FIRST-LOOK REVIEW: New 2018 Daiwa Emblem

FIRST-LOOK REVIEW: New 2018 Daiwa Emblem

The fine reputation of Daiwa's Emblem range lives on with this latest incarnation for 2018...

Daiwa Emblem 2018 review

Daiwa Emblem 35 5000C SCW QD reel

RRP: £175 |

Daiwa's classic Emblem big-pit reel has been reinvented for 2018 with a 35mm-wide spool, making it ideal for coping with thicker line diameters.

The new Emblem 35 SCW 5000C QD, to give it its lengthy full title, continues the trend for stealthy, all-black reels and boasts a number of impressive features. 

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It's got a reduced oscillation speed called Slow Cross Wrap, which offers faultless line-lay making it ideal for both long-range casting and heavy-duty work such as fishing in weed or using the heaviest of leads.

Gearing-wise, the new Emblem runs seamlessly wobble-free on six ball bearings, while its powerful 4.9:1 gearing ratio retrieves an equally as impressive 106cm (41.8ins) of line per handle crank.

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The shallow spools (there's a spare one included) that come with each reel are designed to hold around 300yd of line, meaning that a 1000yd bulk spool of line will fill three reels, which is very handy.

To that little lot you can add Daiwa’s tried-and-tested QD front drag system, which is quickly and easily set from virtually locked up, to freespool in half a turn on the front drag knob; Twist-Buster 2 line-management system, and a technically advanced rock-solid Air Rotor adding to the reel's winding power.   

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