This month’s flagship review sees the eye-catching Daiwa GS3000 LTD and GS4000 LTD reels take centre stage…
RRP: £99.99 each
If there were a beauty contest for reels, a place on the podium would be nailed on for these gorgeous little incarnations from the all-powerful Daiwa stable.
Seen by many as a modern-day upgrade of the company’s iconic Tournament SS2600 Whisker reels, the two-strong GS LTD range was launched last year and, such was the initial demand, many shops sold out within a few days of stocks arriving.
With fresh supplies now gracing the shelves once again, they continue to sell like hot cakes, which is of little surprise given the combination of the reels’ striking looks, modest asking price, technical prowess and all-round versatility.
For a penny under the ton, you get an awful lot of reel in a compact and highly attractive frame.
These black and gold beauties are packed to the gunwales with Daiwa’s market-leading technical components, including Twistbuster, which does exactly what it says on the tin and dramatically reduces the dreaded line twist; and Air Rotor, which reduces weight while at the same time increasing the reel’s strength and eliminating vibrations under winding tension.
Add to this already-impressive tech spec a micro-adjustable front drag, infinite anti-reverse, one-touch folding handle with wooden knob and a high-quality distance control line clip, and it’s clear what a feat of high engineering the GS LTD reels are.
Yet, above all, it’s perhaps the sheer versatility of these reels which is making them a must-have among carp-angling fraternity.
As well as being perfect for all forms of small-water work - where casts to the horizon aren’t necessary - these reels are ideal for adorning a stalking or surface fishing setup, thanks to their silky drag, modest weight and ample line capacity.
And, if you like to have the occasional dabble at barbel or chub fishing come the autumn and winter months, these are just the ticket for that particular pursuit too.
These little parcels of perfection really do have a ridiculous amount going for them…
Model Ratio Weight Line capacity
GS3000LTD 4.7:1 10.8oz 185m-10lb
GS4000LTD 4.9:1 14.1oz 240m-12lb