One of the most popular and best fishing reels is in the Black Friday sale! Review

from Daiwa

by Mark Sawyer |
Updated on

Daiwa's Ninja range of rods and reels have rapidly become incredibly popular with UK anglers, thanks to their outstanding performance and more than reasonable price. And this Black Friday anglers can pick up a bargain deal on one!

The newest range still boasts all the features and quality anglers have come to expect with a few new additions to make them a slightly more versatile match reel. The Ninja Match and Feeder now boasts an improved Distance Control line clip, to cater to those anglers who require accuracy, as the old clip was quite poor and something we would have changed ourselves.

The reel features slightly revised sizes of 3012 (in single and double handle) and 4012 (in single handle only) options, with a 2508 reel added to the range to balance the new wave of shorter 7ft and 8ft rods that have hit the market recently.

The graphite body and Air Rotor have helped keep the weight to a minimum, even in the larger sizes as to not unbalance even delicate float rods. The oversized rotor system on the reel significantly reduces any wobble whilst winding in, something that can often occur with slightly cheaper reels.

The same great winding power has been enhanced slightly, by Daiwa opting to include a geared down retrieve and the ever reliable smoothness is achieved via 4BB and Infinite Anti-Reverse.

The whole Ninja Range has really impressed us!


We were really impressed with the original Ninja reels, which are super smart, practical and really versatile little reels. These new Ninja reels have seen slight upgrades to their cranking power and sizes to cater for the more serious match and coarse anglers.

The Ninja Match and Feeder is great for doing exactly what it says, for any sort of feeder fishingthe bigger 4012 reel is superb. Its smooth and effortless winding capabilities, coupled with the slightly larger spool to improve casting distances, just make them a really fantastic reel and for less than £70 it offers remarkable value for money.

The 3012 is a great all-round reel, we have used them for catching barbel and chub on the float, feeder fishing on local commercials and even as travel reels for using abroad when lure fishing for some hard fighting, saltwater species. There really is nothing we have found the reel to be incapable of.

If you want a versatile and durable reel, then the Daiwa Ninja Match and Feeder reels take some beating in their price bracket and we still aren't sure if Daiwa have mistakenly priced these up, as they feel and perform far above what they cost.



- New Distance control line clip

- Double handle options

- Air Rotor

- Twistbuster II

- Digigear II


- Infinite Anti Reverse

- Spare Spool

- Sizes: 2508, 3012, 4012

Daiwa Ninja Match and Feeder Reel
Price: £59.99-£69.99 was £82.99


The perfect fishing reel for all manner of methods. Available in three sizes and packed with


  • Comes with a spare spool.
  • Improved cranking power to cater for more serious competition angling.


  • There are better reels for really heavy duty end tackle and feeders.

Our pick of the alternatives


Whilst relatively new to the match scene, Nytro have been producing some quality tackle and the


  • Versatile, all-round feeder reel.
  • Great for distance casting.


  • Slightly heavier than the Ninja.


The Preston Extremity Feeder Reels are definitely some of the best reels the company has ever


  • Lee Kerry's go to reel.
  • Quality drag.


  • Bail arm is a little heavy.

Best for commercial silvers


Developed for both float and feeder fishing, the Matrix Ethos XR Reel are awesome reels for


  • Graphite anti-flex body eliminates wobble.
  • Lightweight build.


  • A quick drag would be a nice addition.

Author Mark Sawyer holds the position of Tackle Editor at Angling Times, boasting more than thirty years of experience working within different fields of the angling industry.

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