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If one cast with their right hand then switches the reel to their left hand to reel with their right hand is this a right handed or left handed reel?

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all of my reels are L.h.,one day i went on the spur w/ a friend down to the lake,having to use his R.h reels.i was trying to turn the rod.today w/ all the choices w/ L.h. reels it makes perfect sense just starting out to go w/ L.h. reels.

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Guest DavidGreen

fish-fighting-illini,

A couple of people on here ( I think) insisted that a Rh'd person to fish "the  correct" way "should be reeling with their left had".
Actually the only right way to use the BC reel is the way that gets you to land the fish.

RH or LH is all a matter of the way an angler was taught or learned on his/her own, and personal preference.

Like so many anglers I started on spinning gear, they were the only reels that you could change the crank sides on when I started. After using them for so long, and finally trying my first BC reel, I naturally looked for a LH BC reel. The only ones at the time that were even producing anything in the LH group were Shimano's big Bantams (my first LP was a BKM 201 87), and some of the Garcia 5000 series reels (my 1st round reel 5001 Black 84), and they felt natural. Casting with my RH and cranking with my LH has always felt natural.

To sum it all up...do what it takes to enjoy the sport, and feels comfortable to you..

Tight Lines All!  

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Personally I have about a 50/50 mis of lefty and rightys . i find that in flipping situations that a lefty helps, not having to switch hands before reeling, for those instanious bites when the bait hits the water. As for other situations i found that switching helps fatigue.

my .02

Jason

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I use both RH and LH baitcasters.  Can't say that it matters to me very much for plugs, s'baits, etc.  I do always flip with my right hand (LH retrieve reel) and always pitch with my left hand (RH retrieve reel).  I am somewhat ambidextrous (sp) as I write right-handed, but I paint left-handed.  Spinning reels--lefthand retrieve only or it gets embarassing.  As was suggested, do what feels good to you.

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When I first started fishing with BC reels, left hand reels were almost imposible to find. So I started using right hand reels and have been using them for over thirty years. Recently I decided that left hand made more sense so I bought one. I was so used to the right hand that I only used it twice before I gave it away. LIke Reel mech said, use what you are comfortable with and will help you catch fish.

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To sum it all up...do what it takes to enjoy the sport, and feels comfortable to you..

I think ReelMech said it all in the quote above.  It would seem more logical to use a left-handed reel if you are right-handed but there are many exceptions.  My right-hand may be dominant in most things but after you do something for a long time with your left-hand it becomes just as proficient as your right, and maybe moreso, if you do the action more with your left-hand.  In third grade I broke my right arm and I kept messing up the cast.  I had it on for three months.  I learned to write left-handed and the writing was just as good as my right-hand.  Regarding the strength of each arm, I've made it a habit to workout steadily over the years so I don't have any problems slinging a rod with either hand.  It all depends on you.  If you start out with a spinning rod you'll probably want a left-handed baitcaster.  If you start out with a spincast reel like I did, you'll probably use a right-handed baitcaster.  I do still use a left-handed spinning reel.  Enjoy whatever brings bass to your boat.

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I was the reverse of Reelmech. I started learning on a right-handed baitcaster and never used a spinning reel till I was 45 years old. Learning to reel with my left hand was new but I was determined to do it and after a year, it finally felt natural. During that year, however I am sure my neighbors on the canal had some good laughs at my expense. That spinning reel sure put up one heck of a fight but I finally subdued it.

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Gotcha. Just wasn't sure how awkward it would be to reel with one hand when using the spinning rod and the other hand when using the baitcaster.

I prefer it that way.a spinning rod has the handle under the reel and it spins in a bigger ark.a baitcaster sits on top of the rod and has a smaller ark.i've tried reeling a left handed baitcaster and it feels retarded.switching hands when casting is no big deal.

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I am left handed so when I used a spinning reel I would switch the handle over to the right side... then when I started using a BC the handle was on the right so it wasn't something I had to "learn" to do... I got a left handed BC and I just couldn't do it so I had to trade it off for a righty.

AL

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I am right-handed, therefore all my casting reels are left-handed.

In this manner, I am able to crank with the same hand I use when spinning,

but more importantly, I am casting and fighting fish with my dominant arm.

Roger

My thoughts exactly, I want my strongest arm, doing the heavy work, especially if you get a big fish on the other end..

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