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Welcome Back Shimano : The 2013 Metanium
For years, we've wondered why large manufacturers like Shimano go through the effort to make specialized products for one market versus another when the overall applications of each product are more or less the same. Of course, we're speaking primarily about fishing reels, and even more specifically, bass fishing reels.

2013 Bait-the-Finesse Finale : Daiwa T3 Air
The T3 Air came away from our late March 2013 Product Insight article with the early lead in this shootout. It is a reel based on Daiwa's first generation T-Wing platform, the T3. Made in Japan, the T3 AIR is a modified version of the flagship variant in this line and not the Ballistic which is made in Thailand instead of Japan.

2013 Bait-the-Finesse Finale : Shimano Aldebaran BFS
As its name would suggest, the Aldebaran BFS is built off of the Aldebaran, Shimano's 2009 compact magnesium baitcaster introduction known stateside as the Core 50Mg. The interesting note here is that while the BFS shares the overall same dimensions as the original Aldebaran, there are a few differences.

Skip, Hop, Drop, Cut and Shake by Evergreen International
Over the last several years, we've combed through just about every stick in Evergreen International's Kaleido lineup. These are among the finest rods we've ever fished. But going through ALMOST every stick means there's still room for a few more. Today, we dive back into the Kaleido-scope and share with you our thoughts on the TKLS-61ULX Cut In Shake.
Bait the Finesse?!? Shimano -v- Daiwa Product Insight
In bass fishing, there's a certain fascination with baitcasting reels. Among experienced bass fishermen especially, there exists a stigma associated anyone who favors spinning gear over baitcasting gear. Anglers who fit this description are simply not taken seriously...
Creature Fever : Demon versus Valiant
Presenting an exclusive Creature Fever Feature : Super Red Demon versus Wild Stallion Valiant. Yes, it's Megabass versus Evergreen International.
What the Finesse No Trigger? Evergreen's Stingray 66
What really intrigued us about this new product, a fishing rod, from Evergreen was its reel seat. Presenting our look at the intriguing Kaleido Stingray TKDC-66MLBF-Pro.
A Question of Access in Shimano's New Calcutta
Sometimes, during the course of reviewing a product, there's news and information we want to share during the process. Rather than wait for the entire review to play itself out, we can now share these stories with you through our Product Insights. We hope you enjoy this new series and our debut article on Shimano's new Calcutta.
Daiwa Pixy Epiphany : PX68/68L SPR
The PX68 SPR is an interesting departure in Daiwa Japan's casting brake philosophy. Normally relying upon their magnetic brake technology, Daiwa decided to go centrifugal on the SPR to help deliver brake assistance during the early part of the cast.
Creature Fever Double Feature... Megabass!
The FX-711X4 is very much a toned down version of the very first Megabass stick we reviewed here on TackleTour, The F7-711X Seven Eleven from the Destroyer lineup. It has the prototypical thin handles of the X4 lineup, but made of cork to tie back to the Destroyer line. Further, and again reminiscent of the original, the X4 Seven Eleven has spiral wrapped guides (turning to the left).
Megabass's Own Insanity : The LIN 10

The first thing that strikes you with the LIN 10 was how light it felt. It's not even a full ounce lighter than the Ryoga 1016HL, but for some reason, the weight difference feels significant. This reel was built to celebrate Megabass's 25th Anniversary. Supposedly, there were only 200 ever made...

The Search For One... Rapala Canada's R-Type
The workhorse of the Rapala Canada lineup ais an the R Type. We had one of these rods with us on our recent trip to the Amazon in search of peacock bass and today we bring you our review of Rapala Canada’s R-Type RT45TR72MH2, 2 piece casting rod.

