spinning reel

noun
a fishing reel mounted on a spinning rod, having a stationary spool on the side of which is a revolving metal arm that catches the line and winds it onto the spool as a handle is turned, the metal arm being disengaged during casting so the line spirals freely off the spool, carried by the cast lure.

Origin:
1945–50

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Most anglers prefer a quality level wind reel, but in a pinch you can get by
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