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Right-Hand vs Left-Hand Fly Reel Retrieve

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Recently purchased a lefty Black Max casting reel at a closeout store. The price was 10.00 $ cheaper than Walmart. I never realized this till I put it on a rod. I reel spin and fly lefty and casting reels right handed. This probably comes from fishing deep sea reels which were predominantly manufactured right hand. I was clumbsy at first but I adapted guickly. I'm in the process of replacing 30 yr old gear and bought another lefty casting reel. I'm 66 so it's not too late to adapt.

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1 hour ago, bhorsley said:

not really--what ever works for you is the right way 

That’s good to know because I cast right reel / strip left keeping that rod hand as a better feel hand . Something that has not been addressed . Which might not be important to some . 

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1 hour ago, Hook I said:

That’s good to know because I cast right reel / strip left keeping that rod hand as a better feel hand . Something that has not been addressed . Which might not be important to some . 

yep I cast right reel right and strip two handed in most situations except on the flats but if stripping one handed with my left.  Someone brought up a great point about casting right and reeling right keeps the reel handed to the outside of body.  

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Ever watch a Brit eat a steak? None of that fiddly fork swapping like us New Worlders. I’m just getting back in after lots of years, but I went the “wind with the non-dominant hand” route, and moved on. I will say I developed a bad habit of wiggling both hands around when I reeled in an empty line, but had no trouble the few times I was pulling in something pulling back. 

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