Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Reels are the hottest topic for TackleTour. Everyone wants to know what the latest and greatest is and how they compare to the old guard. What's the best for light stuff, or what's your suggestion for heavy cover. Do we really need different retrieve ratios? It's all in here.

Which reel manufacturer is your favorite?

Daiwa
264
43%
Shimano
281
46%
Abu Garcia
17
3%
Quantum
6
1%
Pfleuger
1
0%
Ardent
0
No votes
Lew's
17
3%
Okuma
1
0%
Pinnacle
1
0%
Wright & McGill
0
No votes
US Reels
0
No votes
13 Fishing
22
4%
 
Total votes: 610

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Re: Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Post by Edward78 » Thu May 30, 2019 6:29 am

dorset darren wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 3:01 pm
Daiwa all the way
I'm with you, I want to like Shimano better and used to but I find myself owning and using Daiwa's way more.

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Re: Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Post by bwjay » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:34 pm

I only got back into fishing in February or so, at least that's when I started doing lots and lots of research. In my reading and watch (of videos) I saw a lot stuff about Shimano, some about Daiwa. I liked what I saw from Shimano - an understated, professional look to most of their reels. Mostly neutral tones like black and gray with very few accents. With the SLX line it seems they are trying to snazz things up a bit, maybe for a younger crowd, but I much prefer the understated look of, say, the Chronarch MGL, Bantam MGL, Curado 70, etc... That being said, if I ignore the blue tension knob and the blue SLX logo on my SLX, I really like the soft touch black look. I know it's a cheap reel and it looks semi cheap since it's not metal, but it also doesn't look like cheap shiny plastic. And that's what bothers me about Daiwa reels, even the expensive ones ($300-500). They just look cheap! Heck, the Zillion SV TW, a reel a few folks have recommended to me, for $300, has multiple colors going on, with a lot of cheap shine going on. Maybe it's just every photo I've seen, but not a single photo has made it look classy. Even the Steez looks a little cheap, but not as bad since it's mostly black with an accent. I don't mind the Steez. But, there are a few other things, like the external brake adjustment knobs on a lot of Daiwa reels that just don't look as clean to me as Shimano reels. And man, they have some really bold colors for their reels. I would never want a bright red or blue reel like the new Admira or Coastal SV. I like classy neutral blacks and grays to go with the cork on my neutrally colored rods.

So...... yeah. I'm a Shimano guy. My Bantam and SLX look and feel pretty good to me. Oh yeah and my Stradic Ci4+ is a gorgeous reel too, though the red accents are a little flashy, and I prefer the more understated look of the Stradic FK. All 3 reels perform very well and they feel good and look good. I really want to try out a mid to high end Daiwa reel, but I don't want to take the plunge myself. Not when I have this much confidence in Shimano, at least with the couple reels I have and have tried.

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Re: Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Post by hasnoboat1 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:32 am

Both are great but my preference leans slightly toward shimano.

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Re: Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Post by MBB Nate » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:27 pm

Daiwa, but I also like Lews. I don't have much experience with Shimano.

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Re: Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Post by nfnband » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:12 am

At one time I was all about Shimano but Diawa impressed me years ago with the pluton. They are definitely the better bang for the buck at the moment so when i decided to upgrade gear all my freshwater spinners where replaced with various Diawa LTs. If i do the math the money i saved buying Diawa over comparable Shimanos I was able to pick up a used Tranx to the saltwater collection. I am up in the air with baitcasters i want to get a Curado DC but my curiosity with the Diawa SV reels is strong especially with this Diawa Coastal that has the potential over covering allot of fresh and saltwater applications.

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Re: Is it Daiwa, Shimano, or someone else?

Post by Drakestar » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:55 am

Seems to be pretty evenly split between Shimano and Daiwa, so I added a vote for ABU ;) I have reels that I like from a couple manufacturers - I like my Curado 70s and Aldebarran, I love (love love!) my ABU Garcia AL-F, and I'm really happy with my recent discovery of the Plueger Patriarch. (Also got a bunch of Okumas that perform admirably, but I'd never vote them as a favourite choice.)

The thing that makes we vote for ABU in the end are my spinning reels, because I feel that they're ahead in that category. I have MGX20, 30 and 2000s reels on my finesse rods, and I just like them better than anything Shimano has to offer in that regard. (Got a Stradic Ci4+ as well and it's fine. Just not great.) Maybe the Excense would change my mind, but I just can't bring myself to even consider putting a $550, 30-size reel (that's rather heavy, as well) on a finesse rod.

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