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Fishing Reels

The purpose of a fishing reel is to deliver and retrieve your fishing line. The fishing reel was first introduced into Britain around the late 1600’s. Today reels are kitted out with more sophisticated functions than the very early ones.
At the flick of a switch you can turn on or off an anti-reverse feature,this means that if you have the anti-reverse switch set to off when the line is under strain the reel will freely spin to pay out line. If the switch is set to on the reel will be locked so not allowing any pay out of line.

Another feature is the drag feature. When playing a fish the drag feature allows you to adjust the resistance level the reel will have when there is strain on the line. What is meant by the resistance level is how much pull on the line the reel can withstand before having to pay out line. The drag can be adjusted by turning a dial that is located somewhere on the body of the reel. In simple terms the drag feature is an adjustable friction brake.

The general rule is to set the drag at roughly half  the the breaking strain of the line you are using With practise you will be able to adjust the drag whilst playing a fish but in the event of you setting the drag too high you are more likely to break the line than land a hooked fish. Once you have practised and mastered the drag feature you will be able to land bigger fish than the lines breaking strain because you will be able to judge how much pressure to apply to tire your catch into submission.

The bail arm is a device that can be either open or closed. In the open position it allows a free flow of  line off the reel spool for casting. To open the bail arm you have to pull it back across the face of the reel until it clicks locked into an open position, then after you have cast and are happy with the position of your bait you just turn the reel handle and a spring loaded mechanism releases it to snap back into a closed position.When buying a coarse fishing reel this is an important feature to check, open and close the bail arm a few times to make sure it is operating as it should. Make sure when closing it snaps shut with a positive quick action.

Most fishing reels also come supplied with a spare spool this is a great advantage for you because you can load each spool with a different strength line. This will enable you to use the same reel should you decide to change your fishing style. For instance if you are float fishing  for small silver fish with a 1.5 pound line but decide to try fishing the bottom for a larger catch you can easily change the spool for one with a 6 pound line, this is usually done by means of a button on the centre of the spool which you press to release the spool then click the new spool into position.

A coarse fishing reel suitable for pleasure fishing can cost as little as £20 and there are many on the market to choose from. Most of them have reversible handles so it will not matter whether you are right or left handed.

 

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