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  • #6177

    Dark Waters
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    I mentioned a while ago that I was trying some right hand wind reels, I’ve gotten pretty used to them, but still have LHW as well and don’t plan on turning those around.

    The one odd thing I didn’t expect is that when pulling line off the reel, the handle (small handles) catches my sleeve as it rotates. Not an issue really, but that never happens LHW.

    Is it just me, or does that happen to other RHW users as well?

    #6178

    Grsdlnr
    Participant

    Not that I can recall.

    #6179

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    Yes. With the way my hand is positioned on the grip (I am right handed) my sleeve is away from the handle on my LHW, but with a RHW, the cuff of my sleeve was always in the way. But If I casted with my left hand, which was and is rare, it was not an issue because the handle was on the opposite side. I only use LHW reels just so I don’t have to fight my gear.

    But let me clarify that no matter what type of reel, I was still casting right handed. I’m not very good at casting with my left. I’m still working on that. But you could try shirts with tighter cuffs so the handles won’t, or shouldn’t grab when stripping line.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by  Scotty MacFly.
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    #6182

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Scotty, it is the same for me, always casting right handed. The sleeves fit and are the right length, one shirt i even roll the cuff up to get the right fit and that catches too.

    Must be one more trick the true RHW guys like Grsdlnr learned to avoid that this natural LHW guy has yet to adjust to.

    I have a 20’s and 30’s Uniqua, and 30’s Perfect on matching era rods, and an LRH with spare spool I lined RHW. Will see if i learn to avoid the sleeve thing after a few months of fishing.

    #6183

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    That is so weird. I just had a thought. Do you place your thumb on top of the grip? If you do, may I suggest placing your index finger on top instead. That will place your cuff on top of the grip as well and not on the side to possibly get caught. Just a quick thought at 5:30 am with no coffee yet.

    #6185

    Creek
    Participant

    I never understood a RH fisherman using a RW reel.

    #6187

    Grsdlnr
    Participant

    Must be one more trick the true RHW guys like Grsdlnr learned to avoid that this natural LHW guy has yet to adjust to

    Could be. I really don’t notice – just muscle memory?

    I never understood a RH fisherman using a RW reel.

    Call me quixotic. Seriously, when I started flyfishing it was with an old RHW only Ocean City reel I found in my late grandfather’s tacklebox in 1967. He never flyfished, so it’s anyone’s guess how it got there. IIRC Orvis and Hardy made reels that were convertible back then but they were out of a 12 year old kid’s price range. I find no disadvantage to RHW, and a few small advantages – besides I’m too damn old to change now.

    #6189

    Creek
    Participant

    I can think of one disadvantage. My right side is much stronger than my left side. I’m very right side dominant. So, if I catch a big fish I want my strong side controlling the rod.

    #6191

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    I agree with Creek. I want the rod in my stronger hand. When I fished conventional gear I fished with right hand reels for a reason I now know is totally bovine scat. But even though I fished those reels, I was never comfortable when I hooked into a big bass or northern pike. I felt I had no control.

    But as for DW’s issue, getting the handles caught in your sleeve when stripping line has happened to me many times till I got smart and switched the reels over to LHW. It only makes perfect sense to cast with the dominate hand and reel with the other, under normal circumstances.

    If you prefer to fish with RHW reels DW, I still say re-position your grip with your index finger on top. Or just get LHW reels and never encounter this problem again and just enjoy your time fishing.

    #6194

    Creek
    Participant

    I always look for the simple solution. If the reel is getting caught in my sleeve. I roll up my sleeve. :)

    #6196

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    It really doesn’t matter if it catches or not, I just thought I would ask if it was common. Something new for us to talk about, etc.

    For me, considering 99% of trout I catch I land them by hand, not on the reel and if I lose a fish learning to do things a different way, I can live with that. Old RHW only reels are far less expensive and far more readily available than LHW so why not?

    Scotty I don’t think I could stand casting with my index finger on top like that. I might have to give up fly fishing all together. Now, that would be a problem. :)

    I am really starting to like Thomas rods. They cast great, and compared to lots of other rods are quite affordable and not so rare. I picked up two 8 1/2 ft. (both made in ’31) and one 8ft (made in ’21) and 3 piece at that. (different for me)

    For this, I blame Scotty for talking about longer rods. 😉

    #6198

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    You’re welcome 😀
    Longer rods do serve a purpose, but not always.

    I understand about the finger thing. It’s not for everyone. I do it from time to time if I really need my cast to be very precise and short. It does feel different.

    I don’t want to hijack DW’s thread, but this does bring up a question I will post later.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by  Scotty MacFly.
    #6205

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    I can honestly say that I cannot ever remember experiencing that DW.

    I will also say that you are one talented “reeler” if you can comfortably switch back and forth between LHW and RHW. I started fly fishing as a LHW guy coming from spinning tackle. But I made the switch soon after to RHW and now….. My left hand is a gimp. Actually I can wind with my left hand just fine, but it sure feels uncomfortable doing so.

    ~ DFG

    #6206

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    DFG,

    I still spin fish (LHW) and baitcast (RHW) so it’s not that much of a stretch. Laying the line on evenly is the biggest challenge, with my left non-dominate hand, but I’ve gotten much better. I also am starting to pick up LHW reels and attempt to put them on backwards.. 😀

    #6207

    Creek
    Participant

    Using them RH is backwards. :p

    Bah! This forum needs more smileys.

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