This reel was launched hot on the heels of the successful 2014 Shimano Calcutta Conquest and it looked like other than a longer handle with an oversized EVA knob and a higher gear ratio, this reel must have been borrowing heavily from the 2014 Conquest’s parts bin… Or is it?
My wife told me she is finally ready to own a bait casting reel after casting a Curado for Barra at Darwin. So this was what she wanted for her first […]
[Edit: 17 Nov 2015. I’ve added more details as parts wear and get replaced. I’ve also edited some details. The edits are marked in brackets such as this.] The Shimano […]
The owner of this Daiwa is well familiar with reel servicing himself, but passed this on to me so that I can make a step-by-step tutorial as many people were […]
MICRO JIGGING – Tie your own assist hooks I did a step by step guide on this topic earlier, but the pictures were terrible and without detail. So I hope […]
MICRO JIGGING – Tie Your Own Assist Hooks I don’t know about you, but when it comes to micro jigs, I think the original hooks supplied with the jigs are […]
SERVICING – Bogan Sharpeye This is a new brand that has hit our shores and like everything from China, it looks great from a distance, has all the features that […]
This is my first ABU Ambassadeur since 1980. I love Ambassadeurs – you buy one and it’ll last you years and years and still work well, so you don’t have to get another one unless you want to look fashionable. This time, I got me a Revo ver 3 STX 8.0. I was sold on its very light weight (even lighter than Daiwa’s Alphas R-Edition); yet it has impressive drag numbers. The 8.0 ratio was something I thought was not viable as it would make the pinion too small, so I had to get one to find out if it is truly cutting edge technology or just a numerically impressive dud.
This reel has many parts that only fit one way. Screws have different sizes and lengths, Gears and flywheels have different faces and springs have different sides. So make careful notes of the orientation when you strip the reel and mark which side is up/down. Also, have the schematic ready for reference. I’ve attached a scan of the DC7 schematic for you to print out enlarged. I found the original schematic that came with the reel too small to discern the tiny details with my old eyes. I think the Calais DC sold in the US have similar parts except for an additional part – BNT2404 which is an anti reverse pawl. Come to think of it, the additional part may be a useful add on mod for Antares owners who upgrade their drag ratings.
SERVICING – Daiwa Alphas R-Edition This reel servicing step by step guide is long overdue. I had posted several at the FNR website, but it went down and along with […]