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Need to disable Shimano Sienna 2500 reverse reeling

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I just bought a new Shimano Sienna 2500 reel.  I can't use it, because it also reels in reverse.  This created instant tangles for me.  Is there some switch on the reel or some way to disable this "feature?"  I don't want to have to take it apart.  If it is defective, I'll just return it.

 

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There should be an anti reverse switch on the bottom of the reel behind the spool. Flip it the other direction, if that doesn't work return it because it's broken 

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5 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:

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Unless I am missing something, my reel looks a little different

 

Do I need to tighten or just move one of the screws from the first or second picture?  Which one?

 

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17 minutes ago, CenCal fisher said:

There should be an anti reverse switch on the bottom of the reel behind the spool. Flip it the other direction, if that doesn't work return it because it's broken 

Is this thing on the right that doesn't move supposed to be the switch?  Do I need to loosen the screw near it first?

 

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In the last picture you posted it looks like the switch was moved on the new models. I think it's above the spool and below the knob you tighten to screw on the reel handle. It's on the right side just past the center of the reel. If that's not it check your manual to see the new model even has an anti reverse switch.

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14 minutes ago, CenCal fisher said:

In the last picture you posted it looks like the switch was moved on the new models. I think it's above the spool and below the knob you tighten to screw on the reel handle. It's on the right side just past the center of the reel. 

Thanks - I found it and figured out how to move it to disable the reverse reeling.

 

While we are on the subject - why would a fisherman want to be able to reel in reverse and it is supposed to be enabled by default?

 

 

 

 

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Go watch this video  

 

It is your choice, It is actually a left over habit that many anglers learned back in the 60 s and 70s, before the drag systems were developed like they are today.  If you ever pick up a reel and caught a fish on say a Mitchell 300 ( one of the most popular reels of the day) then you would understand the idea was not to rely on the scratchy drags the reels had then compared to the much improved silky smooth drags we have today.  I am not insulting the reels of those days ( after all I fished both a 300 and a 308) but a skilled angler could back reel as a fish lunged and between the angler quickly releasing line in a controlled way and the rod absorbing the shock many fish wee brought to the boat.  Keep in mind the technology of rods back then did not compare either. I remember seeing a rod and reel combo my uncle fished with. It was a baitcaster, one of the big round Abu Garcia reels. The rod was a 5 sided all metal rod with interchangeable handles. It could be a spinning or with a switch of the handle it could fit a baitcaster.  OH those good old days!:hahaha-024:    I never back reel anymore.  Of course our lines are not the old Dacron black braid either!

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I prefer to back reel because I can control the fish better. It allows me to add or remove pressure as the situation calls for it. It's not a left over habit for me, considering I wasn't even born yet until the mid 80's :lol: I taught myself to do it and will continue to do so. 

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15 hours ago, Pkfish49 said:

While we are on the subject - why would a fisherman want to be able to reel in reverse and it is supposed to be enabled by default?

Besides back reeling as discussed above, which I rarely do; there are times when you will reel your lure up too close to the rod tip and will want to lower it back down a bit prior to casting in order to be able to get optimum whip and thus more distance on your cast.  It is easier for me to just flip over the reverse lever and let the lure drop a few inches than to pull out the line with the drag or to flip the bail.  Also, sometimes when in my kayak, my lure will get hung up and I will just flip the reverse lever so line will come out as I struggle to get in position to free up my lure.  This again is easier than flipping the bail or putting stress on the drag.  

Additionally, if you are trolling and letting line out, you may find that you have more control; i.e. can let line out a little slower if you just flip the reverse lever and let your spool spin slowly rather than flipping the bail and letting the line go out fast.

Hope this helps.

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I used to back reel when fighting fish but now I use the reel's drag instead.  However, if a reel doesn't have an anti-reverse switch I won't buy it. When I reel in my bait and there are weeds or something on it but I don't notice it until bait is near the rod tip, I will flip the switch and back reel until I can reach the bait and clean it off.

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1 hour ago, Steveo-1969 said:

However, if a reel doesn't have an anti-reverse switch I won't buy it

Agreed; this feature is beneficial in many ways. 

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I haven't touched the switch in decades.

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