Using a reel for lengthening and shortening the line has been practiced since the beginning of the seventeenth century, maybe longer, for Izaak Walton speaks of the reel in his "Complete Angler," though he does not appear to be well acquainted with it, and probably never used one himself. The "wheel" used at that time was a simple, single action reel, and these same single action reels are the only kind used in England today. They are also used in this country for fly fishing. The multiplying reel is all American.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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