What hand do you cast with and do you reel in with the same?

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I cast with my dominant hand and reel in with the same.

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  1. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    My first thought was that you are also a lefty. My eyebrows didn't even move, lol. It's hard to pass-up on a good set-up though & I thank you.
     
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    Salmo_g Well-Known Member

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    Not true. I have two Hardy St. George reels and reel left handed. There is two sets of springs and pawls, so the reel can be set up for either hand. There is no law requiring that one use the agate line guard that is permanently set up for right hand wind.
     
  3. Rob Allen

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    Ummm... yeah there actually is. Just like there is a law against calling a fly rod a pole.
     
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  4. jamma

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    I like to hit the back of my head.Easier to reach up and get the fly out.
     
  5. jamma

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    Hey Skip,you see this?
     
  6. Squamishpoacher

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    UGHHHH! That drives me mental.

    Whenever I hear someone do that I want to stick hot pins in their eyes!
     
  7. gt

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    until you start hooking really big fish that rip off 200 yards of backing on the first run and you are reeling with your non-dominant hand, you will learn grasshopper, or maybe you just trout fish!
     
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  8. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan ignoring Rob Allen and Generic

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    Either hand. I have reels on both sides. I learned to use both hands for basketball. It has stuck with a bunch of things.

    Go sox,
    Cds
     
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    I always have my rod in my dominant hand. Fly, gear... etc. Cast right, reel left, strip left.
     
  10. nwflycaster

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    Cast right and strip with left hand. After hookup if not on the reel I will strip in to land with left, or if on or close to being on the reel I will switch hands and reel with the right hand.
     
  11. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Haaaaaaaaahaaaaahahaaaaaaa!
     
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    I don't get this. I mean, a fish running out doesn't involve me reeling, so.... I suppose it's possible that I could reel faster with my dominant hand with a fishing charging at me, but it strikes me that neither hand is able to keep up (i.e., take in line at the same rate) as a fast moving fish. I've had plenty of charging trout leave me slack-lined.
     
  13. Nick Clayton

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    Basically gt is incapable of reeling fast enough with his non dominant hand therefore it is actually impossible for anyone else to be able to do so effectively, thus making the way he does it the "correct" way.
     
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  14. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Ditto. My Dad told me back in my fledgling basketball days that " . . . you were born with 2 hands. Learn to use both of them. It's pretty simple to defend a player that can only go to one side." Sound advice; it carried-over to baseball, fishing, using tools, etc. just as Charles stated. Now that Essential Tremor occasionally compromises my left/dominant hand, being able to swap-over to the right is a distinct advantage. I am now almost 100% ambidextrous - the only exception being playing the guitar. Learn to use your off-hand; As my my Dad said: ". . . you were born with 2 hands, . . ." you just might be glad that you did as you age.
     
  15. Billy McFly

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    Cast right, strip and reel left. I'm right handed. It just feels right...
     
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