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My Reel Protection

I'm about a year behind on this
After reading about how fellows here protect their cherished reels while on the river, I felt that I had to share my kit.

This is a big shout out to Robert/Bob/Bigfoot


While Bob (Bigfoot) was building my custom call out Spey and Dee fly wallets, I had asked him if he could be so kind and build something else for me.
I wanted some reel protection while on the river. For hiking down to the river side, in a boat or just leaning up against a branch, bench or over hang while waiting for rotation, having lunch or sharing a story.

After many emails, measurements and more emails, Bob came up with these beauties:



Both have my initials on the front flap. The flap is secured by earth magnets, for a clean look.
Bob also integrated a strap to protect the handle from scuffing and for extra security.



The inside is completely lined with sheep's wool, same as his wallets. Great for wicking away moisture and added protection.



The over strap wraps around the reel seat and the earth magnets hold the flap in place. You can see from the above photo how the reel is just nestled into place and the amount of protection that is offered by the leather and wool.

The back side is equally as handsome.



Bob's craftsmanship is superb !! Quality of materials is top shelf and I am truly pleased and proud of this bit of kit !!
I am just amazed with the amount of talent within our community here !!


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Dang!! Those are really sweet! Thanks for sharing.
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Those are very cool! How much does he charge for those beauties? I want one!

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Those are very cool! How much does he charge for those beauties? I want one!

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They're beautiful Mike but I see those in the same light as my Arne Mason cases.
I can't see that I could be able to have a rod setup like that sitting in the rain in a guide's boat or standing up against a tree or wall getting scuffs, scratches and dings.
It would pain me to have that case damaged almost as much as the reel it's protecting. That's why I have the neoprene equivalents.
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Bobs stuff is amazing ...... now if I could only just hang on to a wallet instead of giving them away to good friends lol
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Oh my friend, I am careful with my kit. They are carefully and thoughtfully placed while in rest. Not thrown against a tree or on rocks, I respect my gear and the builders who have put their efforts into creating them
At the end of the day, they are tools of the trade and they go to work. Rain or shine, cold or warm, they are fished.
They are not abused by any means, but they are used.

You are a great friend Bruce !! It all comes back


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Those are "reel" sweet looking Mike and classy! Sure beats my $12 neoprene covers. I hope you oil them regularly with a saddle soap? That will waterproof them and stop staining should something get on them.

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Wow, now that is something unique and very classy....kinda goes well with your rods, reels and flies that you have shown us here
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I see that I need to contact Bob again, dang those are sweet
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Those are way too classy for me...
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Mike,

You have taken reel protection to a higher level. The cases you have shown are a good example of fine workmanship and practical design.

Do you find it convenient to store the cases while you are out on the water? My soft leather or neoprene cases can be compressed to a flat shape and stuffed into a pocket. Your cases are beautiful, but probably need to be stored in a backpack on the side of the river. How do you manage the storage?

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Post of the day. Sheer beauty!
Thanks for sharing. The workmanship is equally beautiful as it appears to be functional.
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I've never seen any reel protectors like those Mike and I've seen quite a bit of tackle and accessories. Very nice.
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