We get a lot of email from our customers asking for specific advice. When we think others might be interested in the answer, we’ll post the responses here on our blog.
In this case the customer was wanting me to compare two reels: Shimano Calcutta Conquest DC vs Daiwa Ryoga.
Here’s what I told him.
Well Made Reels
Both reels are well made, but in this case I would probably give the advantage to the Ryoga as it is a newer reel and I think a bit more “current” as far as design and technology is concerned.
Made For the Asian Market
Both reels are designed for the Asian market and not available to us here in the USA. Our equivalent to the Ryoga is the Daiwa Pluton (quite a bit less expensive), and to the Conquest, the Shimano Calcutta DC (also less expensive).
DC Cast Control
The Calcutta Conquest DC has different electronics that the USA Calcutta DC models and takes into consideration lighter lines and different fish species commonly found in Asia. That may also true for the Daiwa Ryoga. My experience has been that the DC cast control can be somewhat of a problem and really doesn’t solve every casting issue (backlashes, etc.) Getting it set correctly takes some trial and error.
Top Line Reels
Both are top line reels and I would think that either would be a fine addition to your arsenal. I like the Ryoga’s smaller profile and Daiwa is known for “out of the box” thinking and engineering. Shimano is well respected, but I just can’t feel comfortable with that DC control. When it works perfectly you can get great casting distance, but when anything changes (lure weight, wind, line test, etc.) you spend more time adjusting the reel than fishing.
Good Product Support
Both reels should have good product support, so it may come down to price and dealer support in your area and just what you are looking for.
Whatever you decide I don’t think you will be disappointed!
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