How to Choose the Right Fishing Reel

Whether one participates as a hobby or for competitive sport, there are many fishing rods to suit the needs of the growing number of fishermen across the world. Fishing rods are designed to fit about five different types of reels such as spinning reels, closed face reels, bait casting reels, fly fishing reels, and conventional reels. Of these types of reels, there is a rod that corresponds to the reel according to size and weight.

Conventional Reels

A conventional reel is a reel that was one of the first styles of reels ever made. Its housing is made for all types of fishing although it is mostly used for saltwater casting. A conventional reel uses a spindle very similar to a bait casting reel although it does not utilize a button or a level wind apparatus. These reels are coupled with larger rods called heavers. The rods were given this name because of the nature of the cast. For those surf fishing that need a rod and reel combo that will get them past the breakers at over three hundred yards out, a heaver surf rod is necessary. This rod is coupled with a conventional reel, and the actual rod itself is anywhere from eleven to fifteen feet long. These rods are used from the surf at Cape Hatteras when fishing for citation sized Red Drum and Cobia, two fish that are normally caught from a boat. Conventional rod and reel combos can start at around $200 and climb to over $1000.

Bait Casters

Bait casting reels are reels that can be used for a variety of fishing although most are used for large mouth bass tournament fishing. These reels are similar to conventional reels although they have a button for the user to push when casting as well as a level wind feature that allows the line to be spooled automatically instead of with the finger. Bait casting reels are very popular for bass fishing and coupled with a stiff rod of anywhere from 6.5 to 7.5 feet in length. The stiff rod allows for the fishermen to set the hook more efficiently in the plated mouth of large mouth bass.
Spin Cast Combos
The spin casting reel and rod combo is the most popular outfit on the market. The spin cast combos can be used for almost every type of fishing possible. Small spinning rod and reel combos are used for trout fishing while larger outfits are used for yellow fin tuna. Small spinning reels are coupled with rods as short as four feet long. These rod and reel combos are normally used for trout fishing in small mountain rivers and streams. With such a small rod, anglers are able to cast into tight spaces other outfits would not be able to manage. Larger spin cast combos are used for saltwater fishing and cat fishing where game can reach over the one hundred pound mark. Sight casting is another popular type of fishing that uses spin cast rods and reels. The advantage of spin cast rods and reels is the consistency of the retrieve versus conventional and bait casting reels. The spool is normally much larger than bait casting reels and can retrieve artificial bait faster. This is great when fishing for blue fish, Spanish Mackerel, and other fish that hit fast swimming fish.

Fly Fishing Combos

One of the oldest available fishing combos is the fly fishing rod and reel. The fly fishing rod and reel have been used since the 1800’s for trout in rivers and streams. Fly fishing reel and rod combos are used for lightweight flies that can not be cast with spinning reels. The fly rod and reel combo uses a tapered pole usually around seven to nine feet in length. The reel uses a heavy line that is cast by the extra long rod. At the terminal end of the heavy line is attached a lighter line for which the fly is tied. The line is broadcast over the area that the angler wants to fish at and is rolled across the water so that the fly settles naturally on top of the water. Fly fishing takes practice and many people use targets on land to practice laying flies in just the right areas.