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Excellent craftsmanship Brent, very impressive!!
Do you make a simple Gear & Pawl S-Handle option?


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As centre-pin reels have come up...with permission, I am posting some images of a reel made by Leszak Delag, made for UK style float fishing. It was a collaboration in a way- as the maker asked forum members on the Traditional Anglers forum (UK) which features they considered important to include- I seem to remember there was a step by step process posted as he went.
Each and every part was hand made- the back is mahogany inlay with black ebony.

The interesting part to me is that the maker only started this kind of work a few short years ago.
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Just imagine what Leszak could do with a spey reel.. although his first reel was a fly reel version of a St George.

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Just imagine what Leszak could do with a spey reel.. although his first reel was a fly reel version of a St George.

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Exquisite craftsmanship...One of my favourite vintage salmon reels are the English and Scottish Rosewood reels. This follows that tradition of beautiful and functional reels.
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Excellent craftsmanship Brent, very impressive!!
Do you make a simple Gear & Pawl S-Handle option?


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I came across photos of a few more G&P S-handles that I've made...

Bi-Metal Trout and Spey models
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Sweet little lathe - obviously another fan of things that go round and round😉
 

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This thread sure get the juices flowing

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Excellent and unbelievable talent on display in this thread.
I wish I had one tenth of these skills. The pride level meter must be off the chart when you are playing a fish on a reel that you design, machine and assemble from scratch.
 

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Agreed. There are a few individuals out there who make their own bamboo rods, complete with components, plus make the reel and tie the fly. I know of one fellow (in France) who can make the bamboo rod plus the DT silk line to go with it, not the reel- however these were for single handed trout.

I know a handful of rod-makers who could make their own double handed rod, plus the reel to match it, but have yet to do so. None so far- rod, reel, line and fly- has anyone?

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None so far- rod, reel, line and fly- has anyone?
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Does a horse hair line count? Here's a 60' WF9 that I made for single hand work in Alaska. I think I'll try it on my latest 10'6" double hander. I expect to be on the Bow River for spring Browns in a couple of weeks.
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I used to make a reel to go with each cane two hander from my shop. The last pair was a 14' Horgard taper 4pc spliced rod with a Perfect style reel.
 

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Wow, very impressive- of course horsehair counts.. first such line I have heard of.. you probably make handmade hooks as well..

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Sorry - I have not made hooks yet. However, one of my long time fishing buddies did make the jig that Tak Shimizu used to slice the barb on his handmade hooks.

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Here's a bit of a diversion. These were time fillers while I'm waiting for parts for 6 other reels to return from the anodizer. If I get desperate I can unscrew the reel foot from the brass base and fish the reel😁

Clock Reel - 4" Narrow / Large Arbor

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