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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Right or left hand?

Before I learned to fish with a real reel, and by real I mean conventional as apposed to a coffee grinder spinning reel, I reeled with the left hand as that was how they usually came out of the box.

My first baitcasters were right hand reels. I tried a friends lefty and was amazed at how great it felt in my hand. I was able to cast with my right hand, fight the fish holding the rod in my right hand, and never have to switch hands to reel.

I was wondering how many of yoy have the same feelings on thiis. It urks me to watch the bass pros switching hands all the time.

Now that I am returning to fly fishing, do I reverse my reels to the left hand retrieve?

Am I way off base or what?

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It's personal preference. Do some searching and you'll see threads on this exact topic. Have fun!


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Before I learned to fish with a real reel, and by real I mean conventional as apposed to a coffee grinder spinning reel, I reeled with the left hand as that was how they usually came out of the box.

My first baitcasters were right hand reels. I tried a friends lefty and was amazed at how great it felt in my hand. I was able to cast with my right hand, fight the fish holding the rod in my right hand, and never have to switch hands to reel.

I was wondering how many of yoy have the same feelings on thiis. It urks me to watch the bass pros switching hands all the time.

Now that I am returning to fly fishing, do I reverse my reels to the left hand retrieve?

Am I way off base or what?
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If you are facile with your left-hand retrieve, I don't see any problem.

But if you are right handed...as I am...it is hard to retrieve smoothly and quickly with the off hand.

Also, with the right hand uppermost, you tend to hold running line that you intend to shoot in your left hand, and probably on the left hand side of the butt. That means that as the line shoots, coils may be more apt to hang up on a left side handle.

At least, that's what I find when I cast cackhanded.

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I tried going right hand wind years ago because I had some reels that were right hand only. I never liked it and eventually sold all my Rt. hand reels, I cast with dominate Rt. hand whether 2 or 1 handed rod and work the reel spool with my left and drag with the right. After a few decades it seems normal

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I too am right handed. Have always cast with the right and then switched hands with the rod to reel in line or play a fish once on the reel. I am not the most coordinated when reeling left handed...with a fly reel or a bait caster...just can't seem to get a nice coordinated speedy line pick up. To this point I have kept all of my light trout gear in a left hand retrieve as I primarily strip line to land the fish or am not in the same hurry to pick up line that I would be with large fish like a steelhead. For larger fish gear, I have kept everything right hand retrieve in the interest of a speedy line pick up if I have a fish running at me for instance or just need to pick up a bunch of line quickly. I am trying to get to the point of not having to switch hands with the rod so I made the determination that I would need to figure out how to be a bit more coordinated with reeling left handed...quickly. I switched everything over to left and I've been working on it. Feels like dancing with two left feet...but am getting the hang of it. One other point to consider that I remember reading from another thread like this one. If you are right handed and are holding the rod at your right side during the swing and have grab, the reel handle is spinning against your side if it is set up left hand retrieve and there is the possibility of it getting hung up on something versus if the reel is set up right hand retrieve...it's in the clear.

I'm gonna give left handed a try this fall. Will see if I convert back to right hand in the spring!
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I tried going right hand wind years ago because I had some reels that were right hand only. I never liked it and eventually sold all my Rt. hand reels, I cast with dominate Rt. hand whether 2 or 1 handed rod and work the reel spool with my left and drag with the right. After a few decades it seems normal Ard
Hope it doesn't take me a few decades!!!!
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Reeling left was never a question for me. My first rod was a 5 wt and my second was a 13wt. I got in to flyfishing as a big game salt water angler. When the question was asked "left or right" it took 1 second to realize my right arm was my strong arm. (right handed) Therefore, even though I can't pick my nose left handed, I knew I needed my right arm to fight the fish and left to reel.

So, switch if you want, but casting and fighting fish with my right arm has always been the way for me.
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 07:17 PM
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I too am a casting rightie reeling leftie. I cannot get my head around the hand switching when playing a fish. Can't get my hands around it either! Blame my Dad.
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I'm just odd I guess, I reel left handed with all my fixed spool [spinning] reels but right handed with all multiplier [bait caster] & fly reels.
I have done so for the last 40 years and don't imagine I'll change any time soon - whenever I try a right handed spinning reel or a left handed fly reel it's a disaster & a left handed baitcaster is completely impossible for me.
It's probably a hereditary defect......

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Reel in with your weak hand,....hmmmm you will still have to switch hands depending on which side of the river your on.
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I cast right and left - single or two-hand - but I am stronger on the right. For trout, I wind left (the way I got the reels), but for steelhead I wind right as I am able to retrieve slightly faster on the right - a consideration when you have 100+ yards of line and fish downriver.

My wife also casts right and left - but stronger on the left.

I write and golf on the right, switch hit in baseball, hockey play left but have (had) goalie for left and right (never could decide which I preferred). I am just as comfortable fighting a fish in either had and casting on either side, but the deciding factor was that I could retreive a little faster on the right.
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Cast right reel left.(I'm right handed) Never liked or saw the sense in changing hands all the time while growing up gear fishing. I never even thought about reeling any differently fly fishing. As far as fighting a fish goes...how a guy works the rods is much more important than reeling ability in my book.
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I never paid attention that some people switch hands. I cast with my right reel with left, but depending on the situation sometimes cast lefty. I write with my left, but my dominant is my right so It's just natural to me
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Cast Right reel Right with my single handers, cast Right reel Left with my two handers normally but have switched to accomodate conditions.
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I'm right handed but reel with my left, for me it's more natural.
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