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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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Stan and Me

This was shared to me on facebook today and I thought I would share. It’s a very touching tribute and well worth a half hour of your time.

Stan and Me is fly fisherman Kathryn Maroun’s touching account of her friendship with Stanley Bogdan, the legendary inventor of the Bogdan reel. Although they were a half century apart in age, and came from vastly different backgrounds, Kathryn and Stanley became friends the first time they went out on the river together. Their shared passion for Atlantic salmon fishing sustained an unlikely friendship which lasted, despite some rocky moments, until Stanley’s death in 2011 at the age of 92.

Stan and Me is the filmmaker’s moving tribute to her friend, and a personal reflection on the power and meaning of friendship.

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