A walk and a stream

60 minute drive on a Friday afternoon and I was wading in a gin clear stream making casts to shadows.  Armed with a 3 weight and a small selection of dry’s and dropper nymphs I started the game. It was not long before the colorful willing met the hook and sprang into action.  Today they…

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Fishing Reel Bearing Removal Tool

I bit the bullet and shelled out the cash for a miniature bearing removal tool from Reel speed.  I got a Newell reel in that had the bearing corroded into place in the bearing cup.  In the past this would have been soaked in penetrating oil, heated, cooled, repeated until it either came out or…

Custom fishing reel knobs

  Custom acrylic knobs from Striper Lou on Alantani.com.   Incredible effort and time went into these works of art.  The round feels right for a Jigmaster or Squidder sized reels.  A little grease on the shaft and two 1/8 Alan wrenches and you are good.  Look for more colors and shapes soon.  Here is…

Meet the Super Jigmaster

  The new kid on the block is the Super 3″ wide Jigmaster!   Outfitted with all the latest upgrades from the good folks on Alantani.com. Cortez Conversions side plates with bearings SS guts from Alan Chui at Pro Challenger SS star and handle from Motive Fab Custom Drags from Motive Fab Custom Frame and Spool…

Newell Drags

Newell made two drag options.  The first and arguably the best is the original 4 stack drag system: The original P models had them.  Notice the washer mounted on the drag sleeve.  It provides the additional drag surface for the system.  Most of the Newell reels were made without that little valuable addition.  Thus the…