Packed with innovative features never before seen in a casting reel, the Daiwa T3 Casting Reel also weighs in at only 6.5oz. This is thanks in part to its revolutionary Zaion Carbon Frame and Sideplate, which offer lightweight strength and rigidity that rival that of Magnesium - except Zaion material doesn't corrode.
The reel's new Nitride Coated T-Wing Casting System also facilitates much longer, more accurate casting, as well as a more natural fall from your lures. During casting or free-spool mode, the cover (at the front of the reel) lifts up and the upper portion of T-shaped levelwind creates additional space for line to come more freely off the spool. This ensures significantly less friction than a standard levelwind, which forces line to funnel through a narrow opening. When the reel is re-engaged the cover closes down and guides the line through the narrow portion of the "T" levelwind - winding line like a traditional levelwind and providing the best of both worlds.
As if that wasn't enough, Daiwa also included their new Magforce 3D Cast Control System, which offers 20 fine tuning increments in 3 modes (Max Brake, All Around & Long Cast), yielding 60 stages of complete cast control for all conditions and situations. Ahead of its time - the Daiwa T3 takes baitcasting performance to the next level.
-Ultimate Tournament Drag System
-Aluminum Swept Handle Arm
-Precision Spool, Pinion & Drive Gear (Made in Japan)
-Aluminum Worm Shaft
-Micro Click Drag Star
-Rugged 6-Point Drive Train Support
-One-Touch Open Side Plate
Weighing in at only 6.5oz, the Daiwa T3 Casting Reel is packed with Daiwa's most innovative new features including Daiwa's new Nitride Coated T-Wing Casting System for the longest and most accurate casting and the most natural fall from your lures.
Comments: This reel, mounted to the 7' 1/4 - 1oz zillion and spooled with 30lb slick 8, became my favorite light tackle rig instantly. I fish inshore and saltwater with it around RI and MA. It throws lures a mile for striped bass and it is my go-to for Black sea bass and winter/summer flounder. I've caught 15lb stripers and 10lb blues on it, the drag is smooth and powerful. Love this reel!
From: Cody: Providence, RI 9/9/14
Comments: When people say it's rubbish, they just don't take care of this reel, or all of their reels well in general... Don't drop this reel and it won't crack under any normal circumstances. If the retrieve is clunky or not smooth in general, open up the reel, greaser he gears a little or remove any thing that is in the way of the gears connection and/or look for help online. It is very corrosion resistant, it can cast a mile, overall, this is a great reel. Realllly though, stop reading comments submitted by regular people who aren't pros and check out tackle tour's review of this written reel tested and critiqued by the pros themselves...
From: Jordan: Chicago, IL 8/24/14
Comments: Its very easy to setup and with the wind changing directions the external magforce 3 way switch really comes in handy. The SV has a little shallower spool but the Real Four Custom 1016 Spool on this T3 really lets the line fly.
From: CJ: Gretna, LA 6/14/14
Comments: This thang cast my deps buster k frog a mile. Furthest casting reel I've ever cast. The 1016 spool is the beast.
From: MY: WI 6/12/14
Comments: This is an excellent, easy handling, quick adjusting reel. The only backlash was caused by me (thumb slipped). Here's how I use it: Select the "Longcast" mode and dial in the "Mag Dial" for down-wind. Turning and casting into a 10mph wind? Select the "All Round" and fire away with confidence. Got a 20mph wind to cast into? Select "Maxbrake" and let it rip. Going back down-wind, select "Longcast" and put your arm into it with confidence. No other adjustments are necessary. The fastest wind-adjusting reel I've ever used.
From: Bud: Santa Fe, NM 5/20/14
Comments: You guys are nuts, these things are awesome. Best casters out there bar none.
From: Dougie: Ontario CANADA
Comments: Overpriced but an excellent caster with a good drag. Has stood up to saltwater inshore use well with some big fish. I am hoping for this model to be further developed and a more realistic pricepoint. Good performer though. The T3B is a better value.
