How to Cast an Open-Faced Spinning Reel

Open-faced casting can be mastered after you are able to cast a closed reel easily every time. It is more challenging but you will have a longer cast with an open-faced reel than a closed-faced model. An open-faced reel lets you go further into a pond or lake to catch hard-to-reach fish or difficult fish that won't bite close to shore.

Hold the rod in your casting hand with your forefinger in front of the reel and your other fingers behind it. This gives you a better casting grip and leaves your forefinger free for the line as you cast so you can "trap" the line, by not letting it move easily, as you are casting to keep it from reeling out too far.

Trap the line so no more of the line can be released after your cast by hanging about 15 to 45 cm of line from the tip of the rod. Your forefinger is set down toward the line and used to pull and hold the line back against the rod grip.

Open the bail arm with your other hand and now the reel is set to cast. The bail arm is where the line sits when not in use.

Swing the rod back behind the shoulder of your casting arm. Then swing it forward in a swift motion.

Release the line your reel finger, or forefinger, is holding at just the right moment. It takes practice to know exactly when that right moment is so don't expect to get it on the first try. To try and judge the right time, as you straighten your arm forward, point your forefinger that was holding the line to where you want to cast. This should place your line where you want it to go.


  • If your release is not at the right time you will have problems. Release too early on the swing back and your bait will fly up, off the hook. If you release too late it will go straight down in front of you in the water.


  • There are 5 different types of casting reels depending on what you want to fish for. These are mini-systems for small fish, ultralights for large bass and the like, standard reels for typical freshwater fishing, intermediate reels for lite surf and coastal fishing and heavy reels for heavy lines on a pier or boat.

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