November 26th, 2001

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Modern Fly Fishing Reels, Problems and Outlook

By Alex Kaplun and Vladimir Rachenko, Kharkov, Ukraine

In preparing this article we were faced with several seemingly insoluble problems. The first was for whom should this article be written? For the amateur fly fisherman, who may only understand a little of the fine art of fly fishing, or for the professional who may well be experienced enough to be extremely discerning about the selection of his tackle. We have decided to aim the article at the amateur and hope that you experts do not take offense, indeed you may pick some useful information up too.

The second problem was from which point of view we should consider the problem, from the position of a manufacturer of fly-fishing reels, or from the point of view of direct consumer, i.e. the fisherman. Fortunately, this problem was not so great as we are both anyway! It was difficultly enough, as given this article concerns problems and directions of development of all kinds of fly fishing reels, and as fly fishers, we are limited to narrower circle of our own fishing predilections and experience.

Also, in the process of writing this article we have tried to avoid to run into some complications, with which many publications on fishing themes suffer, in our view. Reading such kind of the next 'publication' called, for example, The Encyclopedia of the Modern Fisherman and with surprise we found out the information, familiar up to date, at times of centenary prescription, with repeating from one year to the next year, from edition to edition, mistakes. The only advantage of such kinds of 'publications' is - it would be desirable to desert it as much more far and as much more faster go fishing.

On that, likely, there are enough of introductory words, as we begin to remind preliminary apologizing speech, let's say, if nothing will be understood, or it is not pleasant, so remember, we warned you...

So, what by itself should the modern fly reel represent? Is there any problems in designing the modern fly reels? In what direction should move their development? We hope, that, answering on these questions, we could help you to better orient in a huge variety of various fly reels made by very talented craftsmen and by huge well-known fishing tackle corporations.

Every fly reel, without exception is designed to perform the following functions:

    Fly-line backing and fly-line storage.

  • WINCH:
    A mechanism for reeling the line in.

    Allows the fish to tire and protect the delicate tackle from breakage.

    Allows the rod to be balanced which facilitates the casting process.

    Attractive overall look and special design.

    The AFTMA (American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association) classification, which determines the most common parameters of fishing tackle, according to the different types of fishing for which reels are intended, some mentioned functions may, or are poorly expressed, or to be absent at all.


    It is natural, that the reel of a certain size should contain an appropriate weight class of fly line and an appropriate amount of backing. Determining the correct fly-line is relatively easy as the reel manufacturers specify the recommended weight of fly-line for a particular model of reel. With the backing it is less obvious and there are no clear rules, however as a general principal the smaller the reel and therefore the lighter the weight of the line, the less backing one is likely to need. Some manufacturers, for example Abel, Tibor and Loop are making the extremely large reels with backing capacities up to 300-500 m. And the reasons are obvious; people are fly-fishing for larger and larger fish. Just imagine oneself in Hemingway's situation with 'the old man' on the end of the line and only having 30 yards of backing on the reel!

    But the function of storage is not just for storing a certain amount of line and backing, it is also to store it safely. The reel must have a reliable and safe container for the line and backing, the spool, which will not damage them. Because of this, reel manufacturing companies continue to research new and better materials (lighter or stronger), coating and plating, which prevent fly-lines getting damaged by corrosion. Usually, the spools and frames of reels are made of light aluminum alloys and than anodized. And there are only few companies in the world who make a fully machined Titanium fly reels (LH Design, Charlton, Megoff, (fig. 28) Henchel). Figure 28, Megoff Although these reels are quite expensive, look at the following characteristics: Titanium as material is more than twice stronger then all existing aluminum alloys. It does not need any protective coatings. The material may work well up to 500 C. 100% corrosion protected in fresh and salt water, in organic and non-organic acids and Alkalitieses (Sulfuric acid, Nitric acid etc.). We predict the BIG future for such kinds of reels, especially if their price gets down.

