Novice Guide To Fishing Reels

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To survive in the stressful 21st century society, it is highly recommended that one find a relaxing pastime to reduce feelings of anxiety. Some people enjoy knitting while others enjoy woodwork; however, for the more outdoorsy type there is the option of fishing.

Fishing can be an exciting activity but there are several considerations to make before you head off to the lake or ocean, such as the type of fish you will be catching and which reel is most suitable. If you are new to the sport then I recommend starting with a spincast reel. Sportsman Spot provides great detail on which one to choose. This article will help answer that question by providing information on the different types of fishing reels available for purchase.

The Fly Fishing Reel

Fly fishing is a unique form of fishing that requires even more patience and skill than “regular” fishing as you are required to bob the line in and out of the water. The reel for this form of fishing can be quite costly, as is the rod itself. Of course, there are cheaper fly fishing rods available at under $100; however, these are rarely of good quality and the more expensive alternatives will always be beneficial as long-term investments.

The purpose of a fly fishing reel is to hold the line; therefore, the quality of the reel is of the utmost importance. When seeking out this reel, it is important that the item has no plastic parts as plastic will fail when large fish are caught. This is due to the fact that the weight of a large fish will snap plastic. Instead, the reel should present with high quality graphite or aluminum to be of any use when fishing.

The Bait Casting Reel

Unlike fly fishing reels, a bait casting reel can be complicated to use and may result in great amounts of frustration among beginner fishermen. This type of reel is typically used when fishing for pike, bass and salmon and is ideal when looking at larger fish. The weight of the fish is accounted for by the heavier lures and lines available as part of the bait casting reel.

The advantage of a bait casting reel is that heavier lures allow the line to move at quicker speeds and heavier lines are stronger making it easy to fight fish swimming upstream. Unfortunately, the reel can be difficult to manage as it sits above the rod and anglers are required to control the spool with their thumbs.

The Spinning Reel

The spinning reel is slowly becoming the more popular option for anglers due to its level of simplicity as compared to bait casting reels. An advantage of this type of reel is that it can be used in both freshwater and saltwater; however, different forms of spinning reels need to be used according to the water area. Freshwater reels would require an aluminum body and saltwater would benefit from graphite reels. This will ensure that the reel is suitable for the fish being caught and the elements within the water.

Final Words On The Matter

Fishing is enjoyable when you have the correct equipment. By using the information above you can make an informed choice regarding the correct reel for your fishing needs.


Why I Love Fishing


Fishing is an activity where an individual can choose to catch fish, or enjoy the evening relaxing by the water.Sometimes many often consider it to be a sport, however in many cases it is really just a great way to relax.  If you have never taken the time to take in some of the most beautiful scenery available in your area while waiting for a fish to bite, you need to discover that reality for yourself.

People can fish from the bank of a lake or stream, or from a dock that sits just out into a body of water.  All you basically need is a fishing pole with a line connected to the end, a fishing hook with some bait attached to it.

It has been said that the time that is passed while fishing and waiting for that first fish to bite, can be some of the most valuable thinking time that exists.  Hearing the lapping of the waves on the bottom of the boat seems to have a hypnotic effect which may actually stimulate the thinking process.

In fact, a person can be so deep in thought that when the fish actually bites the hook, the event can come as a total surprise.  The splash of the fish hitting the surface and the tug of the line will quickly snap you out of your daydreaming state and back into reality.

Then you gently reel the fish to your boat and capture him in your net as you think about how the luscious he will taste on your dinner plate later that evening.

The thing about fishing is that you’re not going to catch a lot of fish all at once in most instances.  That’s what makes fishing of a challenging sport as you really have to out think the fish.

Out think the fish, you say?  You think that fish can really be that smart but as it has been said that their attention span is only about 4 seconds.  But then you consider that they are very comfortable in their environment and cautious as well, as you discover that catching fish can be more difficult than you thought.

Fishing is an activity for you to get better at the more you do it.  You never lose the thrill of out thinking these creatures because they are very elusive, but not always elusive enough to escape your hook.

Set some time aside, get your fishing gear and just head for the lake or stream and go fishing.  You will be the better for it, you will probably make many plans and you might even catch your share of fish.

Why I Enjoying The Many Different Types Of Fishing

lake-1412216_1280There’s no question that millions of men and women across the world absolutely love fishing. Whether as a pure hobby, the source of planning out an outdoor vacation for friends and family, or as something you enjoy but also a practice that is important for putting food on the table, there’s a lot to love about the sport of fishing. Many people new at it are surprised to learn just how many styles there are out there.

Casting & Reeling

This is probably the most common and the one most people know. Casting and reeling can be done from shore, it can be done on a boat, it’s effective on freshwater and saltwater. This is the practice of casting out bait or a lure and either waiting for a strike and then reeling it in (bobber and worm setup, for example) or the angler reels it in right away hoping to entice the fish to strike (rapalas and other crankbaits). This is about as simple as it gets and is an important first step to teaching others to fish.


Trolling is always done from a boat and is the practice of casting a lure out, then letting line out as the boat moves at a slow but steady pace (possibly even with an electric motor depending on the calmness of water and size of the boat). Once enough line is let out, the angler stops letting out line and drags the lure, waiting for a fish to strike it as the boat slowly moves along, making those trailing lures look like bait fish.


Jigging is another popular method of fishing that many anglers use. This is a method where weights (sinkers) are tied to the line above the lure in a “rig” that then sinks to the bottom or near the bottom. The angler then jerks the rod up a bit, letting the lure settle to the ground. After waiting a few seconds they do it again, creating the illusion of a bouncing or dancing bait on the bottom of the lake, pond, or river.

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is a very specific type of fishing that mainly takes place in streams and creeks and often is for going after small-mouth bass or trout. The main motion comes from an angler flicking their wrist in a way that gets the little fly to where they want it before flicking the wrist back and repeating.

These are only a few of the types of fishing that I enjoy.