The Daiwa LT (LT = Light and Tough) range is relatively new or updated versions of some of their more popular models. I have been using 3 in particular of late, so here is my review and thoughts on them.
The three models that I have are the Revros LT 1000. The Tierra LT 2500 and the Freams LT 2000. As you can tell from the sizing I am not using these for offshore or heavy inshore fishing, but finesse fishing and estuary species or freshwater fish from small cod to golden perch etc.
The three models also cover a fair price variation with the Revros starting at about $129 and the Freams about $249, with the Tierra coming in between those two at about $179. What I find interesting with reel companies and indeed the tackle industry here in Australia is the fact that some reel models are only released to specific stores here in Australia. The Revros for example is a BCF exclusive here in Australia.
Ok so that is quite a price variance, so what’s the difference between the models? (other than the sizes).
As you can see they are all fairly similar from a basic specifications perspective, but the Freams is the lighter f the 3. This is probably not a fair statement as the Tierra is built for sturdier fish from my perspective. The Freams is magsealed and the other two are not. The Freams also has the air spool (lighter) and the other two do not. Many of the other features are the same across the LT range.
The Tierra has an EVA knob handle, which I actually quite like. It’s very comfortable to use compared to the old ‘I” shaped handle on the Revros. On the downside, both the Tierra and the Freams required an extra washer / spacer put in to ensure the line wound on straight on the spool. It’s not a big deal nor hard to add the spacer, but it’s rare that I have had to do that for many reels.
As far as fishing these reels is concerned. They are all pretty similar. They all cast extremely well with no issues with line twist etc tanks to the twistbuster II line management built in. The drags are pretty impressive, even on the 1000 Revros you get 5kg of drag, which is enough to put the brakes on that 60cm flathead as he dives away for the last time after seeing the landing net! The Tierra 2500 will handle fish like salmon no problems at all with it’s 10kg of drag, which is a lot for a small reel.
I have teamed these reels up with Daiwa Gen Black rods and a Samaki Zing, So the Revros’ are on a Daiwa Gen Black BlackJack 1-3kg rod and the Samaki Zing II 1 – 3kg rod and are perfect combinations for throwing small lures or lightly rigged soft plastics. The Tierra I have hanging off a Daiwa Gen Black Wild Weasel for slightly heavier fishing with vibes and heavy plastics or throwing metals at pelagics. And the Freams sits nicely on a Daiwa Gen Black Pinster which is the middle of the road in terms of finesse fishing and perfect combo for chasing lizards on the flats or goldens and redfin in the dams. All of these are very well balanced and capable combos. The Zing I use for light estuary and is my go to squid rod as well.
So in conclusion. You get what you pay for there is no doubt, and the Freams is a sturdy, well balanced reel packed with some of Daiwa’s best features, but is also very light, which is important when it’s in your hand all day. That said I am extremely happy with the Revros reels as they are, again, very light yet have a great drag setup to handle those surprises you sometimes get when fishing. It is hard to recommend just one and there are so many variables. The Tierra is a work horse, the Freams is the smooth, light and capable one and the Revros is the entry level no fuss, get out an fish reel that won’t break the bank but will land the fish. Go with whatever fit’s your budget and your needs the best. For me if money wasn’t an issue it’s be the Freams.