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Hello Erik and Sandra,
It was nice to meet you at the Fly supply store. Thanks for the nice words about the article.
For sure we will meet in the future, maybe in your beautifull fly fishing cabin, or on a fly fishing show.
Tom and Fousjia.
Sorry for the waiting, I was reading your question today.
You asked me about designing a simple drag system for the future in my reels. I am thinking about it and maybe in a future reel design I will build such a drag system in one of my reels. I am thinking of a little disc brake system.
Thanks for your nice words and I hope to see your reel design photo's soon!!
We met at Daniel (Fly Supply). You told us about the reel and showed pictures of this beautiful reel. You indicated that the full story was on the Internet. We are very impressed by the beautiful piece of work and fascinating information about the design of this reel. Who knows, we meet again (along with your wife and passionate fly fisher).
Erik and Sandra
Superb work, an informative article and a great design. I too am an engineer and have been thinking about a project such as this for a while now. I have large workshop machinery so can use larger bar stock and I'm aiming more toward a 7/8 weight for sea trout and an 11/12 weight for salmon. Great descriptions here and definitely the "poke in the ribs" that I need to get started.
Have you got any plans to incorporate a reasonably simple drag system to future designs?
Thank you, keep up the good work.
hi tom. Can you explain the functions of the gear wheel
Thank you for the interest and nice words about my reels.
As you probably has read in the article at the end, I encourage people to design and make there own flyreel when they have the skills and the equipment and use the article as a guidline and not to "copy" one of my reels. So I don't give any measurement drawings of my reels, I hope that you can understand that. Designing your first reel is a difficult part of the proces, making it your personal reel, but it is great to achieve. I hope that you can show me your reel in the near future!
Do you have blueprints with dimensions and materials for the "third reel design"? I've just started a machining program and think what you've built is awesome!
thanks for any information!
I've one of Toms first reel for sale
Thanks for the nice comment on the reels.
I am not using special O-rings, just a good quality from a tooling company in my own town.
The size is changing with the reel I design, so there are no special sizes, you must choose a diameter of the shaft in your design and then the diameter of the o-ring. Then you make sure that the O-rings protude only about 0.05 mm .
That is done when you make the grooves in the shaft. Buy the O-rings smaller in diameter then the shaft diameter.
Be carefull when making the grooves.
this is a great article, the reels are looking fabuleus, the O-ring bearing design is great, can you give me some more details about the O-rings specific types and sizes.
Thanks for your nice words about the article, I will answer your "technical" questions in a personal mail.
I really appreciate this article. I've read through it several times and will do so several times more. I always learn something new each time. My first reels will probably be along the lines of your first and second models.
The simplicity of the O-ring bearing design is great. I've never heard of it before (which is not saying much as I'm pretty much the beginner). Are there specific types and sizes of O-rings that should be used for this? I've read that the depth of the groove is a result of trial and error until it gives the right amount of friction to eliminate over pull. Is the width of the groove critical or is close enough good enough?
Thanks for whatever answer may be forthcoming. And thanks again for a really great article.
This is a really awesome fly reel. I've never seen anything like it. It's in a class by itself
I am not versed in the laws of copyright and patents but, in my mind, to intentionally try to make money from someone else's idea or art without their permission is morally and ethically wrong. Trying to rationalise it wont make it right.
Fine work Tom.
Thank you for explaining the copyright and patent applications. I know the business very well, I am working at The Dutch Patent and Trademark office. I was aware of the danger that someone could use my design to make a profit when I was writing the article, but the protection against it, is a very costly thing. So I didn' t do that.
Thanks for caring and for the nice words about the " amazing" design and my work.
Copyrights typically only apply to works of art, literature, music, etc. and is automatically granted upon creation of the work. A patent typically covers a design, invention, or product, which covers this reel. Patents are not automatically granted upon creation of the work. All countries, except the United States, function on the "first to file" style of application. This means the first person to file a valid patent application receives the patent. The United States is currently transitioning to this system, but has previously used the first to invent system, which means the first person to invent the design and diligently work towards filing the patent receives the patent regardless of who filed first.
All that being said, I hope you can sleep well at night with stealing someone's design on your conscious. It's no better than literally stealing money from someone.
Amazing design, and amazing job!
I'm not quite sure that your interpretation of the copyright laws are quite valid... if you see a picture of an Apple product or one from Bang and Olufsen without measures on it, does that mean you can copy their design as you please? I'm sure that Apple's and B&O's lawyers will disagree! Copyright is there no matter what text or signs is on a picture, manuscript or drawing unless it's waived (like with Creative Commons) or has run out.
But Tom probably has no lawyers and most likely won't pursue you if you copy and/or sell his design. Whether you want to do that or develop your own original designs is fully up to you and your conscience.
Since all of the pictures are dimension-less, if I machine one similar and sell it, then that's not copyright infringement!
So far I have made one of my own and a simpler one for sale! My spool size is 3.5 in, the line guide is different, and the reel foot extension is different and lighter. Thank you Tom for your great ideas!
Beautiful work. Whoever said that a fly reel is just a line holder has obviously has never seen these works of art.
Is there any way I can get one of those
This is a piece of art.
Can I ask you for a fuller explanation on how you used the router cutter.
Thanks for your nice words, see you at the club!
You've shown me the earlyer models of the fine reels you've made at our club evenings.
And I thought had an idea of what your capable of.
But your new creation realy is something else it not only looks great it runs smooth to pure stroke of geniouse how you've used the fish desin as base plate.
Best regards Gert
Thank you Yasma for the nice comment on the reel.
As you can read in the article, I don't make reels for people to buy.
The past few month's I have got a lot of people who are interested in buying my reel or to make one for them, but I am sorry for you all. At the moment I am working on another project, so keep looking at Global Flyfisher!!
Loved your reel looks great,I would like to have one.
Thanks for the nice cooment on the article, it is a great hobby to make your own flyfishing gear.
To make a design is the most difficult part of the project and that takes a lot of time.
Loved your reel looks great,i have a small machine shop in Cleveland ,Ohio
When i retire i hope to make some reels, looks like it would be a fun hobby.
real nice work you do i hope to more keep up the good work your doing its interesting and no cnc machines wow
Nice to hear from you from my second homeland Surinam, thank you for the very nice comment on the article.
The next time I come to Surinam we must do some serious fishing again in the Surinam rivers and lakes.
See you soon and say hello to everybody!!.
Love from Tom and Fousjia.
Extraordinary craftmanship, proud to call you my uncle, love from Suriname.
Thank you richard for your nice comment on the article.
verey nice Tutorial keep up your wonderfull work
Outstanding design reel, a piece of art and special the idea of the fish as the frontplate, I like that. And a very interesting article about the ins and outs of your fabulous work.
Warm regards Henk van Bork
When you showed me your new reel at the club I was deeply impressed. I knew your abilitys, I've seen your other reels, but this one was something else. What a design, what a craftsmanship, what a beauty!
I am pleased that you liked the reel ,you have to see it in your hand, it looks really beautifull.
At the moment it stands on my desk, but in the near future we go fishing with it !!
Thank you for your very nice comment.
It is nice to hear that you liked the article so much, it was a lot of work making it, thanks for your kind words.
I like reading your articles too!
Awesome reel, a work of art, and truely inspirational. It is almost a shame that it won't be fished.
This is the most delightful reel/project in terms of fly fishing I have seen in years.
Very well done. Kudos to you.
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