We test Daiwa's brand new TD-X fishing reel

This week Angling Times can exclusively reveal that the country’s best-selling fixed-spool match fishing reel, the Daiwa TDR, is about to be upgraded.

Daiwa has been keeping the existence of the reel firmly under wraps but now, in another Angling Times exclusive, we can reveal that it is called the TD-X and will be in the shops by the end of next month.

The Scottish-based tackle giant has stuck to the winning formula of the old TDR by keeping the same body shape and size, but it has added some exciting new attributes from its other top end reels.

Its most noticeable improvement is the addition of a push-button, quick-release facility to the machine-cut spool. This makes changing spools far quicker and also means there is no chance of losing any of the components.

The reel also houses Daiwa’s new high impact ‘HIP’ line clip system. This is the first time the technology has been introduced onto a match-sized reel after its success on the top of the range Basiair carp reel, launched last year.

Daiwa would appear to have not overlooked or skimped on a single aspect of the new TD-X reel. It even features the waterproof front drag system that was originally developed for the awesome Certate reel that sits in its top of the range ¬ Real Four series.

You can get the reel as a single or double-handled option with the same 2508 and 3012 sizes that will suit both feeder and float situations.

The working mechanics of the new quartet all operate on seven ball-bearings, four of which are Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearing’s (CRBBs), which produce a super-smooth spool oscillation, giving a perfect line lay.

Precision made Digigear and an advanced Locomotive Levelwind system will undoubtedly have also helped to create a reel that is capable of producing an awesome amount of cranking power.

Finished in a mean black and silver colour scheme, the new TD-X reel really does look the part. Even the handle has been re-designed with contoured finger grips made from high density EVA, that offer excellent grip even when wet