The new Daiwa Spod reel has big shoes to fill, but it has all the ingredients to be a success. We headed up to Scotland to Daiwa HQ for an early look…
The original Emblem Spod reel is 20 years old and is still one of the company’s biggest sellers. In fact, it’s so ubiquitous and reliable it isn’t being replaced by this new model – the range is merely expanding.
However, technology and manufacturing processes have clearly advanced in those two decades and Daiwa is now ready to unleash a much more modern workhorse reel.
All going to plan these new reels should be in the shops for October 1.
The principles of this reel remain unchanged. It’s still designed for use as an aid to baiting up, by repeatedly casting either a spod or Spomb, or a marker float or bare lead.
To that end, it’s got a 35mm-tall ABS spool with a reverse-taper (thinner at the bottom and thicker at the drag-cap end), just like the original had.
This helps prevent big loops of line coming off during the cast, reducing the risk of wind knots and frap ups.
Unlike the original, the new reel now has Daiwa’s QD quick drag system, which will be a benefit for those who regularly use a marker float.
The dual line clips have also been upgraded and are nicely sprung so you won’t damage your line when casting to a specific spot.
The main difference you will notice when using the new reel is Daiwa’s Slow Cross Wrap (SCW) technology, which is a form of slow oscillation that determines the line lay.
Carp anglers have gone slow-oscillation crazy in recent years, with some believing the slower the better, but although it might look cool it isn’t always best for big chucks.
If the oscillation (that’s the spool rising and falling on its spindle as you turn the handle) is too slow then line can be laid on top of itself, causing problems when it comes to casting.
Daiwa’s SCW actually lays the line at more of an angle (‘cross wrapping’), which helps with its release.
In addition, the new spool has a double lip on the top rim. You might think this would produce twice as much friction on the line and slow down your casts, but it’s designed to add control.
Friction-free line release might sound good, but if the line is just barrelling off in all directions then it’s a recipe for disaster.
The subtle double lip channels the line into a narrower corridor so it goes through your butt guide with minimum fuss.
In short, the updated Daiwa Spod reel is packed full of new tech, but the key to this reel’s success will undoubtedly be its durability.
Its (cheaper) predecessor’s bullet-proof reputation looms large, and these will be big shoes to fill. Only time will tell!