Let’s Get Reel: The Different Types of Fishing Reels

Types of Fishing Reels used by Anglers

On a quest to replace my fishing gear, I started looking into the different types of fishing reels available and what their functions are. In doing the research I found four types of reels: Spincasters, Spinning, Baitcasters, and Fly reels. And with this information, I created a post on my findings.

Typically rods and reels are sold as combos, however, if you want to build your own outfit you need to realize that each type of reel is designed specifically for varying types of fish.

A reel, its the cylindrical device attached to a rod, used to contain the line on a spool. The reel allows for casting and retrieving the line after the cast was made.

No reel can be used for any type of fishing as they are designed with a specific use. You wouldn’t want to use a spincast reel to go deep-sea fishing, it’s just not designed for that kind of extreme fishing.
I will explain to you the four different types of reels available as well as the other variations, it’s really not as difficult as you may think.

But first, knowing the species of fish available in the area you want to explore helps to decide the reel for the job. What sort of bait or lures will you be using? Typically, bait casters pair up well with heavier lures, while spinning reels work best with small lures and bait.

The Different Types of Fishing Reels

Baitcasting Reels

Baitcasting reels (conventional reels) are used more by experienced or seasonal pro anglers wanting better control and accuracy. They require a lot of experience and skill, and without practice, you may write off the sport of fishing forever. One day soon I will venture out of my comfort zone and try my hand at a baitcasting rod & reel combo. That should be interesting!

Experienced anglers love the strength, durability and accuracy baitcasters offer allowing them to target the larger, powerful species of fish most desired.

Baitcasters do require a lot of patience, operating these types of reels is more of a manual process. You control the release of the line with your thumb using the right amount of pressure on the spool.

The risk of backlashing and knotting (birds nest) is eminent if the reel is not controlled effectively. The Shakespeare Ez Casting Rod & Reel Combo features a revolutionary anti-backlash system to take the fear out of baitcasting for beginners.

The Different Types of Fishing ReelsSpincasting Reels

When I was a young girl, I remember having a fishing pole. I didn’t know what type it was because I was just interested in catching a fish.  Now I know it was a spincast reel. They are still popular with little kids today with cute character designs such as Mickey Mouse, or Buzz Lightyear making them a must-have for your little fisher(man/gal). The spin casters are easy to use and inexpensive for first-time anglers getting started in the sport of fishing.

However, a disadvantage of a spin caster reel is that they are really small when it comes to the amount of line it can hold. They are not sturdy enough to catch the larger species of fish such as bass or tuna. The test line compacity is small in weight, only allowing to catch smaller fish.


The Different Types of Fishing Reels

Spinning Reels

Not to be confused with the Spincast reels which are close-faced, the spinning reel is an open-faced reel with a stationary spool. The benefit to a stationary reel stops the line from uncoiling once the cast is completed. This prevents birds’ nests and backlashes that can happen with a bait caster. This is a favorite among beginners of all ages, as it is much easier to handle.

Aside from the Spincaster reels, I used as a child, the one I use mainly now as an adult is a spinning reel. I love how easy it is for me to use and how versatile it is for either lake or beach fishing. It’s a reel that is used most often by beginners or by anglers who want to change it up sometimes.


These reels can be affordable depending on the type you purchase. For instance, KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels is a very inexpensive option for the novice angler paired up with a KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rod. You can create this outfit under $100 on Amazon.

I know from experience with using a spinning reel that when you cast out your line, your index finger holds the line up against the underside of the rod, then releases the metal bail upwards. As you cast overhead, you release your finger at the right moment (a little before the rod is over top of your head) for the line to cast out. By flipping the bail down it locks the line in place, allowing the line to be reeled back in.

A variation of a spinning reel is an offshore spinning reel. These are primarily used for deep-sea fishing for the large saltwater species like amberjacks, marlins, tuna, dolphin, and tarpon. Once when only (conventional) bait casters were used for fishing the deep blue sea, these offshore spinning reels can take the beating just like its counterparts.




The Different Types of Fishing Reels

FlyFishing Reels

The main purpose of a fly reel is to store and retrieve the fly line and backing. They can be used in both saltwater and freshwater. There are three types of fly reels; single-action, multiplying, and automatic.

Single action Fly reels make one revolution for each complete turn of the handle. They are lighter than the other style reels and have interchangeable spools. The downsize is the retrieval rate is poor when bringing in large, and very strong-swimming fish.