Comments: This reel is absolutely junk for the price. Out of the box the reel cranking is not smooth at all. The color coating on this reel is also very rough, not as smooth as it used to be. You can spot on the incomplete coating around the reel. The reel skin start to flex off within the first trip in fresh water, not just only one but 2 location. When the reel is under load cranking, you can notice clearly the flex and all the roughness on the gear. I admit that the reel cast great, but building quality of this reel are sub par for this price point. I am Daiwa guys for my whole life, and still remember the first day I got my Alphas. This reel is nothing compare to alphas building quality, except casting. Currently I feel better and better with Quantum, while their quality still little inferior to Daiwa, but at least the price are not these curel. While both Japanese brands try to up their price again and again, I loving my Smoke more and more.
From: Tony: USA
Comments: I'm not the only 1 who feel this reel is rubbish. Until you(below) had use a JDM Ryoga, Zillion 7.3 100P and I'ze Light Tuned Millionaire and overhaul these reels. You will be surprise that your overpriced little plastic reel is just a gimmick. Read my last message before telling me about inflation. At this price point, this reel is short of too many bearings. I had been a Daiwa user my whole life, the fact is there. They are making too many mistakes since introduction of Zaion. We do not have LMB in S'pore, we have Temensis, micropeltes and other super hard fighting fish. The T3 will not stand a chance. Go read up on TT review on it also.
From: Adam: S'pore
Comments: How anyone could describe this sleek performer as "rubbish" (below) is beyond me. It is a casting machine that palms comfortably and can cast very light lures extremely well. Zaion and it's ilk is/are not my favorite reel build materials either, but it is something we will be seeing more of as the cost of material increases with inflation. Blame the high price point of this reel on the exchange rate more than Daiwa. Shimano pricing has been impacted negatively by this also. Anyway, I love my T-3 and T-3 Ballistic (the sweet spot) and I think that most will find them to be advanced in perfomance as well as styling.
From: Forrest: GA
Comments: This reel is pure rubbish. No water prove drag washer. No bearing supported levelwind worm gear. No bearing supported idle gear, no bearings supported knobs and Zaion just crack too easily. Would expect more from Daiwa. The side plate holding the mag-z brakes are "lock" onto the reel's frame with 3 thinly produce clutch.. after overhauling, the screws become loose and you have to drip a drop of loctite and let it dry till it's screw-able. A huge disappointment at this price point. Same goes to my friend's Zaion Fuego. Rubbish!
Yes, it does cast far.
From: Adam: S'pore
Comments: Tried the JDM version. Awesome reel except for the following. Daiwa included a part with the reel to be glued to the frame. It appears to be designed to keep line from hitting a portion of the interior frame and wearing the Zaion material. Also, saw picture where braid grooved the front lip of the reel. So I am limiting use of mine to mono and flourocarbon until I hear more re these issues. Hopefully the US version will address this.Brakes work great. One of the easier Daiwas to tune, casts like a dream and balances perfectly on light rods.
From: Tim: Indianapolis, IN
Comments: Very nice! The re-tooled T3s' hit the streets here in Japan about 2-weeks ago and I was lucky enough to pick one up. After pairing the 7.1:1 model with a Daiwa Zillion Flip Rod 7'6" Heavy, and 'Toray' 12lb 100% Fluorocarbon, I worked my way through the casting modes and must that this reel is outstanding! The Magforce 3D Cast Control System was flawless on my windy day at the lake, and with the T-Wing System, not reaching the other side the wide channel easily became a thing of the past. Advice to my fellow Anglers, if you don't already know it, learn the "backlash Thumb Trick" before using the T3 in the Long Cast mode. Only negative I experienced is the Magforce 3D's mode selection switch is a hair too long, which causes it to painfully bite into the lower part of the Index Finger when gripping tighter for better control. I encountered a similar problem with the lower [left side plate] screw retainer housing on Shimano's 200 & 300 series baitcasters. The protruding housing would dig into the palm just below the thumb. While not the STEEZ, the T3 is a close second when you consider weight and features. I have a T3 6.3:1 on order with Tackle Warehouse that I intend to pair with a Falcon BuCoo 7'6"M casting rod, also from Tackle Warehouse. Long story short, get the T3 and I'm sure you'll be impressed!
From: Kim: Misawa, Japan
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