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Does anybody own a 1500 size Daiwa reel? And if so, will it be too small for use on 7-8' lightweight rods?

I've had Daiwas down to 2500, but never smaller. I have found a bit of a deal on a 1500 though. :???:
 

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I have a pair of Spirex (shimano) 2000 size reels that would be probably be a similar size to the Daiwa (I think).

With small plugs they should be perfect.
 

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I have a Daiwa Exceller 2000 (US model) which I currently use on a 7" lightweight rod (92 grams, c.w. 6-12 grams) for seatrout... no problems at all. In fact the 1500 and 2000 models have the same body's, only somewhat different spools. However Daiwa reccomends the 2000 models for UL saltwaterapplications.

In fact I like it that much, that I'm planning buying a Daiwa Freams Kix 2000 for finesse fishing for seabass with another 7' rod (c.w. 7-20 grams) this season.
 

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Ben,
the 1500 size will likely share the same body size as a 2500 as stated above. The spool and possibly the rotor will be smaller. Which menas the 1500 won't be as light as most 1000 or true UL reels. It is only a slight variation over the 2000 but the smaller spool, holds less line and due to the smaller diameter will have a slower retrieve. Depending on what you want it for that may be spot on. LRF specific reels often have a slower retrieve rate, some of the Daiwa ones are 4.4:1.
The trend for finesse fishing these days seems to be 2004 (2000 size spool 100M 4lb mono capacity) or 2506 (2500 size spool 100M 6lb mono)models but if you can get a 1500 for a good price then I doubt you would notice the difference.
 

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The Daiwa 2004 and/or 2506 models not only come with a shallower spool but also with a reduced drag (quite often 2 kg for the 2004 and 3 kg for the 2506 models)
 

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Thanks Guys,

The one I'm actually on about is the Caldia. They're here: http://www.fostersofbirmingham.co.uk/ST73314

And apparently they have loads in stock.

I used to have a couple of Caldia 2500's a few years back and they're very nice little reels. For £60, they'll surpass anything else available for that price usually. I also have £30 of gift vouchers at Fosters so it's only £30 for me!! Bargain for sure, but just wanted to check if it would be ok. Sounds like it might be worth a shot.
 
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