Long trotting is a fishing method for which many anglers prefer an or- -dinary centrepin reel, but this does not mean that they cannot practice it perfectly well with a fixed-spool reel. The technique is to take up slack after casting, and then open the bale-arm so that as the float drifts down through the swim it pulls line off the spool freely. If line is running out too freely, the extended finger comes into play, not on the spool, but close by it so that line in slipping off brushes against the finger, the friction slowing the rate of flow. When the float disappears, the finger is clamped hard on the reel spool, stopping the line flow at the same time as the rod is raised swiftly to strike.
One of the minor problems of the fixed-spool reel is that line occasionally springs off the spool without warning. Sometimes this is due to the wind, sometimes to
twisted line, and sometimes to overloading. Whatever the cause, this has been the subject of criticism by anglers fishing with fine tackle over long distances. Others complain that for long trotting it does not give instant control.
The closed-face reel was designed to overcome these problems and to provide easier reel control. This kind of reel is closely related to the fixed-spool and works on the same principle in that the drum itself remains stationary.
The same problems of casting light weights are involved, and as the line spirals off the drum and out through the vent of the reel face the friction is slightly greater.
Most closed-face reels are sold with line of about 6 lb b.s. Already wound on. The optimum b.s. For these reels should be 15lb of monofilament. Do not use braided line. It tends to bunch and pile up inside the reel facing, wasting line and fishing time.