The Daiwa name is synonymous with quality rods and reels, and they make plenty of those, but their line, lures, and accessories also have many fans. Each year, they release new items in those categories packed with technology and great features.
Here's what's new with Daiwa after ICAST 2021.
Ballistic MQ LT Spinning Reel
The popular Ballistic spinning reel got an upgrade with the new MQ LT version. It is lightweight, durable, and packs plenty of quality features. They brought several features from higher-end reels down to this level ($229.99), making it an excellent value for the price.
The reel includes features like a Monocoque design, rust-free Zaion V body, Magsealed shaft, Zaion V Air Rotor and Air Bail. It comes in sizes from 1000 to 4000.
Kage Bass Ned Rig Rod
No finesse technique has been as popular as the Ned Rig over the past few years and fishing brands have noticed. With more and more people fishing it, there are now rods built specifically for the technique. This year, Daiwa is releasing a rod in the Kage bass rod series perfect for the Ned Rig.
It is a 6'10 medium spinning rod with a strong yet sensitive blank built with Daiwa's X-45 Bias Carbon. It also has Fuji Tangle Free Guides with Alconite insert, lightweight Fuji reel seat, and sharp cosmetics.
Steez Custom HMKL minnow
Daiwa also added a new lure with a brand new premium jerkbait designed by Kazuma Izumi. It features a thin profile like other jerkbaits but has a unique action thanks to a durable circuit board lip that helps the bait quickly cut through the water when jerked.
It features a weight transfer system for better casts, and two of the treble hooks (front and rear) are on swivels to help prevent fish from coming unhooked. The HMKL Minnow is 5.4 inches long and weighs 9/16 ounces. It is available in six colors and will retail for $25.99.
Steez CT SV Reel and Steez AGS Rods
The Steez name is known as the best you can get from Daiwa and now they have a new reel, the Steez CT SV. It is light, smooth, and weighs in at just 5.3 ounces.
It has a 90mm handle, Hyper Drive Design for the gearing, T-Wing System, and SV (Stress-Free Versatile) long-cast spool. It also has a new drag system that includes discs that are 30-times more durable. This is called the UTD (Ultimate Tournament Drag) and ensures flawlessly smooth drag. This is an enthusiast-level reel with a price tag of $729.99.
Daiwa's new flagship rods are the Steez AGS that is 10% lighter than the previous generation. They are balanced, strong, and feature AGS guides, premium Grade A Cork, a machined foregrip, and a limited lifetime warranty.
Zillion SV TW
The Zillion reel series got an upgrade with Daiwa's new Hyper Drive design that includes Hyper Armed Housing, Hyper Drive Digigear, Hyper Double Support pinion gear, and Hyper Tough Clutch. It also has an SV Booster System for even better casting.
This new reel is smooth, has excellent casting distance, and is available in right- and left-handed versions in three different gear ratios: 6.3:1, 7.1:1, and 8.5:1. The retail price is $349.99.
Tatula SV103 Limited Casting Reel
Daiwa also has a limited edition silver Tatula SV103 to match their Tatula Elite rods perfectly. This reel has centrifugal and magnetic braking systems, unique Zaion Skeleton I-shaped knobs made of carbon fiber, and a 90mm swept carbon handle.
In addition to rods, reels, and accessories, Daiwa also produces fluorocarbon and braided lines. They added three more products this year.
Samurai J-Fluoro Hidden Concept
New for J-Fluoro is the addition of the new Hidden Concept version includes color blending with repeating sequences of different shades of brown and green. This camouflage look is said to fade into the background and reduce light refraction. It is available in 220 and 1000-yard spools and sizes ranging from 2-25lb test.
J-Braid Grand x8 in Chartreuse
The popular J-Braid Grand x8, an eight carrier braid with Daiwa's patented IZANAS™, makes it very thin and smooth. It is now available in a high-vis chartreuse color in 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 65 and 80lb sizes.
The new J-Braid x4 Multi-Color is meant for saltwater trolling and deep-water jigging but could be cool for bass anglers as well. It has multiple colors (orange, blue, pink, green, and purple) and it changes every meter. There are also indicators for line changing every five and ten meters, to help anglers count down their lures. It makes it easy to count down to specific depths and comes in sizes starting at a 10-pound test and up to 80lb.