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I am right hand dominant, and I always use left hand reels. Am I the only one?
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Sep 11, 2021 11:53:59   #
FS Digest
 
I always use my right hand and my right handed friends who fish use right hand retrieves does any other right hand guys use left hand retrieves

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by DarkZero1

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Sep 11, 2021 12:07:39   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
I do for bait casting. Why switch hands?

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Sep 11, 2021 13:20:56   #
bknecht Loc: Northeast pa
 
FS Digest wrote:
I always use my right hand and my right handed friends who fish use right hand retrieves does any other right hand guys use left hand retrieves

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by DarkZero1


Since left handed baitcasters came out I’ve been using them exclusively, have always used left handed spinning reels. My saltwater buddies all have right handed retrieves and it simply feels odd and clumsy for me to hold the rod in my left hand and crank with the right.

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Sep 11, 2021 15:21:19   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
FS Digest wrote:
I always use my right hand and my right handed friends who fish use right hand retrieves does any other right hand guys use left hand retrieves

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by DarkZero1

I do as well for both spinning and baitcasters. Like Spirit says, why switch hands? Comes in handy when setting the hook on reaction strike when flipping.

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Sep 11, 2021 18:13:00   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
Freshwater yes, exclusively. Saltwater, only spinning rods, because most saltwater reels are only available right handed.

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Sep 11, 2021 19:24:12   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
I am right handed as well, but I just picked up a couple LH bait casters and I love them. I didn’t know what I was missing.

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Sep 12, 2021 08:04:47   #
Ben Bragg Loc: Dayton Ohio
 
Just this year I culled the last remaining right hand retrieve bait caster in my bass Arsenal.
All lefties.
Musky rigs are mostly righties.
They don’t offer shimano Calcutta 4000 in LH although I do have a Tranx lefty

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Sep 12, 2021 10:09:21   #
hhager23 Loc: Atlanta, GA
 
bknecht wrote:
Since left handed baitcasters came out I’ve been using them exclusively, have always used left handed spinning reels. My saltwater buddies all have right handed retrieves and it simply feels odd and clumsy for me to hold the rod in my left hand and crank with the right.


Ditto!

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Sep 12, 2021 13:13:17   #
Don Fischer
 
With spinning reels I use left hand reels and casting I use right hand reels. Right hand dominate. Have one left hand casting reel and tried it once. Never tried it again, just didn't feel right!

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Sep 12, 2021 13:20:37   #
Bohanan66 Loc: Ohio
 
OJdidit wrote:
I am right handed as well, but I just picked up a couple LH bait casters and I love them. I didn’t know what I was missing.


Same with me!

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Sep 12, 2021 13:38:02   #
johnlmac Loc: Salem OR
 
My dad was left handed and he always reeled with his right hand and I always reel with my left. I am right handed and I want the weight of fighting the fish in my right hand. It is my strong arm. It is very odd to me that they mostly make reels for left handed people when most people are right handed. Spinning reels are switchable so they can be changed for ether hand.

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Sep 12, 2021 14:25:28   #
CoreG0nUS75 Loc: SE NC
 
In fly fishing and spinning rods, it is traditional for right-hand dominant types to reel with the left hand, For saltwater fly fishing, some of us heed the words of the late Lefty Kreh who advocated reeling with your dominant hand. Some of the big fish in saltwater (red drum, among many) take off when they feel the hook, see the boat or the net or whatever. The fly reel, being direct drive with a very small arc of rotation for the handle,s unlike spinning reels which are geared and have a fairly good swing arc, makes it hard to keep a tight line with a fish that has made a blistering run but has turned to head back toward you. You can reel a lot faster with your dominant hand and stand a better chance of landing a large fish. That’s why I reel right with fly rods and revolving spool reels while going left with spinning gear. Works for me.

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Sep 12, 2021 14:36:13   #
Forestfisher Loc: Kentucky
 
I have always used left-handed spinning reels and just this year changed to left handed bait caster. It seems natural to me holding rod with right hand and retrieving with my left hand. I am right handed dominant.I have noticed in sporting good stores left handed bait casters are a rarity.

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Sep 12, 2021 14:57:59   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Fished that way since I was a kid. First reel I picked was left handed.
Stayed with it. Feels easy like Sunday morning.

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Sep 12, 2021 15:21:55   #
Don Fischer
 
Fishing with spinning reels I use left hand reels and no need to change hands after casting, With casting reels, when I started all I could get was right hand reels so had to learn to cast and change hands holding the rod. Tried a left hand reel and just doesn't feel right with a casting rod! Really don't make any difference which hand you reel with. Your comfortable with it, your comfortable!

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