Daiwa Fuego LT Reel Review [Top Pros and Cons Video]


I’ve been using the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel for a few months now after hearing some good things about it from friends.

It’s a fairly new reel on the market and I wanted to see firsthand how this product would perform on the water over time.

Now that I’ve at least used it for a few months, I wanted to share my honest opinion of it with you in hopes that you or others who have used it too could add in your opinions (good or bad) down below in the Comments section.

Here are what I’ve found to be the pros and cons of the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel along the specs on the reel that I have.

Daiwa Fuego LT Reel Specs

specs of the daiwa fuego lt reel

Here are the specs to the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel that I have:

  • Price Range: $79.99-$99.99
  • Series: 3000
  • Weight with 10 lb braid: 8.0 oz
  • Max Drag: 22.0

Pros of the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel

Pros of the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel

I have enjoyed this reel more than other reels in this price range and even bought a second one because of how much I liked the first one. Here are my favorite parts about the Daiwa Fuego LT Reels I have:

1. They Are Lightweight Reels

I love that these reels are lightweight and are lighter than the vast majority of other reels on the market in the same price range. The smaller amount of weight of the reel makes a real difference when I’m throwing a lot of casts with artificial lures searching for fish.

2. Very Smooth and Nice Feel

The reel feels great and effortlessly picks up line without having to put too much force onto the handle. I have had no issues with the reels’ fluidity since using them. The reels have only been used in saltwater and have stayed nice and smooth.

3. High-Quality Drag System

The drag on the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel is excellent. It’s smooth and provides the right amount of pressure you need at each setting. I’ve caught snook, trout, redfish, jacks and more with this reel and it’s held up great against all of them.

Cons of the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel

cons of daiwa fuego lt reel

Just with any other fishing product, there are some cons to the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel. There aren’t many, but the cons I found are listed below:

1. Unknown Longevity

The first con isn’t so much of a con as much as it is an unknown. Because the reel is so new to the market, I’m not personally sure how the reel is going to hold up long-term after many saltwater uses.

While I’ve had absolutely no quality issues with the reel so far, I’ll have to wait and see how long it holds up over time.

2. Line Bunching at Top of Spool

On the second Daiwa Fuego LT Reel I bought, I had an issue with the line bunching up at the top while I was loading it onto the spool.

While this can be fixed easily, it’s something I would usually prefer to be taken care of before I bring it out the box.

Video Review of the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel

Here is my full review of the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel where I go over the full pros and cons of the reel and how I’ve used it.

Check out the full review here:

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Although the Daiwa Fuego LT Reel is new and unproven, it has performed extremely well on the water for me and has held up fantastically at the same time.

It’s smooth and has a great feel and is one of my favorite reels to use for artificial lures.

Remember, all of our reviews are completely independent and we are not affiliated with any fishing reel companies.

Have you tried this reel out? Have any questions about this review?

Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check out the Salt Strong Guide to Buying a Fishing Reel.

Tight Lines!

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2 years ago

Thanks for letting me know about this reel… seems like it’s a solid value.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Our pleasure Tom!

2 years ago

So what was causing the line bunching at the top?

2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The alignment of the spool was not perfectly in sync with the rotator arm that spins on the line. The fix is very easy because it just takes an addition of a spool washer or two to get it aligned, so it’s not that big of a deal… just an added step that I’d prefer to not have to make.

Michael Costa
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Hi Luke, does the washer sit on top or below the bearing, if I place it on top of bearing the rotor doesn’t sit properly and the bail arm hits when flipping it over, can’t seem to remove the bearing to add a shim underneath which looks like it has one already there placed from factory. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

See my post about the washer and bail issue on the 3000

Kevin Hahn
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you! I have a stradic that does that on occasion! I really enjoy the reviews y’all put out, great job!

2 years ago
Reply to  Kevin Hahn

Thanks Kevin!

Nick C
2 years ago

I have always preferred Shimano reels due the smoothness and went to by a Nasci in February because of the sealed bearings. I was talked into buying the Daiwa Fuego which I had not heard of. It compares to the Daiwa BG but is lighter, has sealed bearings, more pounds of drag and is less expensive. It has even taken a couple of dips in saltwater and still reels as smooth as silk. I now own two of these in the 4000 size and love them.

2 years ago
Reply to  Nick C

Thanks for letting us know that the Fuego can handle a couple dips in saltwater. I reviewed Daiwa’s BG model a while back, and I can’t think of any reason why I’d get a BG over this Fuego other than the unknown life longevity factor (the BG is known for being a tank while this one is too new to have a reputation).

Andrew Stewart
2 years ago

I have he Fuego LT in 1000, 2500 and 3000. I have caught everything from 15” trout on the 1000 to 26” stripers on the 3000. They have performed flawlessly so far. I could not tell you whether I like the Nasci or Fuego LT at this price cause I love them both.

I know Eliasv used his Fuego LT 3000 on his trip to FL earlier this year and said that after a few weeks of solid use and no rinsing or care it started to seize up until he lubed it then it was perfect again. He is still punishing it.

I have no doubt this reel will handle a lot.

2 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Stewart

Thanks for making time to share your experiences with this Daiwa Fuego reel. Yes, the Nasci is also a solid choice at the same price point.

Dave Otte
2 years ago

I use the 2500 and I love it. I like it so much I bought another one. I wade and kayak fish, so the magseal was a big plus for me. They have held up well for 7 months. Haven’t dunked one yet. They work as good now as they did out of the box.

