There are a couple of basic rules to consider when it comes to purchasing saltwater casting reels for salmon fishing, as well as some characteristics to keep in mind that give these reels an advantage for some anglers. We’ll take a look at first the rules and then the advantages casting reels offer in this article.
The Golden Rules
Anytime you fish in a saltwater marine environment, the effects of the salt water on your gear should be your first consideration. Although casting reels are relatively inexpensive, you still don’t want to have one ruined by corrosion in a short period of time. Also, some of these reels (such as those which incorporate computer chip technology) are not cheap at all, and any angler is going to feel pretty bad about it if a $650 reel stops working after a season or two because of corrosion. Make sure that the reels you are considering has some shielding for its turning parts, methods for keeping out salt and water. Also, the material the reel is made from should be resistant to corrosion; stay clear of most metals and go for plastic, graphite, or stainless steel models.
The second golden rule is to buy a reel with as much line capacity as possible. This will help both in salt and freshwater environments, for when you are fighting a salmon as well as for getting the bait out past the tide line to where the fish are feeding.
Saltwater casting reels for salmon fishing make the job of the angler easier in that they have a gear system which makes line retrieval a lot faster. This is especially apparent when casting reels are compared to gearless center pin models. The tell tale of how fast the retrieval is is in the gear ratio; the higher the number, the more spins the reel takes with a turn of the handle. Lower numbers will mean that you have more drag, which can come in handy when you are fighting a really feisty salmon.
Unlike spin cast reels, a casting reel allows the angler to free spool without messing around with the reel’s mechanisms. More water can be covered when the spool is engaged at the end of the drift, allowing for more drift than on the cast alone.
Finally, in fresh water situations or when fishing from a promontory or other spot along the ocean where backswing is limited, the level wind of the casting reel allows a lot longer cast.
Saltwater casting reels for salmon fishing are largely a matter of angler preference. They have several qualities which may make them more appealing to fishers with a certain style, but it is important that you decide on which features are important to you before making a decision on equipment. In any case, you can’t really go wrong having a few different reels at your disposal for different situations, as long as you can afford it. When the dust settles, adding casting reels or saltwater conventional reels for salmon fishing is just another way to "skin-a-cat."