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Freshwater Spinning Reels

Learn More About Freshwater Spinning Reels


Choose the Right Freshwater Spinning Reels

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

First decide if you want an open or closed spinning reel. If you don’t 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 don’t 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 you’re gift giving to an experienced fisherman, it’s almost guaranteed they’ll 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.

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