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Daiwa BG Spinning Reel

Review Last Updated: February 3, 2020

Nancy Reagan
Product Review by Nancy Reagan


Today we'll be reviewing the Daiwa BG Spinning Reel.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!


  • Best saltwater spinning reel for the money
  • Accommodates braided lines
  • Smooth action
  • Powerful, strong drag


  • Whilst the body is anodized for protection the spool is only painted

Daiwa BG Spinning Reel Product Review

Opening I would like to state that this is my favorite bang for the buck reel to be found on this list. Crammed full of features this is an exceptional reel that is durable and smooth with plenty of drag to tackle anything from smaller inshore species to much larger species of gamefish off the boat or beach.

Daiwa is well known for manufacturing some of the finest spinning reels available today, having packed a lot of higher end features into the BG Spinning Reel.

This reel surpasses a lot of reels that can be found in a much higher price bracket and delivers unbelievable value for what can be found inside.

It boasts a solid, well-built metal HardBodyz body, side covers and rotor providing very robust durability. The lightweight rotor design ensures comfort is maintained throughout extended periods of use.

The drag system is encased in a waterproof housing to protect against the effects of saltwater and safeguard the unit from any corrosion that may ensue.

One of the first things I noticed was how well the screw-in handle operated compared against a through handle design.

The use of this design ensures that there is no play between the handle arm and the main gear which feels sturdy under the hand whilst cranking the handle.

With an Aluminum ABS spool providing an even flow for the line both on and off the spool, Daiwa is able to deliver level smooth line loading right up to the edge of the spool.

All of this leads to an excellent castability, reducing the chance of wind knot.
Centered in the ABS spool is a rubber gasket meaning the unit is braided line ready without having to go through the effort of backing with mono.

The drag system found on this reel is comprised of a series of carbon fiber washers consistently providing a great feeling smooth drag, unlike the fitful motion that can sometimes be found on reels in a lower price range.

The Daiwa BG Saltwater Reel houses 7 stainless steel ball bearings which are all anti-rust bearings. It is worth noting, however, that they are not shielded for water protection like you would find on higher end reels from Daiwa.

Model sizes 1500 – 4000 all feature and infinite anti-reverse system making setting the hook a breeze without any playback.

The larger (4500 and above) models have a dual anti-reverse system featuring both a roller bearing in the instant anti-reverse and a mechanical anti-reverse utilized as a backup.

The Daiwa BG Saltwater Reel has enough drag and power to handle larger species of gamefish. Good for both saltwater and freshwater applications it is good for fishing tuna, redfish, trout. But works exceptionally well for Bass fishing.

Technical Specs
Model#: BG4500A
Mono Line Capacity (lb/yd): 14/350, 17/280, 20/210
Braided Line Capacity (lb/yd): 40/340, 50/270, 65/230
Max Drag (lb): 17.6
Gear Ratio: 5.7:1
Ball Bearings: 6+1
Weight (OZ): 22
Line Retrieve: 43.1

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