  • Figure 1

    In certain cases, extra special attention is given to the parts of the frame through which the fly-line exits. Some companies, such "House of Hardy" and "Abu Garcia" have placed in these 'windows' - a roller or a static fly-line protector, either chromed or ceramic coated (see fig. 1). Figure 2 The quality of anticorrosive and anti-frictional coatings of many of the well-known firms, such as Orvis (see fig. 2), Tibor and Henschel (see fig. 3) is such that the reliability of the reels is extremely high. Figure 3 Many firms are spending lots of R&D dollars in this area and we believe that soon we will see hi-tech ceramic coatings will replacing traditional anodizing. There is however the possibility that some of the currently available coatings will detract from the overall aesthetics of the reel thereby conflicting with one of our essential functions, that of the 'fashionable toy!'


    Figure 4

    The functional suitability of the reel is defined by its ability to perform the essential function of reeling in the fly line and backing, thus it is desirable, that the design of the reel allows us to do this without too much effort and in such a way that the fly-line and backing are placed onto the spool uniformly. It's also important that when reeling in the line and backing they do not snag on parts of the reel. Designers of leading firms give this question a lot of attention, let's look, for example, at the Abel reel handle (see fig. 4). The handle is made from a special wood and the shape is such that the fingers find it easily and do not slide off when reeling in. At the bottom of the handle a special washer is mounted which prevents the leader sliding between the handle and the spool. Other parts of the reels of the respected manufacturers are produced according to the same high principles. All these "details" are important and the special attention to these type of details is the rule for the respected manufacturer.

    Figure 5

    A good reel should allow precisely enough work with the line and fly, and for the reels of a different classifications this may be provided using different conceptions. Some kinds of fly fishing assume fast and uniform (proportional) enough winding of line to provide the necessary fly's movement. Fishing with Nymph flies, with weighted leaders, some kinds of sea fishing, require fast and enough uniform (proportional) pulling up of a fly. To provide this, many manufacturers make reels supplied with various devices for fast retrieve. For example, look at Orvis "Battenkill High - Speed Retrieve" (see fig. 5), supplied with the mechanism accelerated lines retrieving with 1.:1 and 2:1 ratio. Figure 6 This is effectively a multiplying reel, that is the number of turns of the spool is more than the number of turns of the handle. There are fly reels, called "automatic"; automatic spool's rotating provided using steel spring's energy (this principle realized mainly on all mechanical watches). Now such kind of reels are not very popular and from modern reels it is probably the only model: "Mitchell 710 Automatic (see fig. 6).

    Figure 7

    There are reels with electrical drive winding, for example: "DAM Quick Fly Fish Electreel" (see fig. 7).

    All of these fly fishing exotics did not get enough wide circulation/popularity and application.

    Figure 8

    Figure 9

    However, recently, in the field of perfection of this function of fly reels has appeared really the "revolutionary" innovation - "large arbor" spools which has combined in itself constructive simplicity and, somewhat, has solved the problem of fast fly line retrieving and safe line and backing storage. This successful compromise has caused that now practically each manufacturer have in their arsenal either: or special reels with "large arbor" spools, or delivers replaceable L/A spools on the standard reels. A lot of examples: Orvis "Vortex", Orvis "Battenkill Large Arbor," U.L.A., Loop "Evotec," "Megoff" (see fig. 8, 9, 10, 11) Also, L/A spools gives to flyfisherman and some additional advantages providing more stable work of brakes, better control and comfort while fishing in different specific situations.

    Figure 10

    Figure 11

    For example: one very respected Russian fisherman specialized on salmon fishing, on our question: "Why do you so love to work with L/A spools?"

    He has answered us the following: "Imagine...Quite big salmon species took the hook, and practically instantly "has pulled out" from the reel the line and all stock of backing. After that salmon turned in another direction and with the same speed runs directly to you. And you're starting to regret that winding ratio of your reel is only 1:1 and you have no time to wind all this back."

