Been using a new spinning reel........

For years I have been a Shimano man when it comes to spinning reels, but at the Nantes bass show earlier this year I came across the Daiwa Luvias DA 3000. Some bits of gear I guess just strike a chord with the user, and this particular spinning reel just looked and felt right to me from the moment I got to pick it up. But lots of fishing tackle looks and feels nice at a show. Plenty of times I have thought that a particular rod for example feels great when you wiggle it about, but then I get it out fishing and completely revise my opinions. It's happened to me a few times recently in fact. I managed to get hold of one of these Daiwa spinning reels for testing in time for when I went to Ireland at the end of June - a very good trip to start working with a reel and see what happens........

There is no getting away from that the more expensive spinning reels especially just feel incredibly smooth when you spin them. My Stella 4000FD is just stunning in that respect. I liked this Daiwa Luvias DA 3000 when I picked it up partly because it felt so madly light, and secondly because it seemed to be very "tight" and smooth when you turned the handle. Why Daiwa and Shimano release spinning reels of around the same size with different numerical codes is beyond me, but in my book a 3000 Daiwa is around the same size as a 4000 Shimano if that helps, and this Luvias DA 3000 is the perfect size for an all round bass spinning reel I reckon. But then it gets more complicated with regards to the codes - a 2500 Daiwa is around the size of a 3000 Shimano spinning reel. Why ? Beats me.......

Anyway, I have been using this Daiwa spinning reel since that Ireland trip, and it leaves me in a bit of a dilemma to be perfectly honest. I feel "disloyal" not using my Stella at the moment, and as a result I feel that I should be trying even harder to find some kind of fault with this Daiwa. But I genuinely can not. It even comes with a spare spool, and personally I believe that is really important. The Luvias DA 3000 is not a cheap spinning reel, indeed Veals for example are starting to stocking it at around £300 I believe - ok, not Stella or Branzino prices, but not way down the price scale at the more budget end either. And I can't help but feel that at this kind of price a reel like this should come with a spare spool. All credit to Daiwa here then. I reckon that £300 buys you one hell of a lot of spinning reel.

There is no denying the sheer pleasure derived from fishing with a higher end spinning reel. I can't say it's going to catch a load more fish, but there is just something you can't quite put your finger on about a reel like this Luvias. It really is as light as I remembered it being back at the bass show, and as such it balances really well on a lot of these more modern lure rods..............and especially one particular model that I have been working with for a while now. The line lay is perfect, as on most of these kinds of reels - but does this really matter when you look at say the appalling line lay on something like my Van Staal reels ? They fish just fine. But personally I just like it when that braid goes on nice and uniform like you can see above. Does it catch me more fish ? Probably not. But it's just one of those things to me.....

The drag on this Luvias is very, very smooth, with no snatching that I have come across. It's always completely different when you tighten up a drag and manually pulls line off to when a fish is doing so when it's hooked. Lots of spinning reels do actually feel a bit "snatchy" when you warp the line around your hand and yank it off, but then you get out fishing and it's smooth as silk. Very much like this Daiwa. I have got the reel very wet at times, whether through accidental dunkings or plain getting covered with spray, and it feels as good as the first day I started messing around with it. The more I use it, the more I like it.

I know very little about the ins and outs of spinning reel design, but it is pretty obvious that companies like Daiwa and Shimano do their thing a little differently to each other. This Luvias DA 3000 spool is not as "long" as a typical Shimano spool. It looks a little more "squat" to me, and I am guessing that there are all sorts of reasons for this that I don't have a clue about. But what I can tell you is that it all works perfectly. I just massively like the Daiwa Luvias DA 3000 reel for my lure fishing. Every single thing about it just feels right to me when I am out fishing. Somebody somewhere has obviously put a lot of thought into this reel. The price is going to put a lot of anglers off, I know that, but then I meet more and more bass fishermen especially these days who are investing increasingly in higher end gear for their own fishing.Spend it or don't spend it, it's a personal choice thing.

A reel handle might not seem that important in the overall scheme of fishing tackle things, but I have not yet fished with a reel handle that I liked as much as on this Luvias. Seriously. To the point where I am now wondering why on earth more spinning reels don't come with handles like this. All credit then to say the lower priced and excellent Shimano Rarenium spinning reels and their excellent handles. I also see that a bunch of the higher end Daiwa spinning reels can be customised with different handles etc. OK, so the shape of a handle is a personal thing, but I can tell you for example that I have always disliked the handles on my Van Staal reels. Why exactly I can't tell you, but fishing gear is all personal stuff is it not ? As I said earlier, I want to find fault with this Daiwa Luvias, but so far I can't. I even really like the colour !!

But you won't find Daiwa UK listing this Luvias DA 3000 yet - and I see that there is a also a "finesse" size Luvias DA 2500, which could be perfect for the new finesse me could it not ??!! The only way I know of at the moment to get hold of these reel is to give the Veals Mail Order people a shout. There may be other avenues to go down, but I am not personally aware of them yet. I have to give the companies like this out there a lot of credit for sticking their necks out and selling items of gear like this - and thankfully for us there are more and more switched on dealers, shops and companies out there who are getting us (tackle tarts ?) better access to the kind of gear we want to fish with.

Anyway, best get back to working rather frantically on Issue 2 of Adventure Fishing, and of course preparing for moving home later this week. Kinda hectic, but we just can't wait to get it over and done with and be in the new house. Any of you who have gone through this moving stuff know exactly what I am talking about......