Neat stuff. I don't own any Tibor (or Pate) reels anymore but dozens have passed through my ownership in the past and countless fish have been caught on them all over the world. It's a really good product that has stood the test of time.
Regarding the reels, my late father had a line, “One doesn’t need a Rolls Royce to deliver pizza.” Where this applies to the reel is that they are way overbuilt. I’m not saying that in a negative sense, but I don’t think there is a reel on the market that is built as solid as my Tiber Everglades that I use for pike.
Actually the man that changed saltwater fly fishing goes back further to Capt. Bob McChristian who invented the Seamaster reel. At one time Seamaster reels were responsible for 90% of Salt Water fly fishing records and a Seamaster fly reel was just about impossible to get.
I heard of Seamaster in an article over 40 years ago that stated that the two most prized fly reels were the Bogdan and the Seamaster.
Here is an article about Seamaster from the Miami Herald in 1982. They are no longer made. I had to personally meet with Bob McChristian when I was in Miami for a medical conference to get him to sell me reels. I was into collecting reels and I wanted a Seamaster.
So I went to the address on the Sunday that I flew in. The address was was in an industrial park and led to what looked like a garage with a mailbox. I looked in the mailbox and there was a letter from the President of CBS. I was at the right place. There as no name or any other indication that the world's best saltwater reel was made in this place with every part made by one man.
Check out the prices for a Seamaster back in 1993.