Shawna Farrell Fishing Reel December 15th, 2017 - 11:14:27
3 - Weight is important as it balances with the rod to help maneuverability and responsiveness. The ease of casting and the retrieval of the line will be enhanced by a well balanced reel to rod. 4 - Reels today are made from polymer composites or aluminum alloys, the alloys can be die cast or machined giving a greater strength to weight ratio. The best fly fishing reels on the market are made by Hardys, and they pride themselves on using the best materials available. This comes at a cost, a good Hardy reel costs over a $200 The drag allows you to control the rate at which the fish strips line from the reel. Turning up the drag slows the fish. The simplest reels dont have a drag system, but rely upon thumb drag in which the thumb controls the rate the line is stripped from the reel. The downside is that it takes a lot of skill to get this right and initially you will lose fish. Most modern reels have some form of disc-drag system operated by a lever or dial. The most important thing is that it is easy to use. In the excitement of playing a fish you can easily lose a fish because you tightened the drag when you meant to slacken it. In addition the drag system must be easy to use with wet, cold (sometimes blue!) fingers. The drag lever or dial should be reasonably large and easily accessible, and made from non-slip material, so its easy to find and operate.
Fishing reels come in many different variations, depending on the specific application for which the fishing reel is to be used. Each type of reel belongs to three main categories of fishing reels; Casting, Spinning & Fly Fishing Reels. Many of the most recognized names in the tackle industry like Daiwa, Shimano and Penn produce a full line of these types of reels for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. Over the years, fishermen have come to label the three types of reels according to descriptive characteristics of a particular reel. This has lead to confusion as to the proper terminology that should be used when referring to a specific reel. I will try and explain why a reel is labeled as such and why the same type of reel, can sometimes be assigned two different labels, one for freshwater and another for saltwater fishing.
Casting Reels: When fished in freshwater, this type of fishing reel is commonly known as a baitcast, baitcaster or baitcasting reel. Some people tend to break up the two words into bait-cast, caster and casting. Whichever your preference is, you are still referring to the same reel. When these types of reels are fished in saltwater, they are typically characterized by function and features. For deep sea fishing, casting reels are known as conventional fishing reels and anglers have created descriptive labels for these such as star-drag, lever-drags, high-speed, jigging, big-game, two-speed & trolling reels. Spinning Reels: There are two types of spinning reels that make up this category of reels, which happens to be the most popular category of reels. There is the enclosed-spool spincast, spincaster or spincasting reel, which should be used for freshwater fishing and teaching kids or novice anglers how to fish.
Generally speaking, the bodies are manufactured out of plastic, aluminum, steel, or etc. Aluminum is usually longer lasting than graphite, however graphite is generally lighter and easier to handle. Therefore, it is a person-to-person decision which one to go with, but it usually depends on which kind of fish that you plan on targeting for your next fishing trip. Generally speaking, bigger fish require you to have aluminum, because it is stronger and can handle their weight. However, catching smaller fish, usually graphite will suffice. Of course, if you do want to go with aluminum, you also have to shell out more money, making it a rather tough decision which one is the best for you. Of course, if you are an avid fisherman and plan on fishing a lot, an aluminum fishing reel is certainly the way to go.