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To all the daiwa fanatics out there.  I've slowly been dipping my toes in the daiwa pool with my first one being a tat sv. Now old like to try another one but here is my dilemma .im interested in the tat ct or ct type r but I'm not sure if the type r is really worth the extra coin with all the upgrades out there.  So in all of your honest opinions with hand on experience is it worth the extra money to get the type r or just get the basic ct then up grade the bearings and possibly upgrade the spool later on down the road

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According to everything I've read the tat ct and ct type r are basically identical except the type r Has a .55 oz spool and ct has .62 ounce spool and the type r Has 2crbb and 5 bb instead of 7bb so in my mind I could get ct then just up grade bearings and have a better real then spending the extra $50 On the type r.  Some one please correct me if I'm mistaken then there is the spool is the spool really worth it I'd it anything special it's not like it's an sv spool or a hlcspool it's just a tad lighter ? 

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I have both, and cant really tell much of a difference between the 2, if any.

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I fish 4 original Tatula Type Rs and several standard Tatula CTs.  Other than a difference in the body size between the original Tatula body and a Tat CT body, there is little difference.  In my opinion there is almost no difference in how a Type R and a standard Tatula works.  If you are like me, and fish salty tidal water then the Type R theoretically could be an advantage. In reality I doubt it makes a hill of beans difference in reality.

I chose the Type Rs because there were some different gear ratios available in the Type R that were not available in left hand retrieve in an original Tatula 100.  I also was lucky to purchase them several times when the Type Rs were on sale so the price for a Type R was only a few dollars more than the standard Tat not on sale.

 

Since I have been using these reels for almost 4 now here is my honest opinion.  Most of the reels I enjoyed fishing with, before I started using Daiwa Tatulas and Exceler reels, had larger sized bodies. This means I enjoy using the standard original Tatula reels. However most people prefer the CT body style ( the compact size reel).  So I would choose one of the CT or CT Type Rs.  The Tatula CT offers most of the gear ratios and in both left and right handed retrieves, however a low speed 5.5 is only available in right hand retrieve in that original CT body.  Left handed 8-1 is only available in a CT Type R also.  These are important only if you are looking for a really slow speed reel for fishing big deep diving cranks or if you want a left handed 8-1 reel for throwing frogs like I did.

I hope that helps a little.  

Also I really would not buy any of these reels and start making big upgrades. Fish the reel as is first. Get a feel for it. I fish all of mine stock and have been very happy with them that way. I replaced several perfectly working Shimano Curado ( the green ones) and several SHimano Chronarchs( the 200E7s)  There was nothing wrong with the reels I sold off, and in fact the new owners were amazed by their excellent condition. I just cast farther with the Tatulas and I rarely backlash with the Daiwas either. I am not a centrifugal brakes fan.  

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As always fishkamp very informative...thanks u were very helpful guys looks like the standard ct it is

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I don't think you'll be disappointed in a tatula ct. Have 4 all in 8.1 gear ration and plan to add a few more in various retrieve rates. I feel like for $98 bucks on an auction website with free shipping the tatula ct cannot be beaten. The t wing system is cool (although I don't know how much of difference it makes) and the reel casts like a dream with little to no problems. I can make a 30ft pitch and then turn right around and make a 45 yard cast with no adjustments to the tension knob or brakes. 

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Once you have the reel and fish it a bunch then you could consider upgrading it. I have a friend on another forum group that can not fish any reel in its' original state.  He loves the Daiwa reels.  His advice is to install a set of better bearings and to replace any bushing in the knobs or supporting the line guide is the answer to making a good reel act like a top line reel.

 

For a CT he suggest doing the following upgrades :

Replace the bushings supporting the worm drive with the following kit:

http://tackletrap.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=898_660_731&products_id=9864

 

And add two bearings to the handles knobs, they come with one bearing and one bushing each from the factory,

http://tackletrap.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=898_660_731&products_id=9864

 

Although the Type R has a tiny bit better spool and the 2 extra cr bearings are located on the spool they do not make much difference to the performance. The cost to upgrade a standard CT using these two kits is only about $29.00.  The Type R will cost about $50 extra over the standard and it still will not have the worm gear upgrade.

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That was exactly my thinking as well thanks for the re assurance

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Fishnkamp talked me into getting a CT and I love it. Granted, I have limited (none) experience with other 'good' reels, but I have zero bad things to say about the CT after owning and fishing it for 6 months. 

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I am glad you like that reel.  It has become one of my favorites.

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I have 4 of the CTs and love them for their cast ability .......I have upgraded bearings and the handles and they are bulletproof IMHO

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NICE :D  I like the handles.

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4 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

NICE :D  I like the handles.

Except it green not red.?

To OP how much different between Ct and Ct type R? When I got my type R it was only 20-30 bucks different. I got abit lighter weight spool, abit better bearing, the star drag material also better(I think) but I hate the red accent on top of the reel.

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Most places the CT Type R is $50 more.

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If you shop around you can find CT type R around 130 and reg CT 100 or lower.

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The extra money for the Type R to me is not worth it. I see no real performance upgrade from my Type R.

I have upgraded bearings on both the ct and type r. The two reels fish just about the same.

 

I would go CT. Upgrade the bearings and you'll be good to go. Now there is a difference between the CT and SV. The SV does perform better than the CT and the price difference to me is worth the money.

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4 hours ago, JustJames said:

If you shop around you can find CT type R around 130 and reg CT 100 or lower.

 

I got my Tat for $98 and Type R for $131....both originals.  For me the Type R was worth it because I got the faster ratio that is unavailable in the standard and I liked the finish of the Type R better.

 

Leftymuk, I like your reel handles....but I think you should change your handle to Rightymuk.  :lol:

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Those reels were all just for sale on this forum 

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