Zebco® Delta™ Spincast Reels
The Best Spincast Reel I've owned
I've been spincasting all my life. The last couple of years, I've gone through over a dozen cheap, shoddy reels from various manufacturers. Finally, I found a good one. The Delta reel is well crafted, made of good materials. I own both models. I highly recommend it.
July 27, 2010
I've used the Omega since they came out. When I saw the Delta was the same reel without the extra spool and $20 less than the Omega, this is now my #1 go to reel. Has a quality feel since it's not plastic.
June 4, 2010
It'll Earn It's Keep
I looked at the Omega, but couldn't justify the price tag. So I decided to try this one instead. I've used Zebco Spincasters off and on throughout the years and have honestly never had any of the problems reviewers here are talking about. Of course I've always respooled each reel (no matter what brand/type) out of the box before first fishing and then shoot some dry land practice casts to ensure everything is working properly.
Before buying this I owned a Platnium 33 that was excellent and in many ways out-fished my other reels. The bottom line is that Zebco, and spincasters, get a bad reputation but in all honesty can run with any baitcaster/spinning reel on the market.
This reel is a good choice for a second or primary combo, that feels very solid (you'll enjoy the reeling action), and its well made. There have been many days where I took this reel (on a Rhino rod) and nothing else.
Finally for those who are having trouble with casts, for what reason I'm not sure, respool with SpiderWire Flurocarbon .... talk about distance .. I cast so far at times I'm actually scared to hook anything.
March 29, 2010
Feeling nostalgic, I googled the best spin cast reel available. Almost all posts agreed that the Zebco Omega was the winner hands down. Further searching reveiled that Zebco just released a model called the Delta which was the same as the Omega except it did not have quick change spools. The specs show all metal components, 3 pin ceramic pickups, and a good drag system. On paper it sounded great however in practice, it was not!
It came spooled with #10 line. As it was tearing off the plastic line keeper, the line broke instead of the plastic! No big deal I though and proceeded to respool with #10 Suffix. I mounted it on a 7' medium action rod. One positive thing I can say is it does cast well although quite awkward as the reel itself is 14oz making it feel top heavy. I found a couple serious problems. First it only took a few casts to twist the line up into knots. Second, the drag knob is on top of the reel making it hard to palm without inadvertently loosing the drag. Finally, the drag itself is wimpy. I hooked a good fish and I couldn't bring it in due to its weakness.
At $40 plus delivery, I expected much more from Zebco but was sadly disappointed. I have a $12 Daiwa spin caster that whoops this reel in all aspects except maybe durability (time will tell). IMHO steer clear of this reel if you are shopping for a spin caster.
November 7, 2009