For some, picking a new reel can give you the same feeling as you had as a kid opening a gift at Christmas. For others, it can be confusing and a bit overwhelming. While the staff at Fishing World can certainly help you select the perfect reel for you at our store, here are some pro tips that can help you decide which reel is the best for you.
Determine your fishing technique
Consider the type of fishing you'll be doing, such as casting, jigging, fly fishing, trolling, or ice fishing. Different fishing techniques require different types of reels.
Understand reel types
There are two main types of fishing reels: Spinning reels, and baitcasting reels.
Each has its own advantages and is suitable for different fishing techniques.
There are versions of these reels that are designed for specific fish such as carp and musky or for special techniques like fly fishing or free spooling.
Match experience level
For beginners or for people who only fish occasionally, a spinning reel is recommended as the best option. Spinning reels are easy to use, versatile, and offer a forgiving casting mechanism.
They are suitable for a wide range of fishing techniques and can handle various fish species.
Baitcasters takes practise to master and novices will often experience birds nests of line on the reel from casting backlash. Once you get a handle on using it, baitcasting reels can be a big part of any fishing arsenal.
Consider the reel size
Reel sizes are typically labeled with numbers such as 1000, 2500, 5000, etc. The size indicates the reel's capacity and suitability for different fishing lines and rod sizes. Lighter reels are suitable for smaller fish, while larger reels are designed for bigger and more powerful fish.
Check the gear ratio
The gear ratio determines how quickly the line is retrieved. A higher gear ratio means faster retrieval, while a lower ratio provides more power. Consider your fishing style and the species you're targeting to determine the appropriate gear ratio for your reel.
Evaluate the drag system
The drag system applies pressure to the hooked fish, allowing you to control the line tension. Look for a reel with a smooth and reliable drag system that matches the fish species you'll be targeting. A strong drag system is particularly important when dealing with larger or more aggressive fish.
Material and construction
Reels can be made of different materials, such as aluminum, graphite, or carbon fibre. Each material has its advantages and affects the reel's durability, weight, and performance. Choose a reel with a sturdy construction that can withstand the conditions you'll encounter while fishing.
Make sure the reel feels good in your hand
Drop by Fishing World and physically handle the reels you're considering. Check for comfort, balance, and overall ergonomics. The reel should feel comfortable in your hand and complement the rod you'll be using.
Read reviews and seek recommendations
Research online reviews, fishing forums, and seek recommendations from experienced anglers. Pop by our Hamilton location and talk to our staff. Real-life experiences can provide valuable insights into a reel's performance and durability.
Remember, picking the right fishing reel is a personal choice that depends on your fishing style, target species, and preferences. Take your time to gather information, try out different options, and make an informed decision that will enhance your fishing experience.