- Elite Angler
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- Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:16 am
- Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Sure it felt odd as hell setting the hook, reeling the fish in at first. But I just fished with that reel for a few outings only and became comfortable with it. Now the lefties feel totally 100% natural and I love not switching hands, especially when it comes to pitchin.
I think too many give up on using a lefty within the first small window of time due to it feeling so foreign. They don't give it an honest go. Those that put the time in and preserver wish they would of done it years ago
I like being ambidextrous and being able to use either. As I mentioned it really helps to lesson fatigue being able to switch off which side I'm holding the rod in.
- Pro Angler
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- Joined: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:38 pm
- Location: san francisco east bay area
i bought a right handed reel at one time just to see. i couldn't do it. reeling was fine but my left side was too weak and uncoordinated to control the rod when i hooked into a fish. still, i'll probably pick up another righty soon to give my right side a rest. my right shoulder has been bothering me more and more lately.
Accuracy, power and coordination are going to be better with you dominant hand. Who cares about turning a handle. I want to cast, flip, pitch, thumb spool, feel line, set, control, swing, and repeat with my dominant hand. It's wired a little bit better to your brain than the other.
As with froteur, I also grew up using spinning reels with my left hand. When I made the move to using baitcasters it only seemed natural to use a baitcaster with my left hand. I also tried using a right handed baitcaster and I wonder why anyone would want to fish that way... it was so awkward, at least for me.froteur wrote:i am a natural righty but, when i got into baitcasters, the woman at the tackle box recommended lefty since i had fished spinning reels that way all of my life. it felt 100% comfortable from the very beginning. the side benefit was not having to switch hands when pitching, flipping and, especially when punching.
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Oddly enough, pitching/flipping/casting jigs and plastics was the primary reason I made the switch and it took the most work to become comfortable doing. I missed quite a few fish in the early days after making the switch due to the awkwardness of the new feeling, but now it's second nature. I can hardly stand fish a RH reel with a jig or worm anymore...
however, i do feel that there is some seriously goofy terminology at work here. let me explain:
when a person is right handed, he or she does things best with said hand. whether using a phone, changing the channel with the remote, using scissors, throwing a ball, turning a wrench, etc., this right handed person clearly does things better with the right hand as opposed to the left. and vise versa for lefties.
why then is a right handed reel held in the left hand? it does seem inverted, if you are right handed all your life, why is it considered natural to use a right handed casting reel (handle on the right) in the left hand?
casting, flipping, pitching, walking the dog, fighting a fish, etc should all be done with your dominant hand and arm. ergo a truly right handed reel should have the handle on the left side, allowing you to cast, twitch, hook-set, and fight fish with your most coordinated side, your right side. a lefty reel should be held in your left hand, retrieved with your right.
that being said, i am exceptionally coordinated with what are called RH casting reels. but occasionally you would see me have something that looks like a conniption fit when im worm fishing and try to set the hook. perhaps i should try a lefty....