 

Have Your Crank and Feel It Too : Evergreen International's Husky Winder
A $350 cranking stick? Thanks to the current state of affairs with our exchange rate,  let's try over $500. Walking away from this article yet? What if we told you the subject of today's review is actually an eight hundred dollar plus ($800+) cranking stick?
What the... Finesse Alphas?
It's been almost eight years since we published our very first Enthusiast Tackle review. Eight long years of fishing some of the best the tackle industry has to offer. Do you recall the subject of our first, published enthusiast tackle review? It was the original, and now legendary Daiwa Alphas.
Stop Whining? It's Shimano Japan's Scorpion DC
If there is one group of reels that rarely fail to intrigue me they are the digital brake control reels of Shimano and perhaps more accurately, Shimano Japan. As a whole, these reels may not be perfect, and you can still experience professional overruns -especially if you're as professional as we are - but the shear joy they enable each and every time you shoot your cast is nothing short of addicting.

WTF?!? : Evergreen International's Heracles Series Black Regius
The Heracles sticks are Evergreen’s tuned versions of their Tactics rods and every bit as powerful and sensitive as the Kaleido at about two thirds the price. We got our hands on a HCSS-64ML Black Regius for “What the Finesse” and here’s how it all turned out.

The Two Faces of Ryoga : Daiwa Japan's 1016HL
Like most of our readers, I had known about the smaller sized Ryoga for quite some time only I resisted ordering one from overseas because the exchange rate has not been in our favor for quite some time...
Imperfect Perfection : Shimano's Conquest 50/51 DC
Last year, Shimano Japan introduced an updated DC technology to their Conquest line of reels. With that update came a new look for Conquest DC. Gone were the gold highlights and in was a new, silver monotone motif. The overall tone of the reel is almost more pewter than silver and certainly gives it a more understated aura.
What the Finesse ?!? : Daiwa's PX68/68L
If there is one fishing reel that personifies the diehard, TT Enthusiast, it is the Japanese market only, Daiwa Pixy. Since 2004 when we first wrote about this fabulous little finesse baitcaster from Daiwa Japan, the Pixy has been the subject of, or shared bi-lines with other reels in at least five separate articles.
WTF!?! : Yuki Ito Works His Magic Once Again, the F1-66ZKS Kirisame Limited
The F1-66ZKS Kirisame Limited by Megabass is a two piece stick rated in the “light” power range and features a custom, Megabass real seat together with Fuji  AT guides featuring titanium frames and SiC inserts. It is, as with most things Megabass, exquisite.
Megabass Lays Destruction to the Perception of JDM
Up until recently, even with official US distribution, Megabass was still largely considered a rod made for the Japanese market because all their lengths, tapers, designs, and frankly, prices, catered to their home country. Late in 2010, Megabass set out to change this with their Orochi series...
WTF?! : Evergreen International's Fastbreak Alley-Oop!
When it came time to research their product in hopes of finding a suitable candidate for our finesse themed year, imagine the smile that came across my face when presented with the name of their Kaleido series, TKLS-64LX spinning rod, the “Alley Oop”!
Yuki Ito's Take on Daiwa's Flagship : The IS73
It's been over two years since we reviewed a Yuki Ito tuned fishing reel. Our last journey into the Ito Engineering Reel Division was with the Ito Monoblock 100XR/XR-L. Since the introduction of that reel, there has been a shift in the Ito Engineering landscape.
Evergreen International's Super Stick : TKLC-71MHX
Next up? Another stick that qualifies in our Search For One, assuming your search is for an all purpose, heavy powered stick. Introducing Evergreen International's coveted TKLC-71MHX, The Super Stallion.
WTF?!? : The Megabass Racing Condition 256
Marketing photos of the RC 256 are inspiring. The reel is showcased in an all black environment with hints of its outline and form highlighted by strategically placed lights. It is a prime example of what we come to expect from Mr. Ito's designs.
What the Finesse : Shimano Japan's Ultegra Advance
So what does the Advanced really have to offer? Why don’t we kick off our 2011 Enthusiast category WTF theme with a look at this little gem from Shimano Japan. Introducing the Shimano Ultegra Advanced 2500S.

