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Freshwater Spinning Reels

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Choose the Right FreshwaterSpinning Reels

Getting ready for freshwater fishing includes the task of checking last yearís gear to make sure youíve got everything you need to land that trophy fish this season.

First decide if you want an open or closed spinning reel. If you donít go fishing much and are looking for an easy to use and less expensive reel consider the closed fishing reel. These are also referred to as push-button reels and are great for beginners and kids who are just getting into fishing. Closed face spinning reels are simple to use and donít take much coordination.

For more advanced fisherman the open faced reels are a better choice. They offer greater flexibility and durability but are also more difficult to use. If youíre gift giving to an experienced fisherman, itís almost guaranteed theyíll want an open faced fishing reel. For avid fisherman, consider the reel size, weight, material and spool.

Generally, smaller fish require a smaller reel. One important consideration is if you are right or left handed, as open faced spinning reels are different depending on which hand is dominant. The weight of the reel is important because a heavier reel can degrade the action of the rod making it harder to detect when a fish bites.