** Spinning Reels **
Until Daiwa came out with skirted-spool spinning reels in the early 1980s, all spinning reels featured a spool nestled inside a rotating cup that also carried the bail mechanism. Newer skirted spools eliminated the cup and extended down over the upper part of the reel body. Supposedly this helped reduce line tangles, and soon all makers switched to this design. But something was lost in the translation. Specifically, casting distance. That's because the spool diameter of almost all skirted spools is less than the old-style counterparts of comparable overall size. Other things being equal, you'll get greater casting distance from a reel with a large-diameter spool. And having fished the older reel designs for about 20 years pre-skirt, I never found tangling to be that much of a problem in the first place.
So when distance is a consideration, I still use an old-style reel. These types of reels are less common now, but contemporary versions include the high-end reels made by Van Staal, a few still imported 300-series Mitchells, and the Penn 700 series spinning reels, which are an excellent value. Distance casting usually isn't a consideration in bass fishing, of course, which is partly why skirted-spool reels remain so popular. But there's some logic in favor of the old-style reels here, too. A number of bass fishermen, for example, are experimenting by flipping and pitching lures with spinning tackle instead of the baitcasting gear with which these heavy-line techniques were originally developed. In this case, larger-diameter spinning-reel spools are a big plus, better able to handle lines of 17-pound-test and greater.