Shimano Japan Updates a Classic : The Scorpion 1000/1 XT
Those already familiar with the Aldebaran or even its USDM counterpart, the Core 50mg, will feel immediately at home with the Scorpion 1000/1001 XT. As far as we can tell, this is the same exact reel except with aluminum parts where the other two are magnesium.

The Search for One... When "Good Enough" Isn't - Paraizo by Megabass
Anticipation turned to pure anxiety when we caught the price tag of these sticks - roughly one thousand, one hundred dollars ($1,100)! Then, anxiety turned to pure desire. The result? Naturally, here is our review of the Megabass ARMS A6505X Paraizo.
The Search For One... Heracles and The Nine Trials
Evergreen International's second entry to our Search For One theme invokes the mystique of Greek mythology. Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version) was a half god, half human Greek hero son of Zeus and Alcmene whose labors, challenges, and victories were immortalized in ancient folklore.
The Search For One... Megabass's Chimera Evoluzion
This year, we look at a stick that is one step higher in power than the Elseil and has been in the Megabass Evoluzion series for just two short years. Can the F5-69XDti Chimera Evoluzion pick up where the Elseil left off? Let's find out!

Daiwa Bradia : Enthusiast Value or JDM Clearance?
Imagine the buzz then, when one JDM spinning reel from Daiwa Japan found its way to US shores through a couple of big time e-tailers. That’s right, the JDM Daiwa Bradia, a “low end”, $300+ spinning reel was and still is available briefly through US retailers...

ProducTTpreview : Megabass's Orochi X4
One tidbit of information has recently found its way to TackleTour headquarters. Following on our review of the Evergreen International Kaleido series Black Raven fishing rod, we heard rumor that Megabass was upping the ante on their own version of the cross weave graphite blank made popular in their big impact, Orochi series of rods.
Daiwa Japan Continues to Earn Interest Off Their Millionaire Platform
Two years ago, Daiwa finally addressed the original RinGa’s deficiencies by upgrading its braking system with a MagForce Z rotor and polishing up its edges. We’ve been fishing this reel on and off over the course of the last year and finally, here is our take on the 2008 HL-SSS Ringa.
The Search for one... Shift to Canada for Rapala's new rod
Rapala Canada demonstrates that a high-end look and feel with a corresponding, respectable list of components does not necessarily have to come with an exorbitant price tag. Their “Shift” line of rods, currently their top end freshwater offering, comes with very contemporary stylings...
Cardiff or Conquest? You Choose: A Battle of 50s
Admittedly, I had no interest in the Cardiff 50/51DC when it was released initially because of one thing – actually a combination of two. I wanted a “Conquest” 50/51DC not a “Cardiff”. In North America, to those almost exclusive to top end gear, the “Cardiff” line is a cast off – good if you’re on a budget, but certainly not Calcutta GT TE material.
A Look Inside Daiwa Japan's New Pixy
As of this writing, the PX68 has been out for about a month and information is slowly trickling in. The left hand version of this reel has just been released and finally arrived on pre-order from JapanTackle.com to TackleTour headquarters.

A Burgundy with a Compact Body : Shimano Japan's Scorpion 1500/1501 XT
The Scorpion 1500/01 XT comes only in 6.3:1 and 7.1:1 retrieve ratios but both versions of this reel are indeed available in left and right hand retrieve. Introducing our review of Shimano Japan’s Scorpion 1500/01 XT

