The Reelsmith's Primer:
The Art of Hand-crafting Fly Fishing Reels
Michael L.J. Hackney
BOOK OVERVIEW148 pages • 107 B&W photographs and illustrations • includes full scale reel plans and design templates • 8.5” x 11” SOFTCOVER • spiral bound to lie flat on your workbench
BOOK DESCRIPTIONIn The Reelsmith’s Primer, author Michael L. J. Hackney has finally made reelsmithing accessible to the inspired angler. With a few basic hand tools, an electric drill, and Michael’s proven techniques, material selections, and clear step-by-step instructions, the reader will learn how to create functional and beautiful fly reels.
Following introductory chapters on the tools, materials, and techniques used, the aspiring reelsmith completes the four basic reel sub-assemblies: the frame, spool and drag, handle, and reel foot. The book’s task-oriented approach helps the reelsmith stay organized and keeps the process enjoyable. The final chapter, Reel Enhancements, presents ideas to customize the basic reel and techniques to help the reader design their own fly reels.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK“Here is a delightful project. With a few, basic tools, anyone can make a family heirloom for generations to come. You will be captivated by this book, inspired to make a gleaming piece of angling history and art, the fly reel.”
-- Darrel Martin, from the foreword
ABOUT THE AUTHORMichael L. J. Hackney is a self-described Eclectic Angler. He resides in central Massachusetts near his home waters, the Squannacook and Nissitissit RIvers. He is the founder of the Reelsmithing forum (www.reelsmithing.com) and The Eclectic Angler.