How To Purchase The Best Fishing Reel

Written by Weekend Angler on September 28th, 2009

If you want to invest in a fishing reel for your angling, there are a number of factors you will need to take into consideration. These include reliability, price, and even your preferred brand. However, the main determining factor will be where you would like to use your fishing reel. In addition, these are some of the things you should look into.

Your level of experience

There are different types of reels that are meant for people of different levels of experience. For instance, spincasting reel is suitable for beginners. On the other hand, a baitcasting reel is only intended for seasoned anglers. However, there are some types that can accommodate a range of experience levels. One example is the spinning reel.

The spooling mechanism

In earlier designs, direct drive mechanism was often used, whereby the handle and spool were coupled directly . Turning the crank wound and unwound the spool. The drawback was that unwinding the spool, for instance when caught fish struggled to pull free, also turned the handle quite fast. That posed great risk to the fingers.

One method that is used to tackle the problem is making use of anti-reverse reel. Such a mechanism makes use of gears that allow spooling while the handle remains in place.

Some models allow the handle to turn in the other direction only when you pull a lever. The model is known as Instant Anti-Reverse ( IAR). Many modern direct drive models use this method.

Although some reels use automatic rewind systems, these have remained largely unpopular with many anglers, who enjoy manual operations. In any case, the system is only effective when you haven’t caught any fish, a situation that no angler enjoys.


Although a higher ratio in the gears makes spooling faster, the lower ratio results in greater torque, which comes in handy if you have a bigger catch.

When you want to buy a suitable fishing reel, you should bear these factors in mind, including the material used, once you have determined the type of fishing you are interested in.

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