2 years ago
Reply to  Dave Otte

Hey Dave, thanks so much for sharing your experience using your Daiwa Fuegos. Fish On!

David Bush
2 years ago

Any thoughts on the XH version with the higher 6.2:1 gear ratio vs. the C version with the 5.2:1?

2 years ago
Reply to  David Bush

I have only used the standard version. I’m sure that the others can be solid choices too if they are a better fit for the type of fishing that you plan to do.

Lionel Sheikboudhou
2 years ago
Reply to  David Bush

I prefer low gear vs high gear. I don’t know why but I just catch more fish with low gear ratio (2500 and 5.0:1 for example)

2 years ago

I have 3 and they are extremely similar to the ballistic lt. I had recently bought two pflueger suprene xt reels and on first trip one started grinding so I sent those back and got the fuego LT and the fuegos are much nicer even though the pflueger had a magnesium body and rotor.

2 years ago

Found a small issue with my Fuego LT 3000. I had to add a washer as it was laying line a bit top heavy. This raised the spool and since the 3000 is just a 2500 with a bigger spool the bail now hits the top of the spool when it’s at it’s highest point. During a heavy day of casting lures it ticks the top of the spool pretty often. Might have to return this one and see if I can get one that does not need extra washers.
They need to make the bail wire on the 2500 and 3000 a bit bigger so it does not tick the top of the spool in situations where a washer needs to be added.

2 years ago

The biggest problem I have with this reel is Daiwa corporate. On their USA site it lists their line capacity in “mono” so I was thinking 160 yds of mono which is what they listed for the 3000, however when my reel came it has on it 160 yds of 16 lb braid. This is a huge mistake. No wonder the reel seemed like a miracle to be so light for its ability to carry that much mono- it does not. This is very deceptive of Daiwa on their website.

Tom Knoblock
2 years ago

I bought the Fuego LT3000 mid September and have not used it that much fishing on the coast TX I have been rinsing it with water after fishing and now am having problems jamming up. Talked to service ctr Corpus he said if I rinsed it with water it would ruin the bearings. Talked to Daiwa he said rinsing is ok but apparently there are bearings that are not magnaseal so can be damaged. I do not recommend this reel.

Sean Lee
1 year ago

I bought one back in Nov 2018. I had no issues with it until this past weekend. I was fishing at a local dam, some rough currents and I hooked a small striper. Maybe 15 inches or so. I noticed the reel was flexing to its left(where I have the handle at). I was a bit dumbfounded as I had hooked on bigger fish with this reel and didn’t notice any flexing. I went out the next day and loosen my drag a bit(I used your tutorial on drag setup). I caught a couple of stripers, small ones again but no flexing this time. I just wanted to see if anyone else had the same issue?

1 year ago
Reply to  Sean Lee

I have heard of others expressing concern about that issue too. Seems as if the common theme is that they were using 20+ lb braid and had the drag pretty tight. I have my Diawa Fuego reels spooled with 10 lb drag for fishing the flats, and I have not had any issues with the flex even when battling 30+ inch snook and redfish.

Long story short, these reels seem to be designed for light tackle applications. I’d go with a metal framed reel if in need of using 20+ lb line with a strong drag setting.

Sean Lee
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks for the reply Luke. I have 15lb powerpro on mine, I try not to to go higher than 20 on my reels. My drag prior to using your tutorial was usually by feel so maybe that was the issue. I’m kinda stuck in a tough bind with this reel. Its a great reel but at same time I am pondering if I should sell it and move onto something different.

Ronald Metts
1 year ago

I have three 3000 set them up went to the lake. I cannot get the drag to set on them. I thank I wasted some money.

Tim Broeseker
1 year ago

New Diawa Fuego 2500 (only used about 10 trips) and starting to stick when reeling first few casts, then gets better, though still not as smooth as when first got it. Have been rinsing gently with fresh water after each use, hasn’t been dunked in salt water or gotten in the sand. Any suggestions?

Rob Lee
1 year ago

I have a couple of fuego lt 4000’s which I use in the surf for ultralight beach fishing on emcast 11′ M rods (which are the best for the money IMO), throwing small lures or flea rigs with 1 to 3oz bank sinkers. The reels flex significantly. I’m probably spoiled as I have a Ballistic LT 5000, which has NO flex.

Jonathan Tugwell
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob Lee

I have a 2500 fuego LT, that flexes unbelievably bad as well. I thought the reel came loose in the rod seat at first, but double checked and it is in fact the reel flexing. I don’t remember it happening when I first purchased it, but hooked into a 30 inch redfish and it became very evident. The drag was not heavy either, maybe 2 lbs. Seemed like a good reel at first, but I’m not going to use it anymore.

10 months ago

You review which you is very favorable, except for longevity/unproven over time; that review is almost 21 months old, how has the Daiwa Fuego helded up/preformed with time? Thank you. You selected TFO 7’6″ Med. I thought I saw You mention All Star or some other Academy brand; that rod model, wght.,etc. Please

Asner Reodica
26 days ago

Hey Luke,
I know this is an old post but I’m doing research on the Fuego. You mentioned the 2nd Fuego you purchased had the top heavy, line lay issue. Was that 2nd one the 2500? From my research it seems the 2500 has the majority of the issues. Can you remember?

25 days ago
Reply to  Asner Reodica

I believe it was the 2500. But the issue was very slight so not a big deal (only had to take out a washer).


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