Different Types of Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels

A fishing reel is an essential part of a successful fishing setup. The reel is essential for anglers who want to fish in deep offshore waters for pelagic species or catch bluegills from a creek. There are four main types of fishing reels: conventional reels (fly fishing reels), spinning reels (bait casting reels), and traditional reels (spinners). These four reels have been used by anglers continuously for over 100 years. This is a breakdown of the uses and limitations of these reels.

Spinning Reels

An oscillating arm is used to spin the line around a stationary reel while spinning it. Casting allows the line to freely spool by moving the bail and arm out of the way. A spinning reel has a lower resistance which allows for greater casting distances than other reels. There are many sizes of spinning reels that anglers can use to catch small freshwater fish and medium-sized offshore species. They are best suited to lighter baits because of their design.

Bait Casting Reels

Baitcasting reels are made with rotating spools that reel in the line and cast. The line guide helps keep the line on the reel. These reels can cast small to medium fish in both inland and inland waters. These reels can throw heavier baits than a spinning reel.

Conventional Reels

A rotating spool is also used to line conventional reels. Some reels have line guides that help guide the line across the spool. Conventional reels are built for strength, line capacity, comfort, and ease of use by anglers. Conventional reels can be used to fish large fish in offshore and coastal waters. Although they are more difficult to cast, the robust construction of conventional reels allows them to fish for large and heavy baits.

Fly Fishing Reels

These fly fishing reels can only be used with fly rods. These reels can be used with thicker fly lines and have a lower capacity than the previous ones. Casting distance is dependent on the angler’s skill, line weight, and rod length. The line is removed from the spool by hand. Fly fishing reels are distinguished by the drag systems they use. Reel longevity can be greatly affected by the drag system. The reel quality needed to catch certain fish will vary from species to species.

Drag: How it Works

Most reels have a drag system that uses friction between two plates to control how much force it takes to spool the line. The drag on a spinning reel is typically set by turning the knob at the top of the spool. The drag on conventional reels can be adjusted in two different ways, depending on the reel. Star drag, which uses a star-shaped wheel near the crank to adjust drag tension, is the first type. Lever drag, on the other hand, uses a sliding lever that adjusts the tension of the drag system.

All of these drag systems and reels are effective for anglers all over the globe. However, each system has its pros and cons. Star drag and spinning reels can’t be viewed from the outside. Adjusting the drag is done by gradually working it until it feels right. The drag setting is visible on conventional reels that have lever drag. It is possible to see how the drag setting has been adjusted and set at a preset setting.

Gear Selection

Anglers have the option to target different fish with four different types of reels. Many anglers have chosen to stick with one type of reel because of the different types of fishing each reel is best suited to. You can also change your setup to make it more effective in any given situation thanks to the wide variety of reel options. You can make an informed decision about which reel is best for you by learning more about the most popular reels.

The article was written by a professional charter captain at Salty Knots Fishing Charters with 15+ years of experience in the Gulf of Mexico. https://stpetersburgfishingcharters.com/ is a local fishing charter service based out of St. Pete Beach, Florida. “We know what it takes to catch a giant trophy fish!”