Daiwa Emblem Spod Reel

Last Updated on 11 June 2024 by James Bevan

Overall Rating

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Score derived from the average of these ratings:

Build Quality - 8.5

Cast & Retrieve - 8.5

Drag / Clutch - 9.0

Value For Money - 8.5

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Featuring a high-speed retrieve and a robust build this popular spod reel is known for its reliability and high quality performance. 

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as of 13 June 2024 14:21

Features & Specs List With An Explanation

Feature Explanation
High-Speed Retrieve The reel boasts a fast retrieve ratio, allowing for quick spodding sessions.
Large Spool Capacity Capable of holding significant amounts of line, making it ideal for long-distance casting.
Two Line Clips These allow for accurate baiting at different spots without having to re-adjust the line.
Durable Build Constructed to withstand the rigours of frequent use, ensuring long-term reliability.
Versatility Doubles as a great marker reel, adding to its functionality on the bank.

How The Reel Compares To Its Competitors

Here’s how the Emblem compared to other spod reels we have reviewed:

NameOverall RatingPrice
Daiwa 23 Superspod 45 SCW8.8from £169.99
Daiwa Emblem Spod Reel8.6from £134.99
Shimano Ultegra 5500 XTD8.5from £134.99
Avid Pro Spod Marker Reel7.8from £94.99
Shimano Aerlex 10000 XTB Spod Reel7.9from £79.99
Sonik Vader X 8000 RS Spod Reel7.6from £44.99

Build Quality

Build Quality
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What Does This Mean?

When we assess the build quality of a fishing reel, we test and review the materials used in manufacturing the reel and how it all comes together in the finished product.

The Daiwa Emblem Spod Reel is constructed from high-quality materials that ensure durability and long-term performance. The reel features a robust aluminum spool and a lightweight body, making it easy to handle during extensive spodding sessions. 

The dual line clips are designed for precision and reliability, adding to the overall build quality as well as being a really useful feature.

In summary, the Emblem Spod Reel is a classic and a reel that still proudly sits in our guide on the best spod reels.

Cast And Retrieve Performance

Casting & Retrieve
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What Does This Mean?

This part of the review is fairly self-explanatory and focuses on how well the reel casts and how smooth the retrieve is.

Distance isn’t a factor in this assessment whereas accuracy and efficiency is.

On top of the actual, physical performance of the reel we also look at the number and type of ball bearings, the spool, line lay and the gear ratio in comparison to its required use.

The large spool size of the Emblem Spod Reel really does assist with long-distance casting. With a capacity of 300m and a really efficient line lay distances of well over 100 yards can be achieved with the right rod.

The 5:5:1 gear ratio also enables a fast retrieve, whilst the 4 ball bearings ensures that winding in is smooth and efficient. 

Daiwa Emblem Spod Reel Large Spool
The large spool on the Daiwa Emblem spod reel

Drag / Clutch

Drag / clutch
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What Does This Mean?

When reviewing the drag system on a fishing reel we are testing how smooth the drag is and how convenient it is to use.

There is no bias as to whether a reel has a front or rear drag system, it is solely judged on how smooth it can take out line relative to the amount of pressure that it is being applied.

The drag system on all of the Emblem reels is often praised for their smooth performance. It utilises Daiwa’s advanced drag technology, which is known to be one of the best out there.

Daiwa Emblem Spod Reel - CLutch
The front drag on the Emblem known for its quality, smooth function

Value For Money

Value For Money
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What Does This Mean?

Self-explanatory in terms of an assessment but yet an important part of the review process. This is because it creates more of a level playing field.

Of course, the more expensive a reel is the more quality components it will have and as such will generally score higher.

Having value for money as a criterion allows us to judge how well a reel performs vs its price point and in turn allows us to recognise good-performing reels at bargain prices.

The Emblem scores a credible 8.5 for value for money, offering a good balance of excellent performance versus a reasonable price. Given its high-quality build, efficient performance, and versatile features, it still presents a worthwhile investment for serious carp anglers.

The Pros & Cons Of The Daiwa Emblem

Here is a list of pros and cons anglers have found with the Daiwa Emblem spod reel:



as of 13 June 2024 14:21

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