The fishing reel has been around for centuries in one form or another. Ancient tribes would fashion reels using polished animal bones and wrapping them in metre after metre of self-drawn string. But what exactly would the consequence be if you weren't to use a reel? Let's get to know reels, what they do and how they impact the practice of fishing.
Reels are considered one of the central aspects of a fishing rod and are mainly used to release enough line for bait to be carried to a remote location away from the fishing vessel or bank/ pier. The main advantage of using a reel is that the fisherman can control the amount of line that they have released, as well as being able to limit the extent that it is allowed to travel.
This is hugely beneficial when a fish has been caught on the end of the line, as more often than not they'll attempt to swim away from the location that they've been captured. Most modern reels will implement a locking mechanism that can be flicked to stop any further line from being taken away from the rod itself, thus limiting the distance that the hooked fish is able to travel
Once the distance of the line has been limited by the reel, it's a simple process of winding the mechanism in order to draw the fish in the general direction of th fisherman. Although using a reel sounds like an obvious solution to catching a fish, there are several negatives that go with using a reel.
The main negative is that by locking the distance of the fishing line, it will add pressure to the line itself, which can sometimes result in the line snapping. There are ways around this, for example using a stronger fishing line than standard thicknesses. Another negative aspect of using a reel is that it will rely on multiple metres of line being woven around the reel mechanism itself. The main consequence that occurs is that the line can become tangled.When this happens, it can be a very difficult task to unravel the line, while keeping the captured fish under control.
So there you have it, the pros and cons of using a fishing reel on a rod. They can be hugely helpful when it comes to capturing and reeling in a fish, but they can also do more harm than good if they misfunction.