I've used my new Daiwa Pitch/Flip twice and both times the pitching bite was really on. My first impression of the reel was that the reel was supposed to be set up so the angler doesn't have to make any adjustments to the spool or brakes. For me, I had a hard time getting it dialed in to my liking. The spool and brakes were just a little too loose for me. Once I got it dialed, whew look out!
I quickly fell in love with it. The reel is buttery smooth and the frame is very light with no flexing noticed. I really like the oversized handle and knobs. I've got the drag locked down. I don't know what it is, but the reel seems to have a lot of torque and power and I have been able to get fish up and out of thick stuf with confidence.
The spool is really shallow and backing wasn't needed. I've got mine spooled with 65 lb. Berkeley X5 braid. It pitches really far. I probably wouldn't recommend using the reel for anything else but pitching and flipping because you could easily spool the reel on a cast. Close quarters is where this reel excels.
All in all, I really like the reel. It is my most expensive reel and I can really appreciate the quality. I pitch a lot so the reel is a perfect fit in my arsenal.
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