How to Choose a Spinning Reel?

How to Choose a Spinning Reel?

How to Choose a Spinning Reel? – The type of fishing rod that the reel is devoted to will determine the best fishing reel. You’re probably already familiar with the types of fishing rods you want to purchase to match your chosen species.

Reels can be priced differently depending on their features, functionality, style, warranty, and other factors. You won’t want to spend a lot on a reel if you have a smaller budget, so it is worth splitting your budget.

What is a spinning fishing reel?

A spinning reel is an open-faced, open-faced reel that has a visible spool and attaches to the rod’s underside. This is in contrast to spin-casting and baitcasting reels, which attach on the top of the rod. A spinning fishing reel is more intuitive than a baitcasting reel, and it’s also easier to use than an accurate spin cast reel.

This type of reel wraps the line around the open-faced spool. It then passes through a small wheel, called the power roller or line, before it moves up through the rod guides. The bail is the metal arm that runs across the spool. It holds the line in place and makes sure it passes over the line roller.

To cast, you will need to open the bail and place your finger on the line. To retrieve the line, close the bail and turn the handle clockwise. Some anglers refer to spinning reels as multiplier reels. This means that the handle can be turned one hundred times to cause the spool’s rotation.

A twisted line is the most common problem that anglers face when using spinning reels. To fix this, pull several feet of line from the spool and make sure it is flat on your face. Slowly rewind the line to ensure that it is flat and smooth.
Another drawback to the spinning reel is its inability to handle weights greater than 20 pounds. It is better to use a bait casting rod for this weight.

What are the Visible Parts of a Spinning Fishing Reel’s Spinner?

As shown below, there are eight parts visible on this reel. Each part is functional and you can choose the one that suits your needs.

1. Reel Foot

The spinning reel attaches to a rod by its foot. The foot can slip into most rods that have a recessed section.

2. Handle

Reversible handles are common on this type of reel. If the angler wants to remove the handle, they can simply unscrew the handle and place it on the opposite side of the reel. Rotating the handle allows you to turn the bail and spool while retrieving your fishing line.

3. Reel Body

A spinning reel’s body can be made from plastic, graphite or aluminum. Plastic spinning reels are best for children. Next, graphite has a lightweight but limited durability. Aluminum reels are very popular as they are lightweight, affordable, and durable. Magnesium and carbon fibre spinning reels are the best, offer all the benefits of other models, and are extremely lightweight.

4. Anti-Reverse Switch

This is the small on/off lever located at the bottom of the reel. The spool will stop going backwards if you switch the anti-reverse switch to “on”. The opposite happens when it is “off”, allowing you reel in reverse. This is a great way to adjust tension while fighting fish.

5. Line Spool

The reel’s spool is the place where the line actually sits. The spool spins with every turn of the handle when spinning reels are used. The spool can also be moved up and down so that the line distribution is even for casting and retrieval.

6. Drag Control/Spool Release

For front drag systems, spinning reels are often equipped with a drag control at the top of their spool. For rear drag systems, the drag control can be found at the rear of the reel. The drag knob controls how difficult or easy it is for the reel’s to turn. You can also remove the spool from this location to replace it with another one.

7. Line (Power) Roller

This little piece is located between the bail arm & the spool. It spins to put some resistance on the line. This little piece holds the line steady as the reel rotates. It is essential for line operation and must not have any cuts or flaws. It can cause a break in your line and lead to a fish being lost.

8. Bail

This is a wire made of metal that rotates with the reel’s handle. The bail is used to place the fishing line on the spool after the angler reels in the line.

Consider these things when selecting a fishing reel

You’re one step closer to finding the right reel if you have a rod or already own one.

Modern rods have a series numbering system that is located just above the grips. It also includes the model and brand name. The length of a rod will be measured in feet, but sometimes in centimetres. Along with that is the recommended line weight range.

If the range is 4-8lb line, the rod manufacturer is suggesting the rod is designed for fish up to 8lb (or roughly 4kg).

You can also use weight classes to match your fishing reel with your rod. It’s important that you balance them.

Casting with a balanced fishing rod is more precise and easier. It also reduces fatigue as the outfit can be used for longer periods of time and is easier to manage. This is especially important for when you are regularly fishing or retrieving trophy fish.

