As a beginner angler, one of the things you’ll soon realize is that changing the direction of your fishing reel is a crucial aspect of your fishing experience. Whether you’re catching a fish that’s pulling your line in the opposite direction, or you need to cast your line in a different direction to reach your desired fishing spot, changing the direction of your fishing reel can help you achieve your goal.
There are a couple of ways to change the direction of your fishing reel, but the most common method is to use the reel’s drag system.
The drag system on your fishing reel is responsible for controlling the amount of resistance on the fishing line when a fish bites. This can help prevent the line from snapping, as well as giving you better control over your fishing line.
To change the direction of your fishing reel using the drag system, first, you’ll need to loosen your drag by adjusting the drag knob. Turning it counterclockwise will loosen the drag, allowing the line to come off the spool more easily.
Next, guide the fishing line over the top of the spool and begin to reel the line back in while simultaneously adjusting the direction to that which you prefer. You may need to manually adjust the line guide while reeling to make sure the line is winding on the spool evenly.
Once you have the line at the right angle, tighten the drag by turning the drag knob clockwise. This will increase the resistance on the fishing line, holding it in place and keeping your line tight so you can feel any bites.
Finally, to make sure that everything is set up correctly, test the drag system by pulling on the line slightly to see how it feels. If everything is working correctly, you should feel resistance, but not too much that it would snap the line.
In summary, changing the direction of your fishing reel is simple using the drag system. Make sure to loosen the drag, adjust the line guide, and tighten the drag to the desired resistance before testing to ensure it’s working correctly. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be an expert in changing the direction of your fishing reel in no time!