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Designing and manufacturing of fly reels is not only my business but also my passion. It allows me to realize my creative abilities and the creation of a new reels  gives me immense satisfaction.

New projects  represent new creative  possibilities and I  constantly endeavor to renew the MEGOFF fly reels  range by exploring the potential offered by new materials and  by creating  new and innovative designs. In doing so I often work closely with my parthners, who share my passion.

I am fascinated and influenced by the aesthetics, history and design of classic fly reels and the master craftsmen that made them. In creating a new MEGOFF reel I am to bring together the best elements of modern and classic reel design, to produce reels that are technically advanced, supremely practical fishing tools that have the timeless quality and appeal of the old classics.

“Amber” reels project.

For a long time I have worked with by my friend and partner, Dutch master  reel  maker Leen Huisman. Leen has a great  wealth of experience in creating fly reels. His reels  represent the perfect combination of original design and modern materials. One of  the  materials, which Leen  has used with great success  in the creation  of his reels, is PEI-plastic. This material has  exceptional mechanical properties and the visual appeal and appearance of natural amber. In 2008, Leen  and I decided to create a new  trout reel design using this material.  After a long design process and  creating of several prototypes, we made the first  Amber 5/6 reel (Fig 1, 2).

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This is a simple reel of classic design without a drag mechanism (click-drag breaking system only).

The Amber reel is now available to order. You can order this reel  through  this website or from Leen Huisman at L.H. Design or  our partner and dealer Mark Leggett at The Alternative Tackle Company.

http://www.lhdesign-flyrodreel.com/fly_reels.html
http://www.alternativetackle.com/page4/page14/page14.html

One of these reels was  the prize for the 2009 annual Fly Tying competition which is held by  the popular  British magazine Fly Fishing & Fly Tying and sponsored by Glasgow Angling Centre (Fig. 3).

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Amber  salmon 10/12 reel

 

(Fig. 4,5,6,7,8,9).

During the spring of 2010 this stunning salmon reel was developed in a joint project between L.H.Design and Megoff.

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The use of PEI sideplates had already been experimented with in the  Amber Trout reel  and we were  curious  if  the  PEI  was  rigid  and  stable  enough  to be  applied as sideplates in a larger salmon reel. The use of artificial materials in fly reel manufacture is, of course, very old: so-called HARD RUBBER and BAKELITE were used in reels during the first  half of the 20th.century (and even later). So the use of PEI is based upon a historic use of materials; however there are some important differences.click to enlarge  Firstly:  PEI is  a very modern  “high performance plastic”. The use of plastics has had a bad name at times, for some applications (and it still has)  because  of the  unreliable  quality  of the  more  common  materials  in daily use. This  reputation was connected to cheap mass produced goods that frequently had to be repaired or replaced. The new generation of  space  age  artificia l materials,  however,  is completely different  and provides greatly improved strength,  reliability  and  stability  and  offers  exciting  opportunities  both  in  terms  of  experimental  design  and  weight  reduction. Secondly:  PEI has a stunning  transparent appearance and a specific Amber colouration and shine that in our opinion  forms a  perfect  combination  for reels in  terms of a  technically and  aesthetically exciting  design, whilst still  being reminiscent of the historic classic salmon reels of old.  The Amber Salmon  reel  has  developed into  a  classic  looking   reel  with  the  most  sophisticated  material  applications.The spool  is machined from a solid block of Ti. whilst the frame is totally constructed from high grade Ti. The S-crank handle was designed after the well known “Serpentine” handles, yet is subtly different to find that specific balance between Classic and Modern design. The drag block features an even, smooth, precise and progressive build up of drag force in 3.5 turns over a sounded traject.  The reel’s capacity is designed to suit all situations of fishing for wild, powerful Salmon and is rated at 10/12 Wt.

This reel was shown to the Public for the first time at the British Fly fair International, November 2010.

 

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The Amber salmon  10/12 reel is now available to order. You can order this reel  through  this website or from Leen Huisman at L.H. Design or  our partner and dealer Mark Leggett at The Alternative Tackle Company.

http://www.lhdesign-flyrodreel.com/fly_reels.html
http://www.alternativetackle.com/page4/page14/page14.html

“Highland” reels project.

Several years ago I designed Alex’s reel 24 и Alex’s reel 57 models. The reels have a unique design and appearance and  a lot of anglers had shown their interest in them. However, I was not satisfied with the  reels mechanical performance and I was still searching for technical solutions for the final realization of this project.

