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Right Hand or Left Hand?

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#31 Philly


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:28 PM

I spent 45 years using a spinning reel, before I switched over to fly fishing.   Left handed retrieve, right hand casting.   The first couple of fly reels I brought, the shop was able to convert them to left hand retrieve.   I don't own any bait casters, I may have had a spin cast when I first started fishing.  Where I had a problem was when some of my friends brought boats and we'd be out trolling using Penn International 20's, 30's and 50's, especially if we hooked into a big fish, or if we were shark fishing.  It was tough fighting and controlling the fish with my left arm and reeling with my right.   

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#32 vicrider


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Posted 25 July 2019 - 05:53 PM

Having spent many years doing all types of fishing from youth (75 now) I have established habits and just cannot alter certain  patterns. Basically if the reel is below the rod it get reeled with the left hand. If the reel is above the rod it gets reeled with the right hand. TJM, I find it easy and instinctive for the rod to end up in my left hand with baitcasters and I'm ready to reel before the bait even hits the water. Now the exception. I do a lot of flipping and pitching for bass in heavy cover and in that case the rod stays in my right hand and I use flippin' switch reels. These reels are free spool when you hold thumb bar down but instantly lock up letting thumb bar up. That is because so many fish smash a jig and pig almost instantly when bait hits water and with very short pitches you hardly have time to set hook let alone switch hands or snap the handle to kick out of free spool.


I have in the past seriously tried using some of my left hand baitcasters for spinnerbaits, crankbaits, even worms and other rigs but just can't feel the degree of control I have with right hand wind, Conversely I love to fish jig worms finesse baits and skip under docks with a spinning rod cast right and reeled left.

#33 vicente


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Posted 25 July 2019 - 08:23 PM

I do right hand retrieve on everything, the only trouble I have with fly fishing is I like cast right handed same as everything else, but i like to strip with the rod in my right but then switch hands if I get a fish on it's annoying.