The multiplying reel has double side plates at the handle end and the handle is not attached to the spool or the central shaft, but is set to one side and is connected with the spool by means of cog gearing. A double multiplying reel turns the spool twice to one turn of the handle, and a quadruple multiplier turns the spool four times to one revolution of the handle. Tb« object of this is not only that they will wind up line faster, but that they may run more freely, for multiplying reels are used in bait-casting and the momentum of the bait must draw out the line from the reel. They are made long in proportion to their diameter, for the running of the spool must be controlled by pressure of the thumb when casting, and the narrow kind would not allow this. When winding in line it must be guided by the hand so that it winds evenly on the spool.
These reels all have balance handles. All of them are fitted with sliding click and some of them with a drag. The drag is to make the reel run harder and tire the fish.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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