Left or right? Does it matter which hand you have on the reel?
When it comes to fishing reels often it is heard that left is right and right is wrong! Well that is what my fishing partner likes to say. This is something that is coming from a right handed man that reels all his bait casting reels with his left hand. Is he correct? I have had this discussion over and over for many years. The discussion as to what is the right way to fish your bait casting reels. Most of us right-handed fisherman will use a spinning reel that has the handle on the left so we are casting and holding the rod with our right hand and reeling with our left.
Then why is it that when we pick up a bait casting rod and reel that we still want to cast with our right hand, but then switch the hands the rod is in and reel with our right hand? This isn’t one of those left brain/right brain type of questions, but it sure strikes up a conversation.
My fishing partner also prefers his trolling reels with left handed handles on them as well. A recent trip out to Lake Erie proved to be interesting when I was setting a line or reeling in a fish. I felt like it was the first time I had ever held a fishing rod. Strange, considering I reel my spinning rods with my left hand.
There is a good argument for the left handed reel position as it does have many advantages. You are not switching hands when you cast thus fewer backlashes. This also allows you to work top-water baits better as the moment the bait hits the water you can start reeling without switching hands.
Read more about this argument in the May 27 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.