Fishing Reel Use, Right Hand / Left Hand ? 

 

As time goes by, you may hear fisherpersons mention those who use reels with the handle on the WRONG SIDE.  Wrong Side to who?  It is not clear, but the normal casting reels initially were spool type which were cranked using the right hand.   Then reel manufactures seemed to feel that "Lefties" were a minority so did not even consider making ones for them for a number of years.  It is hard to break tradition and that trend continued until the spinning outfit hit the market, which placed the cranking handle on the left hand side.  

 

It seems that the younger generation seems to gravitate to not wanting to switch from casting with one hand and then switching to reeling with the same hand.  This then naturally gravitated to the same concept as using a Left Hand casting reel, (which now are becoming more readily available) so there was little change when changing from casting/reeling with a casting rod as doing the same with a spinning rod/reel.   

 

The manufacturers of modern spinning reels are now making their reels convertible, just remove the crank handle from one side, insert it in the other side and you have the choice of either RH or LH.  Not so easy with casting reels however.   

 

Okuma Calera Left Hand Retrieve Low Profile high speed Baitcasting Reel

old Abu Ambassadeur 5000A Right Hand Casting Reel

 

To my line of reasoning, there may be some somewhat viable reasons to change, (being left handed the primary one) but do not paint all fishing styles with the same broad brush as there may be some unforeseen trade-offs.

 

Pro - Going to LH Casting Reels :   As mentioned above, depending on whether you are naturally (1) Right or Left Handed. (2) Familiarity of having the cranking handle on the same side no matter which type of rod you use is probably a very compelling reason. 

 

Con - Going to LH Casting Reels :     (1)  "I do not want to get confused, and why should I ditch all the old good Right Hand reels that I have used for YEARS".   (2) Not being able to have as wide an assortment of LH reels is probably high on the complaint side.   (3) For the Kokanee fishermen especially not having small line-counter RH reels much less LH reels is a downfall here.  Where this would put many feeling like they were in Heaven if having line-counter reels was an option. (4) For a right handed person, using a rod in the right hand may be no big deal for a trout fisherperson, or if steelheading or landing a salmon on a gravel bar when fishing solo, but for a right handed solo boat salmon fisherman doing his own netting, being forced to net with the weak hand or having to change hands to do the netting, seems like WHY make the change in the first place?  

 

UPDATE  to #3.  I just found that Diawa Accudepth IC low profile compact model is a small bait casting reel that also has a waterproof digital line-counter and made in RH or LH.  Model ADICV15  for the RH, the catch it retails for $165.     It has a line capacity of  8#/175, 10#/150, 12#/130 mono and a retrieve ratio of 6.3 to 1.

 

Then Diawas Accudepth Plus-B is a mechanical line counter where the smallest size 17 is a good choice has a small bait casting reel also made in RH or LH.  Model ADI7LCB  for the RH, and the price is not that bad as I have bought a couple either at sportsman shows or online near Christmas from WalMart for under $70.   These have a line capacity of  10#/290, 12#/250 mono and a retrieve ratio of 5.1 to 1.  This size is very similar to but slightly wider than the Ambassadeur 4600 CB size.

 

And I have a friend who has found that if he is casting, he prefers using the LH baitcasting reel, which matches his spinning reel type usage.  However if he is trolling out of a boat, then he prefers the old RH reels.  This is pretty much my conclusion also.
     

 

 

 

 

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Originated  03-21-2015,  Last updated  01-02-2017
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