LONG-TERM: Daiwa Emblem Spod reel

LONG-TERM: Daiwa Emblem Spod reel

RRP: £165 | www.daiwasports.co.uk

Tackle editor Mark Sawyer has used and abused his Emblem Spod. Here's his verdict...

This is my five-year-old Daiwa Emblem Spod reel. It’s travelled with me across Europe, been caked in groundbait, liquid additives, Goo and coloured dyes. It’s also been baked in the sun and frozen in the snow, all with little more than a quick swill off in lake water and the odd squirt of WD40 to keep it running.

Half a decade of use and still running like clockwork

Half a decade of use and still running like clockwork

I calculate that it’s Spombed in around a tonne of mixed boilies, particles, pellets and groundbait mixes, which roughly equates to over 7,000 casts, and a retrieve distance of around 370 miles! This is basically like reeling in from Inverness to our offices in Peterborough. By anyone’s reckoning a fair amount of work for any reel.

Awesome line lay and sturdy clips = a spodding delight

Awesome line lay and sturdy clips = a spodding delight

When you consider that most of those 7,000-odd casts are terminated as the Spomb hits the clip with some force, and the reel then retrieves the unloaded Spomb back through the water, it’s amazing that it hasn’t ever snapped me off against the clip, or seized up.

It’s commonly known that the Emblem Spod shouldn’t be fully submerged, as water ingress can cause one of its washers to swell, making it difficult to crank until it dries out. But other than that it’s completely and utterly faultless.

Interestingly if you divide the reel’s price by the approximate number of casts made over a five-year period it works out at 0.02p per cast. Ain’t that something?