Archives for September 2017

Let’s Look Back: Good Casting’s Still The Key – Part 3

The excellent level wind reels on today's market have a variety of controls to help with your casting.  You've got to learn how to use these controls properly if you ever expect to be pleased with your reel's performance.  Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

The excellent level wind reels on today’s market have a variety of controls to help with your casting. You’ve got to learn how to use these controls properly if you ever expect to be pleased with your reel’s performance. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

I doubt there’s another tool available to fishermen that’s responsible for them practicing their profanity more than the level wind casting reel.

That’s as true today and it was when I first got into fishing.  Today’s top reels are terrific angling tools.  You should have seen what I started with way back in the mid 1930s.  I cut my fishing teeth at a time when all we had to work with were the old fashioned knuckle-busters.

The handles on those early day reels were called “knuckle-busters” for a good reason.  The handles on the darn things revolved backwards as your line peeled off of the reel when you made a cast.  [Read more…]