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Old 05-20-2010, 07:35 AM
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Question right or left hand retrieve

I was looking at a couple of used fly reels the other day at a garage sale and wondered how you can tell if it is a left hand or right hand retrieve?
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Default Re: right or left hand retrieve

If it clicks like all hell clockwise OR counterclockwise, its both.
If it only clicks one way, its a RH or LH specific. There may be a toggle on it somewhere too allowing you to strip line without having that thing SCREAM like a 30# carp just grabbed your fly.
Might be more to it than that, but thats what I've gathered from casual observations lately.
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Default Re: right or left hand retrieve

Tighten the drag, then hold the reel first in one hand, then the other, reel foot on top and reel. (counterclockwise with the left, clockwise with the right)
You should be able to tell immediately which hand the reel is set for

There are very few reels that are set to right hand only. Most are easily convertible.
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Default Re: right or left hand retrieve

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If it clicks like all hell clockwise OR counterclockwise, its both.
If it only clicks one way, its a RH or LH specific. There may be a toggle on it somewhere too allowing you to strip line without having that thing SCREAM like a 30# carp just grabbed your fly.
Might be more to it than that, but thats what I've gathered from casual observations lately.
There are reels with silent outgoing or incoming rotation or both. It doesn't mean they cannot be converted between left or right hand operation.

Follow Rip Tide's advice.
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