The Search For One May Very Well Be Over... Evergreen International's Black Raven
Despite its nearly carbon copy statistical match up with our baseline rod, I couldn’t get over the feeling that the Black Raven felt every bit like a finesse stick. As such, it spent a lot of time matched up with a modified 2004 Daiwa Pixy as well as my standard “do everything” reel, the Daiwa Steez 103HL.
CB Rod Wars part 18: Megabass's New GTZ
After having already reviewed product from each of their two series of crankbait rods, GT3 and GTC, we thought for sure our Year of the Crank Rod Shootout was going to go on without a participant from Megabass. The company was scrapping the GTC line and replacing it with a new series of graphite cranking sticks, the GTZ series.  Presenting our review of the Megabass F4-72GTZ ICBM Biwako Guide Special (BGS).
Abu gets back into the Enthusiast Fray with the Revo Elite Aurora
Following on the heels of our Revo SX review in the midst of our High Speed Reel Shootout, I got wind of a limited edition, JDM version of the Revo Elite in Japan, the Revo Elite Aurora.
A New Star Emerges in the Dark Enthusiast Sky : Shimano Japan's Aldebaran
The typical pre-debut frenzy was upon us and the Aldebaran was already a pre-release star dubbed “the Steez Killer” and affectionately referred to as “Bob”. Well, the time for projection and hyperbole is over.  Introducing our review of Shimano Japan’s 2009 Aldebaran. 
CB Rod Wars Part #9 : Gan Craft's Scarface
Gan Craft rods are now relatively easy to source and we’re happy to report their highly touted cranking stick, the KB-003-68M Scarface, is an official participant in our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars.
CB Rod Wars Part #5 : Daiko Calls on Jackall's Pair and Raises a Spiral Wrap
Back in 2006, we reviewed the Daiko Burroughs BRSC-68M as almost an afterthought following our Enthusiast Rod SuperCast Shootout. So impressed were we with that stick that upon discovering they had a cranking stick (the BRSC-70MG) in this same lineup, I jumped at the chance to acquire it for our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars.
CB Rod Wars Part #4 : Evergreen International's Super Nova
Arguably, Japan’s number one rod manufacturer for tournament professionals, it was a no brainer to include Evergreen International in the Enthusiast section of our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars. Up for the challenge is the TCSC-70MG Super Nova, a 7’-0” glass cranking stick.
Daiwa Big Bait Special? Not So Much
Several years ago, prior to the introduction of the Zillion, back when the TDZ was still Daiwa's Flagship low profile baitcaster, Daiwa introduced their TDZ Big Bait Special. This was essentially a beefed up, aluminum version of their TDZ 100M, a popular cranking reel back in the day, and is still in production over in Japan.

Evergreen International's Encore to Their Original Masterpiece: The Opus-1 Nero
A little over one year ago, we debuted our review of Evergreen International's first foray into the fishing reel market, the Opus-1 spinning reel. Enter 2008 and it appears Evergreen is at it again... and this time TT Girl Ms. Casey introduces this enthusiast reel.

Taking a Look at Two JDM Masterpieces Which Together Form an Enviable Classic Combo
Part of the fun of Enthusiast Level tackle is finding pieces that are no longer in production. Even more fun is if you can find two pieces like a rod and reel to pair up with one another and build your own classic combo.
Does the Founder of Megabass Japan Still Have What it Takes? : The Ito Monoblock
Enter 2007, two long years since the introduction of the Alphas Ito Ai, and four years since the original TD-Ito Series were introduced. The Ito Monoblock 100XR / 100XR-L was announced and the anticipation grew once again. Only this time, Enthusiasts seem to be playing a "wait and see" game.
Nories Enters the High End Trout Market with Their Trout Program Stream 63
Most of our coverage of "Enthusiast" tackle from across the pond is concentrated on products related to bass fishing, but today we take a slight departure from that and look at a very refined piece of equipment by Nories offered both in Japan and Australia...
Be Very Careful of What You Ask: Shimano Japan's Metanium Mg DC
Since the debut of Shimano's Conquest 100/101DC, Tackle Enthusiasts throughout the world have been anticipating the release a low profile version of these digitally controlled reels. Now there is a new DC reel available in Japan, and it is a magnesium one!
Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #11: Deps Joins the Frey With one of Their Sidewinder Sticks
In our last installment of the Swimbait Rod Wars, we got caught by mistakenly trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. We're doing the same thing only this time, we know full well that we're asking this rod to do something for which it may not have been designed. Introducing the Deps Sidewinder HGC-77XR Dom Driver Flipping Edition.
Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #7 : The Megabass White Python
Some, myself included, would argue that most of what's exciting and new in terms of bass fishing reels originates overseas in Japan. Hence the affinity of many of our readers for what we refer to as JDM (or Japanese Domestic Market) products.
Bordering on Greatness: Shimano Japan's Final Dimension Bass Rods
If you, like I, were looking forward to something a little more aggressively styled with clean, new details from Shimano's line of bass rods debuted at ICAST 2007, then you might want to keep reading and see what the factory over in Japan has been producing for their home market for the last several years.
A Detailed Look at Two, Special Edition Zillions: The Daiwa/Deps ZDV Zillion and Zillion HLC
In the latter half of 2007, through a partnership with Deps and through the efforts of their own version of skunk works, the I'ZE factory, Daiwa Japan produced two special edition Zillion reels that have taken flight with destinations to many a Tackle Enthusiasts' arsenal.

