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After all these years of fishing, this just dawned on me - why are baitcasting reels set up with the handle on the right hand si

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  • After all these years of fishing, this just dawned on me - why are baitcasting reels set up with the handle on the right hand si

    After all these years of fishing, this just dawned on me - why are baitcasting reels set up with the handle on the right hand side? Forces us righties to cast and then switch hands to retrieve. Wouldn't it be more efficient to just set them up to wind with our left hands? Was the baitcaster designed by a lefty as sinister payback to a right-handed world?.

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    Funny! Seems that way! Actually, you cast with both. Right hand on top, turned so reel handle is pointing up at the bottom of the cast, then adjust your grip to reel in, after you prevent a horrible backlash with your dominant hand, good timing, practice, favorable wind conditions, and good luck!

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    • #3
      Yeah, you didn't know Petzal also dabbles in fishing inventions?

      I'm a righty and I like them that way.

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      • #4
        I absolutely can't fish with a right hand retrieve baitcaster (guess too many years of using a spinning reel). I have to search for or special order a left hand retrieve reel.

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        • #5
          Your are correct. Damn things are backwards. I was able to purchase several nice lefty baitcasters about 15 years ago and glad that I did.

          It never made sense to cast then switch hands.

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          • #6
            I only own one and its a lefty even though I'm right handed. It just didn't make sense to me to switch hands. I mostly use spinning reels too so there was no way I was going to go to the trouble to relearn all that muscle memory.

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            • #7
              I am a lefty but can cast with either hand, it doesn't seem to affect me at all.

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              • #8
                I think it was. I have to look hard for a baitcaster that I can reel with my left hand. Usually have to pay more too. I think it is a waste of time and energy to have to switch hands.

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