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Centerpin Float Reel

A natural presentation and covering water are the cornerstones of successful steelheading. Centerpin float reels are unmatched in their ability to do both. They allow the line to pull off the spool freely as the float drifts downstream enabling amazingly long and perfectly natural drifts.

Spinning reels lack the line control and the instant response to a bite since the bail arm has to be engaged before setting the hook. Baitcasting reels, although adequate on big water with heavy gear, can't cast light rigs effectively and lack the excitement of a centerpin's direct one-to-one retrieve when fighting fish.

Although most anglers today have never heard of centerpin reels, they were the original fishing reels, pre-dating spinning, baitcasting and fly reels. They started as simple wooden spools that would run on a spindle attached to the rod. However, the designs greatly evolved with modern materials, hi-tech components and sophisticated engineering. Historically, the spool ran on bushings, but these reels were quickly replaced with the development of high-performance ball bearings. Most modern reels run on a pair of bearings to provide an ultra-smooth low-inertia spin, making it the perfect tool for float fishing.

There are a number of important considerations when selecting a centerpin, including: spool weight, diameter, ergonomics, balance, finish, design, bearings, maintenance, durability and tolerances.

Once you have your rod and reel matched up, it is time to spool up the reel with a good main line.