#projectmonstermagnet The Final Result

My rod building project is now finished.

Blank: Sage One 1090-4
Reel Seat: REC Saltwater Reel Seat RSLL titan
Grip: 6mm Cork Discs
Fighting Butt: Rubber Cork and 6mm Cork Discs
Winding Check: Titan
Thread: Fuji Black A
Thread Inlays: Pro Wrap Metallic Lime
Stripping Guides: Fuji Concept SiC TKWSG Titanium 20mm & 16mm
Snake Guides: Recoil
Tip Top: Hardchrome
Finish: CMW

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Fly Reels Made In Germany

New tackle is always fun! I was searching for a fly reel for my 3/4 10ft. nymphing rod this time. I always look for top quality, because normally I fish my tackle for many many years. So I think it’s better to invest 1-2 Euro more instead of buying cheap and replacing the tackle within the next few years. Anyway, this time I didn’t want to spent too much money for a small reel for trout, grayling and coarse fish. Around 200,- € – 250,- € was my self limited budget.

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There are some nice reels on the market in this price range, but they are almost all manufactured in the far east, with one exception – Vosseler fly reels.

Vosseler are on the market since many years and I know that they are producing good reels, but I never get very close in touch with them. I don’t really know why.IMG_7596I got a Vossler clip tool for tying, which is very exact machined, and still works after 5 years like on day one. So I thought, when the clip tool is so precise machined, how are the reels?

I summerized the facts:

  • a fly reel made in Germany
  • right size and weight for my rod
  • I like the look and the titanium color
  • it costs clearly under 200,- €

IMG_7598I ordered a Vosseler DC2 5/6 at adh-fishing and two days later I got the reel at my home.

The first impression was awesome. Extremly well machined, no wiggle, wobble, waggle of any part on the reel. The break is very smooth. The finish is also very nice, it looks in reality even better than on the pictures. The click sound of the reel is very nice, not too loud … hard to describe…maybe you can say smooth.

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I fished the reel and it performs like I hoped it would – Flawless!                   Very impressive piece of metal made in Germany for under 200,- €. To be exact, the DC2 5/6 costs 189,- €. I saw a lot of reels in the price range of 350,- € and more, which are not even close to this quality.

The only thing I would change: I would close the reel frame completely. That’s just my personal preference.IMG_7600So, what’s the reason I wrote about the reel? Many people might think I got the reel for free and that’s the reason I wrote such positive things about it (like many people do on the web). Nope! I paid the normal price like everybody else. No sponsoring at all.IMG_7602

I was just very impressed to get such a good reel for under 200,- € made in Germany by a company with very high skills in machining metal.IMG_7603

The fly fishing scene is crazy. Single hand fly rods close to 1.000,- €, reels for more than 500,- €, waders for 800,- € and more… everything is getting more expensive from year to year without getting really better…

Not every fly fishermen can or want to pay such high prices. So it’s nice to see, that it is still possible to get good tackle for a good price.   IMG_7605 IMG_7606

Fly Tier’s Little Helper – Part 4 – Dubbing Needle Deluxe

IMG_6014-1Every fly tier needs a dubbing needle. There’s a wide range of uses, like picking out dubbing, to apply varnish, uv resin, epoxy, for splitting materials…

You can use cheap ones for just some cents, they’ll maybe work. You can make one by yourself, or you got an awesome friend like master tier André Miegies from the Netherlands. :-)

André is a very good craftsman and he made me this awesome dubbing needle. It’s not just a dubbing needle, it’s also a bucktail reverse tool. At the end is a recess, so you can use the dubbing needle to push back bucktail when you tie Hollow Flies, Pike Tubes or big Streamer. Works awesome!

The dubbing needle looks in reality even better, than on the pictures! The brighter parts are shimmering like mother or pearl. So nice! I really love it and I will use it for many, many years!

If you also want such a beautiful dubbing needle, you can ask André to make one for you, too. The possibilities of color and shape are almost endless.

Just visit his homepage www.andremiegies.nl  

Or write him an e-mail andremiegies@gmail.com or visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/andre.miegies

Thanks a lot André! I really appreciate your skills! The next beer is on me! :-)

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Fly Tier’s Little Helper – Part 1 – Bug Bond Pro Light Mains Adapter

There are a lot of tools for the fly tier on the market. Some are good, some are useless, some are expensive but worth the money, some are cheap and still super usefull.

I used a lot of different tools and gimmicks in the last 20 years, and in this series I want to show things, which worked well for me and I’ll try to tell you why.

I begin with something very special, the Bug Bond Pro Light Mains Adapter.

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When you look at my flies, you’ll see that I work a lot with uv resin. No matter if I tie dries and nymphs or streamer and flies for pike, seatrout, asp, …

Working with uv resin means, you have to use a uv torch with maximun battery power to harden the resin. I often saw people using a torch with low power, wondering, why the resin won’t cure like it should.

Bug Bond offers a nice solution for the power problem: An adapter for your pro torch to connect it with your power supply at home. You just have to screw the adapter into the torch and you have a super strong uv torch every time.

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To connect the adapter with the torch, you have to screw off the switch at the end.

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Maybe you’re asking yourself how to switch on the torch without the switch at the end? With the Kit comes a solid foot switch like you know them from sewing machines. Just put your foot on the pedal and the torch will do it’s job.

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The torch is always hanging from on of my lamps on my tying desk ready for some action.

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I f you like to use uv resin for your tying, then I can recommend you the Mains Adapter. It’s super nice to use, you got always maximum curing power and you don’t have to care about the batteries.

I use the Adapter now several months and I don’t want to miss it.

New Toys For Boys

I was interested in the reels of the icelandic company Einarsson for quite a long time. I often grab them at my dealer and „play“ with them. Not the cheapest reels on the market, but definitely one of the best. I really like the closed frame. You don’t often find closed frames.

With other reels it often happens, that when you use mono shooting line, it slips between the spool and the frame and that really sucks! A closed frame makes the reel also very strong by lightweight construction.

Well, here it is, my new Einarsson 5Plus. Perfectly machined reel with a super smooth sealed break. The colors name is „champagne“ and it fits perfect to my Sage One rods. For a stylish guy like me, matching colors of the tackle is very important! ;-)

I bought it for my 6 and 7 weights, but you can fish it on a 5 weight with no problems. I guess it could also work on a 8 weight, when using very thin backing.

Can’t wait for the new season to start! :-)