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Introduction to Spincast Rods and Reels    Spincast Rod   Spincast Reel   How To Assemble A Spincast Rod and Reel   How to Use The Drag System on a Spincast Reel   How to Set The Drag System on a Spincast Reel   How To Use A Spincast Rod and Reel   How To Cast A Spincast Rod and Reel   How To Spool New Line On A Spincast Fishing Reel   How To Care for Your Spincast Fishing Reel   How To Clean A Spincast Reel   How To Grease and Lube A Spincast Reel

Introduction to Spincast Rods and Reels

The Spincast Rod and Reel combo are the most popular and is the easiest approach for beginners and young ones interested in fishing as it is the easiest fishing rod and reel to operate. Not to mention the least expensive.

The spincast reel is mounted above the rod with the reel spool enclosed and with a nose cone cover, this prevents line snarling and backlash's that are associated with bait casting reels. Casting is a simple task, the angler presses and holds down a button on the rear of the reel, this disengages the line pick-up pin, upon the forward cast the line comes off the spool. Once the crank handle is turned the pick-up pin is engaged retrieving the line on the spool.

Spincast reels have low gear ratios as a result of the size of the spool, which makes it difficult to fish lures that require a fast retrieve such as: inline spinners, spinner baits and buzz baits.

When purchasing a spincast reel consider selecting models with anti reverse and smooth drag system versus the inexpensive all plastic models with sticky drags that result in broken line.
For rods, buy fiberglass, they are durable and will hold up from abuse.

Spincasting tackle is often used while fishing for bluegill, crappie and other panfish. 

On this page we will discuss the spincast rod, the spincast reel, how to assemble the spincast rod and reel, how to cast the spincast rod and reel, and how to care for and maintain the spincast rod and reel.

 Spincast Rod

What is a spincast rod?

Do Not Confuse with Spin Rod or Baitcast Rod.

 Spincast rods are rods designed to hold a spincast reel, which are normally mounted above the handle. We will discuss the spincast reel below.
 Spincast rods also have small eyes (rings runinng up and down the rod) and, frequently, a forefinger grip trigger.
They are very similar to bait casting rods, to the point where either type of reel may be used on a particular rod.
Casting rods are typically viewed as somewhat more powerful than their spinning rod counterparts as they can use heavier line and can handle heavier cover.

 Spincast rods are the most popular and the easiest to handle making it perfect for Junior Anglers.

Spincast Reel
Sometimes called Closed Face reel,  Spincaster or  Spincasting Reel

Do Not Confuse with Spin Reel or Baitcast Reel.

What is a spincast reel?

A basic spincast system with its push button release is easy for kids to operate.

The Spincast Reel is typically an inexpensive type of reel and by far the easiest reel to use! I recommend it for a beginning fisherman's first reel.

The Spincast Reel fits onto a Spincast Rod. The Spincasting Rod has eyelet guides running along the top of the rod and the spincast reel mounts on top of the rod's handle. The spincast reel has a cover over the spool and a hole through which line passes.
All the important parts are kept inside, under this nose cone.

This construction keeps the line clean and out of the angler's way. There is no bail inside of a spincasting reel. Instead, metal teeth attached to the spool gather the line in neatly.

 Spincast reels also generally have narrow spools with less line capacity than either bait casting or spinning reels of equivalent size. However, this tends to reduce line snare issues. Like other types of reels, spincast reels are frequently fitted with both anti-reverse mechanisms and friction drags, and some also have level-wind (oscillating spool) mechanisms. Most spincast reels operate best with limp monofilament lines

The Spincast Reel is fine for typical pan fishing and casual weekend bobber watching but if you think that you're going to get fairly serious about fishing, you might want to consider the either the spin reel or baitcast reel.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Spincast Reels

These are some advantages to using spincast reels:

 Spincast reels are cheap so they're not a big loss if children break them or throw them in the lake.

It's easy to learn to use spincast reels.

They can be either right or left handed, and some have handles that can be moved from one side to the other.

A good quality spincast reel will last a long time.

 Spincast reels can handle extremely light line and are a good choice for two and four pound test ultralight fishing.

These are some disadvantages to using spincast reels:

 Spincast reels are not good for heavy line or fighting strong fish.

You're limited to light line, and the drag system isn't as good as it is on other kinds of reels.

It's hard to keep the line tight on the spool.

Twisted or loose line will jam the reel and you have to take the cover off to correct the problem.

How To Assemble A Spincast Rod and Reel

This is the basics for assembling a Spincast Rod and Reel. As Spincast Rods and Spincast Reels vary, this should cover all to some aspect.

Depending if you purchased a combo Rod and Reel Set or purchased each item separately, you should have before you 2 rods (poles).

One of the rods will be thicker than the other and facet a handle; this is the bottom section of the rod. The other one is skinnier and more flexible; it is the top of the rod.

Insert the top half of the rod into the lower half and BEFORE YOU SECURE the two SNUG, make sure the guides (the rings sticking out from the rods) are aligned!!!!! Now make sure they are snug together tightly.

