Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT

Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT review:

4.3 rating
4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 18 reviews)
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Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT details:

Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT sets the standard for inshore and back bay saltwater fisherman country wide. The Saltist Back Bay LT Reel employs our revolutionary HARDBODYZ design- utilizing an aluminum metal alloy, giving maximum strength and minimizing weight. These design features combine to create one of the lightest, strongest saltwater spinning reels on the market. The Magsealed main shaft employ a magnetic oil that repels intrusion from salt water without compromising performance. The machined aluminum alloy DigiGear™ assures smooth, rugged performance with digitally milled gearing to maximize the efficiency of the gear-tooth interaction. Ideally suited for 8- and 10-pound test mono and equivalent braid, the Saltist Back Bay LT is Daiwa’s state of the art interpretation of the perfect light tackle backwater spinning reel.

With its revolutionary HARDBODYZ design, Magsealed main shaft, and DigiGear gearing, the Saltist Back Bay LT provides technical inshore anglers with one of the strongest and lightest saltwater spinning reels on the market.

Beauty knows no bounds and design and performance has no limits with the legendary Saltist spin reel.

The new Saltist Back Bay LT introduces unrivalled ground-breaking technology to the world at a price point never available before. Digigear II, Magseal, ATD, Magsealed Line Roller and Air Rotor feature in the all-new Saltist Back Bay LT.

Given the popularity of saltwater fishing, reducing water penetration is a major goal to minimize corrosion, promote longer life and better performance. Daiwa found a solution – Magseal, this system greatly reduces the penetration of water inside the body via the main shaft. Being magnetized this lubrication system avoids any friction, reduces dust intrusion, eliminates oil spray and improves reel life expectancy.

Not content with Magsealing the rotor/anti-reverse system, Saltist Back Bay LT also introduces a fully contained Magsealed line roller system to attenuate water intrusion, maintain rotation smoothness and increase part longevity. Magseal has now reached the pinnacle of evolution.

Daiwa’s new drag, ATD implements structural changes to the spool metal of the reel that provides greater support of the spool across the entire length of the main shaft.

This additional support of the spool reduces spool twist under load, promotes more even wear of the drag washers and ultimately reduces pulsing of the drag when fighting the fish. Combined with new improved drag grease that exhibits a low viscosity at rest, yet becomes more viscous immediately after drag startup.

This reduces initial drag startup inertia and combined with the structural changes of the ATD Drag System results in a smoother drag from the initial hook up.


  • LT CONCEPT – light and ridged aluminum construction
  • MAGSEALED construction repels salt and grime
  • Lightweight AIR ROTOR
  • Stainless steel AIR BAIL technology
  • DigiGear – Digital Gear Design
  • 7-bearing (6+1) system with instant anti-reverse
  • Up to 15.4 lbs. of Max Drag

Magnetic Oil is one of a new generation of Nano Fluids that can change density and shape when a magnetic field is applied.

The Air Rotor weighs up to 15% less than ordinary rotor designs. Its unique shape reduces unnecessary weight while distributing stress more evenly throughout the rotor for maximum strength.

Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT model specifications:

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Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it braid compatible?

Yes, braid can be used on this reel.

What rod would you recommend for a back bay 3000?

The 7 foot medium light St.Croix Avid Inshore would be a good choice for the Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT Spinning Reels.

Would a daiwa 7'0 heavy harrier rod work with saltist back bay 4000?

Yes they would pair well together.

Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT Video:

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Daiwa Saltist Back Bay LT Reviews:

Fast and Silky Smooth

5.0 rating

This reel is buttery smooth. Using with 20 pound power pro super slick and have used it for everything from scup to 48″ stripers. Drag is consistent and has a fantastic slow increment for accurate dialing of pressure. The wide spool of the 4000 provides almost 40″ per turn which makes it a fantastic Albie/hardtail reel.

