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How to Use a Spincast Reel: Useful Tips for Maintenance

how to use spincast reel
Written by Immanuel Baranov
Last Update: July 24, 2023

There isn’t a great difference between using a spincast reel and a spinning reel. Die hard anglers will use one over the other, depending on the type of fishing they are doing, but most beginners will start off with a spincast, because they are easy to handle.

How to Use Spincast Reel

how to use a spincast reel

Spincast reels are made to use by one hand. First, make sure that your float or lure is dangling about a foot from the end of the rod. On the older designs, simply click back on the guard or bail – as it’s called – to release the spool and then catch the line with your forefinger and hold tightly to the rod.

On the hooded designs you push the button or lever with your thumb. Gently swing the rod up and over your head and then cast forward. At the apex of the swing, let go of the line that is held by your finger.

A sideways cast is exactly the same. It’s a knack that you acquire. It is just a question of releasing the line at the correct moment. This is a question of practise.

Are Spincast and Underspin the Same?

underspin vs spinning reel

A spincast sits on top of the rod. The bail lever has been replaced by simple pick up pins and a metal cap or hood. The reduced space because of the enclosed design limits the amount of line the spool can carry.

They are designed to cut out the problem of backlash, which simply means the ratio of the line leaving the spool versus the speed of the spinning spool. If the spool spins too fast there inevitable tangles. One drawback is that the enclosed design could limit casting distance because of friction as it passes through the nose cone.

The release lever or the push button mechanism can be used to stop the line and drop your tackle in the place you want it. Underspin or triggerspin reels are a cross between spinner and spincast types. They are attached to the bottom of the rod and are more comfortable to handle.

Here, two designs are incorporated into one to get the best of both worlds. You push the button mechanism or trigger before casting and release it on the forward motion as you cast. They are all round reels that are hooded like spincast reels.


Like any new skill, it is mainly a question of practice. If you are changing reels for whatever purpose or are a beginner, it would be a good idea to get in some practice before you actually go fishing. Don’t spoil your day out at the water’s edge feeling frustrated because you can’t cast properly. The easy solution to that is to practise in your garden or wherever you can find plenty of space.

Useful Tips

After knowing how to use and cast a spincast reel, you should focus on learning some advanced level tips and techniques. The following tips will help you get the best output from your spincast reel.

Maintenance of Spincast Reels

  • Always keep your reel clean.
  • Clean it after every fishing trip.
  • Make sure it is dry before putting away.
  • Don’t let it become covered in dust and immediately remove any signs of rust.
  • Keep inside a box or another kind of closed container.
  • Lubricate with fine oil on a regular basis.

Adjust the Drag Dial

spincast reel drag

Some people tend to make the drag too taut when fishing with a spincast reel. You should let the fish roam around after getting hooked to the line, and help it become tired before it comes in.

Choose the Suitable Type for You

Different people have different tastes. The same thing goes here too. You should try both spincast and underspin reels before delving into the fishing activities. Make an informed and practical decision when choosing the reels according to the comfort and convenience of using them. You should also try a few brands to know which one provides the best experience for you.

Choose the reel that best suits your purpose. Spincast or spinning reels are both easy to use, it’s not rocket science. All it takes is a little time and practise to learn to use your reel correctly and cast effectively.

About the author

Immanuel Baranov

My life is pretty much defined by my avid outdoor activities. I’m generally obsessed with fishing, skiing and occasional hunting and whitewater paddling. I’ve been active since my early years. I inherited my passion for fishing from my father who made frequent family trips to the banks of Sacramento River. Growing up, I did a lot of fishing in the vicinity. Now that I have two sons, our weekends are full of fishing activities. I would say, you need good spots where you can go out a lot for the thing you love. I had the privilege to grow up near numerous water bodies and I’m proud to say that I made good use of them. It’s also great to do something with kids that helps them learn patience, endurance and preciseness.

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