34 Reviews
71% (24)
15% (5)
6% (2)
6% (2)
3% (1)
91% Recommend this product (31 of 34 responses)
By AngryFisher
Uneven line spool
April 13, 2021
I spooled this new reel with 50 lbs Daiwa JBraid and it did spool unevenly. I owned a Daiwa Saltist 4500h but never had a problem like this. Line for this new reel is tapered more in the front and i have to put the rubber shins that comes with the package to even out. It is quite disappointing for a new reel to encounter a problem like this.
By Captain W.
Crisfield, Maryland
High Quality at a Reasonable Price
March 4, 2021
Smooth. Drag, Rotation, Bail. All Smooth.
ProsPrice point.
October 17, 2020
By DavidR
New York
Perfect surf reel with spending a fortune
September 21, 2020
Decided to try Daiwa for Surf fishing. Have used Daiwa reels for years for freshwater trout ,especially steelhead and the drags are superb. Found the same to be true with thus Saltist. Excellent build quality, and super smooth.
ConsWouldnt mind it being lighter but with a 10ft or large rod feels just right!
By Israel
One of the Best!
August 26, 2020
This is one of the best saltwater reels out there. I don’t have to worry about the saltwater Corroding the reel. Very affordable and it won’t break the bank
ProsAffordable Work Horse Sealed Bearings
ConsT- Handle Wish the handle was more of a knob that is bigger.
By Prentice P.
Navarre FL
Smooth and Tough
August 23, 2020
Between the Eliminator, BG, and Saltist. I had put the BG over the Saltist until I caught my first King MAC. Definitely smoother. The reeling is faster. Definitely worth listening to the drag. I’m in love with this reel..I have 7 bg’s, 3 eliminator, and 1 Saltist and I need
ProsThe drag is amazing
Cons$$$ very pricey.
By Al
West palm beach
June 19, 2020
Great reel.
By Henry
Pensacola, FL
Great Reel
April 25, 2020
I have a 5000 and my dad has an older model 6500. The 6500 lived through a car wreck and still works great.
By DJ A.
Merritt island, FL
Very nice reel!
March 16, 2020
One of my "run and gun" reels for offshore fishing. My two others are 6000. Really nice reel with a solid drag system. Great line capacity too (braid). Use this reel mainly as one of my run and gun reels for offshore fishing. This being my largest spinning reel for that purpose. Good solid drag as well as great line capacity too. I've fished with this reel for about three years now on a regular basis with a maintenance schedule and never ever had any negative issues with it. And a really great price for what you're getting especially compared to the price of other reels in the same category. Highly recommended!
ProsGreat price, great line capacity and a solid drag system.
ConsI usually can think of something negative to say but honestly can't with this reel. Buy it!
By Mason
Gulf breeze, Florida
Absolute banger
December 12, 2019
I ordered 2 of the saltist 8000's and I love them. They are super smooth and an absolute banger of a reel. They hold a massive amount of line and the drag is flawless. They get the job done!!
By Kenny
Daiwa pulls through
November 18, 2019
To make a better version of one of the best budget reels on the market the Saltist will be by your side for a long time wether you’re plugging or jigging this thing is built like a bg but with better components. If you already own the BG you know what I mean
By Brett
Awesome reel for the money
July 13, 2019
I only use this reel at the canal, its extremely smooth and reassured you that its sturdy with every rotation of the handle. That ratio is also perfect for using lures. Definately would get another one.
By Fernando
national city, CA
Awsome reel
May 3, 2019
I love this reel, have awsome design and its very confortable, daiwa saltists 5000
By trevor
Good Price
April 2, 2019
I bought this for the fast retrieve when I go down to Cabo. Seeing that I live in NY there was no way I was going to spend the money on a Stella or Saltiga if it is going to only be used maybe a week out of the year.
By chau
worcester, Massachusetts
Nice reel
August 16, 2018
My 2nd reel just love it....
By chau
worcester, Massachusetts
Nice reel
August 16, 2018
Nice reel... pair excellent with my rod hold lots of 30 lds braid line.. a bit pricey but it nice reel
By eric s.
Hicksville, New York
Saltist3500 JDM
July 22, 2018
Sleek and smooth reel
By Michael
Edgefield, SC
Sweet reel...
July 4, 2018
I'm a diawa guy....so yes I love the reel and the color....I sm putting this on a st croix legend inshore rod with spiderwire stealth camo blue... it can not be stopped.
By seth
bergen county, NJ
Great Reel for the Cape Cod Canal!