Line Roller Fell Off Twice

2.0 rating

Had the line roller replaced after it fell off and it fell off again in the next trip. Reel less than 6 months old. Buy a Penn SpinFisher VI. Less money and bett


5.0 rating

Love this reel

Daiwa does it

5.0 rating

Amazingly smooth reel. One of my favorite spinners to tackle the largest range of inshore species. Highly recommend!

Great reel

5.0 rating

Awesome reel. Paired it with fire line. Casts forever and super smooth retrieve.

Poor man’s Shimano Stella?

5.0 rating

Very smooth reel. I use this for snap-jigging and drop-shot rigs.

Best reel I’ve used hands down

5.0 rating

Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m using a Nasci as a backup now that I have this reel. It’s unbelievably smooth. I can’t stress that enough; it’s phenomenal.

Great reel

5.0 rating

I love this thing.

The BEST bang for money

5.0 rating

Had no problem reeling in various sizes of blues, smacks, flounders, reds, rockfish….. including a hood sized cow nose ray!!!!
Solid, light, and dependable while smooth as can be
Will give you absolute confidence.

Good Looks. Smooth At first . Horrible repair and service.

1.0 rating

This reel lasted 5 trips fishing from my boat. Never touched water but gears still went bad. Would lock up during retrieval. The worst part is the customer service and repair. I sent the reel off for repair and it took weeks to hear anything. I had to call. Turns out they don’t even have parts available for this reel yet. I still haven’t gotten it back. Missing the hot spec season here, the reason I bought it. Fortunately, I have plenty of Shimano products that work great!!!

Silky smooth

5.0 rating

This is a very sweet reel. I run fishing charters in Beaufort SC with Castaway Charters and we crush fish with these. The drag is very smooth and powerful at over 15 lbs. It’s also sealed to keep salt out.

Reel look good and smooth, BUT will not last in salt water.

2.0 rating

The reel is smooth and real light. ONLY good for fresh water, it will not last in salt water. I bought brand new last month July 16 2019. I fish twice a week on the beach surf fishing, today is August 10th, 2019. The reel is jerky and i hear squeeky sound every time spin the reel. Once awhile the gear get stuck. Will not recommend for SALT water.

Beautiful little reel.

5.0 rating

Smooth drag and retrieve; light weight. Love it.

Daiwa comes through again

5.0 rating

Man what a beast! I replaced a Diawa Procyon 3500 with a 4000 Back Bay lt. Line capacity is supposed to be 300 of 6lb and I run 10lb pp which is supposed to have 2 lb diameter i got about 225 yds. That will be more than enough with drag and braid breaking at double usualy. Its paired on a Diawa Harrier 7’6 mh rod. Another TD special. It is very light, perfectly balanced and ready to smash Redfish, Speck trout, Snook and Flounder.
Pros – Light weight Water proof Drag
Cons – None yet

Smooth reel

5.0 rating

I love these reels! I have both the saltist backbay & regular saltist in the 3000 size. Perfect for inshore fishing. Excellent drag pressure to keep feisty reds out of the jetty rocks and for solid hooksets. Super smooth operation & lightweight.

Beautiful light reel

3.0 rating

I bought this reel for its light and water tight build, it seemed perfect except for the clacking sound at the same point on every rotation. I believe that there is too much room in either the main gear and handle or the main shaft and spool. I recently bought a Daiwa conventional reel that had the same irritating banging sound on every spool rotation, I love my Van Staal and Penn Spinfisher VI.
Pros – Lightweight, comfortable and water tight
Cons – Useless anti reverse switch and noisy operation

Inshore slammin' - love this reel.

5.0 rating

Black Betty BAM A LAM! I had a couple of older saltists and picked this up earlier this Summer. Snooks, Reds, Specks – this feels great in your hand, casts a mile and reels them in smoother than hot butter.
Pros – Still has a bit of weight to it – could be pro or con – depending on what you like.
Cons – I wish they would have kept some of the blue appearance for the Saltist line. I like my blues in my rods (custom Key Largo rods) and reels.

Perfect reel for all applications

5.0 rating

Bought my Reel and never regret it. I will buy another soon.

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