Daiwa Saltist Levelwind STTLW20LCHA

(4 customer reviews)
  • Direct-Drive line counter measures in feet
  • Rugged, aluminum frame and sideplate
  • Daiwa CRBB Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings
  • New CarbonU.T. drag, smooth and fade resistant
  • Dual-system Infinite Anti-Reverse
  • Machined aluminum spool
  • Levelwind system lays line evenly on spool
  • Spool click

Description of Daiwa Saltist Levelwind STTLW20LCHA:

Saltwater or heavy Great Lakes applications, Saltist offers the perfect match of line capacity, durability and performance for fishing braid or mono. Plus the consistent line measurement accuracy required by today’s controlled depth and jigging techniques.

Daiwa’s Line Counter
Measures line out in feet to make setting of trolling patterns a snap. And once you’ve hooked up, you can repeatedly drop right back into the strike zone without guessing.

Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings
Last up to 12 times longer than standard stainless steel ball bearings.

Daiwa Saltist Levelwind STTLW20LCHA Reviews:

4 reviews for Daiwa Saltist Levelwind STTLW20LCHA

  1. Webmaster

    I am absolutely in love with these reels. They are built like Sherman tanks and cast reasonably well for what they are. I use it mostly for vertical jigging, however, and it’s perfect for that. In conjunction with a fish finder, you can specifically target an area of the water column with the line counter. Invaluable for not getting your expensive lures snagged on structure. What I’m not in love with is the line counter itself. The convex nature of the window does lead to some glare, and I’d ideally like the numbers to be a wee bit bigger and simply white on black,and not green on black. But the rest of the reel is so awesome that I won’t knock off any stars for that. I own a couple more of these things in different sizes and non-line counter configurations, and I think it’s hard to beat them for the money – I really do. If I could only take out one reel on my kayak, this Saltist might just be it.

  2. Webmaster

    A small spool with about 200 meters of suffix 832 40# braided… hooked a few 3 kilo class Queen fish… some 5 kilo class Spanish mackerels off South China Sea coast in Sedili, Malaysia. Reasonably smooth inertia on runs. I thought the counter reset button can be made waterproof with a soft rubberized seal. You get a bit of spray here and there when you spool in quick or at the end of the day when you wipe off salt spray with a damp clothe water tends to seep in… and when you take it out the next morning you can’t read the meter because mist forms on the inside so there’s no way to wipe it off. Not so bad when things start heating up and here in the tropics we get 60 to 95% relative humidity so it’s not so easy… you wait until 10-11 in the morning and half a fishing day is gone.

  3. Webmaster

    Great and reliable reel. Line counter and high speed are superb. Got many big one on the reel. Most of friends have it and they all love it! High speed made it faster, easy on your hand, to bring fish up, especially from 300-600 ft deep sea, and yellow fin tuna! Line counter mark the dept or free line distance.

  4. Webmaster

    I have a pair of Shimano Tekota 800 LWLCs which are super-solid. I also have a pair of Okuma Catalina LWLC’s and this Daiwa feels like a toy compared to them! Summary: Cons: 1) Toy-like overall feel. 2) The depth numbers “font” on the line counter are “weird” and the protective, convex lens provides an unwanted glare that makes it harder to see than the numbers on my Tekotas and Okumas (not an issue except for these 57-year old fisherman’s eyes). Also, the angle-of-sight of the line counter as you hold the pole is not at an optimum viewing angle, forcing the fisherman to tilt the reel forward slightly to make out the depth numbers. Lastly, the LC assembly sticks out from the left side reel plate and I don’t know if this will hinder winding during the fight or be bumped/damaged during transport? 3) The stock knob is not “huge” as advertised and feels like cheap plastic in your hand. But I also ordered and installed an after market, rubber T-Handle that fixed that issue. Pros – 1) This appears to be the fastest high speed LWLC reel of the bunch at 6:2/1 and a feature that I’ll value for high-speed jigging at the FADs. 2) The free-spool lever is as large and solid as it gets and pops back into the retrieve setting automatically as you make the 1st couple of cranks of the handle. 3) The star drag is click-metered and feels as solid as the Shimano Tekota’s. 4) The dual stainless locking bolts (that lock the reel to your fishing pole) are the easiest (in the industry) to install as compared to the equivalent Penns, Shimanos and Okumas. These simply thread into the reel seat. Installation before or after spooling in a breeze…..absolutely wonderful! Summary – If you want a high speed LWLC, this may be the one for you. Perhaps the Daiwa’s performance will change my initial impressions. Stay tuned for an updated review after I’ve had a chance to hook into some big fish!

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