When I first started fishing, my dad handed me an old closed face reel and told me to cast it. He told me all about the spool and the handle and how they work together to cast a line.
However, even knowing this information didn’t help when I actually tried casting for the first time. Since then, I’ve learned a few more things about casting with a closed-face reel and would like to share them in this article.
If you are taking up fishing or already have some experience, read on because this may help you too! So let’s check how to cast using the best closed faced reel.
What is a Closed Face Fishing Reel?
Casting can be difficult enough without having limited visibility of your rod, spool, line, lure or bait while trying to get everything set up. Is why most experienced fishermen prefer open-face reels for baitcasting setups? Closed face reels were once the most popular type of reel but have since been replaced by open-faced designs.
There are some benefits to using a closed face reel, however. They are generally more forgiving than open-faced reels and can be used in windier conditions.
How To Cast Using A Closed Faced Reel?
In order to cast a closed face reel, you will need to do the following:
1) Hold the rod with your dominant hand and place your thumb on top of the handle.
2) With your other hand, hold onto the spool and give it a few winds so that the line is tight against the spool. Make sure that you don’t go off the spool or else the line will not come off properly!
3) With the side of your non-dominant hand, hold onto the line that is coming out of the spool. The length of this line should be equal to the distance from the end of your closed face reel’s rod brace to your desired casting point.
4) To cast, simply flick your wrist forward or back depending on whether you are right or left-handed. If you are having problems getting a proper feel for this, practice without any hooks or bait attached first so you can focus solely on getting used to how it feels.
5) Pause briefly between flicks so that you don’t accidentally lose all of your momentum and prevent yourself from reeling in smoothly once your hook lands where you want it to.
6) If you are having trouble getting the proper momentum, try using your wrist to help instead of using only your arm. You can also practice this with no hooks attached for now if you still don’t feel confident about it yet. With time and practice, casting should become much easier!
How to Put a Fishing Line on a Closed Face Reel?
When you are ready to attach your fishing line to your closed face reel, you will need to do the following:
1) Make sure that the spool is empty by winding the line off of it and onto the ground or a surface next to you.
2) Cut a length of line that is about 3-4 feet longer than the distance from your casting point to where you want your bait to end up.
3) tie one end of the line around the reel’s spool and the other around a pencil, chopstick, or some other small object so that it doesn’t move.
4) Hold onto the line tightly with one hand and spin the reel rapidly with the other. This will help wrap the line around the spool.
5) Keep going until the line is wound neatly around the spool and no excess line is sticking out of it.
6) Once you have done this, take a pair of pliers with wire cutters to clip off any excess line that is sticking out. Then, use your fingers to crimp down the line so that it doesn’t unravel or slip from the place too easily. This may be difficult depending on how fine your fishing lines are but doing this will keep them from tangling up!
7) make sure there aren’t any loops before casting! If you find one after attaching the hook and bait, don’t remove it because it will probably result in you losing your catch. Instead, use a pair of pliers to pinch the line together until it’s tight and then cast as normal.
How To Cast Using A Spincast Reel? (Video)
This video shows you hands-on experience about how to cast using a spin cast fishing reel AKA closed face reel.
Now that you know how to put a line on a closed face reel, go out and catch some fish! Just remember to be patient and practice a little before trying to tackle big ones. Good luck!
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