Multiplying type of reel has a spool that turns multiple times for each revolution. The line recovery is quicker than the single-action reels. The downside is the cost and there is not much of a selection to choose from.

Automatic is a style of the reel that is activated by a lever, it uses a spring tension devise to retrieve the line back into the reel. This type can retrieve the line back into the reel much quicker than its counterparts. This one has been known to have a reputation for being beginners gear. The bad part about these types of reels is that they are bulky and heavy and lack an adjustable outgoing drag.

When pursuing fly fishing you will want to be sure that you have a reel that is made to protect against the saltwater. Such as fully sealed carbon-to-stainless drag that is impenetrable against water, sand, and grit. Purchasing a reel under $50 is just setting you up for a disaster if you plan on fly fishing a lot. Generally, if you are wanting to make fly fishing your passion, investing in a premium reel will give you years of life with your reel. The Piscifun Crest Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel would be a great option as it comes highly rated and is a top pick as seen in the reviews. Paired with the Pascifun Sword Graphite Fly Fishing Rod, your sure to have a great experience. For those who don’t need a high-quality fly reel, there is the Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel that can also pair up with the same Sword Graphite Fly Rod previously listed. Piscifun offers a lifetime warranty for all Crest Fly Reels.



Centerpin Reel

A variation of the Fly Reel is a Centrepin, or (centerpin). Manufactured in the early 1800’s they were more of an adaptation of the fly reel called Nottingham Winches. They are simply a spool to hold the line on a shaft and have absolutely no drag. system. More details about the centerpin can be found here.








Best Rod and Reel for Saltwater Fishing: The top 5

Best Rod and Reel for Saltwater Fishing: The Top 5



When I had relocated back to Florida Last year, I realized that I had left my only two spinning combos behind. With that, I’ve been on a hunt to replacing them and have been researching different types of rods and reels available. Now before, I just bought any kind fishing combo that looked nice to me not knowing the first thing about them. Since I have done some research, I am better equipt to make a choice on what I need.

I’ve decided to create a post on the best rod and reel for saltwater fishing I found and to share them with others who may be interested in fishing for the first time or someone who may want to update their collection. As I mentioned before, I am an amateur angler and whatever I learn about this sport I will share my findings with you here. Please come back from time to time and see how I grow this website. I will be offering some goodies free in the near future for all of my readers, so come back soon.

I had researched 5 different rods specifically for saltwater fishing and I was very pleased with my findings. I have made my choice and will reveal my chosen one here in just a bit. Please note that the combos presented here can also be used in freshwater applications too.





Amazon’s Bestseller

Best Rod and Reel for Saltwater Fishing: The top 5



The all-purpose spinning fishing combos: R-spider DL fishing rod combos is a great choice for everything from lighter freshwater to medium saltwater fishing applications.

Ideal for gamefish including freshwater fish like bass, walleye, and trout as well as popular inshore species like redfish, speckled trout and flounder.

Included in this kit are one telescopic rod, one reel and an assortment of artificial bait, jigs, and a spool of braided line.


The telescopic rod is constructed with carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass making it strong and heavy-duty, thus allowing for greater sensitivity.

The guide (rings) and the nylon reel seat are made with stainless steel allowing it to handle the corrosive elements of ocean fishing.
The rod is very portable when closed up together making it easy to carry with you in your bag or your glove box.

EVA knob makes it non-slip and more comfortable for those long days of fishing. It is very portable and lightweight, easy to travel within your car or luggage to your favorite fishing holes.


The reel is lightweight with a fiber-reinforced graphite body and rotor. It has a gear ratio of 5.1:1 and with a 12 ball bearing and +1 instant anti-reverse bearing allows for smooth and consistent movement.

To prevent the line from slipping, the spool is constructed with a machined aluminum carbon fiber drag system to deliver consistent pressure.

The Sougayilang fishing rod combo comes with a telescopic rod, spinning reel, and a carrier bag that great for storage and carrying.

You can find the Sougayilang combo on Amazon for $58.99.



Plusinno combo


Plusinno Rod and Reel Combo

The Rod

This telescopic rod is constructed using a high-density carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass making it durable and strong.

The handle uses EVA fore grip for comfort and stability allowing more control.

The reel seat is stainless steel and anti-corrosive against saltwater fishing elements. Gear ratio of 5.2:1 with a large aluminum spool.

Instant anti-reverse: power drive gear equipped for high strength when reeling in those fighting fish.

