Brilliantly engineered to dominate in any and all blue water environments, the Daiwa Saltiga LD Lever Drag Conventional Reels are the most comprehensive series of lever drag reels to ever hit the market. Smooth, powerful, and ultimately dependable, the Saltiga LD achieves performance marks that are nothing short of miraculous. Featuring six single-speed models, ten two-speed models, and two special-purpose tournament style sailfish reels, there’s a reel to fit the needs of saltwater anglers in any fishery. The Saltiga LD is built around a single-piece machined aluminum frame and side plate to assure precise alignment of bearings and gears for astoundingly smooth performance, less flex, more power, and reduced binding even during the fiercest battles. Also machined from solid aluminum is the spool, which will never bend or deform under heavy drag pressures and resists outward expansion so you can tightly wind both braid and monofilament lines with the confidence. Smoothness is preserved over time with the incorporation of all Corrosion Resistant Ball-Bearings (CRBB). At the reel’s core is a set of oversized, extremely durable stainless steel gears perfectly meshed together to execute extreme power transfer with silent precision. Anglers can expect powerful, smooth drags thanks to Daiwa’s acclaimed Advanced Tournament Drag (ATD) system with proprietary grease that helps keep the reel cool during those long drawn out runs by massive game fish.
All single-speed and smaller two-speed models, along with the high-speed tournament sailfish reels, boast soft-touch rubber handles for fast, comfortable retrieves. The larger size 50, 55 and 60 2-speed models feature a long “T” style offset aluminum power handle to improve leverage and comfort without blistering your hand when the fight is on. Built with jigging in mind, the SAGDL35JH features a narrower spool and more compact frame, making it lighter weight and more comfortable for use during long jigging sessions. All models feature a substantial spool clicker that is loud enough to be heard as a strike indicator, but is not overbearing. Max drag ranges from 22 to 45 pounds for most models while line retrieve per handle turn runs from 39.9″ to 47″. The tournament style sailfish models (SAGLD50HS and SAGLD60H) have a more finely adjustable drag curve and a max drag setting of 22 pounds, making them ideal for use with circle hooks and lighter monofilament lines. These are high speed models with retrieval speeds of up to 56″ per handle turn.