right
4 oz
+ 6.25"

Rate of Deflection (RoD): The goal with our RoD WRACK measurements is to help you understand the characteristics of our review subjects so you can get an idea of what to expect if you're considering purchasing one of the rods we've reviewed. The challenge with most spinning rods is to find comparable test subjects within our vaults. Fortunately, with the Daiko GLS-632L, we have the data from our previously reviewed Powell 701L as well as our previously measured G.Loomis DSR820C. Even if the latter rod is a casting model, these two sticks tested out slightly more powerful than our GLS-632L with the DSR820C lining up more closely with our two-piece Daiko than the Powell spinning rod.


Fig. 1 : This RoD Deflection Chart shows the deflection characteristics of our Daiko GLS-632L against that of a Powell 701L and G.Loomis DSR820C and demonstrates that the GLS-632L is slightly less powerful than the other two sticks


Spine, Weight, and Balance Point: Most spinning rods we come across have their spine aligned on top of the rod. Interestingly enough, our Daiko Gallet had its spine on top of the rod. The balance point of this stick came out about seven and a half inches above the center of the reel seat and its weight measured at 3.7 ounces. It is rated as a fast action blank and viewing the bending characteristics of this rod when under load during our RoD WRACK torture session, I'd say this is accurate. So what did we learn through all of this? The Daiko GLS-632L is a rather proto-typical light action spinning rod.


Real World Test: I took my new Daiko GLS-632L with me on a few fishing expeditions that included shore fishing and fishing from either mine or someone else's boat. Needless to say, the portability of the rod was invaluable on those adventures where I had no control over stowing options. I matched it up with a Daiwa Certate 2000 spooled with 6lb Yozuri Hybrid.


Our GLS-632L came in this handsome, thick nylon bag


Complete Field Test Set-Up

Daiko Gallet GLS-632L
Daiwa Certate 2000
6lb Yozuri Hybrid


Casting: Thanks to the rod's short overall length of 6'3", it was a pleasure casting the GLS-632L in and around cover and even the occasional skip under some docks. The fast action blank loads quite well and it handles lures within its recommended rating quite well. Unlike the Powell 701L, I did not push this particular rod beyond its limits because I was concerned with warranty issues but also the rod did not feel like it could quite handle it - as reinforced by the findings during our RoD WRACK measurements.


By all accounts, Daiko is still a big player in Japan



Each section of the rod has its own place within the nylon sleeve


The primary baits offered while fishing this rod were split shot rigs with 4" straight tail finesse worms. I also tossed some small, Luhr Jensen Speed Traps (1/8th oz size), and some 1/8th ounce fish head spin lures and it handled these baits quite well.


The GLS-632L comes with Ion plated metal framed guides with SiC inserts


Viewed like this, you can barely tell it's a two piece rod


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