Advancements in science and technology have benefitted virtually every aspect of human life and the fishing industry is not left behind. In the days preceding the advent of line counter reels, anglers had to measure their casts based on a number of turns made by the spool. Check HERE for the review of the top 10 best fishing reels.
A level wind is when the spool handle is moved from one side to the other and the number of level winds is calculated to have an idea of how much spool has been cast. This process involves a lot of estimation and accuracy is seldom achieved.
Line counter reels are reels that are capable of precisely measuring the length of line cast by the angler when the reel is released. The precision improves the angler’s ability to replicate a cast to an exact measurement, leading to greater accuracy during casting.
The line counter system of reels eliminates all the errors that may arise from the manual method by doing the counting and measuring for the angler. Line counter systems are most useful to anglers with sonar equipment capable of estimating how far the fish is from the boat and for those using the trolling technique of fishing.
Types of Line Counter Systems
Line counter systems could come in manual or electronic forms.
Manual line counter systems
Manual line counter systems record the number of turns made by the spool and compensations caused by variations of spool diameter is compensated for through preset calibrations.
Electronic line counter systems
Electronic counter systems on the other hand, are more advanced and can be calibrated to any line being used. The electronic systems are expectedly more accurate, although the manual systems have the advantage of requiring little or no maintenance and being more dependable. The batteries of electronic systems need periodic replacement and the display screens can develop faults which would be frustrating if you are out on your fishing expenditure already.
Construction Materials for Line Counter Systems
Materials for construction of line counter systems may vary for graphite to cast aluminium or machined aluminium. Graphite line counters are the cheapest although they are also the least durable. Line counter reels made from machined aluminium are probably the best around as they are much more rigid than counters constructed from other materials.
In conclusion, try as much as possible to ensure that the reel you are purchasing has the line counter system that is most suitable for you based on your fishing needs.