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Old 03-18-2018, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've always been a Shimano spinning reel fan and also like to back reel when bringing in fish. Last week while at Cabela's I was browsing the Shimano line and it appeared they have eliminated the back reel feature on all or most new spinning reels. I asked the guy at the reel counter and he didn't know what back reeling was?! Any idea why Shimano would go this route with all their spinning reels? Because I don't use any more than 6lb test line most of the time I like the added security of being able to back reel in case the drag sticks on larger fish.
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Funny you bring this up. My dad bought a new Diawa. Same thing.
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I can remember the old Jerry McGinnis smallie shows and he would always back reel instead of relying solely on the drag.

I just bought a $40 shimano cheap spinning reel that has the back reel switch. Maybe only the cheap ones still have that feature.
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In 50+ years of fishing with spinning reels I have never had the drag fail on any spinning reel. Ever. Even the cheap ones! Never had a need to back reel. Of course if your drag is set properly that is. In fact, I'm glad to see that feature go if it means I can get other features or the reel cheaper. I hate it when you don;t realize you've accidentally hit the button to switch it over (to back reeling) and you go to set the hook on a fish - lol! Been there, done that!!! AND, I'll betcha that is the main reason they've stopped making them with the back reel feature. Old school stuff! JMO!
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It's more preference Marty.
Dave has back reeling down, period.
I've seen him have big fish take off in an instant right next to the boat, Dave just back :reels and never has to worry or even be the slightest bit concerned.
He just back reels and keeps control of the fish.

Personally I always watch in amazement that his knuckles don't get smacked by the handle!
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It's more preference Marty.
Dave has back reeling down, period.
I've seen him have big fish take off in an instant right next to the boat, Dave just back :reels and never has to worry or even be the slightest bit concerned.
He just back reels and keeps control of the fish.

Personally I always watch in amazement that his knuckles don't get smacked by the handle!
Yeah, I know it's a preference Ed. But, I'll betcha fewer and fewer are using it these days and that's probably why they discontinued it. If you don't learn from somebody that back reels, statistically speaking you're probably going to stick with what you grew up on. I too use 6 pound test almost exclusively and of course I tend to set my drag a tad on the lighter side for that occasional 7+ pound walleye. I cannot imagine the coordination it takes to back reel quickly and also try to free-up a hand to land the fish and hoping it doesn't take another run. If I'm not mistaken your reel handle is going to fly backwards if your hand is not there (or I suppose you click over the back-reeling feature at this point?) Too much to think about for my little peanut shell - lol! Yes a preference much like driving a stick vs. an automatic trans. (But, the stick is slowly going away too - lol!) P.S. I love driving a stick so I understand the preference thing!
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(But, the stick is slowly going away too - lol!)
Try visiting South Africa!
Almost exclusively stick. Automatics aren't even common on rentals!

You're probably right as to fewer people knowing how to do it. At the high end though, It would be nice for those that do to at least have the option.
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Yep, it's really just a preference thing on my part and actually I should have said, "in case I haven't set my drag correctly." I really don't have any criticism about a reels drag. I can't even remember when I started back reeling but I'm thinking it was probably around the time I discovered Hybrid Striper fishing at the cooling lakes back in the 80's. Better have your drag set right for those express trains.

I don't have trouble landing fish while back reeling. When the fish is close enough to land I just hold the bail / spool with my rear three fingers on my right hand to prevent the reel from turning. If the fish takes off again I just feather the bail and spool with those fingers. I know, caveman fishing. lol!

My 20yo son is a pro at back reeling as well.

I noticed before they eliminated the feature the switch to turn it on/off got real small and I had to make a mental note where it was for that split second run on those wipers. I also noticed with the elimination of the feature the price for the new reels hasn't dropped at all.
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Professional fishing is the reason. All you see on tv and in pictures is ripping hook sets and reeling so hard and fast I'm surprised the guides don't melt. The fishing shows Babe, Jimmy or the new guys nobody back reels. Removing it probably increases reliability.
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The New Diawa Tatula LT SS 3000- CXH reel has the back reel feature, not that I ever use it.
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