Daiwa BG Spinning Reels - Models Comparison

Daiwa BG Spinning Reels is the next generation of Daiwa's very popular BG spinning reel series.

BG spinning reels series ranges from ultralight freshwater reels to heavy big game saltwater models: BG1500, BG2000, BG2500, BG3000, BG3500, BG4000, BG4500, BG5000, BG6500, and BG8000.

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Daiwa BG spinning reels come with many very useful features, regardless if they are used for bait fishing or for big game fishing.

Body and side cover are made using black anodized machined aluminum, providing mechanical strength and protection from the harsh environment.

Daiwa BG spinning series come with rather large internal drive gear, which increases contact areas, extending the gear operating life.

To improve control and accuracy during handle rotation, reel's handle is of so-called 'Screw-in-Handle' design, with practically zero movement between the main gear and the handle arm.

The reel's spool is designed to allow the fisherman to use whole line, to enable fast line release and retrieve. Spool accept braided line directly, regardless of the reel model.

Drag system is waterproof and allows fine drag tuning - very important when fishing using braids.

All models feature 6 ball bearings and one roll bearing for accurate and smooth operation.

Daiwa BG4000 and smaller reels come with so-called 'Infinite Anti-Reverse System', while Daiwa BG4500 and larger reels come with 'Infinite Dual Anti-Reverse System' and manual return bail.

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Daiwa BG Spinning Reels Comparison Table

Daiwa BG spinning reels are generally very similar fishing reels, differing in size, weight, line capacity and similar details. These differences are given in the following table:

Daiwa BG Model Number Action FW/SW Bearings Gear Ratio Retrive Rate (inches) Weight (oz.) Line Capacity (lbs test / yards) Max. Drag (lbs)
Daiwa BG1500 UL / - 6+1 5.6:1 28.3  8.5  4/155, 6/100, 8/80
J-Braid: 8/220, 10/130, 15/100 
Daiwa BG2000 M / L  6+1 5.6:1  29.5  8.5  6/135, 8/110, 10/90
J-Braid: 10/160, 15/130, 20/110 
Daiwa BG2500 H / ML  6+1 5.6:1 33.2  9.3  6/210, 8/170, 10/140
J-Braid: 15/190, 20/170, 30/120 
Daiwa BG3000 XH / M  6+1 5.6:1 37.4  10.8  8/240, 10/200, 12/170
J-Braid: 15/280, 20/240, 30/190 
Daiwa BG3500 XH / M  6+1 5.7:1 38.5  14.1  10/240, 12/210, 14/170
J-Braid: 20/310, 30/230, 40/150 
Daiwa BG4000 - / M  6+1 5.7:1 39.9  14.3  10/300, 12/260, 14/210
J-Braid: 20/370, 30/280, 40/200 
Daiwa BG4500 - / MH  6+1 5.7:1 43.1  22.0  14/350, 17/280, 20/210
J-Braid: 40/340, 50/270, 65/230 
Daiwa BG5000 - / H  6+1 5.7:1 47.4  22.6  14/470, 17/380, 20/280
J-Braid: 40/480, 50/360, 65/310 
Daiwa BG6500 - / H  6+1 5.3:1 48.7  29.5  20/370, 25/310,30/260
J-Braid: 50/550, 65/440, 80/330 
Daiwa BG8000 - / XH  6+1 5.3:1 53.3  30.0  20/550, 25/440, 30/370
J-Braid: 50/730, 65/590, 80/440 

As seen in the table, Daiwa BG reels come in various sizes, weights and capacities and they are suitable for fishing in various conditions, on various terrains, and can be used by both beginners and advanced fishermen.

Line capacity is given for the monofilament line and for the Daiwa J-Braid fishing line.

daiwa j braid 300px wDaiwa J-Braid fishing line comes in various thicknesses, colors and lengths, but generally it is woven using 8 strands, it has round profile, high linear strength and abrasion resistance and like other braids, it doesn't stretch.

Daiwa BG reels come with very fine drag system, allowing the fisherman to tune drag according to the used braid and fishing rod - braids allow fisherman to be in direct contact with the fish and good rod and fine drag system absorbs the blows from strong fish, preventing the braids from snapping during line retrieve.

For more on this topic, check our Types of Fishing Lines - What fishing line should I use? article.

Of course, other braids can be used as well.

Long Story Short: Daiwa BG spinning reels are not the cheapest reels on the market, but what you pay is what you get.

Actually, many fishermen consider them to be some of the best reels in their price classes. And we say 'price classes' since the prices of these reels depend on the model, of course.

Choose them according to your individual needs and preferences, but also according to the fishing positions and expected fish size. And if something larger strikes, be patient, use the drag system wisely and land the fish.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Daiwa BG Spinning Reels and Daiwa J-Braid Fishing Line Amazon links (links open in the new windows).