Fishing Reels and the History Behind Them

 Fishing Reels and the History Behind Them

How the Sport of Fishing was Developed.

Throughout the ages fishing has become a popular sport worldwide, encouraging folks to compete for that big one. Since prehistoric times the consumption of fish has been a natural instinct of human beings. Thousands of years ago human remains were found in Eastern Asia that had remnants of a partially consumed fish carcass. Therefore scientifically proving that early civilization caught and ate seafood. Cave drawings in Southern France depicted humans spear fishing using barbed poles. This was the first versions of harpooning devices used in deep sea fishing. Then came the Native Americans, which were known to fish with gorge hooks and line tackle.  Early harpoon fishermen of India would take copper harpoons with long cords attached to them. In Ancient Egypt local natives would fish along the Nile River, both fresh and dried fish were the main food source for them. Using harpoons and lines with hooks of about eighteen centimeters, which were created by the weaving of reeds. They preferred fishing for Nile perch, cat fish, and eels. Over a hundred-thousand years ago, catching fish by hand was popular in France. Besides the local fish, natives would also collect shellfish, crabs, clams, and sea kelp all caught by their bare hands.


Names Given For Various Hand Fishing Techniques:

* Flounder tramping

* Pearl diving

* Trout tickling

* Noodling

* Trout binning


Every Summer in Scotland there is a contest held called flounder tramping, this is when participants step upon fish in order to capture them. The name pearl diving is just that, simply when divers travel to the bottom of the sea to collect clams and extract pearls from their interior. Fishermen from the British Isles use a technique called trout tickling, which is the art of catching them by hand. In the United States of America there is a practice called noodling. This is performed by placing ones hand into a catfish hole and lures them with their fingers, once the catfish latches on they’re pulled out quickly. Trout binning is a rather harsh method where fishers use sledge hammers to stun the unsuspecting fish.


The Creation of the Fishing Reel.

First developed in the mid sixteen-hundreds, England made the fishing reel. After it became commercialized there, rods and tackle started to becoming more readily available for purchase. It is said that Onesimus was the original inventor of the first fishing reel. Named the multiplying reel, which was small in diameter and is made of brass. Improving throughout the years fishing reels have come a long way. Many cast flies being used today are created with fine silk, which helps them to travel smoothly through the air.


Different Kinds of Fishing Reels Used Today.

The fly reel is the most common, it’s used by holding the line in one hand while casting out with the other. Some others available are conventional, spincast, triggerspin, spinning, baitcasting, underspin, and center pins.