How to Choose the Right Ice Fishing Reel

Fri, February 4, 2022

When it comes to ice fishing, you generally have two types of reels to choose from: conventional spinning reels or "fly-style" inline spinning reels. Generally speaking, traditional spinning reels are most common for a wider variety of ice fishing applications and are often best-suited when targeting larger gamefish species. When it comes to bluegill, crappie, and other panfish species, inline ice reels have gained a massive popularity in the recent decade and are regarded for their ability to reduce and often eliminate line twist, while allowing you to fish some of the smallest panfish ice jigs on the market. Here, Brad Novak gives a full overview on the differences and applications of each style of ice fishing reel.