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How to use a Spinning reel

Learn Basic about Spinning Reels

A spinning reel is a very simple and standard reel. It’s not that hard like baitcasting to use it. It’s easier to learn. You can say that Spinning reels are the best reel for regular fishing. Some anglers use spinning reels as bass fishing contests or big fish catching. The drag power of this reel is also great.

The spinning reel has another name: an open fish reel that is popular among anglers. This is a versatile reel that is designed to manage various fishing techniques and tools. The spinning reel has a fixed spool which means it does not rotate. Open fish reel gets its name from the rotor that spins and oscillates around the spool and laying line. 

The basic part of a spinning reel includes withholding the reel in the first place, rod reel set up, and the main body where the main gear system is held. It has many important parts like the spool, rotor, bail, drag system, fishing line roller, arm, and grip knob.

So before you use a spinning reel you have to learn them.

Important Parts of Spinning Reels

Many beginners asked ‘what should you learn before using a spinning reel? So here the answer is ‘you should learn about some important and necessary parts of the spinning reel before using them.’ Which we are going to explain here.

Important Parts of Spinning Reels

How to cast a spinning reel

So now you learn about the basic and important parts of spinning reels, we will teach you how to cast a spinning reel. But first, you have to pair your reel with the rod. It’s very important because all reels are not suitable for all rods. If you don’t know how to combine them then go to an expert or you can buy reels and rod combo because they come with perfectly balanced pairs.

Casting a spinning reel is not that tough. It’s very accurate, if you practice more you can gain more skills and more experience. This experience helps you with using a baitcasting reel

Connect the reel with the rod

If you know how to fit the reel and rod together then connect the reel to the rod. If you have to loosen the reel seat to make it big enough.  And then place the reel foot onto the seat. To ensure stability, you have to tighten the reel seat until it is tight.

For an accurate placing lure, you need a good combination of a spinning reel and a casting rod.

Spooling the reel

A spool is putting the line on the reel. This is a very important and challenging step. For spooling a reel, it needs some experience and awareness to spool the reel correctly. First, you need to open the bail to place the line on the reel, and then you have to tie a knot with the line. Then cut the loose piece of line. When it did, close the bail and tight the line with the reel.

That’s how you have to spool the line. It might sound easy but it can be tedious. Now wind the reel handle to take all the excess line off your spool into the reel.

String the rod

The next step you have to do is string the rod. First, you need to grab the tip of the line, open the bail arm, and consistently place the line through the rod guide. Start at the bottom guide and end at the tip. But careful, do not let go of the line or it may fall back through the guides.

Set up the Drag Knob

It’s very important to set up the drag knob at the very beginning of fishing. And the type of drag knob depends on which type of fish you are going fishing for. You can set up the drag knob to your requirements by turning it. If you set the drag knob too tight then the fish could break your line while it strikes and if you lose it too much then you will have trouble landing the fish. 

If you don’t know, you can always change the drag while fishing. If you feel that the drag is too loose or too tight, you can change it. You will get many signs when the drag is not set properly.   

Cast the lure

There are several types of baits and lures you will get on the market. Such as plastic, hard bodies, spinners, and more. Casting the lure is a simple process. You need to move just step by step and more practice will sharpen your skill. 

For casting the lure, open the ball arm and release around 1 foot of the line then hold the line against the rod with one hand. You can quickly swing the rod toward your target with the whipping motion. At this peak of your cast to release the line that is being held against the rod. When the lure has been landed, no more line is being released from the reel then close the reel’s bail arm. 

Reel in the line

Whenever a fish is hooked or bait is lost you have to reel in the line. It’s needed often while fishing. You will be used to it by practicing. 

There are many different ways that you can reel in. The reel in the line can be first or slow, reel in at a constant speed or you can jerk the bait in at fast or slow intervals. You also can reel with the rod tip up or down. But there is no perfect way to account for all these variables so when you will get a sign you have to reel in the line.

It depends on many things. Some factors that determine what the fish want are the water temperature, the time of the day, the weather, and the type of bait you are using. It has countless many other factors.

Now that you have completed how to use spinning reels, you are ready to fish. These are basic steps for using spinning reels. So if you want to be a pro you need some tips and tricks. But don’t worry here we are with some tips and tricks.

Tips & Tricks:

  • When you set your lure on the desired line, the roller should be positioned directly under your finger. 
  • The foot of the reel is best between your middle ring finger. If the position doesn’t feel good you can adjust it. 
  • Before casting make sure you put too much or too little line on your reel. Otherwise, the casting won’t be precise. 
  • Make your movement very smooth and try without twitching.
  • The front movement is controlled by your elbow, not your shoulder.
  • Find the right moment to move your finger and release the line. If you see you’re lured flying high into the air but not gaining distance that means you released it early and if it falls too early without gaining distance that means you released too late. Finding the right moment may be difficult but practice makes it perfect.  
  • For practicing you can use a heavier lure it may not end up in windy weather.

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