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I like open faced reels and that's the only kind I own and if the fish want me out there they best be bitin'.
I never had any luck with closed face. They have too many issues. Open face just holds up better, lasts decades.
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I started with a cane pole with no reel. My grandfather, who was my early fishing partner, used a solid metal casting rod with an off-set reel seat and a Keist Reel, both of 1920's vintage, I think. Watching him use this contraption didn't make me want to use a reel!
My first reel was an old Ocean City level wind knuckle buster with no free spool loaded with black braided Dacron line. I spent most of my fishing time either trying to resolve the numerous and horrendous bird's nests or retrieve my hang ups from overhead trees.
My next reel was a single action fly reel that I purchased with my own money that I had earned selling blackberries that I fought the snakes, chiggers, and ticks for possession. My grandfather had some level floating fly line and a telescoping metal fly rod he gave me. With a box of poppers I commenced fly fishing in the local ponds. So started an odyssey that I continue to enjoy after fifty years.
About the same time I started fly fishing, my grandfather allowed me to start using a Johnson Century spincast reel he had purchased shortly after the hit the market in the early 1950's. Eventually I retained ownership by possession. I didn't like it as it would only operate with light weight monofilament line and the drag was unreliable. Later patents and models supposedly addressed these issues. Twenty years after I started using this reel my wife buried it by dropping it overboard our boat while fishing Stockton Lake in Missouri for crappie. I wasn't too upset. While dragging the bottom attempting to retrieve it I picked up another rod with a Johnson Sabre reel attached and called it a good deal and went back to fishing.
My next reel was a Garcia Ambassador 5000C bait casting that was made in Sweden. It was a dream after the Ocean City level wind. I subsequently purchased several more Ambassadors and later a couple of the old blue Daiwa Millionaires. During this period of my life I was heavily into bass fishing.
My last reel type that I explored was the open face spinning reel. I purchased a Garcia Mitchell 308 that was made in Sweden around 1970 and still have it today. It has had nearly every part replaced at least once and continues to see occasional duty for ultra-light fresh water fishing when I'm not using a fly rod.
So to answer the original question "Which fishing reel do you prefer and why?" my response would be that I use different reels for different application, but I prefer to fly fish with a single action fly reel. My most often used fly reel is a System 2L 56 made in England that I normally fish with 6 WFF on a Walton Powell 8 1/2 foot 5-6-7 weight four piece fly rod I had made many years ago when the Powell Rod Company was in Chico, CA. This reel is very basic, reliable, has an audible clicker for line movement, and is lightweight, therefore reducing fatigue when making many casts. It can handle larger fish, if I were ever so lucky to hook one, but is not too heavy when fishing for bluegill, green sunfish, bass, and other panfish. I stays in my pickup truck along with my fly rod and small soft-sided tackle pack, ready for opportunities to wet a line.
Last edited by Old Man; May 23rd, 2019 at 06:27 PM. Reason: Pictures
When I was old enough for serious fishing my Dad taught me how to use the bait caster because that's all there at that time. I am partial to them today. When the open face spinning reels came around I immediately became interested. Stayed with these till I gave all my tackle to my sons
Cornhusker95, what is this "fishing" of which you speak?
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On a dock or boat I prefer a bait caster, when fishing from the bank make it an open face. When I was backpacking in the mountains of California I always had a fly rod and reel with me.
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I do not think I have ever used a closed reel. Maybe as a toddler with a toy fishing pole perhaps? I have never been fresh water fishing also. My fishing was split equally between boat, pier, jetty and surf. Bait caster for pier and boat, open for surf and jetty. I have surf fished with the caster, mostly just becasue it ended up that way. You can send them pretty far without a giant bird's nest but it will never be a proper surf rig.
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I own several Johnson's like @Old Man , but newer. I love them, and hardly use anything else, although I own open face (Garcia), and bait cast reels (Shakespeare).
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