This is the simplest gear to master and is used frequently by beginners. It’s easily recognized by the closed reel face. When casting the angler needs to push down on a button with his or her thumb in order to release the line. This minimizes tangles. These outfits are best suited to casting small and medium sized lures to smaller fish.
An angler can cast farther with this kind of outfit that with spincast gear, but the exposed fishing line makes it easier to get tangles while casting. Spinning outfits come in a variety of sizes and weights. Smaller outfits can cast small lures to trout, while larger outfits are excellent for casting large lures to salmon and steelhead.
These outfits excel at casting heavy lures a long way. However, they can be difficult to learn to cast. These outfits work well when fishing off-shore or in very deep waters, or when pursuing large fish like salmon or sturgeon.
This gear is very different because it’s designed to cast a virtually weightless lure (flies are often tied with little more than fur and feathers) unlike the heavy plastic or metal lures used in spin- or baitcasting. This kind of fishing requires more highly specialized gear and techniques, but many anglers find mastering these techniques almost as rewarding as catching the fish.