Can I put a baitcast reel on a spinning rod? I have several spinning rods and would like to purchase a baitcasting reel, but really don't want to spend more money on a different rod. I heard somewhere that rods are built to flex in a certain direction. I don't know how valid that is because rods flex in various directions when pulling up a fighter. Can anyone chime in?
You can put a Baitcaster on a Spinning Rod,however its not recomended.
Usually a Baitcaster is shorter & stiffer than a Spinning Rod,the Rod is designed different to a Spinning Rod,go to:www.cabelas.com.outdoorsinfo.fieldguides.bass gear for some info.
Also It's something to do with the Spine not being in the correct position when weight is applied to the Blank/Rod & damage may occur as the Spine is supposed to be the Backbone of the Rod.
Line comes off spinning feels in large loops, that is why spinning reels guides are large, much bigger than casting rods. Casting rods have smaller guides than spinning rods. If spinning reel were put on a casting rod, the line coming off the reel would interfere with the guides.
Here are two saltwater rods. The top rod is a Daiwa 1125 ACG 8' 10-20 lbs medium spinning rod with large guides.
Bottom is a Daiwa Emblem surf rod, 11'4", 25-50 lbs, extra heavy casting rod with much smaller guides.
I know this is a 5 year old thread, but since Ron commented, I will add my 2 cents worth. 5 years ago Liphooked mentioned the "Spine" as being the backbone of the rod. He is right. The "Spine" is where the material that the rod is made from begins and ends and is thicker than the rest of the blank. You can lay a bare blank over the back of a chair, hold the tip about a foot from the chair, and roll it with your finger tips. It will jump ahead and then stop with the "Spine" on top every time. You mark it and put your guides on the "Spine" for a casting rod and opposite it for a spinning rod. This way both kinds of rods flex away from the "Spine" or "Backbone" of the rod. Over the years I have picked up a lot of spinning rods with bait cast or spin cast reels and also bait cast rods with spinning reels on then.
I just laugh because a lot of people just don't know the difference. I don't know that it will hurt anything, but it's just not the way it's supposed to be used. You see kids all the time with either a spinning reel on top or a spincast reel hanging down and cranking them backwards. It is so awkward and I try to explain the right way to use them.
Anyway I just thought I'd mention how to find the "Spine" and where to place the guides on a rod. A friend taught me how and gave me an old copy of a Dale Clements book about 30 years ago and I love wrapping rods. I did a blog about how to build a rod wrapper, if anyone is interested. Jim
Good info here about how the spine of a rod blank works and how to find it, Jim! I've noticed the same misuse of rod/reel combos as you have, usually a baitcast or spincast reel on an upside down spinning rod. WTH?