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So, a second challenge for both L.H.Design and Megoff was the realization of a hubless reel with the simplest construction possible. The key problem in reels of this type is always the bearing. The bearing that we found is actually the heart of this reel. It has a diameter of 60 mm and width  and  thickness are both some 2.5 mm.!!!! The  weight  of  it is only 11 grams! Then we chose to make both the frame and the spool from solid blocks of Ti. using the “Monoblock” construction method. Now the following occurred: When the reel was assembled  we  found  that the  “starting inertia” was exactly the drag force required to control a large fish in  its first run. This  in  combination  with  the  ability  to  apply  drag  by  “hand  palming ” the  spool  rim,  meant that, somewhat unexpectedly, we could decide to simply leave the reel  this way,  with  no  further  addition except a distinguished clicker. We developed this reel during a fishing trip to Scotland, where we were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leggett who live at CROSSMOUNT HOUSE, on the southern shore of DUNALASTAIR WATER, which is famous for its  HUGE trout. Mr. Leggett suggested that we give this reel a name to reflect the spirit of the place where it was conceived, and so The Highland Reel was born. The first  one of these  reels is  embellished  with a stunning design of an endless CELTIC knot. This freehand engraving is by Mrs. Den Braven from Zwolle, in The Netherlands, who is the artist responsible  for creating all  of the  beautiful, high quality freehand engravings on the L.H.Design reels. This reel is rated 7 Wt. It should, in my opinion, be fished in combination with an 8 or 9 Ft. L.H.Design bamboo rod, preferably on a  Scottish loch  or river .Some info about its use from  Leen  Huisman:  " I used  this  reel   during a   full  week’s  sea trout  fishing in   Denmark in the spring of 2010.   While fishing  I  dropped  the  reel from a height of 1 meter into  the  sand, because I was curious to see if the sand would disturb the reel’s performance. This was done repeatedly, at different times every day. Surprisingly there was no change of  any kind,   that could  be  determined;  even  after  the  reel  had  been  “washed”  by  submerging  it in  salt  water.  Though  I have  not cleaned or maintained the reel since my return from this week’s fishing it continues to function as brand new."
This reel was shown to the Public for the first time at the British Fly fair International, November 2010.

 

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The Highland 5/7  reel is now available to order. You can order this reel  through  this website or from Leen Huisman at L.H. Design or  our partner and dealer Mark Leggett at The Alternative Tackle Company.

http://www.lhdesign-flyrodreel.com/fly_reels.html
http://www.alternativetackle.com/page4/page14/page14.html

In 2011 we designed  new Highland 3/5 reel

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The Highland 3/5 reel  will be available to order soon.

“Classic Spey” reels project.

Anglers, involved in salmon fishing, have  always been interested in reels of classic design. In 2009 I designed and created two  aluminium  salmon reel models MDS 1012 AR Classic AL (Spey) and MDS 1012 DD Classic AL (Spey).These reels are a classic design with an S-handle and smooth and powerful drag system. Since 2009, these reels have been available for ordering as part of standard models MEGOFF range. Two of these reels were handed  as the prizes on the Spey-O-Rama 2011 for longest cast.(Men's Longest Cast of 167 feet: Tommy Aarkvisla, Norway,. Women's Longest cast of 140 feet,  Whitney Gould ).

In 2011 I designed and created two new  aluminium  models MDS 57  DD Classic AL (Spey) and MDS 79 DD Classic AL (Spey) . Since 2011, these reels have been available for ordering as part of standard models MEGOFF range.

“Sigris” reels project.

“Sigris” is an ancient Greek name for my favorite (home) river Severskiy Donets. Recently I was  overcome  by a sudden  and irresistible urge  to create an  old-fashioned, classiccaly designed reel using  wood. I am currently  working on this project (Fig. 16, 17). And I hope that I can create a beautiful and functional reel (Fig.18,19).

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“GAIA” reels project.

Recently, one  aspect  of my  work has been  the development of new fly reel designs for  orders  from other manufacturers. Thus, in 2008, we created a series of two reels, the GAIA 23 and GAIA 45 for Swedish company IMAGO.

http://www.imagoflyfishing.com/index.php?product=3.

These  reels were  successfully introduced at  The British Fly Fair  in 2009 and  are currently  for sale, through IMAGO's network of dealers.