Fishing Reel Design
Reels are made of brass, nickel-plated brass, aluminum, rubber, German silver, and rubber and German silver combined. The cheapest are brass and nickel plate. The best are made of German silver.
The best single action reels have the handle attached to a revolving side plate, which takes the place of the revolving handle. They are strong and simple and do not offer a place for the line to become entangled. The handle should taper, being smallest at the outer end, and the edges of the side plates should be rounded and smooth so that they will not wear the enamel from the line.
There is another form of single action click reel which has no side plates, simply a pair of rims held together by the pillars and a post-up the left side to which the spool is attached. The handle is attached direct to the other end of the spool. The "Expert," "Featherweight" and "Ideal" reels are of this pattern. They are very good and are used considerably for fly fishing.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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