This description applies to reels of the standard design, but in late years special reels to do away with the thumbing operation, always difficult for the amateur, have been invented. These are called "self-thumbing" reels. This device is entirely concealed inside the reel and consists of simple weights attached to the flanges of the spool. They are said to work very well and enable the amateur to cast a bait as well as the experienced fishermen, without letting the spool overrun and make a "backlash," as a tangle of this kind is called.
Another fine reel brought out in recent years is known as the anti-backlash casting-reel, and it is intended to govern automatically the rendering of the line, and is said to do so to perfection. This reel requires no thumbing. This is accomplished with only a fraction of an ounce additional weight to the reel and with a device so simple that it is hardly worthy to be called a mechanism. The braking effect is adjustable in a moment, entirely without the use of tools, to suit any weight bait. If desired, a half turn of the adjusting screw releases the brake and the reel can then be used and thumbed as an ordinary reel.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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