I was a little shaver and my grandfather had a willow pole with about 30 feet of staging on it. He had 2 nails about 6 inches apart that was used to wrap line on. My first trip with him to river , he unwound his (reel) and told me to take off with it. I did as I was told and when I got to end of line he told me to throw it as far as I could towards other bank. I arched a beauty and he looked at me and said "Man that was the best cast I ever made" I just grinned!!