If these are uneven, your line will not cast as smoothly, and could easily tangle.

Now draw your attention to the handle of the rod. At the top of the handle (part closest to the rod coming into handle) will be a piece that screws up and down. If it is not already unscrewed, then do so now.

Next, Place the reel with its feet (T like section) into the reel seat (the slot on the bottom of the rod) with the hole in the reel facing the rod and NOT the handle end.

Hold the reel against the rod and twist the piece that screws up and down so that it screws down or up and tightens the reel into place.

*Do not over tighten; you could crack the reel seat.


If the Reel you purchased came with fishing line already spooled inside the reel then grab the plastic piece sticking out of the hole of your reel, this piece is attached to the fishing line inside. Press the release button on the reel and then run the fishing line up the pole making sure to go through every guide until it has gone through the top.

One of the most common mistakes beginners make is forgetting a guide. Begin with the butt guide and end with the tip top. Double check you got every guide.

If your reel came with no line, you will need to buy some!

What kind of fishing line should I get?

A thin, limp line for better casting. It can be mono or fusion.

How to add fishing line to your Spincast Reel.

After you have the line threaded through all the guides and up the rod, now tie on a hook or any other fishing accessories you would like to add and you're done!

The only thing to do now is set the drag properly and you are ready to cast.
How to cast a Spincast Rod and Reel

How to Use The Drag System on a Spincast Reel?

Slide the drag adjustment wheel on top of the reel to the left to tighten spool resistance on the line, or slide to the right to loosen the drag setting. If a fish is pulling line freely from the reel at will, tighten the drag gradually to wear out the fish and reel it in.

How to Set The Drag System on a Spincast Reel?

How to find the correct drag setting for a reel

The drag should be set to 25% of the breaking strength of the line you are using. The breaking strength is the line's pound test, which should be clearly labeled on the package and spool.

test strength ÷ 4 = correct drag setting

1. Tie the line to the hook of the scale. 

2. Hold the rod at a 45° angle. 

3. Pull down on the scale. Take a reading on the scale the moment the drag begins to slip. 

4. Adjust the drag mechanism until the drag slips at the correct setting for the line strength you are using.


How To Use A Spincast Rod and Reel

To use a spincast reel, you press the button on the back of the reel during your forward cast. The line peels out, when you let go of the button the line stops. It's very easy to get the hang of this reel.

 Spincast reels can be used for a variety of fish, but they lack high capacity spools and, as such, cannot hold large amounts of line, yet they have more than enough for a beginner. The drag systems on spincast reels also are not particularly reliable. However, spincast reels are easy for novice fishermen to use and there is not a lot that can go wrong with them.

Upon cranking the handle, the pickup pin immediately re-engages the line and spools it onto the reel.

Get a feel for the equipment . . .

Hold the rod out in front of you to get a feel for how the spincast reel works.

Reel up the line until the bobber is about four inches from the tip of the rod. If you do not have a bobber attached to your fishing rod, you will have to have some kind of weight attached to the line.

Now, press down firmly on the release button and hold it there.


Notice how the line stays in the same place.

Now let the release button go. The bobber should fall to the ground. Again, some kind of weight should be attached to the line in order for thisto work.

If line does not come out, pull line slightly to give it a jump start if you will.
Reel the line back to its original position, a few inches from the tip. 
Repeat as necessary.

You have just learned how to release the line from the reel, 
a very important step in casting.

To prevent loops that can become tangles from forming in the line, carefully add tension to the line with your thumb and forefinger while reeling in the line.
You should hear a click when you start to reel-that is the pick-up pin of the reel being activated.
Now you are all set to wind line back onto the spool of the reel.
Remember whenever you are fishing to always reel in enough line after you cast to hear that click.
This will prevent excess line from coming out of the reel, and loose line can mean missed fish.

How To Cast A Spincast Rod and Reel

You can also ask the clerk in the FISHING STORE, they should be able to teach you. Places like Walmart and whathaveya will probably not know a thing about casting let alone have any knowledge of the Fishing Gear they sale.

Let's start with 
Body Position

Before using a fishing rod, new anglers should understand body position and hand and arm action.

Were going to begin with a ball; tennis ball, ping pong ball, whatever kind of small ball is handy.

Start with your feet and shoulders square to a target; a fence, a bucket or box, a tree, etc.
This is accomplished by pointing the toes of both feet at the target area.

Next, toss the ball overhand (action similar to throwing a dart) a few feet for accuracy. you can also practice better accuracy by tossing toward a target.
Make sure you keep your shoulders square.

This is the desired body and arm action for accurate casting. Release of the ball is at a similar position as thumb release when casting.

Now transition to fishing rod and reel.

When learning to cast a fishing rod for the first time, you can first practice casting in your yard by tying on a casting plug or a small non-sharp weighted object without hooks to your line, using knots that you can learn at our Fishing Knots Page.