TackleTour's Legion of SuperTTuned SuperReels: Enabled by Office ZPI
Join us on our journey with eight great reels and witness what fruit our winter time superttuning efforts bear. Introducing TackleTour's Legion of SuperTTuned SuperReels!

Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #3 : A Walk on the Exotic Side with Evergreen International's Balista
When we left our Swimbait Rod Wars last, our spirits were filled with renewed optimism thanks to the Best Value Award winning sticks from Okuma. We contrast that enthusiasm with a representative from the opposite end of the spectrum. Introducing the TMJC-74XXX Balista from Evergreen.
Something Wicked this Way Comes : The Antares DC7
Over a year ago we completed our in depth review of the premium positioned Shimano Calais 4xD DC. As we draw to a conclusion this 2008 season we have some fun as we take a second look at the Japanese version of this "wicked" reel.
A Cranky Finesse Stick With Power: The Megabass F3 1/2-65GTC Hien Type-S
Megabass introduced a set of graphite cranking sticks to supplement their already successful fiberglass cranking line, the Tomahawk GT3. We've spent a full year getting to know one of the rods from this lineup and as with most products from this company, the more we use it, the more it reveals itself to us.
One Last Look At the Old Destroyer Line From Megabass : The 2006 F5-66X Bearing Down
The tide is changing now in 2007 as Megabass revamps the lineup with a new, standardized rear grip design. We take one last look at the old Destroyer line before this change takes place: Presenting the 2006 Megabass F5-66X Bearing Down.
Move Over BaitMonkey, There's a New Agent In Town and She Has Something to Behold: Evergreen International's Opus-1
Evergreen International has made its first foray into the fishing reel segment. That product? The limited run, uber-expensive Evergreen Opus-1.
What a Difference The Blank Makes: The Nories Road Runner Voice 680H
Today, we take another step back to give Nories their moment in the sun with a look at their 680H, a rod featuring a higher modulus graphite blank but the same overall design, weight and balance as the HB680M.
Megabass's Own Mutant X-Rod, The Extraordinary and Limited Edition Diablo SB
This limited version of the Diablo featured Megabass's new slant bridge handle. We were lucky enough to procure one of these sticks and had it sent over directly from Japan: Introducing the Megabass Evoluzion F5 1/2-68XFti Diablo SB (Slant Bridge).
The Makeup of a Flag Bearer: A look back at the Shimano Stella SR 2000s
Why would I ever need to spend the extra bit of cash on the Stella when I was perfectly satisfied with my Daiwa Certate? Well, as any good Enthusiast would do, when presented with such a question in mind, I tossed aside these reservations and decided to find out for myself.
Taking a Spin with the Evergreen International EsDrive
While our introduction to Evergreen International came by way of their Temujin Crossfire rods, it is no secret to the vast majority of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) tackle fans out there that this company also offers several full lines of bait products as well.
Be Forewarned for Pure Evil Lurks Within : The All Purpose, All Species Megabass Mephisto
Invoking the mythology surrounding this name that represents one of the devil's chief minions, Megabass all but acknowledges their role in seducing the weary angler to the dark side. After all, what self respecting Enthusiast can resist an evil magic wand that is known by the name "Mephisto".
Capping off Megabass's Trio of Finesse Application Spinning Sticks: The Shabbler
In the Megabass line of spinning rods, there exists a trio of sticks that are considered to be the same basic tool only with different degrees of advancement, or as Megabass refers to it, evolution.Completing the trilogy, today we return to the baseline rod of this trio, the F3-69XS Shabbler
