July 12, 2014

The Straightcast Reel

This is pretty wild.  A "spinning" reel that has the ability to completely eliminate line twist...and that you can also fish like a baitcaster.  Huh?  Yeah, watch the video.

Now I guess it's not 100% dummy-proof, as it appears the user will still need to alternate spool positions each cast to maintain a twist-free line, but I dig out of the box thinking, so this idea gets a thumbs up from me.  Will be interesting to see if this concept from Kendra Gear catches on.

H/T Wide Open Spaces


  1. To me, it's a solution in search of a problem. I've used a spinning reel for over 20 years and never had a problem with line twist (at least not so bad that I'd resort to an overly complicated solution like this). I don't want to have to keep track of which side of the spool my last cast was. I just want to focus on fishing. To me, there's too much of a fuss factor with this reel. But it's a clever design. I'll give them that.

    1. My first thought was if they ever figure out how to make it alternate automatically, then game on. The fact that you can use it as a quasi "baitcaster" is what I think is the coolest part. I enjoy out of the box thinking.

  2. Mike, yes, if it automatically flipped, that would be a different story. I'm sure there would be a way to do it. Might make it pretty expensive thought.

  3. A little too confusing for me trying to remember which way is which. I fish with a spinning reel I paid $20 for and have caught 9" trout and 7 lb. trout on the same reel. If you put the line on the reel correctly you shouldn't have a need to turn or switch or whatever. Just my opinion, mind you.