Darter Head Jigs
Tear Drop Jigs
Snaps / Swivels
Spinning reels which are often mistaken by name with spin cast reels are
the only reels that have a completely open face that is maintained by a
bail arm and line roller. Spin cast
reels on the other hand feature a cover over the spool and although
they technically spool the line the same way as a spinning reel they are
in no way as efficient when it comes to drag quality and casting
Important features to look for when thinking about spinning reels
involves their line range and the quality of the parts. Let your
technique determine whether or not a spinning reel is the right choice
for you. Any technique that involves using lighter pound test lines from
2-10 will work extremely well on a spinning reel. If
braided line is your choice, 8-20
pound braid will also work well.
Sizes on spinning reels are almost universal with the number system
being used and often times you can find sizes ranging from 500 (ultra
light) all the way up to 10000 plus which are the saltwater versions. In
most instances 2000 or 2500 size reels are the most common since they
can hold around 180 yards of 6 pound test.
The drag assembly on spinning reels uses simple downward pressure on a
set of washers that are in the center of the spool. There are two types
of drag available, Rear Drag - which puts tension on the spool from the
bottom of the reel, pulling on the spool shaft (often found on lower end
reels) and Front Drag - which involves direct downward pressure on the
washers that are located in the spool's center... this system allows for
micro adjustments and is found on all top end reels. The drag washers
can also be cleaned and changed easily.
Key features that will ensure years of trouble free service can include
a waterproof drag assembly, sealed anti rust bearings which have dust
covers over the guts of the bearings giving them years of operation,
durable gearing materials, aluminium spools rather than graphite which
tends to warp in temperature changes and a maintenance port for easy
greasing once a year.
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