    In this section also it is necessary to bring attention on to "Anti-Reverse" reels, as now practically all well-known companies have in their arsenal one or two such kinds of models. This kind of reels are very popular at present because of their convenient and safe principle of work So, when the line goes screaming off the reel hooked to a bonefish, tarpon or striper, you can get your knuckles rapped hard with a handle that's spinning about 16,000 rpkm in reverse. An anti-reverse eliminates this problem! When the spool is spinning in the line - out direction, the handle doesn't move. The handle turns only in the 'line-in' direction. On D/D (Direct Drive) models the handle is connected directly to the spool and revolves with the spool in both directions...

    One of our friends, adherents of usual D/D models, is figurative and not without a little of irony said that A/R models ideally suit for piano players, programmers and surgeons. Really, yours fingers will not suffer in any case, if you use such kind of reel. In our opinion, these reels, on their basic qualities, just a little differ than usual (D/D) and desire or unwillingness to recognize them concerns closely to psychological aspects of fly angler.

    Figure 12

    Finishing the story about A/R models we would like to show you a pair of examples of such models (see fig. 12, 13) on which are represented A/R models of "Orvis" and "MEGOFF."

    Figure 13


    Perhaps, there is no other such functional feature of modern fly fishing reel, which would cause so polar attitudes to herself from flyfishers and manufacturers of reels. On pages of the specialized magazines, on different fly fishing Internet's chats and forums, you may find a lot of articles and discussions between fly fishing experts about, whether the powerful brake for reels of an average and heavy class is necessary in general. There are a lot companies which produce similar classes of reels with brakes or practically by complete absence of brakes. For example, Orvis "Vortex 7/8" and Abel TR/3 (see fig. 14, 15).

    Figure 14

    Figure 15

    Why one fisher uses reels with rather powerful brakes, while another, even having the similar reel, use its brake function in a minimal volume, i.e. only for easy breaking to avoid entangling of the line when working with the line? The essence of dispute of such adherents and opponents of brakes can be tried to transfer in imagined fishing dialogue of two fishermen specialized on salmon fishing:

    "Why have you got this super fashionable 'Vortex?' Is there any benefits from these powerful brakes?"

    "Well.. yes! I saw yesterday your acrobatic manipulations with the Abel, when you hooked the big salmon. Are your fingers safe? You have broken them so, that is still not clear from whom a smoke, from hands or from the reel's rim control?"

    "But anyway the fish has been caught! And you with your super powerful brakes, while tried to reach by hands the drag control knob and slightly reduce the drag moment, your fish "has broke off" the fly at once."

    "And when I caught the huge salmon the day before yesterday? Quite quietly! You would never stop him, and I has stopped him only because of my powerful brake, although telling the truth she acts quite quiet and such kind "of art gymnastics" as your today's juvenile fish did not show, just pressed by authority and their weight... And so on..."

    If we closely ponder about this dialogue, the first impression is, that this problem carries only psychological character. Really, among the fly fishing fans there are a lot of fishers, which in a half of hour of fly fishing will take in hands the spinning rod with a spinning reel. Every spinning reel has the disc drag system of brakes... Means that with brakes on spinning reels everything is OK, but for fly fishing reels this issue is still under discussions.

    Often, even the skilled fishers can't explain particularly, why they do not like a reel. Certainly, the roots of this phenomenon lays, and in the special and ancient traditions of fly fishing, in psychology of fishermen. Therefore many of them tried to confine their catch not to brakes, but to own fingers and feelings.

    So, what, in our point of view, is bad with brakes of present fly fishing reels, and what is good, also what they will be, or should be?

    About reels brakes from 0 up to 4-5 classes, very probably we could not say much. Their usual purpose is easily breaking to prevent "entangling" of the line and backing when working with line. Design differences of such kinds of brakes are minimal.

    Figure 16

    Look at the classical models of Orvis "Battenkill" (see fig. 16) and House of Hardy "Marquis" (see fig. 17) for example, and you will make to itself complete impression. The brakes on such reels have so traditional and settled design, that some of them are still in production and continue to remain "very popular."

