An Engraved fly reel

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Southernangler, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Southernangler

    Southernangler New Member

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    I was lucky enough to purchase a new Chris Henshaw fly reel, a trout reel 3 inches in diameter. Although it is certainly a beauty in and of itself, I thought it might be fun to engrave it.

    Fortunately, I knew a first class engraver, Neil Hunt, of Nisswa, MN. Neil has made several very nice belt buckles for me, some of which I have given as gifts. Examples of his work can be found at NRHunt.com. Neil is a wonderful artist and quality guy, very nice to work with.

    I sent him the reel and gave him complete freedom to come up with a design. He emailed me photos of his design attached to the reel. I approved it and asked only that he add my initials -- "MBC" -- discretely somewhere on the reel. He complied and today I received the reel. I was frankly overwhelmed by the excellent quality and thought I would like to share the end product with forum members. Neil seemed to enjoy the challenge the reel presented and I suspect he would be open to commissions from other interested anglers. And, I plan to fish this reel, not just display it in a glass case.

    Southernangler

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  2. Porter

    Porter Active Member

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    Very nice!!
     
  3. Matthew LeBret

    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    Stunning!!!!!
     
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  4. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Lights out... that is really nice! I'd be nervous to take it out for fear of a ding or scratch.
     
  5. The Duke

    The Duke Been around

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Holy Cow, please don't drop it. :)
     
  7. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    Damn!!!!!!
     
  8. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Shit oh dear!!!! That looks like something that would belong to the Queen!
     
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    teedub Active Member

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    Go out and buy a cheap reel, transfer your favorite line to it and never take this out of the case you are going order to put in the center of your living room, for this gem!
     
  10. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier FUBAR

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. WonkyWapiti

    WonkyWapiti Active Member

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    That's awesome! I say fish the hell out of it and enjoy it every day on the water.
     
  12. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    That's fvcking an awsum looking reel, and in a 3' damn. That is a work of art for sure. Love the tensioned strap, You'll have lots of joy from that for decades. Then somebody else will, I'm envious.
     
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    Solid work, Solid work indeed
     
  14. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    That sure is one nice piece of work!!
     
  15. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    And the "MBC" engraving seems like a title from the noble peerage titles in the United Kingdom.

    Maybe "Master of British Casting"? ;)