Daiwa's Version of the Little Black Dress: The Exist 2004
Approximately two decades ago, Daiwa introduced us to their original Tournament Whisker series of spinning reels. Daiwa has since gone through a couple of generations worth of new designs like the former Hard Bodies and the current Real4 products.
Megabass Turns Their Sights on Trout With Their Very Elegant Pagani Line
Megabass, as their name implies, is best known for their insane offerings in the realm of bass fishing. But how does their particular interpretation of the tackle world translate to other segments of the market?
Revisiting Evergreen International's Temujin Crossfire Rods : The TXFC-68MH Stallion
Evergreen's Temujin Crossfire TXFC-66MR Steed, did not fare too well in the shootout, but only because the rod's action did not match our expectations, based on the manufacturer specifications. Today, we look at the Steed's big brother, the TXFC-68MH, a heavier action stick with a bit more versatility.
Major Craft Delivers an Ultra-Light Stick Armed with an Extra-Fast Punch
In our effort to bring you the many stories within this diverse world of the tackle industry, we share with you now, our most recent adventure with an Ultra Light offering from Major Craft Japan. Introducing the Major Craft Toy II MSS-602UL, a two piece ultralight stick from Japan.
Continuing Our Look into Daiko Japan with Their Mid-Level Lineup, Gallet
We were so impressed with the BRSC68M from Daiko Japan we wanted to see what else was offered. 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: the two-piece Daiko Gallet GLS-632L spinning rod
Exotic Practicality? The Reality That Defines an Oxymoron, Major Craft's Day's Season DC-644M
Looking for a rod that is portable, affordable and possesses a flavor of that import rod allure? Major Craft is a growing Japanese rod manufacturer that produces quality product at an affordable price.
Introducing the Twain-esque Daiko Burroughs
Formerly in the top three of the Japanese market, their business model has taken a drastic change. What has happened? We took it upon ourselves to investigate by acquiring a rod from their current top lineup, Burroughs, and put it through our usual battery of tests.
Know Their Steez, Daiwa Japan's New Flagship Low Profile Baitcaster
You can be sure when a company like Daiwa Japan introduces a new reel, there will be an endless amount of anticipation surrounding this reel's debut. Introducing our review of the much anticipated Daiwa Japan TD-Z replacement, the Daiwa Steez Baitcaster.
Don't Get Stung by the Stinger Tip : The Megabass F4-69RSDti Orochi Evolution
Found only on their exclusive HedgeHog rods, the stinger tip is an approximate eight to nine inch section of tubular graphite. The intent is to provide a true extra-fast tip section that transfers into a stronger than normal backbone to deliver instant hooksetting without sacrificing sensitivity. Confused?
There Can Only Be One: The 2006 TackleTour SuperCast Shootout
Earlier this year, we previewed our 2006 TackleTour SuperCast Shootout: a promised battle between four of Japan's top rod manufacturers. The following pages represent quite possibly, our most detailed shootout to date culminating in our 2006 SuperCast Shootout winner.
Shimano's Next Generation Metanium XT
The unprecedented release of the US Chronarch B, prior to the debut of the new Metanium XT, sent scores of consumers into a tailspin. It's been a good year now since all the anticipation has come and passed, and it's time to share our thoughts on the new Metanium XT from Shimano
Megabass Invokes the Spirit of a Dragon to Bring to Life their Fiberglass Cranking Stick
