Fishing is one of America's favorite pastimes. There are different types of fishing, each one suited to different locations and different types of people. There is deep sea fishing for the thrill seekers. Creek fishing for the leisurely type. Carp fishing for those who like a fight. Something for everyone. Each type of fishing requires its own special equipment, rods, reels, line, hooks, bait. There are different types that are chosen not only by the type of fishing but also by preference. Also, within each type of fishing, there are subsections for different species of fish. Each species requires slightly different equipment. One of the goals of any fisherman (or fisherwoman) is learning the best equipment to use in any fishing situation. Also, most people who fish tend to have a large collection of various rods and reels for different fishing situations. Unfortunately for many, good fishing equipment is often expensive. Therefore, it can take an incredibly long time to build up a decent collection. It also means that some will have a difficult time affording even one set up. Thankfully, many companies are starting to realize that not everyone affords their products and are taking the opportunity to create good products for a smaller price. Of course, not every cheap product is going to be worth your time or money to bring home. Sometimes, cheap is just that, cheap. The goal is to determine which is which so that you have had decent equipment without paying through the nose. Here, you will find a host of information on how to find the best fishing reels on a budget.
First, it is important to note that, just like all other fishing equipment, there are quite a few different varieties of reels. Depending on your preferences and what you are fishing for, you may be looking for the best spinning reels or the best-closed face reel or any other variation. Before you foray into searching for a good budget reel, you first need to know what type of reel you need. Each one has a specific intended use. If you are new to fishing and therefore unfamiliar with what type of reel you need, the best place to start is with a little research. There are many books, magazines, and websites on the topic of fishing, but none of that can take the place of simply asking someone with experience for advice. Of course, not everyone will have someone in their life that they can ask. This is where all of those research tools come in. If you are interested in reading some books on the topic of fishing, always start with your local library. That way, you can try several different books without worrying about the expense. If you find a book that is of particular interest, you can then look into purchasing it. Depending on how much information you need, it may take reading multiple books to get the answers that you need. If you prefer, you can also check the internet which contains information from many different sources including books, company websites, professional blogs, television shows, personal YouTube channels, and much more. If you choose this method of research, you will have all of the information that you need, all you have to do is sort through it until you find what you need. If you are looking for a great deal of information, all you have to do is decide where to start.
Once you know what type of reel to look for, it will be far easier to narrow down your search and find an excellent budget reel. There are a few things to look for when choosing a reel, these things are important regardless of whether you are looking for a budget reel or an expensive reel. One thing to consider is spool capacity. Your needs in this area will be largely determined by the size of the line you intend to use. The size and type of line will be determined by the type of fish you are going after. Bigger fish equals bigger, sturdier line. Smaller fish equals a smaller line. Every reel will have a specified line capacity, both line size and how much line the reel can hold at any given time. Generally speaking, most reels can handle the next size up or down from the recommended size, but doing this is not generally a good idea. Certainly, it will not be recommended by any company although some fishermen may advise using a specific size regardless of what is recommended by the manufacturer. You will have to use your own judgment on this, but be prepared for the potential consequences if you choose to use a different size line on your new reel. When it comes to shopping on a budget, there are a few things that you do not want to compromise, and appropriate spool capacity is one of them.
Another consideration is an adjustable drag. If you are not familiar with the term, it refers to a mechanism inside of the reel that controls friction. This allows you to adjust the line resistance which is the force required to pull line from the reel. Being able to adjust the level of drag will allow you to use different line weights and use different fishing maneuvers. Drag is incredibly important and adjustable drag is even better. Obviously, quality is always going to be recommended when it comes to drag options, but it is entirely possible to get excellent quality from a budget reel if you choose your product carefully. You want your reel to work smoothly, you do not want it to catch or fail when you need it most. A's for smoothness, you can pick up most reels in store and turn the handle to get a feel of how smooth it is before committing to purchase it.
When looking for a budget reel, there are a few names that you should look for. This includes Abu Cardinal, Pfluger Trion, Shimano Sienna, Pfluger President, and Daiwa Laguna. All of these reels can be purchased brand new with price ranges between $30 and $40. They are all from the top of the line companies. Many of these are spinning reels which are often a good choice for beginners anyway. Also, consider buying used or refurbished. Some of the older reel models will hold up better than almost anything currently in production. Also, many people do not want the older models and will sell them incredibly cheap.