spinning reel


Definition of spinning reel

: a fishing reel with a nonmoving spool on which the line is wound by means of a revolving arm which can be disengaged to allow the line to spiral freely off the spool during casting

Examples of spinning reel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The line comes straight off of the spool, but then twists as it is being wound onto the spinning reel. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before You Buy a Fishing Line Winder," 1 June 2020 This Abu Garcia spinning reel gives you a lot for the price, including 6 stainless-steel ball bearings and a 200-foot, 20-pound line capacity. Outdoor Life, "Must-have tackle for catching channel catfish," 14 May 2020 Both of those factors make an ultralight spinning reel the right choice for trout. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Selecting Your Next Spinning Reel," 6 Mar. 2020 Typical 500- to 1000-series spinning reels with a smooth drag will cover many panfish and walleye applications. Outdoor Life, "How To Rig Your Ice Fishing Rods And Reels For Any Fish," 20 Dec. 2019 The set up that most pro anglers now use is a spinning reel with the spool filled with 10-pound-test braid, running to at least a rod’s length of 6- to 8-pound-test clear mono. Frank Sargeant, al, "Should anglers use finesse lures for Alabama bass?," 1 Sep. 2019 The Mitchell 304 spinning reel and Gamefisher series fiberglass rod made by Sears, Roebuck and Co. used to cast the lure were about the same age. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of spinning reel

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Spinning reel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinning%20reel. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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