Final Check

Place your bobber 6-12" from your rod tip and make sure your line is not wrapped around your rod.

As safety is an important habit to establish, you should check the immediate area around and above you to be sure you have plenty of space.

Before you cast, look behind you to be sure no one else is there.
Also, check for trees and bushes that can get in your way.


Face the target area with body, with your feet and shoulders square to the target. This is accomplished by pointing the toes of both feet at the target area.

Aim the rod tip toward the target, an object on the horizon with the hands comfortably at the waist. (Some youth may have difficulty holding the pole with one hand, so the rod may be held with one hand or two.)

This is the 3 o'clock position.

Press and hold down the reel's release button with your thumb. 

Swiftly and smoothly, bend your arm at the elbow, raising your hand with the rod until it almost reaches eye level. You should still be holding down the release button with your thumb at this time. When the rod is almost straight up and down, it will be bent back by the weight of the practice plug. As the rod bends, move your forearm forward with a slight wrist movement. You should still be holding down the release button with your thumb at this time.


Next, gently sweep the rod forward, causing the rod to bend with the motion. You should still be holding down the release button with your thumb at this time.

As the rod moves in front of you, reaching eye level, about the 10 o'clock position, release your thumb from the button.


The bend in the rod casts the bobber and bait out.

Stop the fishing rod with it pointed slightly above the original target.

You have just made a cast!

If the lure went high and fell short,
you released the button too soon. 
If the plug went more or less straight up, you released the thumb button too soon.

If the lure went too low and fell short, 
the button was released too late.
If the lure landed close in front of you, you released the thumb button too late.

How To Spool New Line On A Spincast Fishing Reel

Visit Our How To Spool Line On A Reel Page

How To Care for Your Spincast Fishing Reel

Always back off the drag after every fishing trip. Leaving the drag on constantly will rapidly decrease the life of a drag system.

How To Clean A Spincast Reel

After a day of fishing, rinse the reel inside and out with fresh water and allow to dry. Then lightly oil and grease easily accessible moving parts. This is especially important if the reel was used in saltwater or in dirty or muddy conditions. Again, The majority of spincast reels are not designed for saltwater use.

Do not use the reel until it is fully clean, as dirt and sand will cause damage.

To keep the outer parts of your reel clean try using a knuckle brush with clean tap water. An old tooth brush will reach the back side of the handle and knobs and a Q-Tip will clean the hard to reach places.

How To Grease and Lube A Spincast Reel

At least once a year, you should remove the old grease and oil and add new lubricants.

Before removing any of the parts of the reel, select a flat working surface like the kitchen table where there is plenty of overhead light. Some people use a small tray for parts, others use an egg carton and some people use a clean white towel.

As you remove parts from you reel, be sure and Line the parts in order of removal to allow for easy reassembly.

Unscrew the reel cover casing with the hole for the line by turning it counter-clockwise. Set it aside.

Remove the reel mechanism from the back of the reel housing.

Unscrew the handle -

Some are done so by removing the screw through the center
Some are simply unscrewing the handle counter clockwise.

Remove the metal spool cover by extracting the screw through the center.

Pull the spool with fishing line off the reel spindle and set aside.

Turn the spindle and gear assembly upside down to look at the back of the reel, where a retainer clip installed on top of the spindle holds the gear mechanism in place. Remove this c-shaped clip with needle nose pliers.

Take time to study the orientation and sequence of the gears on the reel spindle before sliding them off the spindle.

Use the model number printed on the side of the reel housing to look up the schematic parts diagram for that particular reel. A list of schematics for reels by model number can usually be found on the internet. Here is a website that may be helpful:

These diagrams will aid in identifying different internal parts.

Remove gears one at a time, methodically, from the spool spindle.

Set each gear next to the gear that preceded it in the order the parts come off the spindle. This will make life much easier when it comes time to reassemble the reel.

Using a small paint brush or tooth brush, a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid), scrub and rinse all visible gunk and debris from the reel body and parts. Allow to dry before re-lubricating.

Re-lubricate the parts during reassembly according to directions below.

Use a type of grease and oil according to manufacturers' instructions and recommendations.

Do not spray the inside with harsh chemical solvents or use gasoline. This may damage some of the plastic parts and push crud into the inner recesses of the reel. USE REEL GREASE!

DO NOT USE WD-40 any where inside the reel!!!

WD-40 doesn't even come CLOSE to offering the performance and protection needed inside reels. It only promotes a shorter lifespan and faster wear no mater where you put it in a reel.

Parts of Spincast Reel to Lubricate

NOTE: Some part descriptions will vary from reel to reel

Crank Gear, Crank Shaft, Pinion Gear, Center Shaft Assembly, Pick-up Arm, Roller Wheel, Anti-Reverse Pawl/Ratchet, Spool Washers, Bushings.

Handle Knobs (both ends), Pick-up Pin, Arm Lever (pivot), Kick Lever Mechanism, Ball Bearings, Clutch Screw, Spool Release Mechanism.

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