    Figure 17 Recently our English friend and business partner has passed us his Hardy's "Marquis" from own collection. The reel made by famous company 20 or 30 years ago, was in a perfect working condition, and most important, externally absolutely similar as, featured in their catalogue for year 2000. The only thing, which irritates some fishers on such and not only such kind of reels is importunate, pursuing sound of click. The people preferring silence and calmness on fishing, this sound is very (extremely) annoying. And, if on models such as "spring and pawl," or "Click and Pawl" the presence of a click is a specific design feature of brake, on some other models with disk brakes the presence of click (sound) is not improved by anything (just for sound). Although, in some situations an outgoing click may help to better determine the speed of running fish, it seems for us rather doubtful indemnification for such information.

    Though, we are absolutely sure that such models have their own niche on the market today, simply, fishermen should have a choice to turn it "On" or "Off."

    Now, let's get back to a problem with brakes on the reels of middle and heavy class.

    To understand it, let's try to recollect just a little from school lessons of physics.

    So, there are only few physical principles of absorption and dispersion of energy, on which the brakes of reels can be designed:

  • Frictional brakes;

  • Hydraulic brakes;

  • Magnetic and electromagnetic brakes.

    Frictional brakes or brakes of dry friction

    The absorption and dispersion of energy occurs because of friction of two or more surfaces with each other. This process is a very well known for a long time and described by the following Law:

    Force of friction = coefficient of friction multiplied on force of pressing of one surface to another.

    From the above follows that to influence on a force of friction between two surfaces, in our case this is rotated and motionless disks of the brake, i.e. to make the brakes more or less powerful, it is possible using only two ways, either use materials with a big friction coefficient, or to increase the force of pressing. This is the only fundamental law the manufacturers use in their research works...Also, the special attention is given to selection of a frictioned materials of brake disks made from and, of course, to their own designs of brake systems.

    Figure 18

    Unfortunately, in designing of classical disk brake systems of reels, recently, we may see (in our point of view) quite not clear and sad tendencies. The quite good and efficient enough design, on our view, is thoughtlessly duplicated up to irrationality. The example is an application of cork in materials of brakes. Yes, this material well enough works at low compression of pair of friction, yes does not change much their characteristics if a little water will get (penetrate) on to braking surfaces... And many, even a very solid and respected companies, begin a thoughtless race. Let's open, for example, "Orvis" year 1999 catalogue and we can see the following table (see fig. 18). (We have overtaken all competitors! The brake disk of our reel has the largest area in square inches!)

    Let's try to find in the above mentioned formula the size of braking discs surfaces? The same tendency we can see and with other reels manufacturers. It seems sometime, that in design of new reel's brakes involved the same people which love big develop external design/look of the same models of reels. And all of this finally, "pours water on a mill" of the opponents of brakes in general.

    Such brakes non-uniformly and unstabely work, have quite high level of "startup" inertia, they change the characteristics if water gets (penetrating ) between surfaces of disks, they have quite small braking adjustments range.

    Let's recollect arguments of the fisher, opponents of brakes at all. "Better by fingers, than such kinds of brake."

    Figure 19

    Now some more physics. Let's try to draw the diagram of changing the force of braking (brake moment) depending from the speed of rotated spool (speed of running fish) for disc brakes (fig. 19). By physical feature of a frictional brake, which is very useful, is that they are constant and do not depend from speed. Some increasing, or reduction, comes in area of very high speeds and is explained by structural changes in a superficial layer of pair of discs because of high temperatures, which arose during friction. But this fact should not disturb us much at the moment. Much more unpleasant feature of frictional brakes is the existence of "friction of immovability" and "friction of sliding," to tell more correctly, the differences between them for the same (subject to friction) pair of materials. The factors of "friction of immovability " and "friction of sliding" for one pair of the materials can sometimes be differ in tens times. It results, to so-called in magazines and catalogues "startup inertia" of brakes. In what it is expressed practically. Look at the diagram. Let's assume, you adjust the brake after fish is on your hook. A fish runs away very quickly, you increasing the braking moment until the point marked (Md) (See fig. 19), and the fish stops. It would seem, all is good, the leader, line and backing are OK, the fish is stopped. But now the braking moment transforms from the (Md) ("friction of sliding") to the point called (Mo) ("friction of immovability"). Suddenly, the jerk of the not-absolutely-got-tired fish follows and brakes which have not had time to be reconstructed on former point (Md) further do not "let off the spool," and breakage of the leader follows. The opponents of brakes are in triumph.

