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#12738564 - 05/01/18 04:22 PM Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand?
Patrnflyr Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/30/17
Posts: 134
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
I recently purchased a couple of Stradic C4+ reels and want to treat them right. I've been fishing for 50 years with spinning reels and I always just reel to close the bail. Have been doing it this way since the 60's with a Garcia 300. Recently, I was told that I should be flipping the bail closed with my hand instead of the reeling in method. I figured, if my 300 stood up for many years, surely the Stradic would also. Any opinions on this

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#12738900 - 05/01/18 07:53 PM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
Verkeith Offline
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Registered: 01/06/15
Posts: 229
Loc: Crowley, Texas
Originally Posted By: Patrnflyr
I recently purchased a couple of Stradic C4+ reels and want to treat them right. I've been fishing for 50 years with spinning reels and I always just reel to close the bail. Have been doing it this way since the 60's with a Garcia 300. Recently, I was told that I should be flipping the bail closed with my hand instead of the reeling in method. I figured, if my 300 stood up for many years, surely the Stradic would also. Any opinions on this

I'm a reel to close guy myself for nearly 40 years, never could understand why guys manual close it. Some say it eliminates line twist and loops, not sure if I buy that, some say it's to fully engage the line to the spool, not sure.

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#12739111 - 05/01/18 09:34 PM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
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Manually close it. It helps to prevent line twist.
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#12740835 - 05/02/18 10:23 PM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
Thad Rains Offline
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Registered: 10/09/01
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Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
When I loan my spinning rod to my cousin, I tell him to manually close it, but he never does and I get over bearing line twists and have to cut some line off. I KEEP TELLING HIM TO DO IT MANUALLY, but he never does. Doing it manually will save you a lot of problems in the future because it reduces line twist, as mentioned above. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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#12740877 - 05/02/18 11:16 PM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
TR176 Offline
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Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 3951
Loc: Little Elm
In one smooth motion manually close the bail and take any slack/loop out of the line.

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#12741173 - 05/03/18 08:49 AM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
Searsay Offline
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Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 277
Loc: Lewisville TX
personally - it depends on the reel -

responsive reels that trigger the bail to close before starting to spin and are fully closed within 1/4 ro 1/2 turn - you don't have to worry about line twist as an issue and can close themselves.

But a LOT of reels on the market (read cheap) - have a lot of play in them and will start to spin (sometimes 2-3 rotations even) before the reel will start to close or close fully - those reels you have to manually close or you risk a lot of line twist.

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#12761452 - 05/19/18 08:48 AM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
sll Offline
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Registered: 05/16/18
Posts: 68
Loc: TN
Manually close myself.

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#12778354 - 06/02/18 11:48 PM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: Patrnflyr]
Mofishin1990 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/16
Posts: 138
Loc: Gainesville, TX
I always manually close it. It seems like I've had less problems with wind loops and line twist since I started doing it that way.

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#12783438 - 06/07/18 02:00 AM Re: Spinning reel. To close the bail while cranking or do it by hand? [Re: TR176]
BASS GURU Offline
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Registered: 05/27/16
Posts: 177
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
Originally Posted By: TR176
In one smooth motion manually close the bail and take any slack/loop out of the line.


THIS^^^^^^^^ Less line twist, eliminates "bird-nests"

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