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3D Printed Fly Reels



We're pleased to offer these 3D Printed Fly Reels for those wanting the cutting edge of technology. The reels weigh in at 45 gms / 1.6 ounces (+/- a little depending on if its ported or not). The reel is 3" in diameter and designed to hold up to a 5 wt line with backing.

Reels can be customized and range in price from $75 to about $100. If you'd like a custom color or colors, email us at info@eclecticangler.com and tell us what you'd like. We can also add inscriptions and logos to the reel backplate.

Learn more about how I developed my 3D Printed Fly Reels, download a copy of the article I wrote for the American Museum of Fly Fishing's Journal, or check out Field & Stream's Joe Cermele's Hook Shot video documenting the first on-the-water test of a 3D printed fly reel, it was very well done and shows what these reels can do.

 If you have a 3D printer and would like to print your own reel, we are offering the files and detailed printing and assembly instructions for free. Just click the "3D Printed Fly Reel Plans" product below, read the agreement in the product description, add it to your cart and you will then be able to download the instructions and STL files as a ZIP package.

I get a lot of questions about the click check in these reels, so here's more information. The check mechanism is basically the same check that I use in my brass and aluminum reel kits and consists of a short Nylon rod that clicks against a toothed gear. It can be used for both right- and left-hand retrieve and is really a check rather than a drag. Here's a photo (click image for a larger version):


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    3D Drawing showing the improvements in the version 5 design.