Balanced outfits can increase the sensitivity of the rod tip and make it easier for fish to strike the lure or bait.

Different types of fishing reels

This infographic lists the most popular fishing reels in Australia as well as the types of fishing that they are best suited for.

Spinning reels

Spinning reels are often referred to as eggbeaters because of their characteristic whipping action and are probably the most versatile of all reels.

The bail guide system holds the line and wraps it around the spool. The line will fall off the spool when the bail is turned over. The spool doesn’t spin, making them ideal for casting. To let the line fly, you just need to pinch the line and keep it on the spool. You can then flick the bail back and engage the reel for retrieval.

Spinning reels have adjustable drag, and sometimes a free spool setting. This is useful for drift fishing with a current. The fish can run with the bait and then engage the reel to strike. Material, drag system, gear features and number of ball bearings all play a role in determining the quality and cost of a reel. These create a smoother, more pressure-responsive action.

Modern spinning reels are branded with a model number and name. Your choice of brand and model is up to you. Here is a guide that will help you understand the meaning of most reel numbers.

Modern spinning reels often have numbers in the thousands (i.e. They may have numbers in the thousands (i.e. 25), and sometimes in hundreds (i.e. 250). All of these examples are considered to be the same size reel.

Spinning reel sizes explained

  • 1000-3500 (or 10 to 35) Class reels are lightweight reels that can be used to target small fish species with a 6–7ft rod. These smaller reels typically have a monofilament line weight range of 2-10lb (1-5kg) and 4-14lb braid.
  • 4000-5500 (or 40-55) Class reels are medium-sized reels that can be used with a 6-foot snapper rod or barramundi rod. The monofilament line weight ranges from 8-14lb (4-7kg), to 8-25lb braid.
  • 6000-9500 (or 60-95) Class reels are large spinning reels that can be used with a variety of rod sizes, including surf/rock fishing rods or heavy-weight boat roads. The monofilament line weight ranges from 6-15kg+ to 12-30lb braid.

You can also use larger spinning reels for surfing / rock fishing or game / offshore boat fishing. Line weight classes are 10-30kg monofilament, 30-80lb braid and are available in sizes ranging from 10000 to 30000. These large reels can also be used for lure fishing with big poppers to catch giant trevally or other pelagic sportfish.

Baitcasting reels

Baitcasting reels were designed for baitcasting rods. They are versatile but should only be used by experienced anglers. These reels are notorious for their tendency to tangle, but once mastered they offer great accuracy and control.

  • Baitcasters are available in a variety of shapes, including round and low-profile models.
  • The low profile design allows anglers to hold the reel while casting and retrieving, which is great for sports fishing with big bream such as barramundi, bass and barramundi.
  • The reels with a round profile are more versatile and can hold more line, which is great for long-running target species. These reels are great for trolling.

Baitcasters have braking systems that can be adjusted using a tensioning knob. This allows anglers to adjust the spool’s rotor to prevent line backlash, also known as the ‘bird’s nest’. To cast a longer and more precise cast, anglers will need to adjust the spool’s spin when using different weighted lures. To avoid line backlash, you can learn to thumb the spool while casting.

What does the ratio of fishing reel gear mean?

It is crucial to know the gear ratio and the suggested line class when buying a baitcaster. This will allow you to balance the reel to your rod. Two sets of numbers are used to describe a gear ratio, such as 7.3:1.

The first set represents the number of revolutions that the spool makes with each turn of the handle. In this case, the spool would turn 7.3 times per crank of the handle. For lure fishing, where the lure needs to be quickly retrievable, a higher number means that retrieval is faster. For example, line class is 175 yards. / 14lb.Braid. The amount of braid or monofilament that a spool can hold and the recommended weight of that line. The following example shows the figures: 7.3:1 and 175 yard. / 14lb.Braid. This would indicate that this reel is suitable for medium-class baitcasting rods for target species such as barramundi.

Overhead reels

Overhead reels are designed for overhead rods and are targeted at lure or bait fishing where the intention is not to cast but to either troll or feed out the line below the boat or kayak.

The overhead reel is similar to the baitcasting reel and sits on top. It can be very helpful when dropping baits or lures under a kayak or boat.

