Are you a believer in making each cast count? Then you will love the T-Wing System. Here's a breakdown of what makes Daiwa's TWS so great.
Henry Ford is quoted as having said something that, when you think about it, strikes home.
While he didn't invent the automobile, he did help millions of Americans get into one at an affordable price, in a world where transportation needs were dominated by horses and autos were only for the wealthy.
Daiwa has taken a similar approach to casting reels, improving a rather ordinary feature to offer an advantage no one knew to ask for.
One of those innovations is Daiwa's TWS, or T-Wing System.
The T-wing System is a special level wind offering maximum performance on the retrieve and, most importantly, the cast.
To really explain this we must first understand the dilemma manufacturers face when designing a good casting reel.
There's a balance reel manufacturer's must strike with a levelwind's aperture, somewhere between too big and too small.
See, a small aperture packs line tighter and more evenly than a large one.
This sets up the next cast for success, because an evenly packed, tight spool casts better than a loose and uneven one.
Problem is, line doesn't pass through a tiny aperture that well, especially considering that the aperture is never in the same place for each cast; it can be anywhere along the worm gear.
Instead, line passes through a larger aperture more easily, at the expense of an unevenly packed spool once the retrieve is complete.
Most reel companies do their best to strike a balance with an aperture that's not too small and not too big, but Daiwa goes all the way with a level wind that provides both.
This is possible because the T-Wing System changes its orientation between casts to create a different sized aperture:
Other level winds are not as advanced because all other level winds are just a hole line passes through.
During the retrieve Daiwa's T-wing sits upright, evenly packing line for the next cast with a small aperture.
The T-wing switches from a small to wide aperture when you click down on the clutch control.
This allows for line to come off the spool at a shallower angle than what conventional level winds are capable of, reducing friction and the odds of line "digging in" on itself, especially with braid.
Daiwa's TWS enables you to make more casts that go farther, giving you the option to cover more water and get more presentations on fish, especially with braid.
It's simple math: longer casts happening more often = better odds of getting bit.
There's a lot of gimmicks and slimy marketing out there, but Daiwa's T-Wing System isn't one.
No, the TWS is intelligent innovation from an established company that's been in the game for over 60 years.
This doesn't mean all reels with conventional level winds are outdated and not worth your dollar, but if you're a strong believer in 3% Theory and want an edge, then Daiwa's TWS is something to consider.
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Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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