Fly Reel Position
The position of the single-action click reel on the trout fly-rod, as every old hand knows, is underneath the rod with the handle to the right, if you are right handed. If you aspire to an honorable status in the most ancient and honorable fraternity of fly-casters, and for numerous other weighty reasons, take due notice. The proper way to use the reel in fly-casting is, as suggested above, to use it as little as possible. The "shooting" of the line through the rod guides at the end of the forward cast, whereby tournament fly casters make such remarkable distance casts and the stream fly-fisherman may drop his flies in a desirable spot quite beyond reach of the one-handed caster, is founded entirely on the caster's ability to use in this way the hand not occupied by the rod. All of which is preparatory to the statement that only with the reel underneath the rod is this method at all practicable.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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