Introduction to Fishing Reels
The main component of the fishing reel is the housing or the reel body. This body holds several integral parts of the reel, like a support arm, a foot that connects to the rod, and the gearbox housing. Reel bodies are mostly constructed from materials like aluminum or graphite.
Types of Fishing Reels
Predominantly, there are four types of fishing reels: spincast, baitcasting, spinning, and fly reels. These types cater to different fishing styles and skill levels, each having its functional benefits.
Working of a Spincast Reel
The spincast reel operates through a unique process. As you let go of it during your cast, the line is released and the lure can travel forward. You can re-engage the lock by merely turning the crank.
Functioning of a Conventional Fishing Reel
In contrast, conventional reels have a fixed spool that rests on top of the rod. They possess a revolving handle to wind the line onto the spool. These types can be either left or right-handed, but the preference for most anglers leans toward the right-handed reel.
The Drag System
Fishing reels are equipped with a feature known as the drag system. The drag system involves a pair of friction plates inside of the reels. This system regulates the tension or force required to take line off the spool. If a fish pulls on the line with enough strength, the friction may be overcome and the reel may rotate backward. This movement lets out line, preventing it from snapping.
Catching a fish also involves some physical effort. Primarily, the upper body, specifically the triceps and biceps are involved in the heavy pumping action during the process. However, regardless of the type of reel in use, medical advice suggests that you check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.