Your fishing reel can be a critical part of your success in your fishing adventure. It is so important for getting your line in the best locations and turning a bite into an actual catch. Since having a functioning reel and knowing how to use it is so important, I want to briefly discuss some fishing reel tips for enhancing your experience on the water and ultimately for catching more fish. Let’s talk about a few of these tips now.
Consider the weight and size of your fishing reel.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to know how to use a fishing reel. When selecting consider its weight and size. Many people think that you always have to have a large reel with a lot of action, but this just simply is not true. In fact, there are several occasions when you want the exact opposite of that. If you are fishing for Brook Trout or other small trout species, especially if you are fishing in a creek or small stream, then you don’t need a big reel. You would generally want to go with a light rod in this scenario, and it is absolutely imperative that the weight of the reel matches the weight of the rod. On the contrary, if you are fishing in a big open water lake for trophy lake trout, or if you on a big river with strong current, then you will definitely need a heavier reel. A strong, heavy rod is ideal for these conditions too because it allows you to deal with bigger fish and stronger currents. Just remember, try as best you can to match the reel and rod weights, and if you do this then you’ll be fine!
Proper maintenance of the reel is required.
Another great thing to think about when it comes to trout fishing reels is making sure they are working properly and maintained well. This is obviously not a problem if you are looking to purchase a reel or have just recently purchased one, but if you have had your reel for a little while then it’s a really good idea to make sure functions smoothly before going out to the water. If it isn’t spinning properly or is tight for some reason then you may come home from the river empty-handed. You can have the best lure on the river and be in the perfect fishing hole, but if your reel is sticking then you’re definitely in trouble. This may seem obvious to you, but I have many friends that have gotten themselves in trouble out on the water because they didn’t take good care of their reel during the offseason.
Change your line occasionally.
A third tip to be mindful of for having more trout fishing success is to change your line at least a few times throughout the season. This is very important, but many anglers do not change their lines very often. The problem with not changing out your line frequently is that older fishing lines cause more friction and resistance, so this can be damaging to your reel. You may have to crank harder for older lines, especially if they are monofilament lines, and if you are trying to crank too hard and fast then it will put too much stress on the reel. Changing your line is a simple way to keep your fishing outfit in good shape and make things easier on yourself.