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I have shimano, abu Garcia and have used Lews. All that’s left for me of the major brands is Daiwa. I wanna try all and get a feel. I want a durable reel, that can skip. Not cranking so it’s gonna be a 7 gear ratio or higher. Probably gonna be flipping Texas rigs or swimbaits.either or my budget is broad, I always go cheaper, but I heard a Zillion sv tw is phenomenal. If anyone uses Tatulas (all but especially ctr) that feedback on their greatness would be really appreciated. Tight lines!!!!

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tatula's are fantastic and you surely won't be dissapointed. the CT, 100, 150, and 200 model's are all very good reels.

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So far I'm happy with my Zillion SV on a jig rod, and plan on getting a Tatula SV next.  I wanted an SV reel for skipping as well.  Not sure if I would pay $300 for a reel, but you can find a new Zillion SV for $229 (instead of listed $300) and typically I see the Tatula SV for around $165.  I hear the suggested retail difference of $100 is probably not worth it from the Tatula to a Zillion, but a difference of only $65 was worth it to me to pull the trigger on a new Zillion.  Good luck!

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I liked my CT type R, but too bad it 8 ratio and don’t have enough power to crank Spinnerbait so I sold it (caught my PB with it). I also liked Steez EX100, it super light weight and only Daiwa reel that have WOW factor on distance. I sold it becuz I need fun for other reels. Now I only have Alpha SV105 and pixy for finesse type lure. You can’t find any type of Daiwa’s smoothness in other reels even Shimano in same price range. If shimano doesn’t do anything with 70 soon, I might go back to Daiwa Tatula100.

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1 hour ago, JustJames said:

I liked my CT type R, but too bad it 8 ratio and don’t have enough power to crank Spinnerbait so I sold it (caught my PB with it). I also liked Steez EX100, it super light weight and only Daiwa reel that have WOW factor on distance. I sold it becuz I need fun for other reels. Now I only have Alpha SV105 and pixy for finesse type lure. You can’t find any type of Daiwa’s smoothness in other reels even Shimano in same price range. If shimano doesn’t do anything with 70 soon, I might go back to Daiwa Tatula100.

Thanks for the comparison to shimano in how it’s smooth. I may not throw spinnerbaits on a CTR but I might also downsize to the 7 gear ratio just to broaden my horizons 

2 hours ago, MrSmitty said:

So far I'm happy with my Zillion SV on a jig rod, and plan on getting a Tatula SV next.  I wanted an SV reel for skipping as well.  Not sure if I would pay $300 for a reel, but you can find a new Zillion SV for $229 (instead of listed $300) and typically I see the Tatula SV for around $165.  I hear the suggested retail difference of $100 is probably not worth it from the Tatula to a Zillion, but a difference of only $65 was worth it to me to pull the trigger on a new Zillion.  Good luck!

I’ve seen them for $249 new, I would for sure buy a zillion for a $65 difference as well. I’m not a $300 reel guy either (yet) but I always wanna see if the difference is really there between say $170 to $300. That’s my main deal is wanting to skip without worrying as much. And I just want to throw a Daiwa finally

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I have the SV reels in Tatula, Zillion and Steez.  They are all good, and honestly in terms of skipping I don’t find a significant difference between the Tat and Zillion.  Both resist backlash approx the same IMO.  Steez is a bit better and the smaller/lighter size more palmable/comfortable but you pay up for it.  Overall best value is Tatula, but it’s bigger and not as palmable as for instance a Curado 70 or Steez.

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I like the SV reels just fine.  Love the little Fuego CT's (I skip with mine).  But if you want to see why Daiwa is special get an older Zillion HSLA with a 100m or PE Spool.  You can get them for a good price now.

 

Once you get the hang of non SV reels (not hard) you'll be blown away how an "old" reel can perform. 

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Pick up a Tatula SV.  Skipping is a breeze.  The other non SV, Magforce Z Tatulas can do it to but need more spool tension and heavier baits like jigs to skip.  An SV reel will skip a wacky Senko and with zero spool tension.

 

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I got 3 CT Type Rs and 2 SVs. Phenomenal workhorse reels and a stellar breaking system. I recommend the Tatula SV or Zillion SV for what u are trying to use it for. I feel like the newer line of Tatulas that came out are are lacking the quality that all the CT frame Tatulas have. 

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I have a tatula and a fuego. Actually it prefer the cheaper fuego. Both are strong reels but I don't see much value in the twing system personally. 

 

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TAT SV or Zillion SV is what you are gonna wanna go with. Lowest I have seen the Tat SV is about $165.

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I've owned all the tatula reels and I honestly liked the regular ct or ct type r better than even the sv. I owned a cple pf the sv reels and felt like I wasted the extra money so I sold them and added a cple more ct reels. They'll do anything you ask of them and are quite durable.  Hard to beat for the money also if you shop around.  Lots of guys love the sv reels tho so take what I say with a grain of salt as it's just my opinion. Also as stated above the fuego is as good as the tatula and cheaper. I personally despised the t wing and found it gimmicky so the last several daiwas I bought were fuego ct. 

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I know this isn't a casting reel but I have a 2000 tatula LT spinning reel and its amazing. Super light, smooth and worth every penny. I have also been told that the tatula casting reels are great as well , I'm going to be getting myself one for flipping

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