Choosing fishing tackle can be confusing. There are so many kinds of rods and reels that a novice can purchase equipment that isn't right for the kind of fishing that he or she is going to do. Small tackle shops offer assistance in choosing a rod and reel though the best advice is to consult the manufacturers' recommendations. They will specify what type of reel and line to use with each rod. This article provides a guide to choosing the right fishing rod reel.
Spinning or conventional reel
Conventional reels The conventional or revolving spool reel is designed to sit on top of the rod and be cranked with the right hand. The rod must be stiff and the guides placed close together in order to keep the line from touching the rod. The guides have small diameters because the line plays out in a narrow cone. Spinning reels The spinning reel sits on the bottom of the rod and is cranked with the left hand. The guides are farther apart and of larger diameter than on a conventional rod. The line in this position cannot touch the rod and the wide arc of line coming off the spool must be accommodated. Fly rods and reels Fly fishing is a specialty type of fishing. Specialty fishing shops are the best place to go for fly fishing equipment as well as carp reels and carp gear.
Buying rods and reels
The experienced fisherman will know what he's looking for in a rod and reel. If it's a specialty like carp fishing or fly fishing, he'll be an expert and he will know what to buy.
Novices should start with a "combo" which is a rod and reel combination made by a manufacturer to go together. The reel will specify the kind of line to be used with it and the rod will advise what weight of lure to cast.
Where to shop for fishing rods and reels
Large department stores carry rod and reel combinations at reasonable prices. However, they normally do not have knowledgeable personnel to help choose the right equipment. Specialty stores may not have as many combos but the personnel will be able to advise on what reel goes best with what rod.
Shopping online Many discount retailers operate on the internet. Search "fishing tackle" for a good list. Sometimes, there is advice on how to purchase rods and reels that are compatible though online purchasing is generally for the more experienced fisherman.