The word "Shiryu" as defined by Megabass USA, is Japanese for "purple dragon". But the dragon is also the symbol of springtime and what excites bass anglers and tackle enthusiasts more than early signs of their favorite season? How about a review of a F4-610GT3 Shiryu from Megabass.
Announcing the 2006 TackleTour SuperCast Shootout!
Announcing the 2006 TackleTour SuperCast Shootout, a battle between four of Japan's top rod manufacturers. In the coming months, we will bring you the results of our detailed field testing efforts, but for now, let's introduce you to the players and see how they relate to one another in the lab.
Redefining the UL Market : The Uber-Ultra Light Daiwa Presso Baitcaster
Based on the venerable Pixy, but marketed as a true ultralight baitcasting reel for trout, the Presso comes to us in an even lighter overall presentation and shrouded in a black and orange color scheme.
A Reel Novelty : The Abu Garcia EON Pro 3600C/3601C
Daiwa and Shimano are not the only manufacturers producing reels for exclusive sale outside the United States. We acquired one such product that has been discontinued but can still be easily found thanks to the likes of online auction houses. The very unique and intriguing Abu Garcia EON Pro 3600C/3601C.
A Spinnerbait stick from Daiwa Japan, the Heartland-Z Hama Special
The fishing rod market is hotly contested within Japan and Daiwa reserves some of their most intriguing product for their home market. We take a look at one such offering, the Daiwa Heartland Z Hama Spinnerbait Special (HZ-6101HRB-ti).
Uncovering the Weapon of a Bass Pro: Megabass's 2005 F3-610DGS Aaron Martens Limited
Presenting the brand new, 2005 F3-610DGS Aaron Martens Limited from Megabass. The split grip spinning rod with the unusual silver sleeve detail between the rear grip and butt cap. 
Power and Balance in a Burgundy Wrap : The Shimano Japan Scorpion G4
Straight out of Shimano Japan comes a rather intriguing product that shows design and innovation is strong within Shimano's rod lines.... the captivating interchangeable Scorpion G4 line of fishing rods.
TackleTour's 2005 SuperCast Championship : The Daiwa Millionaire I'ZE Light vs The Shimano Conquest 101DC
Take an in depth look at our two, 2005, ultimate, round baitcasting reels, The Daiwa Millionaire I'ZE Light 103L and the Shimano Conquest 101DC.
SuperCast Shootout Round 2 : Daiwa Millionaire I'ZE Light vs Daiwa Millionaire RinGa
In July, we brought you the first semi-final matchup in our 2005 SuperCast Shootout: the Conquest 101DC versus a supertuned Mörrum Ultra Mag S2. Today, we bring you our second semi-final match, a sibling rivalry between two limited edition Daiwa Millionaire reels.
The 2004 & 2005 Limited Edition Daiwa Liberto Pixy Reels...is there a casting advantage?
In late April of this year, the 2005 Limited Edition Pixy debuted sporting a lighter Duralumin spool instead of the traditional GIGAS resulting in a reel that overall, is even lighter than its already feathery predecessors. How could this be possible? If true, how would it affect performance?
Before the TD Luna existed there was the Daiwa Japan Millionaire Bay Casting Special
Before the new TD Luna existed Daiwa Japan had already offered anglers overseas a robust souped-up version of their popular CV-Z reels equipped with an externally adjustable MagForce V sideplate, corrosion resistant bearings, and a lightweight, Gigas spool.
Round 1 of the TT SuperCast Shootout: The Abu Mörrum Ultra Mag vs Shimano Conquest 101DC
2005 marks the year Tackle Tour has chosen to pay homage to the round baitcaster and launch our very own renaissance as we take four top end, overseas offerings from three different manufacturer's and shoot them out against one another in our very first Tackle Tour SuperCast Reel Shootout.
Prepare to be Assimilated : The 2005 Alphas
Ito Ai

