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Freshwater Fishing Gear: Rods and Reels
Selecting Your Freshwater Fishing Gear
Fishing Rods, the Essential Tool
Fishing Reels Store, Deploy, and Retrieve
- Spinning reels are the easiest for most anglers to use and are suitably robust for most freshwater fishing. They have a fixed spool set below and parallel with the rod and were originally designed to throw artificial flies and lures to trout and salmon. The fixed spool solved the backlash problem and later models proved sturdy enough to handle larger baits and larger catches. Spinning reels are an excellent choice for light tackle and easy to use by casual and beginning anglers.
- The spin cast reel addresses the bait casting reel’s backlash and reduces the line twist and snaring sometimes encountered with spinning reels. Traditionally mounted above the rod, the spin cast reel—sometimes called a closed face spinner--is fitted with a metal cup and an external nose cone enclosing the fixed, parallel spool.
- Fly casting reels are relatively simple and serve more to store the line than to mechanically assist playing the fish.
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