Spinning Reel Review – Daiwa BG 1500

It’s not easy to find reliable products at affordable prices, so when I came across the Daiwa BG 1500 spinning reel, I wanted to find out more about it. What caught my attention? It appeared to be a balanced product that managed to find a way to merge modern features with accessibility.

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After quick research about the manufacturing company, I found out that the first Daiwa spinning reels started to be made back in 1955. The fact that the company got this far and continues making this type of products today as well is quite satisfactory when it comes to trust and reliability.

So, I decided to take a closer look at this spinning reel.

It has a solid construction

It may appear rather light and small, but the Daiwa BG 1500 can withstand a lot more than you may think it can.

The drag system is waterproof and the case is made out of anodized aluminum, which makes it light in your hand, but sturdy when it comes to weather and high humidity.

So, this spinning reel will continue to have the same flawless look use after use. Also, according to the manufacturer, the BG series features the largest drive gear provided by the spinning reels made by this brand.

This explains why I felt it moving so smoothly and got such a great response each time I reeled my captures to the boat.

It feels light even after hours of use


I really enjoyed how the reel felt in my hands, even after spending hours on the lake fishing.

There’s no better pleasure to have fishing equipment that makes this hobby pleasant and relaxing, just as it supposed to be.

Starting with the material from which the reel is made and going to the mechanism that makes it work, everything was chosen to make this item light, smooth, and fast.

You barely feel it as you pick the rod from its position. If you ask me, I felt more the weight of the rod itself than the presence of the reel. The way it spins and retrieves the line definitely improved my fishing experiences.

Featuring an air rotor and a rather solid screw-in handle, this is the kind of spinning reel that was made to deliver great results.

*Check the table below to see the specifications of BG 1500 vs BG 2000/BG2500

Model Action (FW/SW) Bearings Gear Ratio Line Per
Handle Turn
Line Capacity
(Lb. Test / Yards)
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
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
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

It can suit various types of lines, depending on personal preference

The Daiwa BG 1500 spinning reel is quite flexible in terms of fishing lines.

You can use several types of lines, depending on what you plan to capture during your fishing trips. Of course, the line capacity of the reel depends on the maximum number of pounds you want it to support.

Thus, for 4 lb. you can use 155 yards of line, for 6 lb. you can use 100 yards, and for 8 lb. the maximum length is 80 yards.

But, no matter what kind of line you will choose to use, this spinning reel will make your experience worth the effort.

Daiwa BG 1500 Spinning Reel


I really found the Daiwa BG 1500 an enjoyable piece of equipment when I wanted to enjoy freshwater fishing.

It is extremely light and comfortable and allowed me to feel the line like very few reels can.

This is due to the quality of its construction and the desire of the company to provide enjoyable pieces of equipment.

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