We've moved past our own initial disappointment with this reel's aesthetics and have taken it upon ourselves to investigate whether or not 2005 Alphas Ito Ai really does miss the mark or if something magical exists beneath the shroud.
The discontinued but ever so brilliant Shimano Metanium MG
Concurrent with the announcement of their, newly designed 2005 Metanium XT reels, Shimano Japan made it known that the very popular Metanium MG was to be taken out of production.
"Fish with Mindfulness - Beware the Dark Side" : The Daiwa TD-Ito
We've received countless inquiries for further information on the fabled Ito. With that in mind, this editor took one of the most prized items in his collection out of its case and mounted it onto several different fishing rods. Pull up a chair as we give you our true thoughts behind the 2003 TD-ITO
The Smooth Operator : Daiwa's Real Four Engineered Certate 2000
In the middle of last year, Daiwa upped the ante with the introduction of the Certate, the goal was to reduce unnecessary friction and vibration to smoothly and efficiently translate every bit of mechanical energy in turning the handle to the purpose of winding line onto the spool.
A Rod to Truly Make Your Collection : The Megabass Super Destroyer III
We thought we'd bring one in for a test run and see just what a signature series rod direct from the US division of one of the most popular rod manufacturers in Japan is all about. Introducing the F6-69X Super Destroyer III.
Enthusiast shootout, the Daiwa Alphas and Shimano Scorpion Mg duel for the crown
At the close of 2004 we presented a heavyweight shootout between the flagship enthusiast baitcasting reels. As a sequel to that stalwart battle, we decided to follow on with a match up that's slightly more attainable and a bit more relevant: the Daiwa Alphas versus the Shimano Scorpion MG.
Going neck and neck in a enthusiast shootout, the Shimano Antares AR VS Daiwa TD-Z Type R+
An enthusiast super tuned shootout between two of the very best Japanese baitcasters, the Daiwa TD-Z 103ML Type R+ and Shimano Antares AR! The closest shootout ever fought in TT history.
An Ultra-Light Baitcaster Worthy of Serious Anglers - The Daiwa Liberto Pixy
Tired of the line twist issues inherent with spinning gear? Ever wish for just a little more control while throwing finesse baits? Ever wonder what it’d be like to fish 4lb test on a bait casting rig? Well, wonder no more.
The Makings of an Import Legend - the Shimano Scorpion 1000/1001
For many tackle enthusiasts, it all starts here, the Shimano Scorpion 1000/1001. Discussion forums throughout the internet praise this reel’s value and performance, and at online auction houses, despite the reel’s import status, sales are closed almost daily.
A truly exotic flipping rod, the very rare Megabass F7-711X
Megabass Custom Rods of Japan has an almost legendary reputation and underground following within the United States for insanely detailed, supremely, hand crafted, very exclusive products.
The Extreme Collectibles for the Supreme Enthusiast - Team Daiwa Limited Edition Reels
Daiwa Japan has, within the last couple of years, brought the hobby of collecting fishing tackle to an entirely new level of obsession with limited edition, supremely engineered, and elegantly crafted offerings. This article gives an overview of two such offerings, the 2004 TD-Z Custom and 2003 Ito Reels.
A decisive balance of might and refinement, the Shimano Conquest 50
A little over a year ago, TackleTour introduced you to the Shimano Calcutta GT series, we took a closer look at the GT’s Japanese Market counterpart, and downsized our test with the Shimano Conquest 51. Could this ultra light sized reel deliver when it counts? You better believe it.
The Versatile Petite Purple Powerhouse, the Daiwa Alphas
Not in recent memory had the anticipated arrival of a new reel caused as much Internet banter as that of the Daiwa Alphas. Targeted in size somewhere between the top end Team Daiwa TD-Z 103H and the diminutive finesse reel Pixy, the Alphas is Daiwa’s answer to the established legend from Shimano Japan, the Scorpion 1000 series reel.


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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