Daiwa recently redesigned its line of Saltiga spinning reels for heavy-duty saltwater fishing, adding some truly innovative features in the process. The rotor bearing on spinning reels is one of the points most susceptible to saltwater intrusion, but Daiwa borrowed a trick from NASA’s fuel-delivery technology — using a nanofluid, in Daiwa’s case, magnetic oil.
Magnets in the reel’s rotor-bearing area change the oil’s shape when a magnetic field is applied, forming a seal between the reel body and the rotor to prevent salt water, dust and grit from entering the rotor bearing and body. The resulting watertight seal, called a Mag Seal, creates much lower friction than common rubber seals.
The five new sizes of Saltiga spinning reels cover just about any saltwater fishing situation. MSRP for the updated reels ranges from $1,099.95 to $1,299.95;