The design of baitcasting and overhead reels is very similar. Baitcasting is basically an updated version of the overhead design, but with a lower profile to make it more balanced for casting.

The majority of traditional overhead reels available on the market today are designed for ocean fishing or suit game fishing rods. Although there are still some smaller overhead reels on the market, the baitcaster is more popular for light gear.

Fly reels

Fly reels are designed specifically for fly rods. They are typically simple in design and construction. However, modern fly reels use disc-type drag systems to improve drag adjustment, consistency, and resistance to drag friction.

Fly reels are single-action reels that allow you to strip line from the spool and cast the rod with one hand. A fly reel is used to store line and provide drag for fish that make long runs. The reel’s main purpose is to balance the weight of your rod while casting. For a detailed guide, check out our Guide to Selecting a Fly Fishing Reel

Balance your fly fishing outfit

Fly rod manufacturers assign their rods a weight rating. This rating is usually printed above the grip. This rating could be 5wt or 5, which indicates the recommended size of fly line that should be used with the rod. Fly lines are classified in weights and not pounds or kilos. For example, knowing that a rod’s rating is 5wt allows you to narrow down your choices and ensure you get a reel that can accommodate a fly line of the correct weight.

Here’s a quick guide to weight ratings:

  • 1wt -3wt Fly line is usually used for small fish and is designed to be cast in small areas with small flies like streams that target stream trout.
  • 4wt Fly line is used for medium-sized freshwater fish such as trout in larger rivers.
  • 5wt -6wt Fly line is used to catch larger freshwater fish in lakes where it is necessary to cast a longer distance to reach species such as lake trout or bass.
  • 7wt -8wt Fly line is used to catch larger freshwater species in open waters by using large flies and casting far distances. You can also use them in saltwater to target small-medium species.
  • 9wt -14wt Fly line is a heavy line that is used primarily to target large flies in saltwater species.

Alvey Reels

Alvey reels, an Australian invention, are extremely popular among Australian land-based anglers for their simple design and hardiness. Alvey reels have a unique fixed spool design, similar to larger fly reels. However, they can be cast on a hinge so that the spool faces the same direction as the casting direction. This allows the line to fly straight off the spool.

Alvey reels are well-known for their durability and ability to withstand harsh conditions.

What are electric fishing reels?

These electric reels can be used for overhead fishing and are relatively new to the market. In the past, they were only available to deep-sea commercial operators.

They are more attractive to recreational anglers because of their modern design, enhanced functionality, and lower price. The electric reel is more effective and less exhausting for deep sea fishing, as more anglers are chasing large fish offshore.

Angler fatigue is significantly reduced by the ability to drop baits and jigs automatically, as well as retrieve fish from great distances. When retrieving fish, the rod can be placed in the rod holder and the reel set to autopilot. Anglers can also take control of the reel and use it manually, just as if it were an overhead reel.

Fishing reel care

Knowing the best size reel for your fishing rod will ensure that you have a well-balanced outfit that feels great when casting, retrieving or fighting fish.

You can prolong the life of your reel by cleaning it after each saltwater, brackish, or dirty freshwater fishing trip. A gentle rinse with water is the best way to clean a reel. It is a good idea to oil any moving parts and take out the handle and spool every now and again. You can extend the life of a reel by giving it a little TLC.

The Best Spinner Reel

The Parts of a Spinning Reel

Open-face spinning reels are a common term used by anglers. A spinning reel’s unique feature is its ability to be mounted on the underside of a fishing pole. Because they are easy to use, spinning reels make great fishing reels for beginners. They are also less likely to get tangled in fishing line due to their design. This reel has eight major parts: The reel foot and reel handle, the reel body and reel body, and anti-reverse switch.

Spinning Reel Body & Weight

The “housing” or reel body can be made from graphite, aluminum or a combination of both. Aluminium housing is stronger than graphite, exhibits less flexibility, and is therefore lighter than graphite. It is up to you to decide which strength or weight is most important. Aluminum bodies are the best for freshwater reels. However, if you prefer saltwater, graphite is your best choice due to its corrosion-resistant properties.

