Many young fishermen and woman get exposed to fishing at an early age usually using a very inexpensive Childs rod and reel. Since quality fishing gear can be expensive, most parents don’t want to invest in it for child until they are sure they are going to like the sport. As kids grow up and stick with fishing, then it becomes necessary to buy the correct type of rod and reel for the type of fishing your going to be doing. Having the correct reel will make all the difference as to whether or not you have a successful and enjoyable fishing adventure.
You’ll find the right fishing reel after you know and understand the four basic models. These are the spin casting reel, the spinning real, the bait-casting reel and the fly-fishing reel. Though your motivation, passion or appetite may bring you to the fishing hole, all fishermen’s reasoning is the same to catch fish! And though this underlying truth is told, the way and style (the way you play) is quite different.
The reels where you hold the button and let go while casting are called spin casting reels. These reels range in quality from a kids pack reel for less than 20 bucks to over several hundred dollars for a Shimano or Penn. The higher quality reels are very accurate and rugged and will provide you some solid fishing with the ease of using a simple reel design.
The spinning reel is the next most common type of fishing reel. This style has an open face. This means the reel is open and not closed like the spin caster. You can literally see a spool of string with a wire bail (loop) over the top. By holding back a trigger switch or the wire bail by hand, you can cast with this reel much farther. Once your timing becomes perfect, you wont have to worry about the familiar birds nest that occur when these reels are used improperly. Because the string is housed on the spool, you can cast quite a ways father than the closed-face variety. If you use a 10 to 15 lbs test line, you can play and land some big bass with these. If you like lures rather than live bait, these reels will keep the fun spinning.
A bait casting reel, on the other hand, provides the most control, allows for the most distance and can give anglers near perfect accuracy. The reason is quite simple: You can use your thumb to release and stop the fishing line before the weeds or logs, for instance, and predict quickly where the bait will land. However, the bait caster reel is trickier to use and takes a lot of practice to learn. If the reel is set to your specifications with the right line weight, then using the bait caster reel becomes astoundingly easier. Like some spinning reels, you’ll have to use your thumb to start and stop the reel. Additionally, like the spinning reel, the reel will hang down and not up when casting. By applying pressure from your thumb through the cast, you can slow down the fishing line spool and accurately cast in open waters.
The final type of fishing reel is the fly fishing reel. These, in particular, have so many variations that to talk about them all would take way too long. Essentially, a fly-fishing reel is used for fishing in streams and in moving water with an artificial, heavy fly. Aim is critical. Fly fishers routinely fish for trout, salmon, pike, bass, carp and some other marine species. When casting a fly fishing reel, the reel actually has nothing to do with the cast. This is to say that the reel holds the line while you pull out the line from the reel, keeping it loose and close to your feet. You’ll have to free the line that you want to cast. By pulling up on the lever, the spring-loaded coil (reel) pulls the line back in while your hand, again, controls the drag. With practice, fly-fishing gives the most play for the sport of fishing.
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