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Choosing The Right Fishing Reel

The fishing reel market has evolved massively over the last few decades.

Reel technology has boomed, and manufacturers have really flooded the market with amazing equipment.

The good news is that the price of fishing reels have dropped considerably, and you can get a reliable reel for less then $100!

So to help you get started, lets take a look at some of the different types of fishing reels, and what they are used for.

Spinning Reels:

Best Spinning Reels

One of the most common types of reel, commonly known as an eggbeater reel.

These are very popular due to their ease of use, and ability to fish in many types of fishing environments.

The sizes of these reels range from a 1000, which is good for freshwater and inshore light species. To a huge 20,000 size which is essentially an oversize reel used for heavy tackle fishing and surf fishing.

These reels can be very expensive, but come with incredible technology.

However, you can also pick up a good quality spinning reel, with plenty of drag for around $100.

The market for these reels is so big, that you will need to do a bit of research to workout which is the best reel for you. If so, make sure you check out the Fishing Reel Reviews ( website, for all the information you need.

Baitcasting Reels:

These can also be known as a low profile reel.

They are a compact style of reel, and they are almost exclusively used for fishing with lures.

These reels can be difficult to use for a novice angler, however with practice baitcasting doesn’t take long to get the hang of.

These reels allow for incredible casting accuracy.

They also come with a thumb bar that allows for a quick release, which helps with quick casting.

Lure fisherman absolutely love these reels as they provide a very high retrieve rate.

Baitcasting reels can be used with both braid and monofilament. They also have a star drag system which gives very precise drag control.

Conventional Reels:

Overhead Reel

Overhead or drum reels can have either a lever drag or start drag.

These are very simple and easy to use reels that are commonly used for bottom fishing and trolling.

They are also fantastic for fishing with live baits.

If you have every been charter fishing, then you most likely will have used an overhead reel.

The most famous of these reels are the Shimano ( TLD and Charter Special series.

A quality overhead/conventional reel doesn’t have to be expensive.

If you’re prepared to look after your reel, and give it regular cleaning and maintenance, then they will last you for years.

I have several Shimano TLD reels, and a charter special that have lasted nearly 30 years, and they are still going strong!

Fly Fishing Reels:

Fly Reel

These reels are a very simple design, but can be very expensive.

They are often made from an alloy that is similar to what you see in aircraft construction!

So they are very light, yet very powerful.

These reels are used for fishing flies in predominantly fresh water, however saltwater fly fishing is becoming more and more popular.

Most fly reels have no drag system, however larger reels will have a basic drag system.

Tips For Maintaining Your Reel:

  1. Store the reel with the drag off/loose.
  2. A light blend of soapy water is good for rinsing your reel with if it has been exposed to a lot of salt spray.
  3. Give your reels a good spray with an anti corrosion spray on a semi regular basis.
  4. Have your reel serviced yearly at a quality tackle store.


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