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gear ratio vs. spool diameter

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Last night I thought I'd buy a large spinning reel, hoping the larger diameter spool would bring line in faster from a normal casting distance of 20-23 yds. I counted from the start of the retrieve to the time the lure was at my feet and repeated this with another reel with smaller diameter spool, but higher gear ratio.

The time of total retrieve was the same for both reels - 15 seconds/ 20 yards of line out. The only thing the larger reel has is line capacity and faster uptake of the first 5' of line with less revolutions of the reel handle. This must be due to the larger spool diameter (less of a % reduction of a filled spool diameter), versus that on the smaller reel with it's greater effective reduction of diameter with the same amount of line out.

Next time I want the fastest reel to bring in line at maximum distance, it will have a high ratio and a larger diameter spool.
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I've been using a us supercaster reel for most of the summer and fall. It' a pratty nince reel. I personally don't like the high gear ratio. I like a slow ratio, but I can't find a decent reel out on the market with a slow ratio. I do like the big spool on the us reel and I like the fact that the body of the reel is made from carbon fiber. It's a pretty smooth reel.
earthworm- "light tackle revelation". You mean people fished light tackle before this "sportackle" thing? Who woulda thunk it.
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