Fixed Spool or multipliers

I had a conversation today with an angler who was inquiring about some lessons and one of the questions he asked me if he should buy a Fixed Spool reel or a Multiplier.

This got me thinking about the pros and cons of each reel. Both have improved over the last few years in comparison with 20 years ago . We now have Brake blocks and magnets in a modern multiplier and cone spools and higher gearing and lighter bodywork in a Fixed Spool.

As a coach a lot of anglers I teach are new to the sport and nearly always start off with a Fixed Spool which always makes things easier when we have a session as we dont have to worry to much what the reel is doing.

However a few anglers make the same mistakes when setting them up! It’s normally the case that the reel is not loaded to the top of the spool hence the friction of the line on the
spool lip comes into play limiting distance also sometimes the spool is filled with heavy line .

A fixed spool reel depending on where you are fishing should be fine with 0.28 line and a tapered shock leader as this is pre cut into the correct length as a general rule it also makes a tiny knot when attached to the main line.

While a multiplier in the hands of new angler means I could be in for a fun session !! These days a multiplier is much more easier to use as most have blocks and magnets to slow the reel down and control the first part of the cast. Here in fact anglers tend to overfill a multiplier with line and take the blocks out to speed the reel up which usually ends a birds nest.

One of the big differences between the 2 types of reels is the way you cast them. A lot of anglers I see with Fixed Spool reels tend to thrash the cast by putting in the power from the start and up to a point get away with it instead of building up the power and adding the main power input at the end.

Try doing that with a multiplier and you are heading for trouble ! The way to cast them both is to slow down the power stroke and add the power at the end of the cast so it’s a nice smooth cast rather than a big thrash.

A lot more anglers these days are going down the route of continental rods which are longer and
lighter and lend themselves to a fixed spool reel with either braid or light mono the Spanish use this set up and they can put baits well over 200 meters with them on 6lb main line on a good day. They also of course have great bite detection and most of the international anglers use them when fishing abroad.

On a casting field the multiplier still rules but not by much as people think distance wise . In fishing mode on the beach there is not much to choose between them and In fact on a cold winters night wind in your face and cold hands the Fixed Spool has an advantage.

So it’s really a case of you pay your money and take your choice both reels will get the job done and perhaps a multiplier on a long beach caster placed at the bottom of the butt has the slight edge. In summer while fishing light for Garfish scad bream or gunard the Fixed Spool


Colin "Crack off" Olver

Wed, Oct 5, 2016

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