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Oct 12, 2021 12:01:25   #
FS Digest
 
I am looking to upgrading my reel without breaking the bank and am just curious if anyone has personal experience/preference between the Daiwa Tatula vs the Shimano SLX?

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by AZSagz

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Oct 12, 2021 12:18:14   #
Deljohn Loc: Delaware
 
I love my Tatula TWS,,

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Oct 12, 2021 12:30:24   #
Ivey Loc: South Central Tennessee, Tim's Ford Lake
 
I've owned both, I prefer a Shimano myself but both are good reels. It's really a toss up just depends what you like.

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Oct 12, 2021 13:06:51   #
Lando1990 Loc: Vallejo, ca
 
I do trust daiwa. I use their lures every time I go out, especially sp minnows, the quality of all of their products surpasses most.

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Oct 12, 2021 14:59:11   #
ripogenu Loc: norfolk, MA
 
FS Digest wrote:
I am looking to upgrading my reel without breaking the bank and am just curious if anyone has personal experience/preference between the Daiwa Tatula vs the Shimano SLX?

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by AZSagz


shimano every time

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Oct 12, 2021 19:33:19   #
GaryH Loc: Northern Pa.
 
I’m a big Shimano fan. But you won’t go wrong with whichever one you choose.

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Oct 12, 2021 22:04:49   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
FS Digest wrote:
I am looking to upgrading my reel without breaking the bank and am just curious if anyone has personal experience/preference between the Daiwa Tatula vs the Shimano SLX?

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by AZSagz


I own both Shimano and Daiwa baitcasters and I'm giving the edge to Shimano. Tighter tolerances, seems like better machined parts. The star drag on my Tatula is plastic and one of the arms broke off; the spring under the tensioner knob is loose so I have to readjust it about every 20 casts, and the T-wing level wind is gimmicky--forget about spooling line with a leader knot.

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Oct 13, 2021 08:45:22   #
Flytier Loc: Wilmington Delaware
 
I've used both Rands at one level or another. Don't think you could make a mistake.

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Oct 13, 2021 13:38:09   #
panther Loc: Northern California
 
I've used both brands, and now have decided to exclusively use Daiwa. I believe their spinning reels are better.

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Oct 13, 2021 14:20:56   #
Rippentide Loc: mid-NC
 
From my experience, Shimano casting reels are better built than Diawa’s, with smoother gears and drag. Having said that I can generally cast further with my Diawa and prefer it for lighter lures. If I had to choose one of them for a day of fishing it would be the Diawa. You didn’t ask about Lews but they hit the sweet spot for me.

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Oct 13, 2021 22:50:36   #
mcdclc
 
I use Shimano reels exclusively but they are both excellent brands. You can't got wrong with either one.

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Oct 14, 2021 07:11:33   #
Goosenuggetz Loc: Susquehanna, pa
 
IM A FAN OF BOTH DIAWA HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN MY ARSENAL BUT SHIMANO IS MY GO TO...CHEERS

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