2. What reels are best suited to which types of fishing?
With so many types of fishing reels now available, it has become easy to designate certain models for different purposes. Some perform better in rivers and fast-moving water, whereas others perform better in stagnant and placid water.
For the most part, fishing reels can be divided into two major categories – those which aim to catch fish by flies and those which do not. These two categories can then be broken down further, with each specific reel being designated to specific categories.
The two kinds of fishing reels that are used for fly fishing are fly reels and centerpin reels. Fly reels work by whipping small, tied flies on top of slow-moving water, to simulate small insects landing on the surface. Centerpins on the other hand work by allowing the fly rig (bait) to drift down the stream. The methods can still be utilized in other situations, but for the most part centerpin and fly reels really belong on slow moving rivers where flies can gently drift.
The other major category of reels, which are those that do not use flies, is comprised of spinning, baitcasting, and spincast reels. Instead of whipping around small flies on the surface, each of the aforementioned models is designed to work lures above or below the surface.
Furthermore, each reel has its own specific purpose. Baitcasting reels are a great option for topwater and crankbait fishing as they have high gear ratios, allowing lures to quickly be retrieved. Additionally, the models pack a ton of drag strength, making them a solid choice for heavy trophy fish. However, they become somewhat phased out after trophy fishing until deep sea fishing, where they are once again useful due to their spool capacity and drag strength.
Unlike baitcasters, spinning reels are somewhat of a jack of all trades. There are countless options for freshwater fishing, river fishing, and even an impressive number for saltwater fishing. The freshwater variants are typically used for species such as bass, crappie, and catfish, whereas the saltwater models are typically used for deep sea species such as grouper, seabass, and other heavy species.
Finally, there are spincast reels, which are truly the most basic of them all. Spincast reels are best suited for children or novices to the sport, due to their inability to handle large amounts of weight. Spincast reels truly just belong at the local lakes, ponds, and rivers.
3. Which fishing reels are the easiest to use?
It seems that every small toddler starts off with a spincast reel, as the push-button mechanism could not be any easier for a novice angler.
Spincast reels require nothing more than the push of a button to release line, making them a great option for kids and new sportsmen. The interior mechanism of the reel simply releases the spool, allowing it to flow at a controlled speed while being cast.
However, spincast reels aren’t too fashionable for adults, so the next easiest model would likely be the traditional spinning reel. With nothing more than a quick flip and pinch of the line, anglers can toss bait great distances with precision and accuracy. Most of the different fishing reels used by professional anglers tend to be spinning variants, as they perform so well.
That said, those who want simplicity should steer clear of baitcasting and fly reels as both require advanced techniques to cast.
4. What size reel should I get?
The sizing available on different types of reels can be compared to the various tools present in a workshop. Each piece has a specialized purpose and function, so like tools, owning the right size fishing reel can make a world of difference.
For the most part, spinning reels can be grouped into three main categories: small, medium, and large. These categories can easily be defined by a number system which each manufacturer applies to its products.
Small reels range in size from 1000 to 3500 making them an ideal choice for most freshwater species. They are lightweight, nimble, and easy to manage. Small reels are a solid pick when angling for bass, panfish, and trout.
Medium sized reels can be defined as anything rated from 4000 to 6000. These types of reels are ideal for inshore, river, and ocean fishing, as they can spool more line than small models and have higher drag strength settings.
Finally, there are large scale reels which are anything above a rating of 6000. Such sizes are used for deep sea, surf, and freshwater fishing – when the species are well over 100 pounds. These types of reels are meant for the monsters of the deep who can weigh well over 150+ pounds.