Casting a Spinning Reel
Spinning reels are easier to use than casting reels. You will have a good grasp on how to use them within a few minutes and cast well with a few hours of practice. To cast a spinning reel grab the line with your index finger just above the bail, flip the bail open which releases the line from the spool then move the rod and reel behind your head keep your eye on the location that you are aiming for. Use your wrist and forearm to make a sweep in the direction you are targeting. Straighten your index finger when you are about a 45-degree angle parallel to the water.
The best way to hold a spinning combo is with the foot of the reel between your second and third fingers of your dominant hand.
- If your right handed have your rod in your right hand and make sure the handle of the reel is on the left side
- If you are left handed have your rod in your left hand and make sure the handle of the reel is on the right side
This way after you cast you can begin your retrieve without switching hands.
Loading line on a Spinning Reel
The biggest tip for a spinning reel is how to load the line. It does not matter what kind of line you put on, but how you put it on is the most important thing you can do. If you make the mistake of allowing the supply spool to turn, you will twist the line beyond repair causing knots in the line as you cast. You want to keep the spool that the line is coming off stationary the line should come off the spool in large loops. The best way to do this is fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and drop the spool of line in the water. The pressure from the water will keep the spool stationary enough as you put the line on the reel. If you do use braid put at least a couple yards of monofilament under the braid, as braid starts to age it has the tendency to expand and lose its grip on the reel, by putting the mono you keep the grip on the reel and don’t end up with 150+ yards of useless line.