Category Archives: My Reels

Small Reel

This reel is for a friend who is making a 1 weight rod. The reel is 2.3 inch diameter and weighs 2.6 oz. It uses the one piece spool and one piece frame from recent posts. In a post of … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Burr Removal

When metal is cut, a sharp edge is often left. Part of making a useable product is removing any sharp edges or (even worse) burrs. Even very small details of parts may have detrimental burrs. —— When I developed my … Continue reading

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3D Modelling

An engineering student at Washington State University, Keenan, has gained some proficiency with the 3d modelling software “Solidworks”. I don’t believe that he is a fly fisher, but somehow he stumbled across this blog, whereupon he decided that one of … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Thermal Expansion

The “Fixed Spindle Reel” is my first design with a bushing that runs the length of the spool. I make the bushing of either Delrin or acetal copolymer, and it rides on a spindle of stainless steel. The fit of … Continue reading

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One Reel Available

I have completed all orders for my “Fixed Spindle Reel” and now have one complete reel left. Sold as of June 2013.

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43 Parts

My current design, the “Fixed Spindle Reel”, is comprised of 43 parts, as shown here. If I had the machining horsepower to make a one piece frame and a one piece spool, I could reduce the part count to 25.

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Two Reels Ready

For a local customer, 2.75 and 2.25 inch.

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