Daiwa Saltist Levelwind Conventional Reel - aluminum
"Experience the proven performance of a Saltist reel with the added convenience and efficiency of a levelwind. Enjoy fish-dominating cranking power, a super-smooth multidisc drag that can produce up to 22 lbs. of drag and the pleasantly smooth operation a
Okuma Metaloid 2-Speed Conventional Reel - aluminum
"Built to last, Okumas Metaloid Conventional Reels boast four corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings for smooth performance on the water. Durable 6061-T6 machined-aluminum frame and sideplates as well as a cold-forged, Type-II anodized, machine
Penn Torque Two-Speed Lever-Drag Saltwater Conventional Reels - aluminum
"Torque Two-Speed Lever-Drag Saltwater Conventional Reels from Penn allow you to experience the benefits of a star-drag reel with all of the functionality and fishability of a lever drag. Quick Shift two-speed system easily shifts into high or low gear. O
Penn International VIS Conventional Reel - aluminum
"If fish knew you were using a Penn International VIS Conventional Reel they wouldnt swim anywhere near your line. Good thing for you theyll never know the battle-tested strength you have up your sleeve when the line goes taut and the fight gets fierce. E
Penn International VISX Conventional Reel - aluminum
"Featuring incredibly tough stainless steel gears that have been drilled to reduce weight, Penns International VISX Reels deliver both durability and speed that match the power and quickness of the largest finned predators. Anodized machined-aluminum bodi
PENN Fathom II Levelwind Conventional Reel - aluminum
"Finally, a quality saltwater reel thats never out of service! The Penn Fathom II Levelwind Conventional Reel is the answer to many anglers prayers, because with its Fast Gear Access sideplate, you can quickly service the internals yourself, in just minut
Shimano Talica II Lever-Drag Conventional Reels - aluminum
"Enjoy the castability benefits of a star-drag reel with the Shimano Talica II Lever-Drag Conventional Reel. Lightweight, high-capacity design lets you pitch live bait to distant chum lines with ease, while the Two-speed High Efficiency Gearing (HEG) has
Shimano Torium Star Drag Conventional Reels - carbon
"The compact, rigid and powerful Shimano Torium Star Drag Conventional Reels prove a top choice for live bait, bottom fishing and corrosion-resistant performance in saltwater. At the heart of the reel, the Hagane Body eliminates body flexing and improves
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.