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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ... then enters into a corresponding hole drilled through both the outside and inside ferrules, and of course makes change of position of any kind impossible. A little use of the file at a point on each side of the ' catch' would facilitate the process of lifting up with the finger nails. It is fair to add that my favourable opinion of the spring-clasp joint is given only after examination in camera, and that I have not had an opportunity of putting it to the test of actual work. Mr. Gregson, however, has shown me a number of laudatory testimonials from fishermen who have done so. REELS. If Reels have not in the matter of ' improvement' quite kept pace with the improvements in Rods, they are yet prodigiously in advance of the unmechanical windlasses with which our forbears, in the not very distant past, were content to reel in the victims of their prowess. But I will not slay the slain twice over, or evoke, merely for the purpose of exorcising them, the ghosts of 'Pirns,' "multipliers," "winch-winders" and other similar lusus natures, which if not actually as extinct as the dodo, soon will be.... Of modernised improved reels or winches that which presents, perhaps, the greatest actual novelty is Slater's "Combination Reel," so called because uniting the qualifications of a Nottingham reel and an ordinary plain or check reel. This it does without diminishing the efficiency of either. It is also vastly superior to the old-fashioned open Nottingham reel, in that--being confined to the barrel by transverse bars--the line cannot be perpetually ' winding off '--or I should say 'twisting off--the reel proprio motu when not wanted, and hitching its loose coils round the reel itself and everything else in its vicinity. Nottingham fishing a...
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