- Tue Dec 07, 2021 8:38 am
I’m Right handed, right hand dominant. Cast baitcasting rigs right handed, reel right handed. Never tried a left hand retrieve baitcasting reel. Never really tried casting a baitcasting rig left handed either. Hard to imagine I could control the spool from incurring a major backlash when attempting a left hand cast. I’m scared to try as I don’t want to mess up my reel.
Spinning reels and rigs, mostly cast right, reel left handed. I pretty much suck at using spinning reels. Poor casting accuracy plagues my casts, I never feel comfortable using them. They feel weird and unbalanced in my hands. Baitcasting rigs feel like an extension of my arm and perfectly natural.
Fly tackle, I cast with right or left hand, reel left handed, but seldom put fish on the reel. Fish have to put themselves on the reel and I’m not going to make it easy for them. Rod hand could be either, generally I like to at some point put the rod in my right hand during the heart of the fight, but often initiate the hook set and begin the fight with the rod in my left hand. I prefer to net with my right hand so I put the rod in the left hand for the netting, most of the time. I let the wind and situation dictate which hand I’ll cast with and casting a fly rod left handed feels natural and actually doesn’t hurt at all considering the condition of each shoulder. Casting right handed doesn’t generally hurt in a bad, make me sick way, but in a background minor way, but once in a while something more sharp in the pain scale happens. I cast a little better or with less effort from the left side. I’d mostly prefer to cast left handed at this point, but then the wind can have other plans.