How to Use the Flip Feature on a Baitcast Reel

How to Use the Flip Feature on a Baitcast Reel
The technique of flipping is practiced by many anglers, especially those who fish for bass in heavy cover. Flipping involves specifically placing the bait in a location between weeds, algae, lily pads and other plants covering the surface of the water. Some baitcasting reels are designed with flip switches that allow the bar at the front of the reel to be depressed and the line to spool from the reel. Flipping is an effective technique for large bass, and learning to operate a reel with a flipping switch is worth the effort.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baitcasting reel with flip switch and matching rod
  • Monofilament line
  • Lure or practice plug
Step 1
Slide the flip switch forward. The switch is commonly located on or near the top of the reel. When placed in the forward position, the thumb bar can be used to release line from the spool.
Step 2
Hold the baitcast reel as you normally would with your dominant hand. Position your thumb, so that you can easily press and release the thumb bar. Press down on the thumb bar and release a length of line that is equal to about twice the length of the rod you are using. Raise your thumb to release the thumb bar.
Step 3
Hold the rod so it extends out in front of you. Grasp the line somewhere between the reel and the first line guide. Pull the line down and to your side. This will take up line and cause the bait or practice plug to rise toward the tip of the rod.
Step 4
Raise the tip of the rod slightly to initiate the flipping motion. This will cause the lure to swing slightly back toward you.
Step 5
Lower the tip of the rod and roll your wrist, so the palm of your hand faces toward the target on the water. As the lure moves toward the target, move the hand holding the line closer to the rod and allow the line to move through your hand freely.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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