Monday, April 8, 2013

This reel has been a pet project over the last two years. I have designed it, and it's built by my friend Anders Schagerström. We have been exchanging ideas and pictures daily, and sent material, images and prototypes between us. All in the search for the perfect fly reel.

The working title has been "Can", with the classic tuna can reels in mind. The design is classic and minimalistic, but I tried to give it a unique touch with the engraving on the frame and the choice of materials. I have been looking at my favorite reels and made a Frankenstein of them. Bits and pieces from all over the world and the last century.

The size is perfect for 3/4/5wt rods. It's a click and pawl reel with a delrin mechanism, with a plain shaft bearing in aluminium bronze (JM7). There is a fixed difference between pay and retrieve, and it can be turned but needs a LH clicker. The reel foot is also made of aluminium bronze, the frame is made from anodized 6082-T6 aluminium , and the spool is made of PEI plastic. The reel weight is 96g (3.4 oz), with spool diameter 72mm (2.80"), and spool width 17mm (0.66").