Category Archives: Line/Knots

The K’Nex Furling Machine

I have fished furled leaders for several years now. At first I made them by twisting with an electric drill: https://northbranchreels.com/2010/12/04/furled-leader/ Later, I made a hand cranked furling fixture: https://northbranchreels.com/2014/07/31/furling-machine/ A week or so ago I was contacted by Ben, … Continue reading

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Furling Machine

For more than 10 years, I have made and fished furled leaders, using the method of Claude Freaner. I have now made a fixture/machine to assist in the process. The machine is hand cranked, so I no longer need to … Continue reading

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Perfection Loop

Yesterday was a beautiful day so I decided to take a long downstream wade in the middle of the afternoon. This was after a morning morel hunt. Before starting out, I put new tippet on my leader. I use a … Continue reading

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Spool Capacity

When I designed my first reels, I intended to accomodate 5 weight lines. I set the spool capacity from measurements of some other reel, now forgotten. So yesterday I made some measurements on the line that I installed on the … Continue reading

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Furled Leader

This post isn’t about machining fly reels, but North Branch Reels is the only blog that I have.  This is about making furled leaders, a craft that takes less equipment and less skill than tying flies. Furled leaders have no … Continue reading

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