Surprisingly, since their invention in England in the early 1700’s and despite almost two centuries of advancements in so-called “multiplying” or revolving-spool fishing reels, the first known twin-drag system commercially designed to apply drag pressure to both sides of a turning reel spool wasn’t introduced until 1997. That’s when Accurate Fishing Products in Los Angeles, CA, began manufacturing its series of revolutionary Platinum TwinDrag™ gamefishing reels.
After speaking with such historical angling experts as Mike Farrior, historian and current president of the Tuna Club of Avalon, CA (founded in 1898 and the oldest big-game fishing organization in the world), no earlier manufacture of twin-drag reels could be determined. Also consulted were marine angling historian Ed Ries of San Diego, CA, author of “Tales of the Golden Years of California Ocean Fishing, 1900-1950,” and J.D. Dougherty, owner of J.D.’s Big-Game Tackle, angling-history buff and a friend of the family of famous angler/author Zane Grey. Ries and Dougherty, likewise, could not recall any twin-drag reels introduced prior to the Accurates. According to Farrior, whose collection of some 200 antique reels includes Klines, Gareys, Kovalovskis, Von Hofes, Steads, Coxes, Hardys and early Fin Nors, Hardy was the first, in 1926, to make a twin-speed reel and, in 1936, Fin Nor made a twin-handled reel, but no other manufacturer created a twin-drag reel prior to the recent introduction by Accurate Fishing Products.