Daiwa Saltist Saltwater Spinning Reels
STT5000H was to replace my Daiwa reel that my dad bought about 35 years ago mainly for saltwater jetty fishing. Overall it's a very nice reel, except for one major flaw that you may want to consider before purchasing this reel.
The bail on Daiwa Saltist are solidered together and the solder on this reel just pops out. Daiwa replaced the first one free of charge, but last year another solder on the bail came loose. Contacted Daiwa and they wanted approximately $47 to replace the bail.
My friend bought STT6500H and within a couple years, his needed replacing as well. He bought a Shimano Stella, but I am not sure whether I can afford a Stella.
I am debating whether to purchase a Shimano spinning reel instead and get rid of this reel because it's matter of time before the solder comes loose. Google it and you will find others with the same problems.
April 1, 2013
Very good purchase
I bought the reel to put on a 12.5 foot surf rod (not the advertised purpose). As the reel retrieves over 50 inches of line per revolution of the handle is what I wanted. As the bail does not automaticly close it took a ;little getting used to but not that much of a problem. I fished it every day for a week and it preformed very well, in fact in intend to replace another reel with an additional one of these
May 21, 2012
Smooth reel, poor drag.
I just received a new 4500 series Saltist and loaded it with 55lb Daiwa boat braid. The reel reels very smoothly and super fast ratio. The main drawback is the drag.
When you remove the spool there is an o-ring on the shaft and plastic parts that don't look very durable.
The drag is smooth until you tighten it up to 8-10 + lbs. at which it deteriorates to an unappealing chattering, rough mess.
April 20, 2010
One of the better saltwater reels around. Built strong with a great drag. I like the no reverse at all on this reel. It comes in several sizes for larger fish. I don't think a person could ever use all the drag that this reel has.
It has performed just great.
June 26, 2011