Conventional saltwater reels for salmon fishing are for anglers with more experience when it comes to fishing; you will need to know what you are doing in order to handle the backlash as well as the variable options that come with a conventional model. Let’s take a look at some areas where a conventional reel will differ for fishing than a spinning reel.
A Quick Word on Salt Water
Saltwater means a lot of corrosion, so make sure that you select a conventional reel that is composed of material resistant to corrosion when you go out looking. Most conventional reels are made from aluminum, but this metal is susceptible to quick corrosion, although it is strong. When you are going after salmon in the ocean, look for a reel made from graphite or stainless steel, both of which are much more resistant to corrosion than anodized aluminum. There should be only one material used in the spool, the frame, the housing, and the bushings or bearings of your reel.
The kind of drag system your conventional reel comes with is going to be a big factor when it comes time to play a salmon. Star drags are pretty simple to operate, but they do not offer the ease of use of a lever drag action. Lever drags allow for a lot more control over the amount of drags; they are geared for precision. Of course, that means you can count on a higher price.
Controls and safeguards
Conventional saltwater reels for salmon fishing are ideally the biggest models that you can find. You want a lot of line capacity on the drum in order to clear tide lines when casting from shore or a dock, and that extra line will come in handy when you are playing a salmon that is making a good run for it; you don’t want to lose a trophy over a lack of line.
One way many anglers control the amount of line they use in a cast, and therefore keep an idea of how much line they can play with while fighting a salmon, is through the use of casting controls. These systems are either magnetic or centrifugal, and also help to control the amount of backlash in a given cast.
Finally, really large conventional reels (and since you are using it for saltwater salmon fishing, yours will be) often come with level wind systems. This mechanisms ensures that the line is retrieved evenly along the spool. They are more convenient than models without the feature, but they also tend to need more maintenance and replacement than reels without level wind capabilities.
There are many different options when you are looking for conventional saltwater reels for salmon fishing, and most of the time the features you want will depend on personal preference. Just keep in mind that these reels are very frustrating for novice anglers, and that to last in salt water environments, they have to be composed of durable materials.