Definition of palming:
The act of slowing down the reel by applying pressure with the palm of your hand to the spool while fighting a fish. Typically, palming is done on a fly fishing reel and some of these reels are designed with a palming ring to aid in this technique. Other types of fishing reels where palming can be utilized are centerpin reels and mooching reels. Any reel designed with an open frame can be palmed.
Variations of the term palming:
• Palming ring
How to use palming in a sentence:
The fish took, so he tried palming the reel to slow the fish down.