Which Fishing Reel Do I Need?

| May 23, 2015

Fishing is one of the most enjoyed pastimes for people located in almost every part of the world. Fish are caught not only by professional fishermen who use large nets for catching them, but also by people who enjoy the fun involved in catching fish.

Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels

There are lots of varieties in the fishing rods, and the bait that you can use catching fish. Another essential part of fishing is the fishing reel too. Choosing the best fishing reel depends on the type of fish you want to catch, the location where you are fishing and how you are trying to catch the fish. Certain fishing reels are specific to the type of fishing that you are doing, and here is a list of the different ones.

Different types of fishing reels

  • Baitcasting reels

These are the oldest of all the fishing reels available. The reel is inverted and then back winded to the retrieval line until the fish is caught. The reel handle was originally located on right side of fishing rod, but now it has been shifted to the left side, due to its wide usage. It is used when you are catching fish in the ocean on a boat, and is usually able to handle the strength of larger sea fish.

  • Fly fishing reels/Centrepin reels

The design for this type of fishing reel was patented by Charles Orvis in 1874. Very little has changed in the design from the original version. It is used by holding the reel with one hand, while casting the fishing rod with the other hand. The line is pulled off the reel and pressure is applied with your hand to slow down the fish at the edge of the spool. It can be used in saltwater and oceans.

  • Spinning reels

These reels are used for catching trout and salmon. The first commercial spinning reel hit the market in 1948 and was introduced by the Mitchell Reel Company. It had the face of the spool facing forward, and was fixed and positioned below the rod. A line pickup is used for retrieving the line. A recent addition in the design is an anti reverse lever that prevents rotation of the crank handle when a fish pulls the line from the spool. These types of fishing reels work best with flexible type of fishing rod.

  • Freshwater fly fishing reels

These reels are lighter than a normal fly fishing reel and are thinner too. They are easy to handle and carry with you compared to conventional fly fishing reels. The fishing rods that you use with these reels should be strong and flexible enough to handle the pressure of strong river currents.

  • SpincastĀ reels

This is a spinning reel that comes with a shell that protects the spool. This reel is best for beginners who are new to fishing. It is fixed above the rod and fitted with a cone shaped nose that has a fixed spool. The rear of the reel has a button attached which is pressed and then released allowing the line to fly off the spool. Pressing it again will make the line stop at desired position. The line can be brought back into the reel by turning the handle.

Choosing the right fishing reel for fishing will not only help you in catching the fish easily but will allow you to have a great sense of enjoyment, as you catch what could easily be your dinner.

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