Rated 5 out of 5 by Audiodoode Rock Solid
A no frills, everyday workhorse of a reel. Sure, you can spend twice as much for a reel with a hot sauce permeable, twin canooter valve, 12 ball bearing slackblasting, zero contradiction friction spool lip made with the same materials as the Space Shuttles toilet flush handle with an enriched plutonium pinion gear. My guess is, after 5 years, the Daiwa SS will still be catching fish. The same may not be said for todays latest & greatest. When I first used my original SS (many moons ago), I was impressed with the castability & strong bail spring. Roughly 20 years later, the same things are evident, and so much more. If I were a guide, this is the reel I would have at hand for clients to use. I wouldn't be afraid of the little things that could happen to one of todays "stimulus busting" reels.
Buy it & be glad you did many years from now.
March 30, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by BlueWaterMD Great Reel
One of the best reels I have ever used! I have owned the 1600 for the past 6 years, and have it paired with an offshore angler powerstick (10-20#). I have abused this reel and it has survived some of the harshest fishing environments I can think of. From the NJ surf, being pounded with waves, dunked in saltwater and dropped in sand countless times to the rigors of kayak fishing. All I do when I get home is hose it off and occasioally give it a spray with some silicone. It will hold 200+ yards of 20# power pro and handle big stripers and blues without a problem. Sure there are more high tech and smoother reels, but for value it can't be beat. It reminds me of the old Penn spinning reels (simple, reliable, and easy to fix), but in a much lighter form.
Unfortunately, my 1600 just broke (my fault not the reel), when it was crushed between my boat and a dock. I will be replacing it with a new 1600, and will also be purchasing a 2600 for a lamiglas beach/jetty stick that I am currently building to handle big snook and mid size tarpon down in FL where I now live.
December 28, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fishn4Tuna Best Reel I own
I've had this reel for 2 years now. I fish the West coast of Florida for Redfish, Trout, Snook, Sheepshead and more. this reel as others have said, may not be the smoothest reel on the market. But this thing casts further than any other reel I own and retrieves and wraps line perfectly. I have mine mounted to a Ugly Stik Intercoastal 6' 6" rod and they pair together perfectly. This reel has the best drag that I have ever used, it's reliable and it dosen't fade. I conduct routine maintenance by washing it off and keeping it oiled after each trip, and have had no problems at all. The only gripe I have is when you grab the line and the bails spins backwards to the next stop, there is a stop that puts the pivoting part of the bail right over the reel support, so that the bail will not open fully. This is a minor gripe, but it happens quite often. they need to get rid of that one stop point inside the reel and it would be perfect! Yes I did give it five stars, because even though I have other reels (Shimano, Penn and Okuma), I always choose this one first. It's my favorite reel hands down. I wish extra spools didn't cost so much. I will be buying another reel soon to add to my collection, and it will be another SS.
September 17, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beaver4Badgers Daiwa SS Series
I was a member of The Daiwa Pro-Staff back in the late 70's when the SS reels were first introduced. Well here it is about 30 years later, and I still use the reels that I got a year that they were available to the public. It doesn't matter what size, they are all still in use. From panfish and walleyes, to bass, pike and muskies, these reels have seen everything possible and have come out with flying colors. I do nothing more than give them a good cleaning every year. I believe that they will outlast me.
June 10, 2008