Firstly, let’s deal with that RRP. A penny under £500 sounds extremely steep, and that’s not even the most expensive in the Daiwa range. However, you should be able to get these for less from even the smallest Daiwa stockist.

If ever a reel can be worth that sort of money then this is it. The ISO is a super-smooth performer and is a worthy modern-day version of the Tournament reels that so many carp anglers still put their trust in today. More refined, and less of a workhorse, mine still cope with a variety of work, at multiple ranges. The clutch is superb, and easy to adjust and they look the business too.

RRP: £499
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