Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fine Tackle's "The Can" Fly Reel Project

I don't know if you have been following along with Christian Hörgren's Fine Tackle website but besides several fly rod builds, he's also been working on a stellar fly reel project that is just striking.

Christian wrote...  "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 "The Can", with the classic Martin 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 3/4/5 weight rods.  It's a click and pawl reel with a delrin mechanism and a plain shaft bearing in aluminum bronze (JM7).  There is a fixed difference between pay and retrieve, and it can be turned but needs a left hand clicker.  The reel foot is also made of aluminum bronze, the frame is made from anodized 6082-T6 aluminum, and the spool is made of PEI plastic.  The reel weight is 96 grams (3.4 ounces), with spool diameter 72mm (2.80"), and spool width 17mm (0.66")."

Don't think that I haven't already been thinking what a perfect match "The Can" would be to the Christian
Hörgren built Kabuto Rods 7653.  I am at the top of the list if this fly reel ever makes production of any sort.

Check out the Fine Tackle website to check out the other projects that Christian is working on.


dausnasir said...
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dausnasir said...

nice work there! wish to have it on my hand and love the color