PLEASE NOTE - I have no way of sending you the files if you enter the wrong email address and also enter fictitious phone numbers and address. I have no way of contacting you in this situation. If you register and do not hear back from me in 5 days or more, please email me directly do not reregister as there is probably an issue with your email address. That way I'll have a valid email address. DO NOT email me directly without first registering first though!
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
The instructions and STL files in a zip file will be emailed to you - usually within 24 hours - after you register. I made this change because over the last year a few individuals (actually more than 100) filled in the form with inappropriate comments or gobbeledygook. This raised the concern that they did not read (and agree to) the reasonable CONDITIONS outlined below (PLEASE READ THEM).
The 1000s of folks who provided their email addresses can confirm that I have only sent two email updates to the list over the course of the year. One email announced the availability of the updated version 5.1 reel files and the other a new ultralight 3D fly reel in development.
Unfortunately, this new process might result in a delay before you receive the files and for that I apologize. While you wait, I encourage you to read the Printing and Assembly Instructions.
If you are in a hurry or if you would like to support this project and my innovative work in 3D printing and fly fishing, you can make a small donation and the files will be available for immediate download here: 3D Printed Reel Plans - $5 Donation
If you've already downloaded the files and would like to make a donation (even $1 would be great), please use this PayPal button:
You can download the instructions without registering to see what's involved in printing and assembling the reel.
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.
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Posted by Unknown on 8th Feb 2017
The reel was rather easy to print and was really forgiving if the print wasn't perfectly accurate. Overall, the instructions for printing and assembling it were pretty good. Good job designing this printable reel. Thank you for sharing your creation, I look forward to catching some fish on it this spring.
Posted by Skakrew on 7th Dec 2016
So nice you offer that for free!
Really good reel for really light setup
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Oct 2016
Very nice job. Thanks for the public opportunity to access very fun project. I am finally getting to run smoothly. Thanks!
Michael's reply. Glad you like it. I still don't understand why people take the time to submit a review for a completely FREE product, say nice things, and give it 4 starts. It defies explanation.
Posted by gabe king on 16th May 2016
This is a great product. I saved a lot of money ordering the files. 60 bucks to be in fact. Thank you for making this free to the public
Michael's reply. Glad you like it. I don't understand why you only gave 4 stars though? That just doesn't make sense given your review comments.
Posted by 30 Falkland Rd, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ES. UK on 14th Apr 2016
Excellent product. It's obvious how much work has gone into producing this. I have made the fishing reel and am just waiting to try and catch my first trout of the season on it.
Posted by Susan on 21st Mar 2016
This was a very simple project to print and to assemble. The parts fit together extremely well. The only suggestion I would make is that the instructions should include photos of the parts to make the project simpler. As a non fishing person I did not quite understand what part was what when gluing them together.
Posted by JW on 20th Jan 2016
This is awesome. We got our printer dialed in and the reel prints flawlessly. The only problem we had was using PLA or ABS for the click drag, they would break or wear down quickly. But we started using zip ties and problem solved. Thanks for the great design!!
Posted by Steve on 3rd Nov 2015
The files worked great and our students love watching the printer in operation. Thanks for your generosity!
Posted by Randy on 26th Oct 2015
This product is not only functional, but generated with 3-D files that are very usable with minimal support structures.
Posted by Chad on 22nd Oct 2015
I love building stuff that I can use, I love fishing, and I just got a 3d printer at work.
This is an awesome design that I'm having a lot of fun making! Thank you so much for the willingness to share!
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