One of the most common complaints anglers have with a regular spinning reel is that lines can become snarled up, resulting in a frustrating mess. New Jersey-based Kendra Gear is banking on this frustration to drive sales when they debut their Straightcast Reel at this week’s ICAST 2014 show. The Straightcast allows users to cast as they would with a normal spinning reel, but retrieve in a baitcasting configuration.

“Because of its rotating spool and ability to manipulate the position of the line to the rod, the Straightcast Reel has the flexibility to offer the best of both worlds. It has the benefits of both baitcasting and spinning reels, with none of the drawbacks,” boasts Kendra Gear on its website.

You can watch inventor Mark Kendra describe the Straightcast in detail below.

Image screenshot of video by Kendra Gear, LLC on YouTube.

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7 thoughts on “Video: Tired of Twisted Line? Meet the Straightcast Reel

  1. It looks heavy complicated and expensive. By the time it is marketed it will probably be an unreliable cheap piece of junk. :/

  2. Does one need to alternate the spool every cast? I might have a difficult time keeping track of which direction I cast from especially after a few brews. Still…a clever idea. Good luck with your project.

  3. thank you i I would really like to own one of ( Straight cast Reel ) please keep my in form when you have then for sale , keep up the good work

  4. Looks cool. . .but think of this. By changing the plane of the spool, the line is cast then retrieved differently. This in turn will produce line twist. Not very good. A for effort. . . . f for functionality.

  5. Great idea! I would love to try one out when you get them perfected. Send me an email Mark if you read this!

  6. Looking at the physics of the spool, I can see the way it works, yet my funds are low, even though I would like to be one of the first to prove it’s advantages, because I am good with my aiming abilities when it comes to where my cast goes, whether under or over handed.

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