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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    I'm primarily left-handed, but somewhat ambidextrous. I write left handed, but play sports right handed. I cast with my right, reel with my left because it feels the most natural, but I have been making a point of making a few left handed casts each time out. You never know when you'll need to do one.

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    "Old habits die hard" Very true Boz. One feller told me to just try casting with the other hand. Interestingly enough it was possible but still a bit awkward for myself. What he was trying to show me that in a pinch or while fishing in cover that did not allow a cast from the opposite hand a cast can still be performed. I guess in a pinch one can go either way depending upon the situation.
    Eddy

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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    I cast with my right hand. If I am just stripping the line to retrieve a fish I strip with my left hand and pin the line against the grip. I reel right handed. Like flytie09 I started fly fishing in 1971. Reeling with your casting hand was pretty much what everyone did then.

    I have tried reeling with my left hand. I can do it fine; I just don't prefer it.

    On a day when I have multiple fish take me way into the backing I appreciate reeling with my right hand because it puts the strain (on me) of playing the fish on my non-casting arm. It saves my casting arm for additional flailing during the remainder of the day.

    Try it both ways and see what you prefer. Whatever you choose is a good decision.
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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    I started right, now mostly left. I still have one setup that is right hand reel.
    I have better 'touch', ie tippet feel with my right hand, more break offs with the clumsy left.
    I can reel faster with my right hand, so for taking in lots of line, I'm better with the right.
    Reeling on the left eliminates the hand swap though; I have lost fish right during the hand swap (accidentally induced slack).
    However, I still net with my right, so I hand swap anyway to net.
    I guess I don't think about the hand switching so much anymore, it just kind of happens intuitively.

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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    I can cast with either hand but I am lefthanded and prefer to have the rod in my left hand when stripping line or fighting a fish, reeling with my right hand. This also keeps most of my buddies from borrowing my reels
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    Lefty says that you should reel with your dominate hand.
    Lee Wulff said that you should fight the fish with your rod in your dominate hand. That's what I prefer to do.
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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    While I've only been fly fishing since September, I have been fishing my entire life. Doing a lot of spin fishing, I am very used to casting (and fighting fish) with my right hand and working the reel with my left hand. It was only natural to me to follow this same model when I transitioned to fly fishing. The main reason I'd see switching would be the issue of shooting line and it hanging up on the reel handle, but I have yet to have that happen to any great degree so for now I'm sticking with cast right/reel left. If landing a fish with a net, I work the net with my left hand. However, I will often switch hands if I have to beach and tail a fish to land it.
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    Default Re: Right handed or left? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by gatortransplant View Post
    While I've only been fly fishing since September, I have been fishing my entire life. Doing a lot of spin fishing, I am very used to casting (and fighting fish) with my right hand and working the reel with my left hand. It was only natural to me to follow this same model when I transitioned to fly fishing. The main reason I'd see switching would be the issue of shooting line and it hanging up on the reel handle, but I have yet to have that happen to any great degree so for now I'm sticking with cast right/reel left. If landing a fish with a net, I work the net with my left hand. However, I will often switch hands if I have to beach and tail a fish to land it.
    Turn the rod 90 degrees when you shoot line so the reel is facing out not down when you double haul. This keep the reel away from your running line. It's pretty common practice with the salt guys around here.
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