Dona Shaffer Fishing Reel December 15th, 2017 - 11:10:53
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.
An open faced spinning reel takes a bit more skill than an enclosed spinning reel. Yet, they are one of the most popular types of fishing reels. The line is wound around the spool and exposed. Many allow you to unlock the bail and hold the line with your thumb. As you swing your rod out, you can release the line, weight and bait or fly by lifting your thumb at just the right time. Others may have a lever that slides over the line that holds it while you are casting, and releases the line at the right time. Open spinning reels are available for all types of fishing, whether you are fishing on a bank or out in the ocean. Choosing the best fishing reel of this type depends on weight of the fish you desire to catch. You definitely want a spinning reel that can handle heavy weight line if you are trying to catch swordfish! Fishing reels can be very cheap or very expensive. Buying a cheaper fishing reel is not always the best way to go, though. Many cheap models simply do not do their job and can frustrate you while you are trying to relax! A mid-range cost for a fishing reel could be your best bet if you are just starting out as a beginner fisherman or even if you are experienced.
Spincasting reels differ from normal spinning reels in that the spool of the fishing reel is usually encased. This type of reel is normally cast with a push of a button, which disengages the line. To engage the line, all the angler does is turn the handle a little to re-engage the spool. The limited line capacity, size and overall utility of this type of fishing reel should be restricted to freshwater fishing applications as well as teaching novices the fine art of casting and fishing. Another important note is that a spin casting reel should sit atop the fishing rod and the handle of the reel on the right side of the reel for right-handed anglers.
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.