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Ok . Kinda weird maybe . But does anyone else put the line from the spinning reel underneath their thumb when throwing spinning tackle? (on top of the handle). I have used this method (way)  for 40+ yrs. Works for me with 1lb  (trout,gills) to whatever #. Can cast a long way. (not bragging).. Pretty easy for some folks to pick up , rather than the finger underneath. Doesn't take much getting used to at all. Just something different.  

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Never tried this ,you have me curious!

been using my finger for 50+ years, can't really see how a thumb would work? how about a pic?

Never tried it. It IS something new to me.

I gave it a shot today after reading this, and it worked for me, but grabbing the line and placing it on the handle takes more time for me than to just grab and hold it with my finger.

Always use my index finger. Just stick my finger down and catch the line and open the bail. I also use my finger to feather the cast just like the thumb on a baitcaster. I seldom spin fish anymore though. Mostly fly fishing.

 

I also tighten down the drag and if I need to give the fish line I just back crank. Caught a lot of SM that way too.

It's as I said , just something different. I find that I get more accuracy and more distance using this way. Grandkids picked it up very quickly, but they're not too used to doing it the other way.   

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