View Full Version : casting reels vs spinning reels

07-02-2009, 11:04 AM
Does anyone know why casting reels are set up the opposite way from spinning reels?

I like the fact that with spinning reels I can use my dominant to work the rod which is more fatiguing than reeling. On the other hand I like the strength of a casting reel as well as the control you have over your cast. I just donít like jigging, twitching, etc with my non dominant arm. I still cast both types with my dominant arm but I have to switch hands with my casting reel.

07-02-2009, 12:44 PM
With every reel I have ,I always have it set up so that I reel with my left hand and hold the rod with my right, always have done and will do. Even when fishing a baitcaster.

07-02-2009, 02:15 PM
You should be able to find casting reels in both hands these days. I use left handers for both spinning and cast - same reason as you, i prefer the dominant hand supporting the rod

07-02-2009, 02:30 PM
Oh great, now Iíve got to replace all my casting reels! Well, at least one left handed reel so I can see if I really do like it (canít see why I wouldnít).

Thatís one great thing about spinning reels. The vast majority can be switched to either hand.

Does anyone know why casting reels are set up the way they are? ie. You need to buy ďleft-handedĒ models if you are right handed and want to reel with your left hand. There must be some reason even if itís not relevant anymore.

07-02-2009, 03:17 PM
There's nothing like an easy question is there?!!! :sarcastic:

07-02-2009, 03:54 PM
Ah Ha!! From Wikipedia"

"Bait casting reel
Bait casting reels are reels in which line is stored on a bearing supported revolving spool. The bait casting reel is mounted above the rod, hence its other (though rarely used) name, the overhead reel. The bait casting reel dates from at least the mid-1600s, but came into wide use by amateur anglers during the 1870s. Early bait casting reels were often constructed with brass or iron gears, with casings and spools made of brass, German silver, or hard rubber. Early reels were often operated by inverting the reel and using back winding to retrieve line. For this reason, the reel crank handle was positioned on the right side of the reel.[6] As a result, the right-hand crank position for bait casting reels has become customary over the years, though models with left-hand retrieve are now gaining in popularity. Many of today's bait casting reels are constructed using aluminum, stainless steel, and/or synthetic composite materials. They typically include a level-wind mechanism to prevent the line from being trapped under itself on the spool during rewind and interfering with subsequent casts. Many are also fitted with anti-reverse handles and drags designed to slow runs by large and powerful game fish. Because the momentum of the forward cast must rotate the spool as well as propel the fishing lure, bait casting designs normally require heavier lures for proper operation than with other types of reels. The gear ratio in bait casting reels was initially about 3/1, later standardized at 4/1 in most reels, but recent developments have seen many bait casting reels with gear ratios as high as 5.5/1 or even higher. Higher gear ratios allow much faster retrieval of line, but sacrifice a small amount of power in exchange."

07-02-2009, 04:20 PM
Hah that seems pretty stupid to me, but what do I know. Anytime I see someone with a spinning rod upside down I laugh :sarcastic:, now if I saw someone with a baitcaster upside down and back reeling I'll point and laugh! :haha:

All that said, I reel with my left hand, no other option for me.

07-02-2009, 06:41 PM
What baffles me even more, is that in all the local shops here the spinning reels are set to left handed, but you cant find a left handed baitcast reel. Of course, and bigger shop will carry several options for left hand baitcasters.

07-02-2009, 09:11 PM
I'm Right Handed.. and Write and Play Tennis, Throw and Reel Right Handed... But I Golf and Play Baseball Left Handed.. Well Golf I can play eaither hand, but best with Left Hand.

So For fishing I have never had a problem :sarcastic:

07-02-2009, 10:35 PM
Now thats just odd. I play all sports and write right handed, but reel left and shoot pool left.

07-03-2009, 03:01 AM
Me too, although i didn't have a problem on Sega Bass Fishing when the handle was on the wrong side, the Reel was on the right side instead of the left! :sarcastic:

07-03-2009, 02:13 PM
Use what feels right to you all way around...

Theres no sense in reeling in with your strong hand and casting with your week hand . you want to be able to leverage a strike and make a solid connection...

I personally run left hand retrieve reels and cast with my right .... i guess its more simple for me because this has always been the way i fish. Strong arm should always be your controlling factor on your rod . You want to drive that hook home otherwise your wasting your time.

now on a flip side , i will use spinning tackle on my jerkbaits , flukes etc.. because i want to be able to snap the rod and twitch the bait which i find to be WAAAAAAAYYYY easier on spinning tackle anything with a downward motion will feel better on spinning tackle ... your arm will not tire ..

On casting i throw anything i typically twich upwards , this way again the motion and the way you hold your rod will be easier to twich up hoding from the bottom side of the rod ... your arm will last much longer and you can spend more time on the water seeking out those monsters ..

tubes and jigs are the exception - those i will throw with spinning tackle because 1 you want to have a more forgiving rod which wont rip the hook out of their mouth and also increased sensitivity. 2 Twitching upwards on this presentation typically doesnt drain your arm because its a slow slow move along the bottom...

thats pretty simple .. as to left or right hand retreive use whats comfortable but you would generally use your strong arm for casting , some people will use a right hand retrieve reel , cast with their right hand and flip over ... i find that unnessesary and annoying ... you'll be glade to have that switched up , or at the very least try it out ...

i know theres some brands which dont get left handed models for casting gear , typically most will have some like quantum and shimano .... if you check out those new curado casting reels or even the citica ( i step down about $50 cheaper ) you will be definetly impressed by the way these things work....

tight lines

07-04-2009, 11:16 AM
Hi I'm right handed and i bought a a casting reel ten years ago in France afther two weeks i just gave up it was to difficult for me to reel with my right and and my cast were all the tim too short to strong and never on the spot i was aiming :angry2:. I think i ll buy a new one in the next few monthe but that ll be definitely a left handed reel...

Gary Switlick
07-05-2009, 09:43 AM
a good friend of mine bought me a diawa zillion real the handle was on the opposite side im used to. and at first i couldn't get the hang of it but after a week in canada fishing 10-15 hrs a day i am finally used to casting with my right and switching hands. it is now my favorite rod for pike. just give it some time, if you look at the pros most of them switch hands. after awhile you don't even know you are doing it.

07-05-2009, 08:18 PM
Just because you CAN get used to it, doesn't mean you SHOULD! :)

07-06-2009, 06:19 AM
Yes I ll give it a try; it's just that i was 16 years old and i was feeling way more confortable with a spinning reel. i ll try again but with a left handed one. But when you are used to a spinning reel it's kind of difficult to start from the very begining as if you haven't ever cast a lure.lol

Gary Switlick
07-06-2009, 08:05 AM
clive i totally agree. when i went to pick out the reel they only had right crank reels although they could order a left. i asked several of the workers at cabela's and buy the end of the day they had me talked into a right hand crank reel they said that is the way all the pro's do it. and i checked it out the majority do switch hands. although immediately i was unhappy. but i stuck with it and love the reel and rod my buddy got for me and will use it as my first choice for pike.

07-07-2009, 11:48 AM
Yeah, itís absolutely more ďtraditionalĒ with casting reels to cast with your right hand (if you are right handed) and then switch the rod to your left. All three of my casting reels are like this because it didnít occur to me to get a reel made for a left-handed person. After reading the feedback here Iím going to get a left-handed reel next time.

07-07-2009, 02:48 PM
Lefty is the way to go, why bother wasting those precious seconds switching hands. That could translate to 100 more casts after a 12-16 hour day on the water. Nevermind the gimpy action you're probably putting on your baits :haha:

07-08-2009, 02:34 AM
:agree: :good: