Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Okay, that one was easy.
But when trolling can you grab the rod, fight the fish and reel in your downriggers at the
same time? Ah hah. That gets a little trickier. Sometimes it’s not such a bad idea to have
a levelwind feature on your downrigging reels so all you have to think about is winding
frantically. Nor does it hurt to have a solid, one-piece graphite frame, a large drag
surface and your choice of lever drag on Shimano’s Charter Special or star drag on Shimano’s TRN. And
you can even use both reels for light saltwater applications. Overall, it just makes the
whole process a lot less complicated.