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Dyer Straits

Do any of you guys fish a pin?

The last time I used a centerpin reel for freshwater fishing was about 10 years ago - lot's of fun casting pike lures and then landing a fish - it takes time to get used to operate it properly.
dynk float

It's tuff to use a centerpin in crowded conditions. You must swing the rod from the side and what I found it was'nt easy to cast light gear. Under the right conditions there is no better 1 to 1 reel.
Dyer Straits

dynk float - that is not necessarily true. The sweep method is only one of several methods that are used. When fishing tight quarters, a good method is holding the reel and swinging your line straight forward and then back like a pendulum. When there is sufficient momentum, give the reel a quick spin and almost finesse the line to your target. Effective in tight quarters but not for long casts. Regarding the light gear: yes it is tougher but with the correct reel it is a breeze...specifically the Milner reels which are very light and very smooth. Being a bushing reel they start up much easier than a bearing reel. Furthermore, by lessening the spool weight by adding more rows of holes, the reel is able to cast lighter and lighter gear. But you are definetely correct about the 1:1 retrieve in certain just makes fishing that more challenging and fun.

I used to fish with a vintage Seldex reel from the 50's that my dad gave me. I loved the control you had when playing a fish. I switched to a level wind for two reasons. (1) I started fishing big Springs in Kitimat (60lbs+) and needed the tension control. (2) I couldn't find parts for my Seldex any more.
I miss using it.

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