Category Archives: Reels

More on Powder Coating

Terry continues to powder coat his reels. I have not used the process, so the following text is his note: “Powder coating has not been a hard process to master. In fact it is really pretty simple. The most important … Continue reading

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Brass S-Crank

This reel, serial number 72, will probably be a one-off. I have given up trying to make batches of reels to sell. It is 3 inches across pillars. Because it is mostly brass it is heavy, 7-1/8 ounce. Only the … Continue reading

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Terry’s Reel #6

This is my friend Terry’s most recent reel project. The intended use is steelhead and salmon fishing with heavy tippets. Photo of the finished reel. This reel is 3.75 inch in diameter and is patterned after a Hardy Marquis #9, … Continue reading

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Reel #4 by Terry, Trout Size

Another reel by Terry from Idaho. He has been busy designing and making one-off reels for his own use. I think this one is just slightly larger than his first reel. Pictures and captions below by Terry. Here a 1-1/4” … Continue reading

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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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Terry’s Second Reel

Terry is bamboo rod maker in Idaho. In June I posted pictures of his first reel. Now he has produced a 2.25 inch diameter reel for a 5 foot bamboo rod. This is about as simple and straightforward as a … 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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Terry’s First Reel

Terry is an active bamboo rodmaker, now from Idaho but with background in Michigan. I met him once at the RKP rod shop. He has equipped himself with Grizzly mill and lathe and is starting out on reels. This is … Continue reading

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Inefficient Use of Material

I am starting a reel with a winding plate, similar to a “Perfect”. Here are the aluminum parts. Left: spool, 25 grams from a 233 gram blank (10.7%). Right: frame, 42 grams from a 391 gram blank (also 10.7%).

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Leo’s Reels

Leo is good at English composition (as well as many other things) so I will just post his Email as sent. “Hi Dave My name is Leo, I’m from Germany, been fly fishing for the second year now. Last fall, … Continue reading

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