The Reel

Plusinno reels are made with CNC machine cut collapsible handles. The standard 12+1 ball bearings are corrosion resistant against the saltwater elements.

This full kit is perfect for the beginner angler without the confusion of the type of gear needed to enjoy a day of fishing. Fits perfectly in your car, backpack, or boat, unlike the non-collapsible rods that can become tangles easily.

You can find the Plusinno Rod and Reel on Amazon for $39.98.





Daiwa presso 4pk rod

Amazon’s Choice

Daiwa Presso Ultralight Pack Spinning Rod 4-piece.

First, understand that the review for the Daiwa is a 2-parter. The rod and reel are separated in this review but are compatible.


The Daiwa spinning rod is compatible with the Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reels mentioned next. They are super lightweight and shock absorbing to handle strong fish on ultra-fine lines.

Daiwa has created the lightest and highly sensitive rod in the range of weight. Making it the lightest spinning rod option for the traveling angler.

The rods are constructed with 4 pieces IM-7 Graphite giving them strength and durability to handle even the feistiest fish. It’s great for catching light to medium-sized fish.

Collapsing and reassembling the Daiwa Presso rods are very simple and convenient to pack into your backpack and head off to a new favorite fishing destination.

The Presso Pack rod breaks down into 4 sections making for easy storage and transport to your next fishing destination. Its constructed with IM-7 graphite ensuring optimal strength and durability and can take a beating day in and day out.

The handle has a comfort grip made of cork to ensure proper grip and avoidance of slipping out of your hands when in battle.

There is a semi-hard travel case for ease of transport and protection of the rod. Unfortunately, the reel is not included (purchased separately) and so the case may not hold the reel too.

You can find the Daiwa Presso Ultralight Pack Spinning Rod on Amazon for $57.50.





Daiwa Revros Spinning reel

Amazon’s choice

Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reels 

The Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reels are much easier on the wallet. The reel is lightweight, rugged and may be perceived like it is a high-end costly reel.

In fact, it is weighted and performs much similar to those costing $600 or more, the composite material gives you that feel without it breaking the bank.

The handle of the reel is pre-equipped with a machined aluminum handle giving it the smooth flowing of power to the main gear. Revros employs an “Air Rotor” design weighing up to 15 percent less than ordinary rotor designs and with its unique shape, the weight of the reel is distributed evenly for maximum strength.

The light composite housing greatly improves the strength to weight ratio while still providing a solid framework for the powerful gearing. This lightweight and tough reel lets a fish take off with the bait while feeling little to no resistance.

You can find the Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reel on Amazon for $39.95.





Ugly Stik GX2 Combo


Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Combo

The Shakespeare UglyStik GX2 spinning combo offers a better balance for a lighter feel.

Constructed with the lightweight combination of graphite and fiberglass giving this rod more sensitivity along with strength and durability.

Combined with a highly durable Shakespeare fishing reel makes this a great combo for new anglers alike.

The Rod

UglyStik rod is made with graphite and fiberglass, the sturdy but flexible rod can handle any fishing conditions its put up against.
Ugly tuff guides are constructed with stainless steel to eliminate the rings from breaking off. The guides can be used with the strong braided line or fluorocarbon, and mono fishing lines.

The tip-top is designed for extra strength and added sensitivity, detecting even the faintest nibbles perfect for when those sneaky fish like to tease you.

The grips are constructed with the same EVA material ensuring durability and ergonomic comfort all day with a modern look. Ensuring you have a great experience, the grips are balanced to improve range of motion and assist to keep fatigue to a minimum.

The Reel

Delivering smooth and powerful performance the UglyStik’s spinning reel with its ratio of 5.2:1 is dependability you can trust for years.
Constructed with machined double-anodized aluminum spool and oversized compression bail springs, the 4 ball bearings help ensure smooth operation and delivery of near-instantaneous hook sets.

You can find the Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning on Amazon for $49.99.

This one is my choice, however, I prefer the one aesthetically pleasing model for women such as The GX2 spinning combo.




KastKing Brutus Spinning Combo

KastKing Brutus Spinning Combo.

Here’s a combo that is Brute tough and durable but lightweight enough to handle extreme fishing conditions, if your an angler who likes to test the limits. With a graphite frame, hard fighting fish don’t stand a chance against this beast.

The Rod

The KastKing rod features a strike-tip designed for early strike detection during dim light conditions.
The rods come in lengths from 5’ to 7’ long and has a power rating of light to medium-heavy.

