Daiwa overhead reels

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A bird's nest We've all had them. Don't like them, can't stop them. Casting overhead reels is easy. I've been using them for surfcasting and stray-lining for years, from the early Abu series, Daiwa SLOSH and more recently small, round, bait-casters which are the trick for casting lures forward while on the drift. But the bird's nests still come occasionally – an issue with one of my distal phalanges, I think. Most casting overhead reels come with some sort of magnetic or centrifugal cast-control system.

The smaller bait casters come with a dial-what-you-like tension for the cast control, which is particularly useful when casting lighter weights into the wind. What most systems do is slow the spool by applying slight resistance so when you cast, the spool is not turning faster than the line is coming off – the cause of the bird's nest. A softball-like swing for casting is best, with a gentle flow, pointing the rod-tip where you lure is heading. But give the lure a big punch and a bird's nest may soon follow, or the lure will keep going as the line breaks under the pressure of the cracking velocity. With all the factory-fitted technical innovations and gizmos, still the oldest and most reliable digit for controlling over runs, most of us have already. It comes in one size and once it's been conditioned to casting it works very well, only faltering in failing light and if we get distracted during a hot bite.

The digit is also known as well-educated thumb. So your thumb is sorted, it knows that casting/overhead/free-spool reels hold the world distance casting records, won't twist your line and are better on the drop for working a lure in-gear/out-of-gear style. If you have the patience, an out of gear overhead reel for stray-lining is good fun, with many a removed thumb print from a hot run. That's how you catch the big ones.