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A Salmon Reel

This is the work of my friend Terry, for whom I have shown two other designs. It is a 4.5 inch diameter reel for “big game”. Terry has several decades of experience with salmon fishing including regular visits to Alaska … Continue reading

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A “Perfect” Reel Configuration

An iconic reel design is the Hardy Perfect. I have never had one in hand to photograph but I did borrow a Hardy Bougle from a friend, and it is the same thing except that the frame is raised pillar … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Final

The last drawing covers all the remaining parts for the click mechanism. The kink in the spring biases the pawl for left or right hand wind. There is a blog post on spring bending, 13 June 2016. The “pawl shim” … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Pawl

The clicker has taken me more development time than any other reel feature, except possibly for the aluminum anodization process. I started out thinking that the pawl should be made from steel, since that is what I observed on commercial … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Ratchet & Bushing

The bushing and ratchet are made as one piece. I have not tried gluing two pieces of Delrin together because I don’t know of a suitable glue, and I have concerns about concentricity. Terminology: Is it a ratchet if it … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Knob

Here is the knob and its mounting hardware. The purpose of the pan is to keep leaders from getting wound around the pin, under the knob. The 5-40 thread on the pin has to be cut as close to the … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Spool

Recently I have been making spools from a single piece of aluminum, even though it takes a lot of time to remove all the waste material. An advantage of using aluminum is its light weight, and the most significant aspect … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Spindle

I make spindles from stainless shaft material that is already ground to a fine finish. It is important that this part screws all the way into the Rear End Plate. There is a thread relief counterbore in the plate, but … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Pillars and Screws

I have been making pillars from nickel silver. The two pillars that fasten to the foot have cross drilled holes that are off center. This helps balance the Front End Ring with the heavier Rear End Plate. I buy 18% … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Foot

The foot is made mainly by milling operations. The challenge is sequencing these operations so that the part can be clamped. Only recently did I figure out how to cut the top surface with my lathe. Earlier posts on the … Continue reading

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