Multiplier Reel Buying Guide

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Multiplier Reel Buying Guide

Fishing is one of the best-loved traditional past-times and sporting activities around the world. It has existed in various forms for thousands of years, and is a rewarding, challenging, highly nuanced and relaxing form of recreation.

Many people are most at peace with their lives when they are fishing. In modern times, the sport has developed highly advanced technology, allowing fishermen to take it to whole new levels. One piece of tech that revolutionised the sport was the multiplier reel.

It is the intention of this guide to closely examine, in great detail, the various aspects of the multiplier reel, providing this knowledge so that the reader may be able to make a well-informed choice when buying their own. Further, this guide will explore the reasons why the online auctioning platform, eBay is such a great place to shop for multiplier reels.

The Multiplier Reel

This section of the guide will cover the basic function, form and design of the multiplier reel, providing a baseline of understanding from which to expand. The first question that needs asking is: what is a multiplier reel?

This question needs to be answered in two parts. The first addresses what the ‘reel’ is. A reel is a device used in fishing which both houses the fishing line, and allows it to be ‘reeled’ in, or withdrawn. It is essentially a coil, around which the line is wound, surrounded by a metal casing. It also has a handle, which, when turned, takes the line back inside the reel.

The second part of the answer deals specifically with the ‘multiplier’ effect. Multiplier reels feature a series of gears between the handle and the coil. This means that the coil rotates further with each turn of the handle, thus multiplying the amount of reeling that can be achieved with the same amount of input power.

The next question worth considering is one of the advantages and disadvantages of using a multiplier reel, and thus the kind of situations they are commonly used in. These are explored below.


  • Ease of use – multiplier reels are easier to use than their regular counterparts, owing to the multiplier mechanism. It means, simply, that less effort is required to create the same amount of’ ‘reel’.
  • Speed – using a multiplier reel is much faster than using a non-multiplier reel. This makes it less likely that the catch will get away, as they have less time to escape, as well as making the process of reeling the fish in less tiring due to its shorter length.

These advantages mean that multiplier reels lend themselves to deep-sea or boat fishing, as well as big game fishing, where extra speed and power are needed. There are several disadvantages, however. These are as follows.


  • Bulk – the actual multiplier reel is a bulky, heavy and large mechanism. This makes it fairly impractical to use for fly fishing and the like, where manoeuvrability, flexibility and movement are required. As such, smaller, lighter, devices tend to be used today.
  • Complexity – the mechanism is also complex to the extent that it is not worth the effort involved with its operation and maintenance unless the extra speed and power are really required to catch the fish.
  • Cost – multiplier reels are more expensive than most other kinds, and the expense is difficult to justify unless it will really provide demonstrable benefits

These downsides mean that most fishermen will not need to use a multiplier reel; they will only cause unnecessary problems. However, as mentioned above, deep-sea and boat fishermen really need to bring their catches in as quickly and efficiently as possible, and big-game fishermen will find the extra power very helpful in their endeavours.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Multiplier Reel

This section of the guide will cover the main factors to consider when buying a multiplier reel. There are four, and they are:

  • Type
  • Maximum Line Weight
  • Number of Ball Bearings
  • Right or Left Handed


There are numerous types of multiplier reel. The following is a list of these main types, along with brief descriptions of their functions and characteristics.

