Spinning reels are the most popular type of fishing reel and the cheapest.
Using a spinning outfit to chase panfish or other small fish species is the way that most of us get into this great sport.
Tackle Village has assembled a lot of great articles from our writing team on spinning reels, which we’ve summarised on this page.
Spinning Reel Info
We’ve put together a lot of content on choosing spinning reels, using spinning reels and maintaining your spinning reels in great condition. Looked after well, there is no reason why a good quality spinning reel can’t last a decade or more before it needs replacing, particular if it is only used for pursuing freshwater species.
- Spinning reel sizes explained – choose the right size for your style of fishing or species
- How to put line on a spinning reel: Simple Video and Text Instructions
- How to fix a spinning reel that’s jammed or has some other problem
- Spinning Reels with Trigger: Great Beginner Models Reviewed
- Parts of a Fishing Reel: Get to Know Your Gear
- Best Grease and Oil choices for your Spinning Reel
Spinning Reel Reviews
- Shimano Sienna spinning reel review
- Shimano Sedona spinning reel review
- Top reels for saltwater fishing reviewed
- Our best high speed spinning reels reviewed
- KastKing Reels: Are they Any Good?
Spinning Reel Comparisons
- Penn Fierce vs Penn Battle
- Pfleuger Trion vs President
- Daiwa vs Shimano Spinning Reels: Top Japanese Brands Reviewed
- Piscifun vs KastKing Reels: Which Budget Brand is Better?
- Shimano Sedona vs Sahara: How These Top Value Reels Compare
- Where are KastKing Reels Made?
- Where are Piscifun Reels Manufactured?
Spinning Reel Brands
There are an ever increasing number of reel brands on the market these days. In one sense, that’s great for customers as you have more choice than ever before and prices are keep reasonable via intense competition between the main players and through technological advances in manufacturing.
On the other hand, anglers are faced with an almost paralysing amount of choice when it comes to selecting a reel. Our expert writers have put together a lot of content on all the different brands, which you can find via these links below.
- Fishing Reel Brands: Our Verdict on ALL the Top Reel Manufacturers
- Where are Daiwa Reels Made?
- Where are Pflueger Reels Made?
- Where Are Abu Garcia Reels Made?
- Where are Shimano Reels Made?
- Which Fishing Reel Brands are Made in the USA?
Choosing the Best Spinning Reel for Particular Species
While you can get by with using one or two spinning reels for all your fishing, it’s better if you can have a reel tailored to each of the key species that you like to target. For example, you might have a panfish reel for targeting crappie, bluegill, tilapia and other small targets. Then you might have a slightly larger reel that’s suitable for trout and smallmouth bass and one that’s slightly bigger again for bass, walleye, salmon, steelhead and pike.
If you target musky, catfish or other really powerful fish, you might even choose one that’s bigger again.