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Reel Review


Daiwa expands their brightly colored lineup with the new Tierra spinning reel
 

Date: 10/29/06
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 8.66

Introduction:
Daiwa introduces the TD Tierra, the newest reel in their brightly colored lineup. First their was the Sol, and Fuego spinning reels… now the blue Tierra slots into the price point once occupied by the top selling Capricorn, and ups the number of premium features including the company’s new sealed drag system, and Digigear gear design.
 

Daiwa Tierra 1500 Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 4/155, 6/100, 8/80
Gear Ratio 4.7:1
Line retrieve per crank 23.6 inches
Weight 8.7 oz
Bearings 2CRBB, 5BB, 1RB
Additional Features All aluminum construction, sealed drag system, airbail, CRBB, Digigear, Twistbuster, Gyro-Spin balanced spare spool
Origin Made in China
MSRP $114.95

 

The Daiwa Tierra mounted on the Steez Spinning rod

 
Impressions:
Continuing their Spanish naming tradition the word “tierra” means “Earth.” No surprise then that the reel is painted a deep blue color to symbolize the Earth’s vast waters. The Tierra’s blue finish is more deep blue matte in appearance than bright blue. I much prefer this finish over the vivid blue Viento color. Love it or hate them, Daiwa started a serious trend when they introduced brightly colored performance reels three seasons ago. It seems just about every manufacturer out there now has their own assortment of brightly colored blue and red reels. 

 

The Tierra features a matte blue finish quite unlike anything else in the Daiwa lineup

Get beyond the color and the Tierra sports plenty of features once only found in the TD-Sol and Fuego spinning reels. This includes Digigear gear design, and the company’s sealed drag system, which allows washing of the reel without fear of moisture, salt, or debris getting inside the drag system. Familiar features include Hardbodyz metal design, CRBB bearings, and the popular AirBail.

The Tierra features a slim profile design

Also included with the Tierra is a duplicate spare spool. The smaller sized Tierra reels feature the familiar ABS spool, while the larger reels feature an oversized ABS spool for even more line capacity for saltwater applications. The Tierra is available in 6 sizes ranging from the ultralight TDTR1500 to the saltwater capable TDTR4000. No matter what the size each of these reels comes loaded with 7 bearings (2CRBB, 5BBm and 1RB.)

Metal plating protects both the contact angles of the frame and rotor

Overall the Tierra comes out of the box as a nice total package. The only gripe we had at this point was the inclusion of generic “Universal” spinning reel instructions rather than a dedicated Tierra description. This is a very minor concern as few anglers ever really read their manual, but it was nice to see a separate pamphlet with the Tierra’s detailed schematics.


The familiar ergonomic Daiwa barrel knob (larger models feature power paddle grips)

Real World Test: Designed for a wide range of applications we decided to get the reel that best matched our new Steez STZ 681MLFSA test rod. The Tierra 1500 weighed in at 8.70oz and balanced the lightweight rod perfectly. We fished for largemouth and spots in a number of local lakes and the California Delta. We loaded the spools with 4lb Yozuri for drop shotting and 8lb for tossing hardbaits.

 

Prepare to cast....

Casting: The 1500 is the worst caster of the Tierra lineup, simply because it has the smallest diameter spool and is more prone to line twists. That said, this reel casts as well as any spinning reel in it’s similar size class. Even line lay helps make this reel a respectable caster, and we were able to toss everything from darter heads to lipless cranks without difficulty.

The Tierra was a decent caster, and was best suited for light line applications


When fishing drop shot rigs we were doing more lob casts and direct drops than long distance casting. For this application the Tierra paired with the Steez rod were a match made in tackle heaven. The well balanced rig made it easy to position the drop and start working the tip immediately.

 


A look at the bail

 

Next Section: Let's get into the retrieve!


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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