A well-constructed reel body is another important factor. You should have no loose or fragile parts. All moving parts should perform well and there should be no back play. Additionally, spinning reels are more complex than casting reels. A reel that has fewer parts can help reduce the chance of mechanical breakdown.

For one reason, weight is a key consideration when choosing a reel. A lighter reel puts less strain on the wrists and forearms, which can make it more difficult for people who spend a lot of time on the water. This can also help with fatigue and joint stress. Many reels are weighed in ounces. When shopping for a spinning reel make weight considerations. Also, when comparing reel weights online, ensure you are comparing similar-sized reels.

Choose the Right Size Spinning Reel

It is easy to choose the right size reel by determining how often you will be fishing. The smaller the reel size you need, the lighter the fishing line. A spinning reel should have a minimum of ten pounds of test line. This is not suitable for saltwater fishing and heavy trolling situations.

If you are primarily fishing for smallmouth bass or walleye, an 8-pound test fishing rod would be the best choice. A medium-sized reel that is rated for 6-8 and 10 pound lines would be the best choice.

Check the line capacity information on the reel or online to ensure that it is rated for the pound test line you plan to use. The middle line capacity is usually indicated on the chart. For example, if the line capacity information says “6 LB/90YDS”, the reel will be able to handle 4 or 8 pound lines.

Learn the Reel Gear Ratio

Casting reels have a rotating shaft, but a spinning reel’s spool is fixed. A bail wraps the line around the spool and turns the handle. When talking about spinning reels, the gear ratio is the number of times that the bail turns around the spool using a single turn on the reel handle. A reel with a 4:1 ratio will have the bail rotating around the spool four time for each turn of the handle. A reel with a 4:1 gear ratio is slow-speed because only four wraps of line are used to turn the crank. These reels have more torque to reel in large fish. A retrieve of 6:1 is high-speed. The type of fishing you do should determine the speed of your retrieve.

If you can only choose one spinning reel, go for a medium speed model (5:1). If you have the budget for more than one reel, you can add a low-speed and high-speed reel to your collection.

Line recovery is an inch measurement that’s usually used for spinning reels. This simply indicates the length of line that was wound onto the handle for each turn.

The Drag System on a Spinning Reel is worth considering

Another important aspect of a spinning reel to be aware of is the drag system. The drag applies pressure to the hooked fish and lets out the line during fight. A smooth, high-quality drag is essential to avoid breaking lines or losing fish. Make sure the drag on your reel is smooth and not constrictive. No matter what tension is set, the line should pull out straight and without hesitation.

On spinning reels, there are two types: rear and front drag. This refers to where the drag controls are located, but there are other differences. Rear-drag systems typically have multiple large drag washers, which offer greater durability and performance than rear-drag models. Although rear-drag controls can be accessed more easily (especially when fighting fish), they are less resistant to larger, harder fighting species of fish.

Fishing reel markets are constantly improving, and sealed drag systems are a notable innovation. Exposure to the elements can cause damage to drag systems and inner gears. This can lead to drag slippage as well as mechanical problems. These problems are eliminated with sealed drag systems. They are available on the Johnny Morris Signature Series fishing reels, the Extreme spinning reels, and the Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier spinners. For years, a waterproof sealed drag system will keep your spinning reel running smoothly with more drag power and endurance.

Learn about the Ball Bearings in a Spinning Reel

For smoothness, support, and stability in spinning reels, there are either ball bearings or bushings within the body. A majority of spinning reels have a roller bearing in the line roller. The more bearings a reel has, the better it will perform. For added control and durability, seal stainless steel bearings are preferred to bushings.

You should choose a reel that has as many ball bearings as your wallet will allow. A reel should have at least four bearings. It’s not good to have a reel that isn’t reliable or doesn’t work well on retrieve.

Spinning reels have important spools

A spinning reel’s spool is crucial for not only holding the line but also for smooth casting and distance. The majority of spools available today are made from graphite or anodized aluminium. Graphite is lighter than the other two, while aluminum spools are stronger and more rigid under pressure, as mentioned.

There are two types of spools: the internal and skirted. Although internal spools have been discontinued, some manufacturers continue to make a few models. Internal spools have one major problem: line can easily get caught in the reel’s housing. This frustrating problem has been alleviated by skirted spools, which is why this design has remained popular.