Along with a durable lightweight rod, Brutus components are just as durable. Only using stainless-steel running line guides, framing the rod with corrosion-resistant rings for saltwater fishing.

The Brutus rod handle is cushioned sufficiently for your all-day-long fishing adventures. With EVA material for the grip and foregrip, It is easy to clean, durable and does not break or crack when under extreme temperatures. Giving you the best leverage for landing large fish.

The tip-top guide ring is made with Zirconium Oxide ideal for braided, fluorocarbon, and mono fishing lines.

The Reel

The spinning reel seat is kept firmly in place under heavy pressure due to the graphite material it encompasses.
The Brutus spinning reel is composed of CNC aluminum spool, 4+1 performance bar bearings with a strong, yet lightweight graphite frame, rotor, and handle, for a smooth powerful drag and perfectly matched to fit the rod.

With a ratio of 5.0:1, the Brutus spinning reel performs comparably well to other top-notch valued reels without the huge ticket price.

Featuring a zinc alloy main gear and a brass pinion gear gives this reel durability and less noise. With a remarkably smooth, adjustable, multi-disc drag system that delivers up to 17.5-pound run-stopping drag power. Also, with an instant anti-reverse bearing for quick hook sets, you are sure to land a fish.

Reliability You Can Trust – You can count on the NEW KastKing Brutus spinning reel to be ready to fish when you are. KastKing is committed to building trouble-free spinning reels that will deliver hassle-free performance year after year.

You can find the KastKing Brutus Spinning on Amazon for $49.99.



I hope you enjoyed my review of the best rod and reels for saltwater fishing. If you have any comments or anything you would like to add, please leave a comment below, thank you.

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What are the different types of fishing rods?- One for every day of the week.

This is a brief summary of the different types of fishing rods available along with some interesting information as to how fishing became a sport.


How it all started

The earliest known writings about the sport began in Fourteen ninety-six. A noblewoman and prioress of the Sopwell Nunnery, Dame Juliana Berners, wrote: “Here begynnyth a treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle.” Her book was very comprehensive in the how-to and etiquacy of field sport and virtues of environmental preservation. These concepts would not be commonly accepted for hundreds of years after the publication.

Many different types of fishing rods and reels have evolved from the ideas and concepts written in Berner’s publication.

Amateur or seasonal anglers have a multitude of destinations to choose from. Places such as on the lake in the summer to ice fishing that same lake in the winter. Fishing from the shoreline of the beaches to fishing off of a boat in the ocean.

The seven types of fishing rods, one for every day of the week


Casting Rods

Baitcaster rod
Caster rod

Casting rods are harder to learn and master and are used mostly by the seasoned anglers. They are available in a multitude of sizes and materials, the modern versions are constructed from graphite, fiberglass, carbon filter or a composition of any two.

The eyelets, also known as, “guides”  and the reel are positioned on the top of the rod versus being underneath the rod just like the spinning rods. With this set up it gives the angler an advantage for smoother and further casting abilities to land the fish. When the fish snags the lure, the line is forced into the rod and prevents the eyelets from breaking due to the force of the fish landing the hook.



Spinning Rods

Spinning rod
Spinning rod

The most common type of rod used is the spinning rod and is a favorite among the novice anglers. They come in various sizes and are comprised of the same material as the casting rods.

With the eyelets and reel positioned underneath, the line easily rolls off the spool eliminating backlashing of the line. Opposite of the casting rod, when the fish snags the bait the line is pulled down onto the eyelets and off of the rod, thus increasing the chance of the eyelets to snap off.

Fly Rods


Fly rods have some similarities to other rods, but no other rod can be used for fly fishing. They are lightweight, thin, and typically made from carbon fiber but some fly rods are made from glass fiber or bamboo. The eyelets are generally smaller and mounted much closer to the blank than the spinning or caster rods are.

The reel sits below the handle which gives the rod its balance to make the whip casting much more balanced.
Unlike bait casters and spinners, the line is not spun back in. Instead, some fly-anglers pull the line off the reel and don’t wind it back in until they are finished fishing for the day.

The handle is almost always made with cork and sometimes with a variety of different colors of burl cork.
The fly rod does not use a lure or weight at the end of the line for the cast like a spinning rod does. Instead, together with a suitable rod and a line (which primarily is used to cast out the very light-weight fly) is the leverage needed.


