Daiwa’s unveils new
saltwater reels at ICAST, including an addition to the Saltiga lineup
There will be a total of
five hyper speed (single speed models) ranging from a 20 to 50 size and these
reels will retail for $409.95 to $469.95 depending on size and model. The two
speed reels will all offer a 6.3:1 high speed ratio and a 3.1:1 low speed ratio,
there will also be five models available ranging in the same 20-50 sizes and
these reels will retail for a little more at $439.95 to $499.95.
For anglers looking for a powerful
reel at a reasonable price Daiwa introduces the new Saltist Black Gold
Also new this season are the affordable Saltist Black Gold conventional reels
which feature a simple straightforward design for reliability and performance.
These new reels incorporate Daiwa's most popular durability and performance
features, starting with a solid, one-piece frame and side plates that hold the
working mechanism firmly in alignment under heavy loads. This is a key factor
for minimizing wear and maximizing winding power. Its efficiency allows use of
higher gear ratios, up to 6.4 to 1, that wind in up to 48" of line with every
The handle grip on the Saltist BG
Saltist Black Gold Reels feature a protective hard anodized finish for
durability and a machined aluminum spool as well as the company’s “Ultimate
Tournament” carbon drag. There will be five models available ranging in size
from 20-50 and the gear ratios for the smaller 20 and 30 sizes will be 6.1:1
while the larger reels will feature a 6.4:1 ratio. The new Saltist BG reels will
retail for a very reasonable $179.95 to $209.95 each depending on size.
Anglers that want an ultrafast
reel will like the new Saltist LD which comes in blazing 7.1:1 or 7.3:1 ratios
Saltist Hyper Speed
Lever Drag Reels:
For those anglers looking for an affordable yet high performance ultra fast
saltwater reel to toss jigs Daiwa is also introducing new Saltist Hyper Speed
Lever Drag reels which are capable of burning up to 52” of line with every
crank. With a 7.3:1 retrieve ratio on the smaller sizes these reels are some of
the fastest lever drag reels of their kind and are designed for triggering jig
strikes from fast moving predators. Models include a new 35 size reel with a
narrow frame and tall, narrow spool. Because it makes manually level winding
the line easier than with wider reels, it is ideal for tossing lures and working
them with a fast retrieve.
These reels come with a round
The Saltist Hyper Speed
Lever Drag reels are easily identifiable versus other Saltist reels with their
contrasting black and red finish. (The red was probably chosen to signify the
burning speed). Other reel features include eight CRBB bearings, precision
stainless steel gears hat are helical cut for smooth and powerful winding and
the UTD drag with up to 26lbs. of drag pressure.
Ready for a "Hybrid" solar/battery
line counter reel?
The reels felt very solid
thanks to the aluminum frame and left side plate which are constructed from one
solid piece and the spool is also machined for refinement. Like the other
Saltist reels there will be five sizes available ranging from 20-50 and these
reels are still considered affordable, especially when you consider the
feature-set and build quality, with prices ranging from $239.95 to $299.95.
The side of the Accudepth makes
room for the counter and battery
Digital ICV Line
Counter Reels: Daiwa has always been on the forefront of electronic reels
and this season they are
three digital readout line
counter reels that measure line let out in feet. Perhaps most interesting
(depending on how you look at it) is the larger of the three reels which
features a solar/battery hybrid. The ADICV25W makes use of a
technology that combines solar cells with a conventional lithium-ion battery to
efficiently power the reel's electronics. With reasonable sunlight, solar cells
assist the battery, minimizing current drain and extending its life. In low
light conditions, the battery takes over to power the system. The result is an
innovative, eco-friendly system which reminds us of the latest crop of hybrid
vehicles and is able to operate any time of day, under any weather conditions.
The Accudepth ADICV25W combines
solar cells with a conventional lithium-ion battery to efficiently power the
The reel's line capacity
makes it perfect for a wide variety of trolling and jigging applications where
knowing exactly how much line is out can keep you in the strike zone.
Daiwa's new Accudepth line is
color coded for easy identification
for anglers that don’t have a digital line counter like those found on the ICV
reels Daiwa offers the new Accudepth line which is a color coded braided
line designed to help you
accurately measure the length of line you let out when trolling or deep jigging.
Every 10 yards, the line changes color with narrow, yellow markings every yard.
the line holder is engineered, by pressing on one side of the inner spool t
creates tension on the spool allowing for perfect spool ups in the field
An added bonus is the
color markings show at a glance when line is being pulled from the spool which
is handy when a boat's engine noise drowns out the sound of the spool click.
Daiwa's other braided lines, Accudepth line is woven from eight individual
strands. The result is an extremely smooth and supple line, finer in diameter
than most equivalent braid tests, it also breaks accurately at its rated
breaking strength, a must for those seeking record fish. For convenience in filling
your reel, Accudepth comes in a Fast Spool package that helps you tightly wind
line onto your spool. Accudepth comes in 300 yard spools, in tests ranging from
15 to 80 lb. MSRP runs from $49.95 to $76.95.