Daiwa’s SV TW Baitcaster – A
Winning Combination! (continued)
Daiwa went all-in with their T-Wing design, and for better or worse the system
is now found on just about all of the company’s higher-end and even mainstream
reels. The system is instantly recognizable and helps set Daiwa's reels apart
from the sea of competition but they are not universally adored.
While some anglers, myself included, were
initially skeptical of the system at first it is hard to dispute that the T-Wing
design does have a number of benefits, the greatest of which is the unrestricted
casting performance, as line flows more freely through the wide TWS aperture.
reels deliver a unique casting feel, and a lack of detectable friction as the
line peels off the spool and flies through the oversized T-Wing, all of which
enables anglers to cast further and with less effort.
Casting with the new reel is
The Tatula SV
TW also ups the ante with the company’s SV Concept design which features an SV
shallow spool that is made of “Duralumin” which offers an excellent strength to
weight ratio. The SV spool’s induct rotor moves out during the cast, and as the
spool slows the rotor moved back towards the magnetic field which applies
braking pressure according to your settings and the weight of your lure.
The secret to the casting distance
and accuracy is the combination of TWS and the SV Spool Design
control system is all externally adjustable, which is still one of the great
things about Daiwa reels, and on this particular example provides an excellent
range of settings. I found the SV TW to be an excellent long distance caster as
well as an unexpectedly good precision caster, with even lightweight lures
1/4oz. and below.
The inductor pops out and retracts
depending on casting rotation to keep the line in check
something oddly satisfying about engaging the T-Wing System on the SV TW as
well. As you rotate the handle the click as the line guide flips down is solid
and reassuring. When power fishing with plastics I found I was able to
transition from cast to retrieve quickly and effortlessly with this reel.
With each iteration
of the T-Wing introductions Daiwa has improved the tolerances in each reel and
we are now at a point with the Tatula SV TW that the system can be truly called
The spool uses Duralumin to
provide both low weight and high strength
Engage the reel and the Tatula SV TW is an absolute pleasure to retrieve. It
delivers an immediate transfer of power from the handle to the main gearing, and
is the smoothest Tatula that I have fished to date.
With my eyes closed it was
hard to discern the difference between this reel and the Zillion SV TW, which is
saying a lot since that reel retails for a hundred dollars more!
Though fast I was surprised how
powerful this reel still was under load
The SV TW makes
use of a rigid aluminum frame and there is a relatively high bearing count of
7+1 bearings driving this reel. What makes this reel even more robust that 2 of
these are higher quality CRBB class bearings which are designed to deliver both
smooth performance and excellent resistance from the elements.
A massive brass gear handles the
I was blessed
with some fantastic big fish days when field testing the SV TW and when it comes
to winding power I was also amazed with just how strong this reel felt under
load. Even though our test reels had an 8.1:1 gear ratio capable of pulling in
32.8 inches of line per handle turn when there was pressure on the line the reel
never felt overloaded.
The sideplate may not be aluminum
but it is heavily reinforced
This was a
surprise as many other competing high speed reels feel great when there is just
a lure on the line but once a bigger fish is hooked that fast gearing can
suddenly feel quite taxed. Daiwa’s oversized gearing works well with the drag
system to keep the reel feeling both powerful and always in control, even when
fighting 7+ lb. largemouth bass.
A bearing under the knob
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