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What are the features and benefits to a round b/c reel vs the typical low profile style? When would one be better than the other?

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Line cap and Power. If you don't mind the extra weight, they can be good for Swimbaits, Large Crankbaits, Slow Rolling Spinnerbaits, and much more.

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Line cap and Power. If you don't mind the extra weight, they can be good for Swimbaits, Large Crankbaits, Slow Rolling Spinnerbaits, and much more.

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Better for more line but that's about it.. Just better for tossing bigger baits!

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Sure - line capacity primarily.  "Power" is determined by gear ratio and handle length primarily with physical gear size being a secondary factor. Some LP reels can trump some round reels in those areas.

 

Some limiting factors (for some people and presentations) are that round reels usually have limited gear ratio options (one, sometimes two ratios), they usually  "palm" bigger than a LP, and often might be heavier. However, I've got round reels in the 6 and 7 ounce range (fairly light), and the 50-size Shimano round reels are a delight to palm (for me).  I've seen posts by guys with large/extra-large hands who say that they prefer round reels - LPs seem too small for them.

 

What has not yet been mentioned are the non-performance related factors. Round reels are fun, they're something different, they spice up the fishing experience, they can be elegant in form, some are of heirloom quality, and many are nearly all metal for those with an aversion to plastics, composites, carbon, etc.

 

For me - I have both LP and (now) a lot of round reels.  They're all tools, and each have different features that make them appropriate for certain tasks and presentations. I usually have at least one round reel in the car or in the boat.  Occasionally, the planets all align and the tools I choose for the job that day might all be round reels - like this photo from one of the last times I was in the boat in December...

 

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I use both styles but to me, round reels are still around because some of them proved to be as simple and as reliable as anvils, like some of the round Abus and Shimano Calcuttas.  I don't buy the increased line capacity reasoning since there are low profile 300 size reels that also have that feature.  Other than that, you run into guys who are nostalgic about old stuff or are too set in their ways to switch to a more modern design.  JMHO  

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