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Keith thought I should post my impression and experience with my Daiwa Steez Baitcaster.

I ordered myself a new setup, and decided to go with a Daiwa Steez baitcaster and Kistler Helium LTA 7 foot MH rod. I ordered both from Cabelas. First a little background, I am a hardcore Daiwa fan, been using their products for many years, back to the old Daiwa Samuri's , over the past 10 years I have been pretty much using exclusively Team Daiwa X 103's and love them, have several different versions including the the super tuned model ( awesome reel for light weight lures ) and just last year picked up an Advantage Super Tuned, and in my humble opinion, probably the best baitcaster for about $130.00, but thats just my opinion, being a Daiwa fan.. Also last year I purchased 5 Team Daiwa S rods ( the green stick ) and have 100% pleased with them... Also last year picked up 3 Quantum's 1- Accurists PTs one fresh water and one salt water version and also picked up a Tour Edition PT 7:1:1.. all 3 reels I love and cast effortlessly....

Additionally I consider myself a pretty good angler and very good caster and accurate caster.

Today was my first opportunity to test out my new Steez/Kistler setup.. First the Kistler rod is awesome... If I had known how sweet this rods are, I would have purchased one allot sooner. Now to the reel, this reel is simply a work of art, lightweight, solid feel to it, awesome drag ( got fish #1 on cast #1 ). As stated above I consider myself a very experienced caster and can pretty much pickup any setup and cast accurately with no backlashing... The Steez is not an out of the box, spool it up and go fishing type of reel if you have never used a reel of this caliber.. 1st cast .. backlash, 2nd cast backlash, 3rd cast backlash.. and on , and on and on..................... I spooled up with 10# Vanish,, then tried 40# power pro, then 12# Big Game... What I learned this afternoon was a few things..
1- this reel does NOT react well to a home run type of cast, it reacts much better if finessed.
2- the drop weight adjustment, at almost full setting and magnaforce V setting on 10 and a forcefull cast is almost like casting one of my other reels in free spool, which I never do....
3- I proceeded to adjust the drop weight and Magnaforce V until I was able to get a good long cast with minimal backlash, and eventually several casts in row with no backlash.. but I still need to get in
plenty of practice time casting with this reel... so far i love except for the learning curve.... but I plan to put up all my other setups and fish this setup exclusively for the next week or so, till I can cast effortlessly without backlashing...
4- Pitching.... OMG..... as fast as this spool spins up,,, you almost do not need to cast, and simply pitch,, I had zero backlashes pitching 1/8oz t-rig and trick worm and weightless senkos at least 25 to 40 feet... this is an awesome reel for pitchn'

Overall impression after a few hours casting.. this is a very impressive reel, but not for the novice, and even the angler with plenty of yrs of experience with off the shelf baitcasters, will need to be patient with the learing curve... btw even came with a padding reel cover to keep it looking new...

As far as the overall setup.. light weight would be an understatement... this setup is so lightweight.. my Team Daiwa / Team Daiwa 103 setups feel like telephone polls..
I will provide additional feedback as I get used to the setup and catch a few more fish.....

Again the above is my opinion of the reel, maybe a little bias, since I am a huge Daiwa fan...
 
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Cool Brian. I can't wait to try yours since it will be a long, long, long time before I am able to afford such an extravegant reel like that.
 

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Thank you for your insight Brian. Thats an excellent review you wrote! I too am a huge daiwa fan and have been curious how the steez line was. Sounds like a super reel. I especially like what you said about its ability to pitch.
 

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Here's some pictures to go along with that great review :D



 

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KeithsCatch said:
it will be a long, long, long time before I am able to afford such an extravegant reel like that.
Im right there with ya on that one Keith! lol
 

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Day 2 thoughts.....

Went out this am and took some casts with the senko weightless, and I am starting to get the feel for this reel, seems the trick is smooth, fluid casts, not forcing it,, and also, just thumbing it with the very tip of my thumb,, resting it on the ( thumb bar ).. I am getting more distance, no backlashes and am slowing increasing the drop weight adjustment for a faster drop.... needless to say I am really loving this setup....

More to come...................

Keith you are going to love this setup....... I am gonna try a lippless crank bait later with the 12 big game... I should end up putting the bait in the house across the lake's kitchen sink.... :dance01: :dance01:
 
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Like I said you are going to hate your other rod and reels after using this set up for a while :) But I will be happy to accept your other inferior rod and reels :D
 

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Sorry, but not at the moment..... but I will be sure to let you know if I decide to do a major upgrade....
 

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Impression / Review #3:

Lippless crankbaits...

If you love throwing lippless crankbaits this reel is the perfect match for fishing these all day long... Both 1/4 and 1/2 lippless crankbaits simply fly off this reel, with next to zero effort and the distance ,, well lets my neighbor across the lake is still trying to figure out what the heck was splashing by the bank in his backyard.... :dance01: :dance01:

Combined with the light weight Kistler rod,, this will definitely be the setup I will be throwing lipless crankbaits with... no more beating up my shoulders and elbows......
 
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