Fishing reels are rounded and medium-size long cylindrical shape gadgets made for anglers to catch fish. When fishing began, there were no fishing reels but a simple line attached to a stick which was made of bamboo.
As time passed, fishermen also called anglers, evolved and looked out for newer and easier ways to cast further and fight fishes easier.
Fishing Reel and the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century
The industrial revolution had not started yet but the world was starting to produce more and more. There was this production feeling everyone had when people were roaming the streets in Europe.
The industrial revolution started in 1760 and it was in this century the fishing reels were first reinvented and renovated giving the first steps into mass production.
This post will be about an introduction to fishing reels. I highly recommend this blog for more articles and in-depth reviews.
Today Fishing Reels
The fishing reels we find today are basically these 4 types:
- Fly Reel
- Spincast fishing reel
- Spinning reel
Fly Fishing Reel
Fly fishing resembles fishing with a fly. This reels are big, the line is thick and heavy and swaying the line is a necessity to cast away the bait.
The spin cast reel is a mix between the spinning and baitcasting reel. The spool is covered by a cone to protect the line from getting tangled. Its precision is low, and it’s mainly used for kids or people who are getting introduced to fishing. It is not a bad reel, it is simply a beginner’s reel.
Fighting bigger fish will be hard because of the size of the spool. The size of the spool limits the line capacity and the drag to exhaust the fish.
The spinning reel is my favorite. This fishing reel is an open spool type of reel that is very easy to work with. The line does not get tangled easily because unlike the baitcasting, the line is released in circular movements from side to side.
The precision of this reel is much better than the spin-cast but it is not as good as the baitcasting.
In terms of fish fighting, this reel is as good as the bait caster.
This type of reel can be found in small sizes or models ranging from 1000 to 9000.
The size of the reel depends on the use it will have to have a higher range being perfect for saltwater fishing.
Some baitcasting reels have a brake to not let this happen but it is not foolproof. If the brake is too tightened, you won’t cast long. I promise you this.
The spool of this reel is horizontally placed unlike the spinning which is vertically and this allows the reel to have more precision when casting.
I have written this article for you to understand the main uses of each reel. Each reel is designed to satisfy a specific purpose and it’s better to start from easy to hard to have a great fishing experience.