If you would like to donate $5 US, you will be able to download the 3D Printed Fly Reel Files immediately and you'll be helping support my work in 3D printing and new reel development! PLEASE NOTE, usually your order confirmation email will have a link to download the files as a zip package. On a few occasions, this does not happen for some reason but you can always log into your store account and be able to download the files directly. I do try to monitor the emails for donations but if I'm traveling I may not be able to respond immediately if the link is not in the email.
Please read and agree to the following CONDITIONS:
I like to print the reel in PLA. I have also printed them in ABS. Nylon should work also. The design and clearances were optimized for PLA and ABS, Nylon may be different. If you succesfully print a reel in Nylon, let me know.
These files are standard STL files that can be opened in your slicer application or most CAD programs. I like to use KISSlicer but most any slicer will work.
The reel weighs in at 45 gms / 1.6 ounces. It is 3" in diameter and designed to hold up to a 5 wt line with backing.
Posted by Ed T on 19th Sep 2016
I have just finished printing the fly reel and I am really impressed with the design of this model. Everything fits together perfectly and it is very smooth and is a much nicer reel than I thought it could be. I am going to learn to fly fish now that I have a nice reel!
Please put me on your waiting list for a brass silent check reel kit.
Thanks Ed, glad you enjoyed printing it and do give fly fishing a try!
Posted by CodonExe on 15th Jun 2016
Well done EclecticAngler! Wonderful product. This combines two of my passions, 3D printing and fishing, woot!
Posted by Lee Arbour on 21st Apr 2016
I ordered the 3D Reel plans from the Eclectic Angler a while back and am extremely happy with them. The reel printed exactly as designed and the fit and finish are excellent. I live in northern Maine so I have not had a chance to hit the local stream yet, but I have no doubt that the reel will perform wonderfully on the brookies we catch. My buddy and his girlfriend are so taken with the reel that I told them I would make them each a birthday gift of one once they purchase the plans for themselves. Thanks again to the Eclectic Angler for the wonderful product and the after purchase support and advice.
The EclecticAngler replies...
Thank-you Lee. Send some photos of your reel!
Posted by Mark Ingle on 15th Jan 2016
The fly reel design from Michael is a fantastic 3D print for all fishermen! It will make a great spare as a backup reel or put it on your favorite rod and use it full time. I have printed several for gifts and I will have several in my boat for spawning crappie and bream. Thanks for making this design available!