Category Archives: Reels

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 ( 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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Meek 44

A friend recently bought this reel. It was missing 3 screws, two for the foot and one on the backplate. The foot was held on by two “rivets’ made from nails. I had to disassemble in order to get at … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel

I made this reel for an acquaintance from the “Grayrock” rod builders meeting. It is really the same design as the Brass Frame Reel that I recently posted, but downsized for WF3F and 30 yards backing. It would also hold … Continue reading

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Meek 55

Local guide Sam collects and fishes Meek reels. This is model 55. It is 3 1/8 diameter and somewhat more than 1 inch wide. I believe that this is what is called a “leaded” finish. A latch bar pivots to … Continue reading

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Brass Frame Reel

This is my new model for 2014. It was designed to hold a WF5F and 60 yards backing. It weighs 5.1 ounces. Had the frame been aluminum, the weight would be less than 3 ounces. The spool is still aluminum, … Continue reading

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