An Engraved fly reel

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 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.




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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!


My name is Mark Oberg
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.


The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
And the "MBC" engraving seems like a title from the noble peerage titles in the United Kingdom.

Maybe "Master of British Casting"? ;)

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