3D Printing for Fly Anglers

2014 was a big year for 3D printing, and while I am intrigued by the technology that is 3D printing, I didn’t think it was a viable option to include in my discipline. The thought of printing fly boxes had crossed my mind, but since boxes are somewhat pedestrian, I quickly shelved the idea. It didn’t occur to me that a fly reel might be the perfect object to develop in a 3D printer. Fortunately, Eclectic Angler Michael Hackney has been hard at work for the past 2 years developing just such a thing.

3D Printed Fly Fishing Reel
3D Printed Fly Fishing Reel

You can check out the process and numerous prototypes he has produced at Eclectic Angler. It holds a lot of possibilities down the road as 3D printing become more widespread and accessible and includes more materials. The early results are impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings.

Check out the process and prototypes at Eclectic Angler.


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