The “long cast” spool is a variation on the skirted spool. It has a unique design and some claimed benefits. This spool, which is much shorter than the regular, is, as its name implies, shallower than the regular. The elongated spool is said to have less line friction and allow for greater casting distance. This is a significant benefit in clear-water or sight-fishing applications.

Mag Spool Technology is a new innovation in spinning reel design. It offers many of the same benefits as the long cast spool but with a completely different approach. These enlarged spools are wider and more flat than regular spinning reel spools. This unique design allows for faster retrieves, longer casts and a greater line pick up with every turn of the handle. Mag spools reduce the risk of “line binding”, a frustrating problem that can occur when superlines are used on spinning reels. This is done by “slackening” the line on the reel. The tighter the braid, the less it will bind during castings or vigorous hooksets.

Anti-Reverse Handles for a Fishing Reel

When searching for the perfect spinning reel, anti-reverse handles are essential. This prevents the handle spinning backwards, ensuring that hook sets are strong and precise. I would advise you to find a new model if the spinning reel you are looking at has any backward motion. Your landing net will be grateful.

When you are talking about handles, make sure that your reel has a sturdy arm and knob. Larger statures allow anglers to find the handle more quickly. They also provide a firmer grip that is less susceptible to slippage in wet weather or when the hands are sweaty.

Although choosing a spinning reel can seem difficult, it is possible to learn some of the characteristics and useful components that will make the process much easier. You will have a great friend on the water for many years if you get the best reel possible. It will not let you down if you choose wisely.

Tip #1: Choose a Body of Water, Freshwater, or Saltwater

When choosing a spinning fishing reel, the first thing to consider is the water body. You can select a specific type of water to allow you to target different types of fish. Saltwater will allow you to target larger fish than freshwater.

Because salt is so destructive to metal, it matters what kind of water you use. Corrosion can quickly endanger the reel’s working life. Salt buildup can slow down or stop the movement of bearings in reels. It’s time for a new reel if your bearings are inoperable.

Freshwater reels do not require corrosion resistance so they can use cheaper basic metals. Saltwater reels require sealed saltwater-proof components to prevent salt intrusion.

Here’s a quick overview of each type water to help you make an informed decision.

  • If you are looking for a saltwater reel,You can fish in either saltwater (surf fishing), or inshore. Use heavy lures with a large line capacity. In saltwater, you target big game fish species. This reel can also be used to catch big freshwater fish species as an added bonus.
  • If:Fishing in rivers, lakes and ponds. Use light lures with a smaller line capacity. You can finesse fish in freshwater for small- to medium-sized fish.

Tip #2: Reel size is dependent on the fishing line size

You now know where you want to go spinning fishing. Let’s move on to the second tip. Your fishing line will determine the size reel you need. The reel size will be smaller if the fishing line is lighter.

Your average line strength is the best way to decide which reel is most useful. Take this example:

Use 8-pound-test line. A reel that is rated for 6-8 and a 10-pound line is the best option. This allows you to size your line as needed.

There are four types of reel sizes: medium, large, large, and very large. Below is a chart that illustrates typical sizes of spinning fishing reels.

Available in a range of 1000 (or 10) to 3500 (3500 (or 35). Handles between 2 and 10 pounds of monofilament fishing line and 4 to 14 pounds braid fishing line. Useful for slow moving water in lakes, ponds rivers, bays, harbors and other bodies of water. This is the best choice for smaller fish such as bream, smallmouth bass and trout.

Medium Spinning Reels

The range is from 4000 (or 40), to 5500 (or 55). Use with 8 to 14 lbs of monofilament or 5 to 50 lbs of braided fishing line. Useful for fishing in lakes, ponds and rivers as well as bays, harbors, light offshore boats, and other areas. This is the best choice for medium-sized fish such as walleye, largemouth bass and cod.

Large Spinning Reels

The range is from 6000 (or 60), to 8500 (or 85). Handles between 12 and 45 pounds of monofilament fishing line and 30 to 80 pounds braid fishing line. This line can be used to fish from a boat, boat/surf, or inshore from rocks or docks. This is the best tool for catching medium-large fish such as musky, steelhead, snapper, and carp.

