Fishing Reels

Fishing reels are some of the most common types of sporting equipment used in the world today. When combined with fishing rods, they become an excellent tool for catching fish. It's true that many people go fishing for recreation purposes but there are also people who fish for survival or profit. As fishing has been around for a long time, fishing reels also have an interesting and rich history that goes back farther than you would assume.

The earliest known fishing reels were first depicted in Chinese artwork around 1195 A.D. The painting was done by Ma Yuan. Physical fishing reels first appeared in England around 1650 and by the 1760s, there were tackle shops all over London to cater to the many fishermen in the city. In 1820, a man by the name of George Snyder invented the first fishing reel in North America, and its design soon became extremely popular amongst his fellow fishermen.

There are different types of fishing reels. First, there's the Centrepin reel. This reel is mainly used for flying fishing and it's very simple in terms of construction. In fact, it has stayed relatively the same since Charles Orvis patented it in 1874. Since then, there has not been much improvement except in the ability to reel in fish that are larger than normal. Fly reels rely more on a fisherman's strength than anything mechanical because they use a drag system. Today, automatic fly reels use special spring mechanisms to help reel the fish in. Still, at the core, fly fishing rods are simple.

Then you have bait casting reels. In these fishing reels, the line is stored on a special bearing that's supported by a revolving spool. These are the kind you see on the average fishing rod. The reel is mounted on the rod which is why it's called an overhead reel. These fishing reels date back to sometime in the 1600s but they didn't become popular until the 1870s. In the past, they were constructed with iron or brass gears and operated by using back winding to retrieve the fishing line. Nowadays, they are made out of aluminum or stainless steel.

There are other types too, like the spinning reel, which is a fixed reel that dates back to the 1870s as well. These were designed to accommodate light false bait that couldn't be properly case by casting reels.