Ice Rods

Ice fishing rod
Ice rod

Ice fishing rods are much smaller in size than their counterparts and for good reasoning. When fishing through a small 6 to 8-inch hole in the ice, it leaves no room for the regular way of casting a line. Instead, it is dropped down in the hole while you’re sitting only a few inches away from the opening.

There are two types of ice fishing poles: Tip-top and jigging rods.

A Tip-Top pole is constructed from wood or plastic, with a long stick holding a reel with a strike indicator hanging onto a hole. It is spring action when the fish bites the lure and it activates and releases a little flag up in the air. This is quite ingenious, no need to sit and stare at the rod waiting for a nibble. With a tip-up pole, you can go get a drink or use the bathroom without missing the catch.

The second is a jigging rod that looks more like a traditional fishing rod, only shorter (about 2 feet long). To get the fish’s attention, you simply bounce the bait by moving the pole up and down every few seconds.


Surf Rods

Many folks go to the beach for the sun, sand, and swimming in the ocean. While others are there wading out in the water with their surf rods anticipating a great catch.

Surf rods are composed of the same material as spinners and bait casters, they resemble oversized bait casters and spinning rods with longer handles for two-handed casting.

These rods must be long enough to cast past the breaking surf where the fish gather. These rods are typically 10 to 14 feet in length and very sturdy to cast out the weighted lures or bait needed to hold at the bottom of the rough waters. Surf rods are used mostly from the shoreline of the beach.


Telescopic Rods

Designed to collapse down to a shorter length of about a foot and a half, these 20 to 30 foot rods are very easy to transport. These are very popular among surf anglers who typically carry around 12 to 14-foot surf fishing rods.

The telescopic rods are made with graphite, carbon, fiberglass or any combination of the three. The sections of a telescopic rod are designed to fit inside one another. The eyelets on a spinning rod are designed to make the ends of each section stronger to open and close.

Last but not least, (no pun intended)…

Pen Rods

Are similar in design as the telescopic rods that collapses down to a shorter length. These rods are much shorter and can fit in a coat pocket or glove box.
It works just like any other spinning or casting rod. It can extend up to 4 feet in length, with a casting capacity of about 30 to 40 feet.
I think a pen rod is an awesome tool in anyone’s fishing gear. With convenience to transport, you can go fishing anytime or any place when the mood strikes.


As you can see, there are many different types of fishing rods for all types of seasons. Some are small enough to put in your glove box in your car. And others are big for deep-sea fishing.

This is my first blog post about fishing rods. I am at the beginning of my blogging journey and hope you keep coming back to watch my website grow into a professional site. Thank you for visiting my site.


 I hope you enjoyed my article about the different types of rods available and if you have any questions or comments or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment below, thank you.


About Dee

Welcome to “The Big Lure” website

“The Sunshine State,” Florida, has been my home for the past 30 years. I have two beautiful grown children and am the middle child of three, born in New Jersey, and we all currently reside in Lee county.

Florida a great destination where many folks like to vacation and/or come to retire for the rest of their years. There are many gorgeous locations to visit such as Orlando, Palm Springs, and Sanibel Island. Here you can find many sunny places to go fishing and that you’re sure to find your perfect “honey hole.”

Florida’s best known for its beaches and theme parks, including, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Disney World. In my opinion, Saint Augustine is a beautiful place to visit. If you visit ST. Augustine, you must go to Ghosts & Gravestones tour that starts at dusk, it takes you by many of the scariest and most sacred sites including the Huguenot Cemetery that have been known to have apparitions present.

Why this website?

Fishing is my favorite sport and I wanted to educate myself more about it and the types of gear to use. Through researching information about rods, reels, and types of bait, I decided that I would like to share my findings to help others who might feel a little overwhelmed. “There is a lot!” I am by no means an expert in this field, but I do have of passion for fishing.

I have compiled hours of research to learn about the different rods and reels and how they are to be used, where the best work, and which one would be better suited for which locations to fish at.

Whether you are an amateur or an expert in fishing, any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to share your incites and ideas or suggestions with me.


My Goal with This Site

There are lots of fishing rods & reels and many different types of gear to choose from. The purpose of this site is to inform you of the different types available and what applications they work best in so that you can make a well-educated decision on what gear you’ll need for your next/first fishing adventure.

My goal is to present you with an easy to understand resource about the sport of fishing and help you make informed decisions before making a purchase of any rod and reel like I once did.

Please, if you have any comments, suggestions, or corrections I need to be aware of, please let me know. I love constructive criticism.

All the best,