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.