Extra Large Spinning Reels

The range is 10,000 (or 100) up to 30,000 (or 300). Use with between 12 and 60 pounds of monofilament, 50 to 100 pounds braid fishing line, or a combination of both. Use in fast moving water, offshore fishing, inshore, and surf. This is the best tool for large-sized fish such as sharks, tuna, sturgeon, and halibut.

Choose A Spinning Fishing Reel-Line Capacity

The line capacity of a fishing reel refers to the maximum length of line that the spool can hold before it becomes too heavy. A bigger reel means a larger spool. If all else is equal, then you should cast long distances using larger spools.

Most reels have the capacity printed on the side of the reel to indicate the line capacity. The middle range of line capacity is indicated by the number on the reel. It indicates the line’s capacity in a pound-test weight/length. This is an example:

A reel with an “8-pound-test line/at 140yds” rating can be used with 6-pound or 10-pound lines.

Tip # 3: A Lightweight Reel Is A Keeper

When I buy a spin reel, the first thing that I do is hold it in my hands. This will help you determine its weight and its comfort. You will need to determine the size of your reel and the material used for its frame in order to confirm its weight. Refer to tip 2 for the size chart.

You will select the material that best suits your needs after determining your size. Two things are required for a reel’s materials to perform well. It must be strong enough to withstand large fish. It must be light to avoid angler fatigue.

Material for spinning fishing reels

  • Plastic This is the best choice for children and budget-conscious anglers. This is a good choice for small freshwater fish like bluegill and river trout.
  • Graphite– Lightweight and more resilient than plastic. Although it is more expensive than plastic, it is still not as affordable as carbon or aluminum. It is suitable for light saltwater and freshwater fishing. For adult beginners.
  • Aluminium Graphite is stronger than aluminum, but it’s a little heavier. The aluminum reels are mid-range in price. This is the best choice for intermediate anglers fishing freshwater and saltwater.
  • Carbon fiber High-end reels use advanced material, so expect high prices. It’s super-lightweight and durable, and it won’t rust as a composite. This material can be used in freshwater and saltwater.

Do not skimp on reel weight. This will prevent fatigue from many castings.

Tip #4: Comfortable Handle, Knob & Grip Fights Fatigue

Once you have decided on the best material for you, you should consider how the reel feels in your hands. The ease of using the reels will depend on how comfortable you feel with it. Here is how I evaluate reel comfort.

The reel handle is the most important part of a spin reel. Because it is subject to a lot stress while fighting big game fish, this is why I feel so strongly about the reel handle. High quality handles should be made of one piece and comfortable to crank. It should not wobble when carrying heavy loads.

Next, I focus on the material of the handle knobs to make sure it is strong and soft. You can find these knobs in many materials, including cork and patent rubber materials. While cork is quite comfortable for some, many anglers prefer an EVA rubber material. EVA has the added benefit of being comfortable and slip-resistant.

The third thing I do is to check the grip. Does it feel comfortable in my hand? The grip must spin smoothly on the handle. Do you feel any friction? Remember that even the smallest bit of friction can increase fatigue. You shouldn’t push the handle as you spin it.

The rivets/screws that connect the knob and handle are another overlooked component of a reel. Because thinner rivets can fail, thicker rivets are more effective.

Finalize the bail. A good bail should be strong and rigid, but flexible enough to be moved when necessary.

Tip #5: Choose a Wide and Shallow Spool

The spool width is more than just a holding device for the fishing line. The spool width controls casting distance and reduces friction during retrieve.

The two most common shapes for conventional reel spools are a wide/shallow and deep/narrow. These different widths and depths have an impact on retrieval and casting distance. The spool lip thickness is another consideration. As line casts out, the depth will also increase. The increased line thickness means that more line is hitting the spool lips, creating more friction.

Imagine casting as friction. Casting begins, then the fishing line starts to unravel. As it does so, friction occurs. This friction will reduce the line’s travel distance.

Smart brands will reduce friction by reducing the spool lip. Some high end brands like Shimano take go farther and use a titanium spool lip. This material is extremely smooth for the line to run against.

