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    Hi folks, I am Michael Hackney - The Eclectic...

    Hi folks, I am Michael Hackney - The Eclectic Angler. Although my main interest is reelsmithing and teaching people how to make reels, I also make Walton's Engines and Production Furling Machines....
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    Reelsmithing Overview

    Here is the link to the Reelsmithing Overview I mentioned. Many anglers have built a fly reel simply from the information in this presentation.

    Reelsmithing Overview

    Cheers,
    Michael
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    You got your book fast! I had to work a bit to...

    You got your book fast! I had to work a bit to convince my publisher that the hardcover spiral binding was the way to go! I have too many "how to" books that are impossible to use in the shop. I...
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    ducksterman, "shhhhhh!" making furling engines...

    ducksterman, "shhhhhh!" making furling engines (which I love to do) keeps me from working on my reels! There are only so many hours in a day and after my job, wife and kids take up the first 30, that...
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    Hey folks, I'm the guy that wrote the book The...

    Hey folks, I'm the guy that wrote the book The Reelsmith's Primer that just came out last week. My mission is to show anglers that it is possible to build functional and attractive fly reels without...
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    John, I just reread your post and wanted to...

    John, I just reread your post and wanted to clarify something. All 3 hooks rotate in the same direction. The Walton's Engine was meant to furl 3 strands of horse hair. I make 3 strand furled leaders...
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    Thanks for the link Kathy. It was great meeting...

    Thanks for the link Kathy. It was great meeting you too and I look forward to coming up to Maine for the SuperBoo!

    Darrel Martin bought one of my engines this summer. There are photos of it and...
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