    But it seems to us rather early. It appears that there are pairs of materials, "friction of immovability" of which differ very little from the factor of "friction of sliding." It gives some hope to the adherents of the disc brakes. Some manufacturers of reels, conduct the scientific researches on selection of such materials and have already achieved the certain success. Also, try to look at the brakes of your car! Does anyone see any cork?

    The successful example of application of Teflon as material for brake disks is known quite well. This material has extremely low "factor of friction", and the difference between "friction of immovability" and "friction of sliding" are very low. We (MEGOFF), for example, in design of brakes of our reels using the few pairs of rather small in diameter discs called "stainless steel - carbon fiber composite." It also has the very good characteristics and some other advantages, such a wide adjustment range. Braking discs are fully sealed in the drag block to protect them from water or sand.

    Hydraulic brakes.

    Figure 20

    The absorption and dispersion of energy occurs for the account of a liquids leaking through an obstacle (small hole or few holes...). To the honor of the designers of reels they have not missed this principle and have created the STH reel with hydraulic (turbine) brakes (fig. 20). Unfortunately, we think, this idea does not have any future, as the physical principle incorporated in the design of such kind of braking system, contradicts the basic requirements to brakes of fishing reels. What means? Following the law of hydraulics, hydraulic brake has changeable and nonlinear dependence of the braking moment from speed (in this case rotations of the spool). On small revolutions of the spool the brake does not work at all, and than faster fish runs, the braking moment is higher. But it is an absurdity.

    Magnetic and electromagnetic brakes.

    Very probably, reels, with brakes designed on such physical principle have a big future. Really, it is possible to get brakes with any characteristic on speed or acceleration of a fish. A brake does not have any mechanically contacted surfaces. Some attempts already were, for example, in creation of spinning reels of a very famous company DAM, in designs of some multipliers of Abu and Shimano. But until there will be designed the compact and powerful enough constant magnets and sources of energy, to speak about application of this physical principle in brakes of fly fishing reels seems too early.

    There are some more features of brake systems of modern fly fishing reels, which it is necessary to mention. If on light models of reels the braking moment is small and does not create any inconvenience when reeling in, but on reels of middle and heavy class this may be quite inconvenient. Therefore designers develop for such reels special systems which disconnect the brake when reeling in. Mainly they design a kind of "One way toothed clutch," which connect or disconnect the motionless braking disk with the reels frame, depending on a direction of spool rotation. Mainly, all reels manufacturers used the same principle with a minor constructive changes. Some reels, including ours, are equipped with a fully sealed "one way clutch" or "one way bearing" system which in our point of view is much more reliable and long lasting.

    There is one more important issue, which should be solved and some of manufacturers are working on it. As we explained before, the brake of fly fishing reel should correspond two functions. "Put on the brakes," a little when working with a line and to create a quite big braking moment when playing a fish. Mainly on all modern fly reels we may see this contradiction and fight with it we may only by regulation of brake knob depending from fishing situation.

    But not always we have enough time for it, and because of that some fly anglers prefers to set up the braking moment of their reels only to work with a line. And we suppose that soon some of manufacturers will release the reel on which we could with only one movement of hand to set the brake from the smallest braking moment to another beforehand regulated point.

