Starting out fishing can be confusing as you will not know what equipment you need and what equipment it will be nice to have as an extra. There are a few that you need and that includes suitable rods and Good fishing reels. There are 2 main types of reel, spinning reel and fly reel.
The Purpose of the Reel
The reel is the cylinder-shaped device that a fisherman uses to bring in the fish they have caught. It is attached to the rod and for the more up to date ones, there are attachments that will affect the way that the line is cast and making the float travel further and close to the area they want it to land.
Types of Reel
For most fishermen, it will be the spinning reel they will use and there are three main types. Unless you have tried a particular one and found it to work for you it may be best to try them and settle on the one that suits you best.
- Spin cast – This reel keeps the important components inside and under a cone. There is a small hole and the line comes out of that. It is considered to be the easiest to use and for is reason it tends to be the one that is used by children when they are learning to fish. There is a button to the rear and this is pressed as the line is being cast forward. As the line reaches the required location, the pressure on the button is stopped. Although it is one of the Good fishing reels, it does lack a little when it comes to the distance it can cast and the accuracy of the float landing.
- Bait casting – This is the reel to use when you have been fishing for a while and have the time and experience to master it. There is a spool that must be controlled and it does work better when used with heavier lures and sometimes heavier lines. Due to the accuracy it is popular, and well worth the time it takes to master it. It will be best to save this until you have mastered the others.
- Spinning – For most fishermen this is the reel of choice as it is so easy to use. There are the benefits of it being both easy to use and has a high degree of accuracy. It holds a lot of line and often they come with an extra spool. This gives the advantage of being able to change out lines while fishing. The only time there may be a problem is when the line in 20 pounds or above.
This is a single action reel and is controlled with one hand while the other is casting the rod. It is intended to be the storage system for the line, ensure that the drag is smooth and be the counterbalance for the rod weight. It is a simply designed item of equipment and over the years has not needed to evolve in the way that other reels have. Considering the idea of this sort of reel dates back to the 1870’s it is clear that the originals were pretty much fit for purpose.
The holes and use of light metal means it can be sturdy as well as lightweight.
There have been some modifications as initially there was not a drag mechanism and this meant that to slow down the fish by “palming the rim.” Now they are designed so that the drag can be adjusted and are more suitable for large as well as small ones, and can be classed as Good fishing reels.