Daiwa Tatula Reel Review


Daiwa is a brand that has long been among the best of the best when it comes to producing quality fishing reels. The Daiwa Tatula Reel was released in 2013 and has since been one of the most popular lineups of any that Daiwa has produced in the last few decades. The company created three distinct reels that were all part of the Tatula lineup: the Tatula 100, Tatual Type-R, and the Tatula Type-HD. 

Each of these three reels have distinct advantages that anglers of any skill level can really appreciate. Each model has some specific similarities, as well as a few differences that each play their own specific role in the overall functionality of the reels. Most of the differences between each reel model comes down to the different bearings, gear ratios, and spool sizes of each product. 

In this article, we will take a closer look at these three specific Daiwa Tatula reel models and highlight some of their most impressive features, as well as the capabilities you’ll have in using them. 

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Daiwa, Tatula Casting Reel, 200, 7.3:1 Gear Ratio, 7BB, 1RB Bearings, 32.20" Retrieve, Left Hand
  • Aluminum Frame and Gear Side Plate with Reinforced Brass Gears
  • 100mm Swept Handle and Soft Touch Knobs
  • A Matte Black Finish with Tatula Spider Graphics

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Durability – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

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Tatula 100 Reel 

The Tatula 100 is the most affordable of the three main types of reels in the Tatula lineup. It’s made to be very durable and offers the company’s patented T-Wing levelwind system that designed to allow the line to be evenly spooled onto and off the reel, making it easy to avoid having those frustrating tangles and birds nests that are so common in lesser quality baitcasting reels. 

This model is considered the most basic of the three and is a moderately affordable reel that most serious anglers will see the obvious value in. 

Daiwa Tatula 100 Reel Features

Tatula Type-R Reel 

The Tatula Type-R is Daiwa’s mid-level model among its three distinct types of reels in the Tatual lineup. This reel is a bit more expensive than the Tatula 100 because it offers quite a few more features and capabilities that are more in line with what professional anglers look for in a good baitcasting reel. 

Some of these added features include a more lightweight housing, Zaion drag star adjustment system, 8-bearing corrosion resistant system that can be used in freshwater or saltwater environments, and a faster 8.1:1 gear ratio. 

This reel is actually considered to be an ideal choice for anglers who do quite a bit of inshore fishing as its corrosion-resistant body and gear system means you can use it in saltwater without ever having to worry about experiencing the damaging effects of saltwater. 

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Daiwa TACT100H TATULA CT Baitcast Reel, Black
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Tatula Type-HD Reel 

Lastly, the Tatula Type-HD reel is the most advanced of these three models. The reel is a bit higher in price, but that increased cost is well-worth the investment for anglers who are looking to get the best quality products with the kind of features they need. 

This reel is also great for saltwater use as it features the same 8 ball bearing system and corrosion resistant capabilities as the Tatula Type-R. The reel is also made of the same lightweight composite material that gives it plenty of durability without the extra weight of most low-end baitcasting models. 

Anglers who do quite a bit of inshore fishing can also spool more line onto this reel as it features a larger spool, as well as a longer handle that is aimed at giving you more leverage when fighting large, hard-pulling fish. 

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Daiwa, Tatula Casting Reel, 200, 6.3:1 Gear Ratio, 7BB, 1RB Bearings, 28.2" Retrieve, Left Hand,...
  • Aluminum Frame and Gear Side Plate with Reinforced Brass Gears
  • 100mm Swept Handle and Soft Touch Knobs
  • A Matte Black Finish with Tatula Spider Graphics

Notable Features of the Tatula Lineup 

There are a number of great features that each of the three Tatula reel models offer which are designed to give anglers a reel that will result in fewer headaches and more fishable water. These features have been developed by Daiwa’s design experts who have taken into account much of the feedback from anglers who have used the company’s reels over the years. The result is a new and improved reel line that is one of the most sought after in the industry. 

T-Wing Levelwind System 

One of the most popular features of the Tatula Reel lineup is the T-Wing Levelwind system. This feature is basically designed to spool your line onto the reel more evenly than ever before. The reel is able to do this because it changes the size of the aperture that receives the line when you’re both reeling the line in or casting it out. The smaller aperture is for retrieving the line while the larger aperture opens and allows the line to spool away from the reel more smoothly than ever before. 

Daiwa Tatula Baitcasting Reel

Lightweight Aluminum Housing and Side Plates

One of the first things anglers notice when they pick up or handle any one of the Tatula reels is the fact that they are much more lightweight than most other reels on the market today. This means you won’t feel as much fatigue in your wrists and arms when using the reel over the course of a day or even a few days as tournament anglers are known to do. 

Daiwa is able to achieve this lightweight design thanks to its incorporation of a specialized aluminum material that makes up the reel’s outer housing, as well as the side plates. This aluminum material combines to make these reels weigh less than 8.1 ounces for any of the three models. 

Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag System 

One of the other very popular features that gets the attention of serious anglers as it relates to the Tatula reel lineup is the Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag system. This system utilizes oversized carbon fiber drag washers that are located on both sides of the spool. These drag washers put an equal amount of drag onto the spool depending on the degree to which you have the drag set. 

Magforce-Z System

The Daiwa Tatula reels also utilize the brand’s Magforce-Z cast control system that is basically  a magnetic braking system that ensures your reel’s spool will spin freely on each cast and uses the magnets to slow the spool’s rotation after a certain distance. This goes a long way in helping cut down on the potential that your reel gets tangled or backlashed. 


The Daiwa Tatula reel lineup is certainly one that anglers see the value in. These reels are exceptionally lightweight with very smooth casting and retrieval action. The features that combine to give you more control over the spool and the way the line is retrieved helps to cut down on the possibility that you’ll end up having to deal with your line being tangled. This means you can spend more time fishing, which is extremely valuable for anglers of all skill levels. 

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Donny Karr

Donny Karr is an avid outdoorsman and writer whose work has been featured in magazines and websites for nearly a decade. He enjoys bass and crappie fishing in the lakes around the southeastern United States, as well as trout fishing in the streams and rivers of the Appalachian mountains. He enjoys keeping up with the latest news and gear items in the fishing industry and is always looking forward to his next outdoor adventure. Donny has written for Georgia Outdoor News, The Outdoor Trip, Man Can Outdoors, Global Fishing Reports, and Bassmaster.