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Daiwa "Zillion Type R"

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Daiwa Zillion Type R

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The New Team "Daiwa Zillion-R" Casting Reel further raises the bar of the Zillion line with Daiwa's latest innovations in reel technology and sleek Japanese styling. The Zillion Type-R features an aluminum frame and side gear plate, providing the strength and stiffness necessary to handle the lightning-fast "Hyper-Speed" 7.3:1 gear ratio. The Zillion-R is silky smooth thanks to it's 12 bearings (11 ball bearings + 1 roller bearing), a "free-floating spool," and infinite anti-reverse. Precise adjustments can be made to the reel thanks to micro click knobs on the bearing cap and the top-of-the-line "Magforce-Z" magnetic breaking system. The Zillion-R isn't all precision, though: a rugged 6-point drive train and powerful Ultimate Tournament Drag mean this reel is ready for anything. Zillion-R has taken it's subtle styling cues from Japanese reel enthusiasts. Red highlights compliment aluminum finish trim, and the new Daiwa "Carbon Swept" handle is a perfect addition to this enthusiast-inspired reel.

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Daiwa Zillion Type R

The Daiwa Zillion Type R is (IMO) the very best USDM Zillion reel on the market. Reduced weight (over regular Zillions), a better paint scheme, and a carbon fiber handle straight from the factory are all the little touches that make this reel a cut above your regular Zillion.

11 ball bearings (4 in the handle) and 15.5 lbs of drag make this reel a beast. It is a pleasure to fish with this reel. The "connected" feeling you get with this reel is amazing. When you first fish with this reel, you know that it is not your run of the mill Zillion.

I have used this reel in freshwater and inshore applications. It has caught bass, catfish, panfish, redfish, sea trout, redfish and black drum. It has never let me down in any fight. The 15.5 lbs of drag is enough to stop the run of any fish, even a ticked off bull red. No stuttering at all when the drag is releasing.

This reel has thrown every lure in my fishing arsenal and with the exception of very light lures it excels at throwing them all. It can even be used in a pinch to throw crankbaits although it would not be my first choice for these lures as the 7.3:1 ratio is a bit too fast for that particular technique.

Unfortunately this Zillion, like all of the older Zillions has been discontinued but can be found if you look hard enough. If you are in the market for a tough, good looking reel with a high speed gear ratio, give the Daiwa Zillion Type R a look.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Tank of a reel, high speed gear ratio, carbon fiber handle
Cons:
A bit pricy
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