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

Sensitivity: After fishing the BSRC68M, I was really looking forward to trying a spinning rod from this manufacturer because I anticipated a very sensitive, lively rod. I was not disappointed. Fishing a split shot rig requires a very sensitive rod so you can discern differences between light pickups and the weight getting caught up on the bottom. When such a rig is fished over a hard bottom, this distinction is more easily made, but when fished over a soft bottom, or in and around vegetation, the crispness of your rod can make a big difference. The GLS-632L was wonderful over the hard bottom situations and better than average in the softer bottom and structure environments.

 

The two sections of our GLS-632L are joined by a friction joint

 

Though light on detailing, the GLS-632L has enough reminders so one is not soon to forget its JDM origins

 

Power: More important than actual power with a light action rod is how quickly such a stick sets up. Once again, the GLS-632L is better than average. Certainly not the most powerful stick I've used, but the fast taper allows the rod to set up relatively quickly to help battle those feisty fish. In a "don't try this at home" moment, I pulled this stick out in the California Delta where medium-heavy tackle is often considered "light" and while it was one of those days where the undersized bass were abundant, I did manage two bass at about two and two and a half pounds using some finesse techniques. Thankfully, the GLS-632L held up just fine as did my 6lb Yozuri Hybrid line.

 

More subtle detailing on the rod's foregrip/lockring

 

The GLS-632L sports the customary logo'd butt cap and fixed counterweights

 

Features: The GLS-632L features ion plated metal frame guides with SiC inserts, a foregrip/lockring combo, two piece construction with accompanying carrying case, and some subtle finishing details. There is nothing extraordinary about this rod, yet it delivers where it counts and possesses a nice, clean, precise level of detailing. It is not quite as refined, obviously, as the Burroughs line from Daiko, but that line is at the top of Daiko's current lineup and the Gallet is two or three steps down. For a mid-line rod, the Gallet is quite respectable.

 

The foregrip of the GLS-632L is integrated into the reel seat's lockring

 

Unlike it's big brother, the Burroughs BRSC68M, the GLS-632L does not feature a winding check at the top of the reel seat

 
Application:
Our recommendations for the GLS-632L is as it would be for any light action spinning rod: more easily manageable species such as small trout, panfish, and finesse bass applications only please. If fished in open water situations, this rod can handle more but it is certainly no different than other light action rods. Sensibility is the key.

 

From what we can discern, the Gallet is about two steps down from the top of the line Burroughs in Daiko's current offerings

  

The GLS-632L sports clean detailing and a subtle reminder of quality

 

Warranty: As discussed in previous reviews on JDM rods, if this is important to you, please ask your vendor regarding warranty support prior to purchase. Otherwise, it's pretty much buy at your own risk. The good thing about this particular stick is, on an Enthusiast scale, this risk is somewhat minimal.

 
Ratings:

Daiko GLS-632L Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A well constructed rod, with quality components 9
Performance This is a very nice stick but it certainly did not wow us 8.5
Price Attractively priced for an import rod 8
Features Rather conservative in this department 7
Design (Ergonomics) Nice, clean detailing even if actual, unique features are minimal. 7
Application If a portable finesse rod is your game, you could do worse than the GLS-632L 9

Total Score

8.08

 
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Good value in a JDM rod L Hard to complain at this price point for an import rod, but somewhat conservative in detailing for a JDM
J Two-piece construction with no loss in sensitivity L Buyer beware - lack of warranty in countries outside of Japan
J Solid componentry  
J Nice carrying bag  

 

Perhaps an ill-advised foray on the California Delta, but this 2lb+ bass put up an exhilarating battle on our GLS-632L

 
Conclusion: You know you're doing well with a two-piece stick when in discussing the rod's performance, this fact rarely comes up. The truth is, once the rod was assembled and I started to fish with it, the whole idea that I was using a two-piece and not a one-piece stick, never really entered my mind. My primary concerns were the rod's sensitivity in general (regardless of its multi-piece construction) and how many fish I was going to lose fishing it in the California Delta! I was pleasantly surprised on all counts. If you are, as a certain Enthusiast Tackle Editor is, on an import rod kick and are looking for a finesse stick but really don't want to spend the coin on a technique you don't use too often, or if you just want to try something different, the Daiko Gallet GLS-632L is worthy of consideration. While there is not too much to really differentiate it from other offerings, it is a solid performer made by one of Japans most storied manufacturers. That in and of itself was enough reason for me to give it a try and I'm glad I did.

 

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