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Bill Wilcox

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I have always fished left hand wind reels starting out with spinning as a youngster to pinning,then to  fly reels both single hand and double hand,I see no downside to reeling in with your left hand,in fact, I like using my dominant hand for rod and line control..I don't believe I could reel in any faster with my right hand(and that isn't an issue anyway)....I think those that say it's whatever you are used to are bang on!!

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"He takes out two reels one of each gives me the left first and says start winding as fast and as long as you can."

I started reeling left handed when I was introduced to spinning gear about 50 years ago (as I approach 60, that's hard to spit out!). When I started fly fishing, I naturally started retrieving left-handed. After 45 years of left hand retrieve, I am going to assume that I am faster that way... but, I am going to do a little test this week!

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BTW, is there a trick to adding a quote from an earlier post that I am missing> or is it simply "Cut and Paste" (which works just fine).


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Originally Posted by Jim Ray

BTW, is there a trick to adding a quote from an earlier post that I am missing> or is it simply "Cut and Paste" (which works just fine).



Click on the small quote balloon icon in the upper right hand corner of the posted text. This will bring up a window with the quoted text of the submitted post.
Hope this helps.....

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I'm also in the " whatever feels best" camp, but when I switched over to the old Perfects and being unable to find them in lhw I found the switch to rhw quite easy. The one big benefit I did find though was during the swing, holding the rod in the right hand was that the winch's knob was away from my body and clear of snagging on any clothing when a fish would suddenly hit.....god knows I lost a couple that way. I find now a days when I use some of my lhw reels that it feels real screwy and when having to get the line back on the reel quickly its just seems to be a real $hiite show.




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I think it's unfortunate that this almost always becomes a debate of personal preference. The guys that reel one way get offended if someone else thinks it's "wrong ". I think the more accurate terminology is what's more effective ?  I'm only as strong as my weakest link and far prefer to close that gap in every way that I can. I did the same thing when I reeled non-dominant and argued endlessly for my " right " to do so. My sole regret is that I wasted all the time I did defending the less effective action. I reel with my dominant hand now and to be fair for awhile it felt like a monkey screwing a football. Some days I redefined awkward. But it's smooth now and I've absolutely no doubt that I made the correct choice.
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Why can't it be about personal preference or why does it have to be about what is most effective? Some people don't care what's most effective and others only want to do what is the most effective.

I don't think there is a right answer on topics like this. There is only a right answer for each person answering the question for themselves. I can't see anyone getting offended because some of us do things different then the rest.

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I'm with Poppy on this one. What difference does it make which hand you use. You use the one that feels natural to you.
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Speaking for me and me only...all the various points are valid for some and not all.

I do both.  It really isn't a big deal...however I prefer using my dominant arm to play fish.  If I were into (rather than casually a couple times a decade) Tarpon or big blue water species I would probably switch so my casting arm isn't bearing the brunt of playing the beasts.  Otherwise my left hand winds a lot faster and smoother than my right.  Horses for courses...
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It doesn't make any difference, in terms is someone right or wrong.  But, as I get older, I'm looking for any advantage I can get to extend the years of enjoyment I can get out of this great sport.  I'm looking for the reasons people reel as they do.  A couple of the posts have given me a way of checking out my own personal strength and dexterity.  For all the people who reel both ways, great!  For all those who feel strongly about how they reel, I'm happy for them.  And, this topic has given me some things to try for my my own edification.  What else could I ask for.  Thanks to all who shared.    
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Leo Moore almost said what I am going to say. The best reason I have heard for reeling with the dominant hand has nothing to do with reeling -- it has to do with the take. If you cast right and reel right, or cast left and reel left, when holding the rod on the swing the reel handle faces AWAY from your body. When the fish takes and the reel spool starts to spin, the handle will not get caught in your clothing, something that has happened to me on more than a few occasions. When this happens the leader can easily be broken.

Having said all this, i have to admit that i still cast right and reel left. I have, however, bought a couple of right hand wind reels to give change a chance.
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Originally Posted by Poppy Cummins
Why can't it be about personal preference or why does it have to be about what is most effective? Some people don't care what's most effective and others only want to do what is the most effective.

I don't think there is a right answer on topics like this. There is only a right answer for each person answering the question for themselves. I can't see anyone getting offended because some of us do things different then the rest.



I am also in the "camp" says what is right for you, is right for you. But I really do not care a lot about what other people think about my casting and reeling, I am only on the river for two reasons-the first is to enjoy my day outside and two-I may even get a grab.
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i have enjoyed this debate over the years on many different forums.
it reminds me of goulash.

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There is a the saying "Every body suits them self " that's what the old lady said when she kissed the Cow. Something my Grand Mother always use to say, and she was an avid fly fisher of cane.
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This is a rather moot question same what is best knot for the fly? There is no better way! Only personal preference.
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Another in the "switch" camp.  Always reeled LH, felt great, still does.  But like others, began collecting/using old Hardys, and gave up finding any in LHW.  I thought it best to convert completely, rather than going back and forth.  RHW feels ok now after a few years, but the "natural" inclination remains LH.  But have too much invested in reels these days to return.
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