  • Bait Casting Reel – the bait casting reel is another word for a regular multiplier reel. It has all the features mentioned above. Bait casting reels are susceptible to ‘backlash’, a line snaring problem caused by the mechanism. Commonly used for heavy, salt-water fish, such as sharks, tuna and marlin.
  • Beach Multiplier Reelbeach multiplier reels are designed specifically for fishing on shorelines. They are used because, owing to the comparatively shallow gradient of beaches, the fish are normally found quite far from the fishermen, and this distance makes using a regular reel more difficult.
  • Spin Casting Reel – a spin casting reel is a narrow, relatively lightweight reel, originally designed to minimise the backlash problem of traditional bait casting reels, as well as some line entanglement problems of spinning reels. They can handle light bait and lures, though cannot cast very long lines, making their usefulness somewhat limited in deep-sea fishing and the like.
  • Spinning Reelspinning reels are designed to be used with lighter bait and lures than the bait casting reel, and solve the ‘backlash’ problem. They do sometimes get tangled and twisted, and allow shorter range of casting, but are still very popular nonetheless.
  • Fly Casting Reelfly casting reels are used in fly fishing. Their design facilitates storage of line, smooth action when a caught fish makes a run, and easy casting. They have difficulty with the range and strength of other lines, making them fairly limited in their purpose, but very effective within the fly fishing parameters.
  • Vintage Multiplier Reel – a vintage reel is an older model, valued for its aesthetic and historical appeal.

Maximum Line Weight

Line weight is a delicate balance that must be carefully considered. Line weight is essentially a measurement of the thickness, sturdiness and strength of the fishing line. It is measured on a simple numerical scale, with 1 being the thinnest and lightest, and 12 being the thickest and heaviest. Heavy lines are less likely to break or get tangled, but are more visible to fish.

Light lines have the opposite traits. Reels can only hold lines of up to a certain weight; the fisherman’s preference for line weight should determine the decision of the maximum line weight that their reel should feature.

Number of Ball Bearings

The amount of ball bearings in a multiplier reel directly impacts three things: the lifespan of the reel, smoothness of the action and price. Reels can have between 1 and 11 ball bearings.

The more they have, the smoother the action becomes; the longer the lifespan of the reel gets, the more expensive it becomes. The balance of price and quality must be determined by each individual buyer, which will be based on their budget and fishing habits and requirements.

Right or Left Handed

Multiplier reels can be right or left handed, depending upon the fisherman’s preference.

How to Buy a Multiplier Reel on eBay

This section of the guide will cover how and why to use eBay, the globally recognised auctioning website, to buy multiplier reels. There are two broad reasons: eBay has a great range of products and sellers available to choose from, and is simple and easy to use.

Finding the appropriate area of the website is a simple matter. There are two ways. The first is by following the links. In the left hand margin of the homepage is a list of links to the broadest categories. Select Sports & Leisure from this list and a new list will open up. Repeat this process, following the Sporting Goods and Fishing links.

Next, choose Fly, Sea or Coarse fishing, depending on which kind of fishing you prefer. Choose Reels from under any one of these categories, and finally tick the Multiplier box under the gear ratio/action filtering option. Alternatively, use the search bar, by typing ‘multiplier reel’ into it and clicking the search button. This should attain similar results.

The page on which the relevant products are displayed (which the user should now be on) is called the item listings. The listings consist of a range of relevant products, each represented by a thumbnail image, a name, and a small area of descriptive text. The list can be customised to suit the user’s needs. Customisation options include: type, brand, number of ball bearings, left or right handed, price, condition and seller’s location. The ‘auction’ option allows users to bid on the products, whilst the ‘buy it now’ option facilitates instantaneous transactions.

Clicking on an item will take the user to that item’s individual page. This page contains extensive information about both the product and the seller, including specifications, user ratings and feedback, and contact information.

Using eBay allows for both tremendous versatility of selection, and unparalleled simplicity in the online bidding and buying process, making it a great place in which to shop for multiplier reels online.


Fishing is a time-honoured and revered sport, providing many people with the most sublime and complete form of relaxation in their lives. Equipment is a very important part of fishing, and multiplier reels are an incredibly useful piece of equipment. This guide set out to explore multiplier reels in great depth. The four main features to consider when buying multiplier reels are as follows:

  • Type
  • Maximum Line Weight
  • Number of Ball-Bearings
  • Left or Right Handed

This guide concludes that eBay is the perfect online location for buying multiplier reels, thanks to its wide selection and intuitive user interface.

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