Category Archives: Reels

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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Engraved Reels

My engraver is now operational; here are the first reels. This is the same bronze frame design I have made for more than 2 years, but with some porting holes left out to make room for lettering. This is the … Continue reading

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More of Greg’s Reels

Greg is an Ohio based bamboo rod maker. In November 2014 I posted pictures of two reels that he made from my plan set (eclecticangler.com). Greg is now seriously into reel production, using CNC to assist on the more complicated … Continue reading

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Alan’s Reels

Home shop machinist Alan has made these two reels from my plan set for “Fixed Spindle Reel”. The end plates of the spool are darker than on my reels; I think he may have dyed them instead of electrolytic coloring.

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Billy Pate Reel

I have borrowed this reel from a friend, who has it loaded with monofilament (?). It is a disc drag reel, more complex than the simple click pawl reels that I make. These are my notes for a possible future … Continue reading

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Greg’s Reels

Greg is a bamboo rod maker and Grayrock attendee. He has the plans for my first reel design, and has recently completed two examples. He even set up an anodizing cell and then dyed one of the part sets. I … Continue reading

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