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Saltiga and Millionaire (continued)


Another key adaptation of technology is the new Air Rotor™ design which features a corrosion-proof “Zaion” carbon construction. The same Zaion that Daiwa developed and used in reels like the Fuego and the Zillion rods. The re-engineered design spreads stress more evenly throughout the rotor eliminating high-stress points while eliminating excess material not required for strength. The result is a strong, lightweight and corrosion-proof rotor. Its reduced weight allows it to turn almost effortlessly for a smooth, fluid feel and increased sensitivity.


The reel also features a Zaion rotor for corrosion resistance and weight reduction


Other enhancements include a automatic rotor brake to keep the rotor totally stationary when the bail is open, a waterproof carbon drag which can deliver up to 66lbs. of drag pressure, digital cut gearing, a lightweight aluminum spool that is finished with carbon, and a machined aluminum handle with a lightened two piece machined knob. This is one very slick looking spinning reel!


The Saltiga is finished with a two piece machined knob


There are five new sizes of Saltiga spinning reels from 3500 to 6500 and are designed to cover just about any saltwater spinning need. These are premium offerings and the MSRP for the new reels ranges from $1,099.95 to $1,299.95.


The record breaking Millionaire surf reel is now coming stateside


A Millionaire Surf Casting Reel: At the show Daiwa also introduced a brand new Millionaire surf casting reel which has already been made popular in Europe. These are the 7HTMAG and factory “Super Tuned” model M7HTMAGST. These reels feature proven, record-class performance in European casting competitions, and are designed to offer anglers exceptional performance right off the shelf. Both are built in Daiwa’s Japanese factory to ensure maximum quality control.


This reel is proven overseas and delivers exceptionally long casts


To control the high-performance tuned spools of these reels, capable of reaching speeds up to 30,000 rpm, Magforce® Z (called Magnofuge in Europe) automatically applies smooth magnetic braking as the spool approaches maximum speed to prevent over run, then backing off as the spool slows. The end result is the spool starts and builds speed faster, then keeps spinning longer. The amount of control is fully adjustable to meet varying conditions and your particular casting style.


To up the ante there is now a supertuned version


The supertuned version features more aggressive styling and souped up guts including the increased bearing count and use of carbon fiber


The supertuned M7HTMAGST comes loaded with 8CRBB, 1BB, 1RB and weighs in at 11.5oz. and will retail for $499.95, while the 7HTMAG has 5CRBB, 1BB, 1RB and weighs 12.2oz. and will retail for $299.95. Both reels have the same powerful 5.8:1 gear ratio and are capable of bringing back 28 inches of line per handle crank.


The swept carbon fiber handle looks just like the Zillion Type R, just with new EVA knobs


Conclusion: It isn't all just exciting new freshwater reels from Daiwa this year. The company continues to advance their saltwater reels and the new Saltiga looks and feels absolutely incredible. This advanced new reel is not just designed to tackle big fish it is built to stand up to all the brutal conditions that offshore anglers face. For surf casters stateside the Millionaire surf casting reels should be a popular series as they have already been proven overseas to be among the longest casting reels on the planet.










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