Spinning Reels: All You Need To Know

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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 Reviews

Spinning Reel Comparisons

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.

Choosing the Best Spinning Reel for Particular Species

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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.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.