    That's all probably... But we would not suggest you to be under delusion that if we know all the problems that early or lately we will see the fly reel with all mentioned features. That not right.

    If we solve this main problems we will be definitely facing to another problems, such as: complication of reels design and therefore reliability deterioration and of course weight increasing.

    Most likely, from the brakes point, reels will be designed of two versions: simple and light with some kind of "click & pawl" system and more complicated and heavier with disc drags.


    As fly fishing is a quite mobile kind of sport and angler should make plenty of manipulations with their rod, reel and line, so, therefore there is a question about how easily and conveniently to do it. In our case the speech goes about the reel, as some kind of "concentrated weight/mass," which with their weight and arrangement on the rod influence on the balancing of system "reel - rod - line." The inattentive attitude to this question will result not only to the raised fatigue while fishing, but also, and this is even more important, that you can not realize correct and normal cast. What is necessary to know and to do to prevent this? Regarding to the reel it seems impossible to decide unequivocally is should be it lighter, or heavier? It is possible, if you already have the rod and the line and just seeking the proper reel size. In other words, the system should be balanced the way the center of gravity of the entire system ( Rod - Reel - Line) should be in the point, in which you hold it when casting, i.e. in the handle of your rod. This will allow to lower loading on the stroke of your hand and to achieve exacter casting performance.

    Now about some concrete situations. So, it seems, that for "ultra light" and "light" fly fishing tackle, i.e. up to 4-5 classes, balancing of system unequivocally requires enough light reels. It is because of big technological progress, which was achieved by rods manufacturers. Modern fly fishing rods of a small class made from hi-moduled carbon composite, kevlar and boronfiber, are only 60 - 70 gram in weight. Therefore, it requires and small weight of reels for good balancing of the "system." Because of that, many firms make such kinds of reels of extremely simple design and therefore they are very light.

    Figure 21 Figure 22 Examples: Orvis "Traditional CFO 123 (fig. 21), which weighs only 91 grams, or even lighter Loop "Featherweight Midge" (fig. 22). But for the reels of middle and especially of heavy class not so unequivocal.

    Figure 23

    In modern fly fishing there are two in parallel developing directions. Let's call them: "American" and "European." The first one differs by using of average and heavy classes of ordinary (single-handled), rigid and quite short rods. The "European" direction assumes using double-handled, soft and quite long rods. Naturally, requirements to the balancing, and consequently, to the reels weight, for double-handled rods are not so important. Figure 24 Taking into account, that the progress in creation of extremely light rods has touched and rods of middle and heavy class, including double-handled, the problem of creation of light reels for this kind of rods should become in the near future. However, it is possible to solve this problem not only by reduction of weight of the reel. Some firms, such Abel (fig. 23), or Henchel (fig. 24), made their standard models with some special reel feet, which allow to change the positioning of the reel on rods handle, i.e. to balance "system" by changing center of gravity of entire "system."

  • This is an obvious and a very interesting design. It is necessary, however, to mention, that when the speech goes about balancing of the "system," all conversations are concentrated, as a rule, about so-called "static balancing." However, "reel - rod - line" - is the system which while actual fishing is in the quite not simple movements (casting etc..) and, actually, speech should be about so-called "dynamic balancing," i.e. about centering the handle of rod not with "center of gravity" of static system, but with their "center of inertia." But this question is very difficult to solve, and the effect from its realization may be insignificant and may not worth of spended efforts.


    Despite on "irresponsible" name of this section, this is a very important function and appropriate attention to it, may or ruin reputation of even very good constructive (mechanical) design of the reel, or help to a very ordinary reel to be "a hit of season" or "best seller." A few examples from our own experience:

    Designing our first reel, we consciously avoided excessive ornamentation's and "too shiny look" of our reel. The reels had matte black color, of which should be, in our view, "the weapon of really professional angler." This was our mistake! The summary from one of first clients: "Hey Guys! The reel is simply brilliant, drag is smooth as butter, machining is superb! But! We, Americans, love shiny, mirror polished things ... Look at our automobiles and aircraft -they are nickelled, chromed, mirrow polished...!" What we could respond to him? We just recollected the famous American general Patton with his, not less famous chromed, with pearl colored handle revolver and began to make polished reels.

