Rated 4 out of 5 by dockboy1 Durable, reliable, smooth drag
My SS1300 is a decade old. It is fished hard, and it has performed. 3 years ago or so the bail gave me issues after years of hard service with only annual cleaning. Daiwa replaced the bail and updated the drags for the cost of labor at $25. This reel has caught hundreds of fish with issue, including several bass over 5lbs and a couple trout over 9lbs. It has a smooth, consistent drag with accurate adjustments. I've fished it with 6lb the majority of the time I've owned it. Not the prettiest, smoothest reel on the market, but a reel that is dependable. With 10-15lb braid and a leader, its also possible that the 700 size is one of the few reels in the $100 range capable of delivering great drag with a very lightweight design.
March 1, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by jordanthetanker simple is the best
to simply put it, this reel is perfect. it casts far. requires minimum maintenance. it also looks good, and has an amazing drag. i cant see how you could brake it. plus its retro, with non of that stupid plastic chrome covers and so on. just because a reel has 1000 ball bearings doesnt make it worth the big price tag. i had really smooth, flawless feeling reels that i thought would last forever. truth is even with babying them and maintenance, they still locked up. not to mention names, "pflueger". not saying that all expensive reels aren't worth the price tag. if you can deal without the excess features, and just want something you dont have to worry about with the same performance, buy this reel. they wouldnt keep it all these years if it wasnt worth it.
September 28, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptainBurens Super long casting!
The Diawa SS Tournament reel is very functional and reliable. The build of the spool with the Long Cast Technology is simply brilliant. It tapers down from the back to the front of the spool (larger to smaller) allowing the line on the back to come off as easily as the line on the front of the spool while casting. What do you get for that technology? Much longer casts with less effort. Actually, almost no effort is required to blow a huge cast off this reel.
Ok, I admit it's not the smoothest reel out there but Diawas are one of the longest lasting reels I have ever owned. (I still fish with a 25+ year old Diawa Ultralite and never even a hint of a problem on my weekly fishing excursions. When I bought it originally I fished daily over a 10 year period so it had plenty of use.)
The truth is, you really don’t feel how smooth this reel is or isn’t when you are reeling in a lure and you sure as beans don’t feel it when you hook into a hog because you were able to throw a monster cast to where that leviathan was hiding before he even knew someone was fishing!
The drag is super sensitive and incredibly variable so when you do hook into the big one you don’t have to worry about losing him to a sloppy, unpredictable drag system.
Overall you would be hard pressed to find a better, more dependable reel at any price. If you want a reel that you can spin the handle around and say, “Wow that’s really smooth” then this isn’t the reel for you. Of course, I bet you won’t be able to cast that reel as far as the Diawa SS Tournament and who knows how long that expensive super smooth reel will last?
Let’s see, suppose I cast my old Diawa UL only 700 times a week for 25 years… well that’s about 910,000 casts. Of course I cast that reel a lot more so let’s say conservatively one million casts without a repair and only an occasional lube. Like I said, you would be hard pressed to find a better, more dependable reel at any price.
September 24, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by brownzilla Best freshwater spin reel
Purchased first one from a local saltwater tackle store. Store owner recommended. ss700 model for trout fishing. Used for striper fishing local lakes too, 4# for trout, 6# for striper. If this little reel can hold onto a 20 # striper and bring it in, I hate to see what the ss2600 could do. Will be using for brown trout fishing to. the most thing I like about these reels beside the drags, is the bail never ever closes on a hard long cast and snaps off your lure or tackle. Oh yeah! the store owner who sold this reel also mentioned that this reel has been made for years and people keep coming back to buy the same reel. That must say something about this reels Quility. I have tried the rest all brands, high priced ones to, and always come back to the Diawa ss reel. Just goes to show, you don't need 10 ball bearings in your reel to catch fish. As far as being smooth, with fish pulling on the other end, you need solid feel and positive drag to stop the fish and a bail that winds in alot of line on one turn. Thats the otherstrong quailty of this reel. Diawa hit this right on the ss spin models .
August 1, 2010