Daiwa has historically produced the most sought-after and jaw dropping top-end poles, with the Tournament X, Amorphous, 710 and, more recently, the Airity and Spectron M2, to list just a few.
However, it would be fair to say that Daiwa has never really achieved the same plaudits and accolades with its mid-range carbon creations. But that now looks set to change, because the new TDSR range of poles is being greeted by both the retail trade and anglers with much enthusiasm.
Having had the opportunity to handle all four of the new poles at a recent Daiwa trade show, my pick of the pack for live testing was the 14.5m SR3 that will sell for around £599.00.
Designed by Daiwa to meet the needs of the UK pole angler, the TDSR3 boasts many of the classy features attributed to its more expensive stablemates. It has a long section design for improved strength and balance, a section alignment system, and a slide-easy finish from the No5 joint upwards.
The high modulus carbon cloth utilised in the production gives the pole very high wall strength ¬ and also makes the top kits reassuringly strong, justifying the elastic rating of 14s on the match kits and 20s with the power tops fitted. And although it¹s officially classified by Daiwa as an Œall-rounder¹, the wall strength and inherent power throughout definitely leans more towards it being used as a commercial fishery tool.
One of the main issues with similar mid-range poles is how they perform at full length, and I can confidently report that the TDSR3 has good forward balance matched with an overall weight of only 1,215g at the full 14.5m. And that makes short work of fishing at distance.
It is supplied with a clever mini extension that fits anywhere from the eighth section of the pole to the butt to give you lots of length options when faced with an enclosed swim or fishing to far-bank features.
It also provides an extra bit of security, making it unlikely that you will squash or crack the end of one of your more expensive sections.
The spares package supplied with the pole also errs towards the commercial usage side. There are four spare top-2 power kits which measure 3.2m, and a cupping kit.
A match top-3 is supplied as standard, as well.
Perhaps it¹s best left to Daiwa marketing manager Stephen McCaveny to explain the ethos behind the new pole range ³The entire TDSR range has been completely designed to suit the UK angler and his or her needs,² said Stephen. ³They are not just Continental-style poles that have been re-jigged to suit the English market.
³Each of the poles in the SR range features many of the aspects that are found on our higher priced models and they have all been built to the same exacting standards.²
Daiwa TDSR3 14.5m pole
Spares package: Match kit inside the pole, four spare power top-2 kits, mini extension and cupping kit all supplied within a holdall with tubes
Spares prices: Match kit £39.99, Power kit £34.99 (rated to 20s)
Other poles in the range
Team Daiwa SR1
Spares package: Two power top-2 kits, holdall, protective tubes
Elastic rating: 14s on match kits and 20s on power kits
Spares prices: Match kits £24.99 and power kits £19.99
Team Daiwa SR2
Spares package: Three power top-2 kits, cupping kit, reversible mini extension, pole holdall, protective tubes Elastic rating: 14s on match tops and 20s on power tops
Spares prices: Match kits £34.99 and power kits £29.99
Promo price: £399
Team Daiwa SR3
Spares package: Four spare power top two kits, cupping kit, reversible mini extension, pole holdall and protective tubes Elastic rating: 14s on match tops and 20s on power tops
Spares prices: Match kits £39.99 and power kits £34.99
Promo price: £599
Team Daiwa SR4
Weight: 1,455g at 16m, 1,160g at 14.4m and 865g at 12.7m
Spares package: Two match top-3 kits, three power top-2 kits, cupping kit and pole cups, reversible mini extension, pole holdall and protective tubes
Elastic rating: 14s on match tops and 20s on power tops
Spares prices: Match kits £44.99 and power kits £39.99
Promo price: £799