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#12606771 - 02/02/18 08:00 AM Right vs left hand retrieve reels?
Patrnflyr Offline

Registered: 07/30/17
Posts: 91
I’m sure this has been gone over many times but was wondering. Why do the majority of people, including my right-handed self, use left handed retrieve on spinning and right handed retrieve on baitcasting reels? Seems like a left handed retrieve on baitcasting would be more intuitive but I’ve never even held one in my hands. Is it just tradition and “that’s the way it’s always done” or is there s legitimate reason? Just curious...

#12609034 - 02/03/18 03:41 PM Re: Right vs left hand retrieve reels? [Re: Patrnflyr]
Brad R Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1659
Loc: Texas
There have been some long posts about it. One over on has an ongoing poll with results from what hands people use for each type of equipment.

I believe the common sentiment expressed is that some popular early spincast reels were almost always right handed reels, like Zebco reels many of us began on, then some of the older more expensive models, too, from way back.

I am a lefty, and many of us are a bit ambidextrous and I feel so happy that I cast both rods, spinning and bait caster rods, with my left dominant hand/arm, then reel with my off hand. I'm like you: I don't get the swapping of hands.


#12611869 - 02/05/18 11:56 AM Re: Right vs left hand retrieve reels? [Re: Patrnflyr]
Indianation65 Online   content
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 8458
Loc: Richardson, Texas
I would surmise most fishermen listen to pro fishermen who tell themselves, and anyone who will listen, that no matter left or right-handed, a fisherman should cast with one hand and retrieve with the other simply for speed.

Although that seems true, I still cast and retrieve right-handed.
I can't imagine I'm missing that many fish because I'm slowing myself down.

As to why men swap the process from spinning to baitcaster, I'm not sure. I think they simply train the weak hand and arm to get better.


#12615738 - 02/07/18 03:39 PM Re: Right vs left hand retrieve reels? [Re: Patrnflyr]
pwarren Offline

Registered: 03/29/16
Posts: 134
Loc: Lakeside, TX
I use left handed retried on both spinning and baitcast reels. My right hand is much more coordinated for casting and stronger for setting the hook. It just feels natural to me to use left handed retrieve. Now I'm not sure why others only use left handed retrieve only on spinning reels. My wife uses my spinning reel and likes the left handed retrieve.

#12630427 - 02/15/18 09:13 PM Re: Right vs left hand retrieve reels? [Re: Patrnflyr]
BassMan5000 Offline

Registered: 06/06/17
Posts: 21
Loc: Ray Hubbard
I am right handed..but I naturally want to reel left handed..Started to go the Lefty route then figured out real quick that some of my favorite reels are hard to find in lefty and some rods go on sale and you guessed it..Righty only! So I just stayed with the right handed models. More selection.

#12631998 - Yesterday at 06:30 PM Re: Right vs left hand retrieve reels? [Re: Patrnflyr]
doctorxring Online   content
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Registered: 11/04/03
Posts: 840
Loc: The Republic of Texas
I switched to left handed baitcasters about 5 years ago. It took a little while to get used
to it but now using a right handed baitcaster is as weird as the left was back in the day.

Seems stupid now that I used right handed winding baitcasters at all. But that was the tradition that was handed down to me.

BTW I'm right handed... I cast with my right hand ...


Edited by doctorxring (Yesterday at 06:34 PM)


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