It’s All About the Skirts

1975 Daiwa 2500C ad. The first skirted-spool spinning reel.

1975 Daiwa 2500C ad. The first skirted-spool spinning reel.

Although by 1975 the miniskirt had been replaced by the ever-famous polyester bell-bottoms, Japanese tackle manufacturer Daiwa was ready to introduce its new skirt concept to the masses. Not as sexy as the miniskirt to some, the avid angler saw the skirted spool as a thing of beauty – and a solution to the never-ending problem of line slipping behind the spool.

The Daiwa 2500C is the reel that put the company on the map in the U.S. and maybe the world. Despite the fact that many anglers were still swearing by and using the Zebco Cardinal and Garcia Mitchel series reels, the skirted spool was such a game changer that even the most dedicated Swedish and French supporters started to look towards Japan for the solution to their problems. By the early 80s, Daiwa would have a hearty market share while ABU and Mitchell were retooling to make their own versions of new skirted-spool reel. [Read more…]