Daiwa Saltist MQ Spinning Reel
The Daiwa Saltist you have come to know and love has been redesigned and upgraded. Still featuring a heavy duty aluminum frame for maximum durability, we have now added our Monocoque Body (MQ) for even more power and a more compact frame. An MQ frame design allows us to fit a larger gear inside of the reel, adding power and longevity to your gear set. A 360 degree screw-in sideplate removes to need for traditional sideplate screws, allowing for a more compact and more weather resistant housing.
Available in a wide range of sizes from a compact 2500 perfect for inshore fishing, up to a heavy duty 20000 to take on the toughest offshore predators. The Saltist MQ is truly a prime example of what a spinning reel should be capable of.
So I bought 1 of each.. still waiting on a 4000 but have acquired all the rest. I was using a Ballistic Spinning reel before these reels, I loved my Ballistic 6000 but these things are just SO SO much nicer.. the handles are way too comfortable, every size has a nice aluminum **** handle, from the 2500 to the 20000. The MQ design has no switch for reverse/forward on the reel (which was useless anyways), the one thing that this reel lacks is a place to catch the line when you have it spooled. The drag on these reels is incredible for their sizes, few models to compare these too (Shimano Saragosa or Penn Slammer IV maybe). I have watched someone use one of these completely submerged for hundreds of hours and the reel works just like new, not splashed, completely submerged.. If you have issues with these you have to have them repaired by Daiwa, they require special tools that aren't commonly available, but are so durable i doubt they will ever even need repaired in what's left of life for me (maybe 20 years?), so it will be someone else's problem by the time that it is the case in point. I don't think a better spinning reel is being made IMO.