    The second characteristic example. All our reels are made under the "block" scheme. A few years ago we made our "disc drag's and bearing's block" fully sealed and it was impossible to take it apart without some special tools. But it appeared, that among fly fishers there are a lot of such people, who are not only use the tackles for their direct purpose, but also love between fishing seasons to sit in their houses near fireplace and to clean, to grease, to take them apart to check their working condition... And to own the such kinds of reels is their RIGHT.

    Figure 25

    Figure 26

    And very often, the design and overall look of the reel is determined not only by necessity to solve some above mentioned problems, and also with desire to please momentary, not always technically caused, tastes of the consumer (market). Figure 27 Figuratively it can be something like this: "I want to have a car, which externally looks as "Rolls - Royce" of release 30 years ago, but the internally should be super modern... " Examples: Peerless (fig. 25) or Bellinger - Saracione (fig. 26) We too have experience of manufacturing of such models. (fig.27)

    In general, in modern fishing tackle industry, the advertising of goods is on the "chapter of a corner." The angler, who is going to make the right choice, should remember it and learn how to separate "true" and "false" from some advertising articles. Otherwise, he will be under certain risk to get the next "fashionable toy," which will be years under big layer of dust in their tackle box.

    Of course, the first impression about modern fly fishing reel is formed, first of all, on the basis of the promotional materials of the firms - manufacturers and resellers, own experience and experience of friends and acquaintances. But only one article of skilled and respected tackle expert, which professionally describes features of tackles and familiar with technical aspects of their design, is worth immeasurably more than hundreds of advertising declarations.

    The big pressing of modern advertising and development of outdoor recreation industry have caused a certain type of the consumer, which is absolutely sure, that if he bought the modern, expensive and good advertised thing, it will be simply the best thing on the market.

    For instance one of our clients, complained on bad quality of the reel of one of the world;s the most respected manufacturers. The situation was as follows: he drove with the son on fishing with speed of about 50mph, son has played with the reel on a back seat and accidentally has dropped the reel out the opened window. There was no limit his indignation. The reel was not simply scratched, but the reel was broken (split).

    In conclusion of all listed above, we would like to say the following:

    The same as there are not and surely could not be absolutely perfect thing in the world, and there can not be an ideal and perfect reel, which would satisfy all of us. Otherwise all over the world would exist the only one unique/ideal/perfect model of car, plane of reel!

    This circumstance gives to both manufacturers of tackle and anglers as customers, hope and sense to be slightly different from each other, and to be involved in the witchery - FLYFISHING! ~ Alex Kaplun and Vladimir Rachenko

    About Slex and Vladimir

    Both are graduates of the Kharkov Aviation Institute. Vladimir specialized in composite materials and dynamic modelling flight and tenzometric methods mass/force measurements. Alexander worked in the aircraft manufacturing industry of the former USSR and worked on the construction of the AN-124 "Ruslan." At the College he did theoretical and practical research into the dynamics of aircraft landing gear, he also took part in research connected with construction of the soviet space shuttle "Buran."

    Megoff Titanium Salmon Reel Alexander and Vladimir are familiar with modern technologies in the aerospace industry, and they apply these in the making of their products. Kharkov remains a vast aircraft-building region so access to high grade materials and the latest technologies is relatively easy. Alexander has been a fisherman for more then 30 years, and fly fishing for more then 15 years, much of that time making his own fishing tackle and tying his own flies. Up until 1996 we made fishing gear just for ourselves or for friends and acquaintances. By early 1997 our reputation had grown and to satisfy demand we started to make small amounts of fly reels, flies and fly tying gear to order. Megoff is actively researching magnetic drag systems, Titanium and large arbor reels. You can visit their website at:, or contact them by email at:

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