I have several of each (baitcasting and spinning) (and sizes of each)and use them equally, depending on the bait, conditions, presentation I’m looking for, wind or casting direction, distance from area fished, species, technique, etc. The situation determines the reel. Get proficient with all of them.
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Actually… if you are just into fishing… you should learn how to use both. There are times spinning reels offer the advantage. Other times, baitcaster reels will be the optimal tool. Fly fishing will out-fish trad gear in other situations.
I agree with Gutpile… become proficient with all of them. (Then put them down and get serious with a flyrod! )
I have 5 weight fly rods for trout to Big Penns for on the bay.
I assume this thread is more based on Bass fishing because that is where these type rods have the most application. I do use a small spinning rod for trout at times. Mostly in the small streams for brookies when it’s just to choked down with brush and it makes better sense to leave the fly-rod at home and fore-go the frustration.
Now when I got the bass boat out I rig at least 5 rods each with a different lure and as I’m moving around the situation calls for different lures or presentations I grab the one most suited. Now the lure for me determines the type reel as well as the rod combination. I tend to use the bait casters for the spinner baits and crankbaits as well as the P&J. For the smaller plastics I like a good stiff rod and a spincast. I tend to work an area or structure pretty well with those. I might make a few quick cast and try to get the reaction bite with a Baitcaster and then settle in for working it over with something more suttle on a spinning rod.
Bottom line at the end of the day, if you covered alot of water with a baitcaster it means I did alot of heavy cranking and I feel it in the forearms. If I spent the day finessing with a spincast I don’t even notice. I associate baitcasters with heavy lures and covering alot of water fast. I associate spincasters with slow finesse work.