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…]