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Fishing Reels

Fishing reels are a cylindrical device that are placed on one end of a fishing rod, used in stowing and winding line. They have fitting aids that help in accuracy and casting for distance. Fishing reels are popular among the recreational sport of competitive casting and angling.

What are the different types of fishing reels?
  • Center pin reel: This one runs freely on its axle thus permitting distance casting since it uses the momentum of the cast to draw off the line from its rotating wheel.
  • Baitcasting reel: Here, the line is in a bearing-supported spool that is geared in such a manner so when you revolve the crank handle once, the spool ends up revolving multiple times.
  • Fly reel: This is a single-action reel, operated by casting the rod with one hand and stripping the line off the reel using the other hand. This helps in counterbalancing the weight of the rod and store line and provides a smooth, uninterrupted tension when the fish tries to make a run with the lure.
  • Conventional reel: It is similar to the baitcasting one, but you have to move a small lever so as to put it in a free spool. It features a star drag onto which you can keep your thumb so as to keep off a backlash.
  • Spin cast reel: This one has no backlash, unlike the bait cast design. In addition, it has a minimal snare and line twist. It has a metal cup and one to two simple pickup pins so as to wind the line in the spool.
Why is a drag so important on a fishing reel?

By setting the drag on it, you will keep it from breaking. These are friction plates found inside the fishing reel. When the fish pulls on the string, friction makes the reel rotate backward, letting the string out and barring the string from breaking.

The rear drag is easier to access, particularly with fighting fish. The front drag systems have many, big drag washers offering enhanced durability and performance.

What are the different parts of a fishing reel?

All fishing reels share some major components:

  • Spool: This holds the line in place. It is normally visible on the bait cast and spinning cast reels.
  • Line capacity: Reels can hold as much as 900 yards and as little as 15 yards.
  • Level wind: This helps to evenly distribute your string on the spool.
  • Bail: This is the mechanism that allows or bars the string from coming off the spool.
  • Handle: The handle is used for the retrieval of the string back to the spool.
  • Anti-reverse: This prevents the handle from turning backward after pulling the line from the reel as you use the drag.
  • Ball bearings: Also known as bushings, these help the reel to smoothly operate the spool. The greater the amount of bearings, the smoother its operations.
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