June 3, 2018
damn good reel for the price! the 5000 series is perfect for the canal. plenty of line capacity. stealthy body design adds to the flair a bit. The high speed retrieve is just what you need to combat the fast moving current the canal is known for, especially when jigging 5 oz lead heads in deep water with a 6knot current. gave it 4 stars only because I prefer bail-less spinning reels
By Jim
Saltist 3000
May 18, 2018
Very smooth well built little reel that looks great. Matched it up with St. Croix Legend rod & 20lb Power Pro Super 8 Slick braid...nice combo!!!
By Jose C.
Brockton MA
One of the best
May 13, 2018
This is one of the best fishing reels I ever owned. Strong ans smoth.
ProsAll good!
By tim
Good, Solid Reel
May 1, 2018
I bought one of these after using them on a charter in Key West, FL. The guide used these reels for everything from bottom fishing to live bait fishing. They did not disappoint so I bought one for stripers, fluke, bluefish, false albacore etc. that are native to my home waters. Dependable drag and a well built reel.
By cyaco
Upstate New York
good but cheap handle knob and handle cap
April 19, 2018
$209.95 reel.... it may be good to buy... But, please, handle knob and handle cap have to be upgraded!!!!!!!! Daiwa FUEGO4000H had EVA round handle! Can you use that knob, Daiwa? you are making PENN Slammer III look good and winner! So, I upgraded the knob, it function better, looks better, my recommendation is to use 45mm knob for Saltist 4000 up. 41mm knob for 2500 and 3000. Right now, I am looking for reel stand keeper so I can replace the cheap cap. besides that, this reel is well made.
Conscheap handle knob and handle cap
By vang503
smooth reel but the drag is kind of tight when fish pull even when set too lighter tension
April 4, 2018
The 2500sz reel is very good for freshwater because you can cast all day without feeling fatigued.
By Jeff H.
Port Aransas, Texas
A Great Reel
March 6, 2018
My friend loaned me this reel for 3 weeks. It performed great for me and had way more drag then I needed. Now I am spoil in a way that I own many high end reel and low cost reels. Van Staal 250 x series on down. I will be adding this reel, I really like this reel.
ProsGreat looks and performance
By jaime s.
March 4, 2018
Very nice reel and the colors are nice, works great
ProsGood deal on price
ConsNone yet
By Giancarlo
November 30, 2017
For all those daiwa haters out there i just have to day this is the smoothest reel Iâ‚"ve ever seen. The drag is great and has this new magseal technology. Overall really good
By christian f.
south padre island.
not worth it over the bg
October 23, 2017
shares 95 percent of the same parts with bg, only difference is the air-bail which is a very minor change and mag seal which is useless in a partially sealed reel,water can get right into the gearbox not to mention the extra cost of sending the reel to daiwa for service of the mag seal, if you want a boat reel get the bg, if you want a reel that can be dunked the cheapest fully sealed reel is the spheros sw.
By Christopher
pretty good reel
October 19, 2017
I like the reel overall but the only thing that I don't like is the weight and size difference between the 4000 and the 4500 I bought the 4000 loved it but I wanted something with a little bit more line capacity so I got the 4500. The size of the spool just doesn't look right with the size of the body of the reel. Very heavy for a spool of that size. Other than that it is a very nice reel!
ProsGreat performance and durability
ConsThe spool sizes compared to the reel body
By Ahmed
Dubai, Dubai
Strong and smooth
October 16, 2017
I have tried it in Red Sea Egypy it is so Strong and smooth
By alex
Ontario, Canada
If you liked the BG series, then you'll love the Saltist!
October 8, 2017
Incredibly built! Just bought the 6500 Saltist. I also have the 6500 BG and there is a big quality difference. If you have the extra money to buy a Saltist, i would definitely recommend to buy it. Feels very reliable! I know some people wont like my idea, but i would compare it to Saragosa (except the max drag).
ProsQuality reel and not extremely expensive
ConsI wish the max drag was a little higher than 33lb....
Daiwa Saltist Spinning reel
July 28, 2017
fantastic reel i advice evryone to buy it
By tyler
April 28, 2017
smooth and good looking handle feels a little weird but i bought a separate ball handle and installed it with that edition this is a beast
Prossmooth magsealed mainshaft
Consstock handle knob
By Doug R.
Ocean City, New Jersey
Buy a Saragossa
January 13, 2017
Not sure how the new ones are, but I have a 4000 and 6500 in old version.. Spend the extra $50 and buy a Saragossa

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