How Does a Fishing Reel Work?

If it is your first time to go fishing, then this is your ultimate guide to using a fishing reel.

A fishing reel is a cylindrical-shaped device that is connected to a fishing rod, it is used in setting line, casting the line in the water, aiding for long distance fishing, as well as helping with creating an angle with accuracy for better fishing and casting. And whether it is a spinning reel, a baitcasting reel or a spin cast reel, the mechanism of using any fishing reel is somehow the same. 

However, the two most popular types of fishing reels are the spinning reel and the baitcasting reel. They are used in high percentage as for the spinning reel it is easy to use and learn and the baitcasting reel follows a fix mechanism. The various types of fishing reels can be differentiated according to their level of easiness and difficulty.

Types of Fishing Reels:

Knowing the different types of fishing reels helps you gain more confidence in your choice of a fishing reel and establish an effective fishing system. There are around 3 main types of fishing reels;

  1. Spinning reel; the easiest and most popular reel used by beginners and anyone who wants to have an enjoyable fishing experience.
  2. Baitcasting reel; the reel used mostly by professionals and those who likes to ensure accuracy in casting their lines to get bigger fish.
  3. Spincast reel; it is in the same level with spinning reel, but its parts limit the line’s accuracy.

For a known fact, fishing reels have had a long way of development, they developed in England in the 60s and in the United States in the 70s. With this development, most fishermen agree that spinning reels are the best choice because of their convenience to fulfill different fishermen purposes.

How Does a Fishing Reel Work?

In order to have the perfect set of fishing reel, you will need a spinning reel, a rod, a fishing line, a bait or hook and a pair of scissors. If you will start with a spinning reel, you have to get the necessary parts of it, which are ( spool- bail- handle- drag knob), then you get your rod and by combining all these parts and attaching it to the rod, you got yourself a one excellent fishing reel. 

Every part in the fishing reel has a specific job to do; 

  1. The spool: it holds the fishing line by being wrapped around its axis.
  2. The bail: it is the same as the clicker, a metallic or silver wire or knob that by rolling it you determine whether the line can or cannot be cast out of the spool.
  3. The drag knob: it goes up and down to adjust the spool, its velocity, length and friction speed.
  4. The handle: it is on either side of the reel as it allows the swapping of angler to the left for left-handed people and to the right for right-handed ones. Then, the angler reverses the handle direction to retrieve the line holding the fish at its end.

These are the jobs of the fishing reel. So, how do you use all these devices making the reel?

How to Use a Fishing Reel Smoothly?

Firstly, grab the line by your finger, making sure that the bail is turned where the line is closest to your finger, make sure you have a 12 to 18 inches of line coming of your rod while your bait is coming out of the other end.

Secondly, open your bail, cast your rod while rolling the drag knob and removing your finger to release the line. Once the line hits the water, you can either close the bail by hand or wait for it to automatically be reversed.

Finally, in the components of the fishing reel, there is a fixed spool that hold the fishing line firmly and wheel it around to ensure the safeguard of the fishing line when you are casting the rod. 

To end your ultimate guide on how a fishing reel works, here are some tips to consider while using it: 

  1. Hand flip your bail as your automatic reverse may reel in an opposite direction.
  2. Pull your line tight by wrapping it around the spool and adjusting the drag knob and the bail in sync.
  3. Don’t reel into your drag as this can cause many line twists.
  4. Use a roller tip because it creates less friction through the guides set along the fishing rod.
  5. Choose the perfect reel for you and don’t upgrade until you are fully aware of every component function.
Justin Anderson

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