The Silver Creek AIR TW is easy to pick out from a crowd
a “Stream Custom” reel from Daiwa Japan, I knew going into researching the
reel that the cosmetics would be distinguishable from other Daiwa offerings.
I was surprised to see that Daiwa went with a brown paint for the frame
instead of the traditional metallic green that was present of the 2017
Alphas AIR Stream Custom and the even rarer SS AIR Stream Custom. The Silver
Creek AIR TW shares the same frame as the Alphas SV TW, Alphas AIR TW
and the recently reviewed Gekkabijin AIR TW.
The brown/gold color scheme is a welcome break from the usual black/red
color scheme of Daiwa reels.
Silver Creek AIR TW was designed for short to mid-range casting in trout
streams. The fixed inductor is designed to apply a light but constant
braking force to stabilize the lures trajectory during shorter casts. A
spool with a more dynamic braking spool such as the AIR or SV spools can be
inconsistent because the short stream casting often does not allow enough
time for the spool’s brake to fully deploy. A downside to a fixed inductor
is that it can restrict distance and sometimes cause casting to “float
more”. Given my positive experience with Roro Lure fixed inductor
spools, I am thinking the Silver Creek AIR TW will buck those stereotypes.
A look at the fixed-inductor, key factor to the Silver Creek AIR TW
recommends 0.6goh braided line for the Silver Creek AIR TW, just like the
Gekkabijin AIR TW. Unlike the Gekkabjin AIR TW though, Daiwa also gives
monofilament as a suggestion as well.
Silver Creek AIR TW offers plenty of control, even for flip casting
in the middle of winter, I was eager to get the Silver Creek out on whatever
water was not frozen. That usually mean tailwaters connecting to Lake
Superior. I looked at my current stream BFS setups and decided that the
Silver Creek AIR TW would be best served on a custom fiberglass BFS stream
rod I built. I also tested the Silver Creek AIR TW with the Tsurinoya
Ares to test low weight casting ability and also the Jackson Kawasemi
Rhapsody to see how the braking system responds to a faster action
graphite stream rod.
Daiwa Silver Creek AIR TW rigged up and ready to go
Because line type preference can have a distinguishable effect on casting
performance of a BFS stream reel, I tested the Silver Creek with VARIVAS
Super Trout Advance Double Cross PE 8x (braid) and also VARIVAS Super
Trout Advance Sight Edition (monofilament).
Yes, that is a Silver Creek AIR TW on a Gekkabijin 60XUL-B AGS rod
forward to spring time and I was able to get back into headwater creeks I
frequently search for brook trout. Test casting in a yard or standing on the
waterside is much different than actual field testing. Wading through brushy
creeks, casting at targets is how I truly rate most BFS reels. Open water is
a less dynamic environment to find a BFS reel’s versatility. I will say
though, the Daiwa Gekkabijin AIR TW was underwhelming in my stream
testing. Only when I got it out to open water is when I truly unlocked the
Gekkabijin’s true potential.
The Silver Creek AIR TW at work on some brookies
impressed from filming my casting tests and stream fishing, I decided that
part of my written review should include the Silver Creek AIR TW getting out
on a few local lakes to hunt for panfish.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, the Silver Creek AIR TW works quite well
for lake fishing too.
Silver Creek AIR TW was designed to primarily cast trout minnows (usually
3-6gr). My warm up casting was using a typical trout minnow, the Creep
AIM 46s. To my surprise, the lure’s trajectory was very flat and
effortless. The ability for a reel to have consistent braking and effortless
casting greatly contributes to the accuracy of the angler. After using a few
other trout minnows, I found the Silver Creek AIR TW to cast trout minnows
exceptionally well. A very underrated facet of casting is the ability for
the lure to land softly. The Silver Creek AIR TW’s unique braking profile
allows a free casting feel without needing a lot of thumb to control the
“realistic expectations” testing, I moved the Silver Creek AIR TW to the
Tsurinoya Ares. The extra ultralight classification with 1-6gr, 2-6lb
line rating is perfectly suited for casting tiny lures and will not be the
limiting factor to the Silver Creek AIR TW’s casting performance. I decided
to try a few light, bulky jigs such as the Igarbara Jig from
Jackson. The profile of panfish/trout jigs test a reel’s braking control
much more than a compact trout minnow. The fixed inductor offered control
with surprising distance while casting a good mix of sub-3gr lures. I
instantly became excited to test this reel in open water chasing panfish.
Spring in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is often windy and would be the
perfect real world test for the lightweight casting ability of the Silver
Creek AIR TW.
Saving weight on BFS spools increases casting performance
speed of the spool from my stream testing, I was worried I would be trapped
in casting purgatory with the Silver Creek AIR TW. The brakes being too free
to keep control in the wind of open water and, being too restrictive if I
turn the brakes up. This was not the case with the Silver Creek AIR TW.
Casting panfish jigs felt amazing and the control and distance was very
surprising. Brake settings did have to bump up to 5-6 for my longer casting
with the lighter, bulkier jigs. I did find pitching around docks required me
to turn the brake dial down to 2-3, most likely due to the inductor being
fixed in the out position.
A pumpkinseed caught using a Eurotackle Tungsten Jig w/ 1.8” Metacraw
times, people ask “how light can X BFS reel cast?” There are many factors
that play into a BFS reel’s casting ability. I find that most BFS reels will
cast 1/8oz easily in open water with longer casting. The true test comes
from “how effortless can a lure be casted”. The Silver Creek AIR TW is
unique in the fact that is able to cast light, bulky lures with distance and
also have effortless short-range casting as well. A good example of this is
when I was testing the Curado BFS for stream fishing, I found casting
to hang a bit more in the air due to the braking system not being able to
function fully during the short distance with slower spool speeds. The
longer a lure is in the air, the more wind and other variables can affect
I did not find the port very useful to access gears
bearings are often the first and easiest source to gain more performance out
of a BFS reel. The stock bearings on most Daiwa and Shimano BFS reels are
adequate for most fishing applications. All the testing was done using the
stock spool bearings. The Silver Creek AIR TW comes with Daiwa’s Micro Ball
Bearing System (MBS). These smaller spool bearings have less inertia than
traditional spool bearings and allow for easier casting.
Many BFS reels use a smaller bearing inside of a housing to reduce inertia
Creek AIR TW spool shares the same narrow design as the Gekkabijin AIR TW.
The wider spool edge is designed to keep the line closer to the center of
the spool to fully take advantage of the TWS line guide. Through my testing,
I found line flow to be exceptionally well and free flowing.
Line lay is slightly more on the sides but, never caused any issues