Use a Deep & Narrow Spool

Although a spool that is deep and narrow should cast long distances well, the results can be disputed. This is due to the fact that the line will strike the lip during casting, creating more friction and resulting in lower cast distances. This design can also cause line twists during reeling in. Line twists, also known as “bird nest”-like tangles on a spool are irritating.

It is better to use a wide and shallow spool

Because it collects more line with each turn of its handle, a wide and shallower spool is better. This means that there are less line twists than with a reel with a smaller spool. This allows for easier casting and reeling, especially for beginners. After extensive research, it was found that wide-spool reels can also make long casts. Because each line wraps around the spool, it is larger. The releasing line will not hit your lips as often and is therefore smoother. This free-flowing fishing line also reduces friction loss. You will get less line tangles, and a longer casting distance.

Tip # 6: Don’t Skimp On Your Drag System

For new anglers, the terminology of fishing reels can be confusing. These are three questions that I am often asked.

What is a Drag System for Fishing Reels?

The reel’s drag system acts as a brake system. When fighting or hooking a fish, it applies friction to slow down the reel’s speed. It works in the same way as when you press down on the brakes of a car. Drag pressure is created when you apply pressure to a brake material. This slows down forward momentum. The weight of drag in fishing reels is measured in pounds. The maximum drag pressure that a reel can withstand is stated on most reels.

Why do I need a drag system?

Before drag systems were available in reels there was an issue with energy exerted on the fishing line by fish. The angler’s hand strength was sufficient to stop a fish pulling the line off the reel. Most often, the result was snapped fishing lines or a spool filled with birds nests. Manufacturers came up with a solution: the reel has a built-in brake system.

There are two types of spin reel drag system:

  1. Front Drag It is located on the top of your spool. For increased durability and performance, it has many large drag washers. It is found on medium-to-expensive spinning fishing reels.
  2. Rear Drag It is located at the bottom of your reel body. It is easier to access when fighting fish. Do not stand against large, hard-fighting fish. The most expensive reels are the Shimano IX Use the rear drag system.

Which Drag System is Best for Spinning Fishing Reels?

Consider this first: Drag quality is equal to reel quality. This means that you get what your pay for. The ideal drag system should have a smooth drag and be easy to adjust. You should have the line cast and retrieve at a constant pressure, regardless of how high you set it. You can expect a poor-quality drag to cast and retrieve your line in a sudden, stop-and start fashion if you make a mistake. Low-quality drag systems are like going back to the dark ages in fishing. I prefer a reel with a carbon-fiber drag system or a similar material.

A carbon fiber drag It is easy to maintain and smooth.

Tip #7: Bearings – Quality Over Quantity

What are the bearings in a fishing reel’s motor? Bearings are metal or ceramic units that have ball bearings inside. They reduce friction between the bail arm, spool and spindles. Bearings are usually located on the pinion gear and have a great impact on reel smoothness.

Reels often print a series of numbers to indicate bearings, such as this “6 + 1” set.

The first number (66) refers to a six-ball bearing unit, and the second (1) refers to a pinion/roller drive.

Are Bearings Quality and Quantity Better than Quantity?

Yes. It is true. Many anglers agree that the smoother and more efficient a reel’s movement is, the better. However, this is only true if the bearings are of exceptional quality. A reel that has 4 high-quality bearings will perform better than one with 8 lower-quality bearings.

Look for reels that have shielded stainless-steel bearings or ceramic bearings. These bearings are extremely smooth and quiet. Because shields keep debris out and reduce friction between bearings, they are very useful. The bearings spin quickly and for long periods of time thanks to this. Bearings that are able to withstand heavy loads, such as fighting fish, will not be affected by these high-quality loads.

Low-quality reels will require either bushings or exposed metal bearings. Bushings can be cheap and easy to make, and they don’t require a lot in maintenance. Reels made with these materials make grinding sounds and produce jerky vibrations while reeling in.

It is in your best interest to choose the highest quality bearings rather than the cheapest. A reel that has high-quality ball bearings is better for the long term.

Last Thoughts

The most popular type of reel is the spinning reel, which is a far cry from spin casting or baitcasting reels. They are more precise and easier to use because they have an open face design.

They are versatile and can be used to add line. Some even have an extra spool that allows for line changes with ease.

They can’t handle heavier lines so they won’t catch as many fish.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.