I met Chris of Shenandoah Rods at the recent Grayrock gathering. After he saw pictures of the 1 weight reel that I recently made, he sent me these photos of a small reel in his possession.
Unfortunately, we don’t know who made it.
It has several interesting feaures, so I wanted to make a record of the design.
I would call this a “frameless” reel, having only a back plate and a line guard for a frame.
Aluminum has not been anodized.
Copper and ferrous alloys in direct contact with bare aluminum.
I try to avoid both these conditions, but here we see that they have not affected function.
Incidently, Chris gave a talk on rod ferrules that I found to be highly instructive. You can find his slides here.
You should read this even if you do not plan to fit ferrules any time soon. It is an education in making close fitting parts.
1. Make female round and uniform using a homemade brass mandrel and abrasive powder.
2. Make the male round and uniform with an external hone (Sunen).
3. Trim the male O.D. using pillar files (Grobet).