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Smart Fishing Reel Choices
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Smart Fishing Reel Choices

If you are looking to purchase a fishing reel and can only afford one, the most versatile of all the reels, and most popular world wide in all styles of fishing, is a spinning reel, also called an open faced reel.

Open faced refers to the fact that you can simply flip the bail arm over and you have complete access to the line spool, which is different to a bait caster reel where the line is enclosed within the reel housing.

Advantages of a Spinning Reel.

One benefit of these reels is the ability to handle any sort of line, from mono to fluorocarbon and braid (I recommend braid to minimize any line twist).

Accurate distance casting with light gear is much easier with these reels as bait-casters don’t handle light gear as well, especially into the wind, and tend to get some serious knots from back lash when using braided line.

With the designs and models available today you can do pretty much anything you can do with another style of reel with a good spin setup, and more.

Extra Line

Some spin reels come with an extra spool or replacement spools can be purchased, which allows you to have several line classes already spooled up ready to easily change over if necessary.

Replacing a spool of line is as simple as undoing the knob on top, lifting one spool off, replacing it with the other and doing the knob back up.

Quality Components

Paying a little more for a spinning reel ensures you get a quality reel with parts that are corrosion resistant; they will usually have more ball bearings than cheaper models to assist in smooth cast and retrieval, and a quality drag system.

Great for beginners.

The first couple of casts can be a little tricky to get right, but after a few goes the beginner and even youngest of anglers can master the art of casting accurately over distance, or among structure.

The Right Rod Combo

Spinning reels are designed to hang underneath the rod for balance and comfort purposes, so teaming it up with the best spinning rod you can afford makes sure that it can operate the way it is designed.

The line guides on a spin rod also hang underneath the rod and act as leverage points at specific distances along the rod which gives the rod it’s specific action, strength and power.

The Smart Fishing Reel Choice

Hands down I would recommend these types of fishing reels to any angler, and suggest if you haven’t tried one to give them a go and see why they are the most popular reel in the world today.


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