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Reverse Function On A Fishing Reel... WHY?

Old 02-01-2011, 06:42 PM
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Question Reverse Function On A Fishing Reel... WHY?

Can someone please explain to me what the purpose of spinning the reel backwards is? Up until now, I can't think of a practical reason to have a reverse option on a reel other than to
A) cause huge bird nests
B) have more moving parts that break (and they ALWAYS break)

The reason I'm asking is because I just got a Penn 4500 and a BG20 back from getting the anti-reverse mechanism fixed.


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Old 02-01-2011, 07:00 PM
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Totally agree! Most of the high end big game spinners have no option.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:28 PM
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Totally agree! Most of the high end big game spinners have no option.
Thats how it should be for all of them
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:49 AM
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I beilive it is due to if you are bottom fishing on a boat and it's rough you can keep it on the bottom and move your rod but it still stays on bottom. That is what I was told in the past. Not sure if it's true or not
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over it

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85diver, I could see that. Best explanation so far.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:58 PM
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85diver, I could see that. Best explanation so far.

i still hate em... i can do everything he explained w/o it!!!!
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:36 AM
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I hate them too. My father-in-law was all excited to share something in common with me and he bought himself a little rod/reel combo and told me, "when you come down to florida, I got a new rod and reel and I can't wait for your to show me how to use it."

I said, that's great. we'll start by catching some bass in the golf course ponds or something. So i get down there and his brand new reel is already broken, before line was put on it, because i flipped the anti-reverse from off to on and a pin or something broke and ultimately trashed his new reel.

granted it was a piece of crap to begin with, but do you really think that a beginner fisherman on a $30 reel needs to have the ability to do all the things 85diver was talking about? NO, they don't. they need to cast out and reel in. that's it. So why do these cheap reels even bother having the mechanism? it just causes problems for beginners (and experts alike!)
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over it

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:26 AM
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Default that ### anti-reverse...

A week or two ago I posted something about this topic on another site entirely....

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Like most I never want any reel in my skiff that doesn't have the anti-reverse in the "on" position... and occasionally one of my anglers that comes from a freshwater background will switch it off and things will go very badly if a big fish tries to set that reel on fire. I'm also a guy who repairs lots and lots of reels (many for commercial hook and liners who really take their gear to the absolute limit, and then a bit more...). I can't count the number of reels that I've had to work on that needed that @#%^^ switch and its related parts un-frozen, replaced, repaired, etc. But there is still actually a valid use for it...

If you ever have line get under the spool or wound tightly around places where it's not supposed to be, the ability to switch the anti-reverse off is a godsend. You then carefully pull the line free as you wind the reel backwards until that particular tangle is un-done, then re-engage the thing and wind the line back onto the spool where it belongs. Without the ability to reel in reverse in that situation you're going to get out the nippers and start losing line - and spinners, in particular, just work better when they have all the line they need....

I'm certain that the manufacturers (that are always trying to figure out a way to save a few pennies on each reel they make) will convince everyone that the switch is no longer necessary and just quit using it on any of their designs. I'm not sure that's a good idea, but I'm sure that tons of anglers will never know the difference (unless someone points it out to them...).


hope this helps.
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If possible, I remove the bail closing spring and disable the wind backwards lever on every spinner I get.

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