How to Use Vintage Fishing Reels

How to Use Vintage Fishing Reels
Some fishermen just like the idea of using a fishing reel their father's or grandfather's used. Other anglers use a vintage fishing reel not because they have any particular fondness for or attachment to them, but because a vintage reel is all they have. While basic in appearance, vintage fishing reels can be difficult to operate, especially for beginning anglers.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Use Vintage Fishing Reels

Things You’ll Need:
  • Vintage fishing reel
  • Fishing pole
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing lure
  • Lead weight
Step 1
Attach the vintage reel to a fishing rod. A baitcasting rod, which has a trigger-shaped piece below the reel seat, is best.
Step 2
Tie a lure to the end of the fishing line. It will be easiest to cast a relatively heavy lure, so start off with one that weighs three-eighths ounce or so. If you want to practice casting in the backyard before you head to the water, simply remove the hooks from the lure, or replace the lure with a lead weight.
Step 3
Release the line so the spool will spin. Vintage fishing reels have a variety of release mechanisms, including buttons or bars. As soon as you release the line, place the thumb of your casting hand on the spool to prevent the line from coming off the spool and tangling.
Step 4
Maintain thumb pressure on the spool as you prepare to cast the lure or weight. Swing the rod over your shoulder, then bring it forward in a casting motion. As the rod tip goes beyond the front of your shoulder, let the pressure off the spool to allow the weight or lure to carry the line off the spool. It is a good idea to keep a small amount of pressure on the line throughout the cast.
Step 5
Press down on the spool with your thumb just before the lure or weight hits the water. Failure to do so will allow the spool to keep spinning. But since the lure or weight is no longer carrying line off the spool, the line will simply come off the spool and become tangled.
Step 6
Turn the handle of the vintage reel in a clockwise direction to wind the line in.

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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