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spencerhicks 01-26-2011 06:35 PM

Trouble with Reels
Hey everyone, just playing around on the drafting board during the cold months here and I'm wondering what problems you guys have found with reels you've owned, or what you would like to see in a reel. I've tied enough flies for my spring fishing so I'm just exploring different things now.

Rip Tide 01-27-2011 10:51 AM

Re: Trouble with Reels
I'm not going to hotlink, but you may want the checkout the reelsmithingforum (dot com)

Here's a picture of the reel my fishing partner made that was included in the book The Reelsmith's Primer
It's a nice accompaniment to his homemade cane rods.... he made the case too.

Ard 01-27-2011 12:49 PM

Re: Trouble with Reels

I don;t hear about or have a lot of trouble with the reels I own. What I have seen more of than anything are the cages of reels getting scuffed up. Having a really deep anodizing process or making the reels in Spitfire finish like the one Paul has pictured above seem to be the two best ways to keep reels looking good.

As for drag or spring & pawl systems I would say that the less articulated the mechanism the better the service they seem to give. If you were to manufacture a reel that could be corrupted by sand and water etc you will have problems because many people (I'm not one of them) often submerge their reels or lay them in the sandy soil at the shore while dealing with a fish. For this reason a sealed drag system seems a wise choice for todays fishermen.


Rip Tide 01-27-2011 02:27 PM

Re: Trouble with Reels
The reel in the picture is actually made from a brass door kick plate from the homestore

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