After Daiwa already convinced me this year with the Legalis LT and the BG sea spinning reel, I got myself the Daiwa Fuego LT in the 4000` size and tested it for you extensively. The new Daiwa LT concept stands for Light and Tough, that means light and stable/hard in taking. Where Daiwa put a free spare spool in the box in the last reel generation, you won’t find it anymore. The Mag Sealed concept is seen not without criticism, which seals the reel against water penetration. The reel is made of the new carbon fiber composite called DS5, which is not quite as good as Zaion. The second one is also a carbon fiber composite, which is used in some of Daiwa’s top rolls. If the reel is good and if the mag sealed concept is good, you can read in this article.
Fresh out of the box you have to screw in the crank first. In general fishing reels with screw-in cranks are better, because with this technique
less crank play is achieved, but they are also a bit more susceptible than reels with counter screw. Another point about the slim crank is the slightly rubberized crank handle, which I find
quite great, because it offers really good grip and is pleasant to the touch. It’s also nice that the crank arrives well greased (see picture left). Of course the crank can be mounted on both sides of the reel so it is also suitable for left-handed people, how to do this is also noted in the manual.
After the crank is mounted, of course you have to turn it properly. The roll is silky smooth and as it turns out on the water it even works under load with heavy bait plus a lot of weed. Optically the reel is rather plain in black, red and silver – not the most striking reel. Visually very similar is the Stradic CI4+, the bait holder is similar to the Legalis and also has a distinct clack, so the spring seems to be stable and has a long life. The temple turn of the Penn Slammer 3 is much stronger. I wound my reel with 0,22` Kastking braid – the line laying is top as expected. My reel with the deep spool holds a lot of line.
All in all the reel feels very valuable, nothing rattles and everything is well made – that’s the way it should be.
Other contents of the package
As already mentioned, a spare spool is missing, but the usual washers to change the line pattern are included and, of course, an exploded drawing (on the package), as well as instructions for the care of the reel, which, thanks to Magseal, can be washed under lukewarm water without any problems. However, the reel is not completely waterproof.
Technology and Models
Here is an overview table of the different versions of the Fuego LT and also an overview of what the abbreviations mean. I bought the LT 4000 D-C because of the not too high gear ratio of 5,1 : 1, to spin fish especially for pike but also for zander. The 12 kg brake power is over the top and would allow catfish, but if the rest of my 4000 model can handle this is another question. In 6000` size I trust the reel to at least spin fish for catfish.
At this point I would like to talk about the Magseald concept and the problem with it. If a reel is sealed in this way, there can be problems after opening it, because there is no maintenance screw, as with some Shimano reels. So if I want to grease my reel, I lose the warranty. On the other hand, according to some anglers who have opened their reels, they are so well greased that you don’t have to grease them for the first few years.
Glossary for the table: Daiwa’s abbreviation
- D – deep spool
- C – small reel body
- XH = high gear ratio over 6.0:1
In the practical test the reel had to be ready on time at the end of the pike protection period and of course the pike did not miss it. At the moment I have 3 different pike setups and this reel only had two pike on it. Nevertheless these predators were among the bigger ones of the season so far with about 70 cm. I only took both pike out of the water for a short time and did not measure them, so it was difficult to tell exactly how big they were. As I am currently only fishing for pike with big baits of 50 to 100 grams, the reel was allowed to show what it can do under stress and that convinced me throughout. Many reels turn very easily in idle speed and the water is still choppy. Of course it gets a bit heavier when you fish big lures or catch another 5 kg of weed, but with the Fuego LT a good feeling remains. Also the casting distance with the reel is top. I never had a wig before!
Clear recommendation for the Fuego LT, which is now usually also available well below EIA. For the money you get quite a lot of rolls and so far I could not find any defects. How the material and magsealed will perform in the long run, time will show and an update will follow, if I notice anything negative.