How to Use a Shimano Fishing Reel

How to Use a Shimano Fishing Reel
Shimano makes a wide variety of spinning fishing reels. This style of reel is an excellent choice for all-around fishing and is easy to use, even for a novice angler. Spinning reels offer ample line capacity coupled with an efficient drag system. The spinning reel's high rate of line retrieval is also handy when using artificial lures. With just a little practice, an angler can become proficient with a spinning reel.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shimano rod and reel Practice lure Small machine nut
  • Shimano rod and reel
  • Practice lure
  • Small machine nut
Step 1
Ensure the reel is tightly anchored to the rod and that the line is snug on the spool. Tie on a practice lure or a small machine nut in the 1/2-ounce range.
Step 2
Grasp the rod with your right hand. Make sure that your index finger is aligned straight above the reel's bail. Reel the handle with your left hand till the lure is about 1-foot from the rod tip.
Step 3
Make sure the "line roller" on the bail is facing straight up. Grasp the line with your index finger and hold against the handle. Use your left hand to open the bail until it locks in place.
Step 4
Cast the spinning reel by raising the rod back over your head, then snapping the rod forward through an arc. Release the line under your index finger when the rod is in front of you. Vary the timing of line release to find what works the best for you.
Step 5
Close the bail with your left hand. Alternatively, close the bail by turning the reel's handle one revolution. Reel the practice lure back in and repeat. Practice until you are proficient.

Tips & Warnings

After you are comfortable casting above, practice side arm casting and flipping.
Be sure the area behind you is clear whenever you cast.


Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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