Just spotted a planned addition to Daiwa’s Morethan Branzino range of spinning reels on Japanese tackle site plat.co.jp – the Morethan Branzino 2508SH LBD.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s the current Morethan Branzino reel with an extra lever bolted on. Well I guess it is really. Yet another tackle innovation from Japan sees the Lever Brake Drag (LBD) form factor added to Morethan Branzino range. It’s hard to see this being a popular reel outside of Japan, but I shouldn’t knock what I haven’t tried.
I’ve been aware of this type of reel from Daiwa for a few years after seeing some shots in a Japanese catalogue but quite where the origin of this design lies, I don’t know. I’m sure your conclusions on the use will be similar to my own – clearly the lever offers more immediate access and control over the drag. Perhaps this allows for use of thinner lines, driven by Japan’s pressured angling conditions; or maybe to release line where a tight line would spook fish. Certainly I have seen light tackle ISO reels from Daiwa and Shimano that feature this style of lever brake.
If anyone has an English translation of the exact use for these reels, please let us know. We’d love to know more.
The reel is due out from March 2011.