Lizzie Gutierrez Fishing Reel December 28th, 2017 - 10:35:03
A closed face reel is a type of spinning reel. There are a couple of major differences between a closed face and an open face spinning reel besides the cover giving a closed face its name. One, is the cast is usually done via a push-button release for the line. Second, but very much related, is the relative ease of a closed face and especially so for children. With the open face reel, a bail is flipped and the line must be held by a finger until release. With a closed face, the holding of the line is not necessary. The only skill that must be learned is the timing with the push button. Kids can pick this up very quickly.
Pressing the button again will stop the lure at the desired position. Cranking the handle re-engages the line back into the reel. Choosing a fishing reel today means selecting the type of reel you are most comfortable with for the type of fishing you will be doing. Keep in mind that the length of a fishing rod also affects casting distance and lifting capacity. When picking a spinning or bait casting rod and reel choose one that is flexible enough for where you will be fishing and the species you are fishing for. Boat rod and reels are normally shorter. This allows for more room in a confined space and better leverage to lift a heavy fish out of the water.
Matching reel, pole, and line is quite important for these reels. Most are adaptable for left and right hand fishermen. Casting is very simple, and is perhaps the easiest reel for a novice fisherman to learn to cast. One final aspect of these reels is that they are available in differing gear ratios. A 4:1 ratio would mean that one turn of the handle would generate 5 turns of the bail. If you will be fishing lures that need to be retrieved more quickly (buzz bait for example), use a higher gear ratio reel. A bait casting reel works by allowing the weight of the lure or bait to pull line off of a revolving spool. Although the skill necessary to use such a reel was at one time quite challenging, for anglers willing to spend the money, there are now systems on reels that prevent the backlash that plagued novice anglers attempting to master their use.
Many manufacturers supply a simple reel case to protect the reel when not in use. More recently manufacturers (Greys and Cortland to name just two) supply reels with a bag, holding both the reel and spare spools. A good reel does not have to cost the earth, many of the Greys and Cortland reels (from $50 and $100 respectively) represent great value for money. The G-series reel was introduced by Greys as an introductory level reel but I really like it. In todays market its worth shopping around, you can get some really good deals online, and off, if you go for end of line deals. I am a bit old fashioned - I still like BFR (British Fly Reels) and the Rimfly at less than $50 is a very good reel.