Steelhead Rod and Reel Combos
If you are new to steelhead fishing, the combo is a great way to start because the manufacturers have matched the right reel with the right rod. They usually even put the right line on the reel for you. As a novice angler you will not have to worry about balancing the reel to the rod, you are assured of a perfect match.
Having the right balance to your rod is an important step to being a successful steelhead angler. You are going to be using your rod all day and if it is not balance correctly you will not only find your self fighting the rod and reel you are going to tire out faster whether you are catch fish or not.
All you need to do is determine the type of fishing that you want to do and then find the combo that best suits your needs. The combo rod and reel packages are available from the ultra-light outfits to the heaviest of rod and reels on the market today. Decide on whether you are going to fish the bigger rivers or smaller steams, if you are going to be fishing from a boat or from the bank and find the combo package to fit those needs.
For some one who is thinking about starting steelhead fishing or for the experienced angler that is looking to purchase a spare rod and reel, the combo is an excellent choice. You will find combo rod and reel in all three types. Here are some recommend combos that will be great for the beginning or expert angler.
Spinning Rod and Reel
The spinning fishing reels are an open-faced reel. Your line is released from a stationary spool by flipping a bail wire, a piece of metal wire across the spool called a bail. This stationary spool keeps the line in place and helps prevent snarls and tangled line.
The weight of your lure or bait is what propels the line forward when casting. Spinning reels can handle smaller baits lures, or weights. However, today’s spinning reels are designed for use on the lightest to some of the heavier fish such as the steelhead and salmon.
The spinning reel comes in either a left or right hand retrieve, or some are adjustable for either hand.
Spinning reels use an anti-reverse, a simple mechanism you can set to keep the reel from turning in reveres. The anti-reverse lock is usually a lever mounted on the gear housing cover or the back of the reel. This keeps your line from spooling off once you get a strike from a fish. It prevents the reel handle from turning in reverse when you hook a fish and it runs or when you are trolling. This simple to use lever can be easily tripped on or off allowing you control of your line when releasing for trolling and then tripped while waiting for a fish to strike. Automatic anti-reverse requires no manual settings this type of reel will not spin backwards.
The spinning reel is widely used among steelhead anglers as it allows you to switch for the heaviest of baits to the lightest and still be able to cast well.
Casting Rod and Reel
The baitcasting reel sometimes called a levelwind reel may be the most preferred type of reel by experience steelhead anglers under most fishing circumstances today.
Baitcasting reels work with the weight from the bait or lure. This weight pulls on the line and turns the spool, as the spool turns it releases more line. The heavier the lure is the longer the cast can be.
With practice, this style of reel also will allow you to cast more accurately.
The more experienced anglers typically prefer the baitcasting reel. This is even more so when using heavier lures and lines designed for the bigger fish.
Most baitcasting reels now incorporate a break system designed to adjust the resistance or drag on the spool. This is what is called an anti backlash system, these system can be either mechanical or magnetic. They allow you to adjust how much resistance is placed on the spool to pull the right amount of line off the spool when casting. They come with either a star drags or a simple drag knob which is used to set the drag for fighting the fish.
You can also select a baitcasting reel for your style of fishing offshore reels are designed to fight large fish from a boat
Trolling reels allow you to drag live bait or a lure as you troll in a boat and are available in a wide range of sizes.
Casting reels give you the benefit of precision casts. The casting reel comes in two casting styles, pitching to cast overhead or sidearm, and flipping to cast underhand in tight situations such as underneath tree branches.
Spincasting Rod and Reel
Spincasting reels are closed-faced, and combination of spinning and casting reels. The spool remains stationary until you use a thumb button to cast. When you release the button, your line is free to spool off when casting.
The ease of use makes the spincasting reels the best choice for beginners. Their ease of casting and their reliability is what makes them such a good choice for the beginning angler. With so few bells and whistles that can cause problems while you are fishing.
The spincasting reel does have a more limited line capacity the other types of reels. However, you can still find models that will handle the light to medium fish.
The spincasting reel is an excellent choice if you are thinking of getting a reel for the young angler. With a spincasting reel, the young or inexperience angler will be spending more time fishing and less time trying to figure out how to use the reel.
Purchasing a steelhead rod and reel combo will give you the best value for your money. Like anything else, the more features in a combo, as well as the more quality components, the more you can expect too pay. A good combo, though, will provide a lifetime of fun and excitement.
Steelhead, Salmon and Trout Fishing has been a passion of mine since I was a young boy. Most of my free time was spent on lakes and streams here in the northwest, and I have picked up on some interesting facts about fishing for these species over the last 45 years. I would like to share them with you through articles and at my websites I hope you find them helpful and enjoyable. So please stop by check out some information or just stock up on your fishing gear. Hope to see you on the river! RR Smith
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