Something Special for Walleye Anglers

DAIWA to launch new TD EYE Walleye Rods at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (January 17, 2024) – Walleye anglers at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo have something special to look forward to – the worldwide introduction of DAIWA’s new TD EYE walleye rods. As they did with its Bessie musky lures at the show last year, the TD EYE series – a 17-model lineup including spinning, casting, and trolling rods – will be showcased for the first time, and a limited supply will be available from select exhibiting tackle retailers.



“Both anglers and the fishing industry are all about new tackle and innovations,” said DAIWA’s field marketing specialist Chris Martin. “And with the Midwest being the hotspot for walleye fishing, we’re anxious to bring extra excitement with this major rod launch to the Chicagoland show.”

DAIWA ambassador and touring walleye pro Tom Huynh is anxious to use the new TD EYE rods this coming season on the National Walleye Trail, eyeballing the new telescoping TD EYE 7’6” TDEYE76TMRB casting rod with DAIWA’s unique MEGA TOP soft tip section blank, offering exceptional sensitivity so you can both feel and see subtle bites when using lighter swimbaits and blade baits.

“The TD EYE 6’3” spinning rod (TDEYE631MLXS) will be my go-to target shooting rod when using forward-facing sonar,” said Huynh, “where I can rely on the rod’s short length to make quick, accurate casts when I see a walleye. That first cast means so much and offers you a great advantage to hook into a big one.”

The TD EYE series is engineered with signature DAIWA technologies like High Volume Fiber (HVF) and X45 Bias Graphite Construction technology within the rod blanks, its MEGA TOP tip on TDEYE 7’6” trolling along with two spinning rods, and FUJI Fazlite K-Guides on all 17 models. There are both one- and two-piece spinning rods in the lineup.

All TD EYE models retail for $129.99 (USD). They will be available at the Chicagoland show from Fish Tech (booth #528) – who will also carry a complete selection of DAIWA freshwater rods, reels, J-Braid and accessories – and Angler’s Outlet (booth #410).


  • 17 Technique-Specific Models: Spinning, Casting, and Trolling
  • HVF Nanoplus Rod Blank Technology allows for increased graphite density
  • X45 Bias Graphite Construction to eliminate blank twist and increase strength
  • FUJI Fazlite K-Guides on all models
  • MEGA TOP super sensitive tip on select models
  • High grade cork on spinning rods

MSRP $129.99

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About Daiwa Corporation

Daiwa’s first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today. To handle sales and distribution in the United States, Daiwa Corporation first opened its doors on September 26, 1966, operating from a small facility in Culver City, California. Today, based in Foothill Ranch, California, Daiwa Corporation sells tackle throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America. From the very beginning, Daiwa’s emphasis has been upon innovation and quality. The result is a long list of product features, design and materials that have become standards for the fishing tackle industry. Daiwa’s long-standing record of innovation has left a visible mark on the majority of tackle manufactured today and continues to advance the sport of fishing. Learn more at


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