From the serenity of a farm pond, to the waves of a rushing river or even bigger waters, the adventure of freshwater fishing is relished by many anglers and having the right instruments greatly increases the chances of enjoying the adventure.
A good freshwater fishing reel and an equally good rod is the foundation for successful freshwater fishing. Although the definition of a good fishing reel would at the end of the day be subjective, factors such as target species, the method of fishing and experience of the angler are universally considered.
The major difference between saltwater and freshwater reels lie in the nature of the water. Salt is very brutal to metals and as a result reels used for saltwater fishing must be specially made from corrosion resistant materials to ensure longevity.
Freshwater is however, more forgiving and materials such as steel can be used in the construction of freshwater reels. Freshwater reels are also expectedly cheaper when compared to saltwater reels because they need not made from heavy duty materials.
The major downside of freshwater reels is that using them for saltwater fishing makes them vulnerable to corrosion. Saltwater reels on the other hand can be used for fishing on freshwater without having any detrimental effect on the lifespan of the reel.
Examples of Freshwater Reels
This is a spinning reel featuring an all metal body and a carbon drag system facilitating a smooth fishing experience. The reel is equipped with six stainless steel ball bearings making it durable and stable. The body is constructed from both graphite and aluminum making it lightweight and corrosion resistant. The maximum gear ration is however low compared to high-end reels.
The reel is lightweight and with a maximum drag of 15 pounds, it is not short on the performance front. The graphite construction serves to provide considerable strength and durability. The reel is versatile, accommodating a wide range of rods.
KastKing Sharky II
The upgrade on the first edition lives to its billing. The reel boasts a lighter machined aluminum spool and a high quality 10+1 MaxiDur ball bearing. The shaft is constructed from stainless steel making the reel durable and the price is pocket friendly.
For your freshwater angling, these freshwater reels are the ideal choice.