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    Spinning Reel, Which Hand to Reel
from T-Boy  
5/9/2009 10:22:15 AM


  I use to fish baitcasters only. Then I got into spinning reels and use them for just about as much as the baitcasters.

I always reeled baitcasters with my right hand so when I went to spinning reels I switched the handle over to the right hand.

Almost everyone I see reels a spinning reel in with the left hand. I know its easier to fish for a right handed cast to reel left handed but it still feels awkward to me.

Anyone reel spinning reels right handed or am I in the minority.

Edited 5/9/2009 10:23:08 AM

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   It simply does not matter from Mike Whitten  5/9/2009 1:51:14 PM
This is one of those deals that you do not need to waste timing thinking about. If it works for you, do it.

I'm old, and old school--crank baitcasters right handed, and spinners left. That is how I learned, cause that's the way it was in the 60's and 70's. Options were not there, back then. Waaayyy too much learned muscle memory for me now.

KVD does it like I do, so I'm not too far off. Just doo what works best for you.

Mike Whitten/Germantown, TN

   I from NEVFITTER  5/9/2009 3:41:34 PM
switch all my spinnys over to the right, as well, just easier for me keep everything the same.


roll tide

   Always on the left from Fisherboy #10852  5/9/2009 7:23:07 PM

And my baitcasters crank on the left too, the rest of you righties are azz-backwards.

   Alternative from T-Boy  5/9/2009 9:11:31 PM
My Dad when all this switching to left hand reeling started to make it more efficient did it different. He was right handed and just decided to learn to cast with his left hand.

He said it took a few trips but then it felt natural. If my right shoulder starts giving me trouble again, I think I'll give it a try.

   T-Boy. from PPEN  5/9/2009 10:59:46 PM
Been there and done that. Same as your dad. When my right wrist would not stand the casting anymore I learned to cast with my left hand and reel with the right hand. That was about 25 years ago and I still remember the size of the backlashes I got for the first dozen trips.

Good luck. If you hang tough you can do it.

   T-Boy and PPEN... from JonMac  5/10/2009 8:32:06 AM
How difficult is it to re-train to left handed casting? I tried it a few times and felt like I was trying to breathe with my feet! LOL

Any good tips?


John <><

   Jon Mack from T-Boy  5/10/2009 9:38:47 AM
My Dad started in open water where he did not have to pinpoint the cast. Then he moved to easier targets like open water stumps before trying to get under shoreline brush. I don't think he ever got as accurate as he was right handed but he never changed back.

I'm retired and if I changed I would take the hooks off a old lure and make about a 100 casts a day in the yard till it felt good. Bet you could do it in two weeks.

   J Mac from PPEN  5/10/2009 10:44:56 AM
I'm afraid I am a bit more pessimistic about the learning time than T-Boy. I don't think there is any transferring of experience casting right handed which gives you any help learning to cast left handed. So, how long did it take for you to learn to cast right handed? This might give you a hint as to the learning time.

JMAC I hope your interest in this is not driven by any anticipated physical limitations in the near future. Hopefully your physical abilities will last a whole lot longer.


   azz-backwards? Noooooooo from Big Al #10768  5/12/2009 7:36:59 AM
I'm left handed. I know they made baitcasters just for me by putting the handle on the right side, so I also put the handle on the right side of a spinning reel. How could you not have the handle on the right side of a reel? If it were on the wrong side it wouldn't be right! LOL!
Seriously though, back in the 70's, my first wife searched high and low for a Penn 711 (right side handle) when spinning reel handles were not reversable.

   skipping from LIPLESS #16525  5/14/2009 2:34:13 PM
My brother does it the same way you do it(irritates me although it shouldnt), but he gets hung up twice as much as I do. For example when you are skipping a trickworm, fluke, or shakeyhead under docks or overhanging trees, alot of the times it will fall into a hang up zone while you are switching to the right hand. Also, half the time during spawning periods when bass are shallow the fish will grab it and take off before It has a chance to settle. But I guess whatever way is more comfortable for you is best. If you think you will lose fish with it lefty then def use right---

   Im a southpaw so... from Kennyboy #10985  5/18/2009 9:22:40 PM
As a lefty, it's great that most baitcasters come reel on the right. This way, I cast with my left hand (like I'm throwin a ball) and reel with my right. So, when I get my spinning reels I put the handle on the right. I never understood why righties have to cast a baitcaster with their right hand, then change it over to their left to reel. Why not buy the LHR?



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