What You Need To Consider When Buying A Fishing Reel

Written by Weekend Angler on February 17th, 2009

Although most reels are not expensive and can be readily replaced, doing a bit of advance research will save you from making a really bad choice and possibly save one of your first fishing trips from becoming a bit of a disaster. It is vitally important to consider the type of fishing you are going to be doing as well as your own needs and experience level. Some reels which will be great for a skilled operator are not suitable for a beginner, who will find them much too difficult to handle at first.

Fishing Reel Design
The basic design of the fly fishing centerpin reel has barely changed in over a hundred years. The major difference has been the addition of drag mechanisms which make it easier for the fisherman to slow the fish in the water. Loose line is also readily brought by the larger spools used today. Modern versions of the fly fishing reel have been enhanced to allow larger fish to be brought in with the same weight and size of reel. Some enhancements have not endured, for example the attempt to make life easier for the fisherman by automating the reel. Excess weight for the length of line available meant that these reels did not gain popularity, and they are rarely seen today.

Shimano Symetre Fl® Spinning ReelSpinning Reels
Fixed spool or spinning reels have also been used for over a century, and have stood the test of time. Originally developed to allow light lures to be cast in salmon and trout fishing, spinning reels have endured because they have eliminated backlash. Although this has brought a different challenge in that the line can become trapped or loose, manufacturers are constantly working to overcome these problems. These spinning reels are built for the comfort of the angler, but they do require a degree of skill to use effectively. This should be taken into account when buying a fishing reel for a beginner.

Spin Cast Reels
The spin cast reel is of far more recent vintage, having only been commercially available since just after the Second World War. Much of the line problems associated with fixed spool reels have been eliminated, with the only price to pay for this a significant reduction in the distance which can be reached when casting the line. These spin cast reels have never managed to replace the spinning reel, as experienced anglers prefer to have the potential to cast longer distances, and are prepared to practice using this type of reel to manually overcome the inherent problems.

The spin cast reel is an excellent choice for a beginner to fishing, and should be the first type of reel looked at if you are thinking of introducing fishing to a young person for the first time. In many cases first impressions will last, and if the young person has a successful and enjoyable first experience of fishing, they are far more likely to stay with the pastime and make it a part of their life. This should be a vital consideration when buying a fishing reel.

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