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How Many Rightys Fish Lefty?

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#1 fstr385


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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:19 PM

All my childhood I used spinners, rod in right, reel left. When I just began bass fishing again doing research seen baitcasters were a popular reel for bass fishing, so I got one. I felt a few at the store and never felt comfortable using a right hand rod, even though Im right handed. Having been used to always holding the rod in my right hand and reeling with the left I got a lefty reel, and just got my 4th one tonight since fall of last year lol. Just made me wonder how many others do that, since I never see it on tv or hear about it because they arent around often as I would think because o situations like this outside of regularly left handed people.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:22 PM

My spinning reels are lefty.  I have 2 flipping reels that are lefty.  All the rest are right.  The flipping reels are lefty because it just feels weird to even try using my left to pitch and flip.  

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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:24 PM

My handles always have and always will be on the left side, no matter what kind of reel.


I'm just not comfortable with anything else.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:27 PM

Spinning reels- handle on the left Casting reels- handle on the right

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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:34 PM

Both my spinning and casting reels have the handles on the left. I like to keep things simple and standardized.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:50 PM

Learned on lefties, still use them today. I am right handed. 


I like having my dominate hand work the bait with the rod, plus, I am faster with my dominate hand when it comes to setting a hook once I feel the bite. I think it is more important to have you dominate hand on the rod, but I also learned this way. I think I am in the minority with that mindset, it probably doesnt matter anyway

#7 fstr385


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Posted February 11 2013 - 10:59 PM

Yea makes sense. I dont know how some of you guys do both, but Im sure it has some advantage. I cant underhand roll to my right well.. only straight to left. Im sure having the ability to do both has some advantage, but its like writing or hitting a baseball to me trying to cast or thumb a right hand caster. At least its not as uncommon as I thought.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:02 PM

I cast right reel left. Always felt more natural for me like that. Makes it so I don't have to swap hands after I cast too.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:07 PM

I was kind of thinking about this the other day now that I bought a few right-handed baitcasters. I cast and reel with my right hand...which means I'll have to cast, thumb and then move the reel to my left hand so that I can start reeling in with my right. I see plenty of people do it but I almost wish I had bought left-handed reels.


Of course, I do that with spinning gear now so....

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:11 PM

Another rightey using all lefty reels. I also golf, and throw lefty. Go figure!

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:15 PM

its a mess in my opinion. I set up my spinning tackle to be righty my baitcaster is the usual right handed hence my desire to change my spinning reels. I learned to use lefties since I was a kid. Im trying to switch completely to using the rod  on my left and the handles on my right. It sucks because I cant cast very well with my left hand. I sometimes do the cast right switch rod from hand to hand.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:27 PM

I cast right handed with everything except close quarters with casting gear, then I'll cast left handed. I reel left handed with spinning gear and right handed with casting gear and can not interchange the two. 

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:27 PM

Thats the way I am. I have to throw it out there with my right hand or it just feels awkward. I'm right handed so I think it makes more since to cast right handed than to reel right handed. 

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:33 PM

Fortunately for me, I'm ambidextrous, which is "both handed" for anyone who doesn't know. I naturally want to cast left handed and crank right handed. Works out well for me fishing. Not so much for baseball though.

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Posted February 11 2013 - 11:49 PM

Cast right - reel left 90% of the time. I can cast left when needed. Like everyone said learning like that with spinning gear it just feels right to me. Also as someone mention with dominant hand. Why wouldn't you want the hand you're used to using for everything working the bait. To me it makes sense. It however cuts down on some reel choices I make. No team Lews in LH :(
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