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Quote from: wfjord on April 16, 2020, 09:34:09 PMI've wondered why fly reel makers didn't put more substantial handles on their larger reels. Maybe some do, but I'm not aware of them. Tibor offers a "speed handle" design, appears to be hinged and slightly offset, but it otherwise still looks like a regular knob.
QuoteThose bigger reels, 10 weight & up, are way out of my league --I don't have the financial resources, proper boat, gear, etc., needed to pursue that kind of fishing. I admired those big gold Penn fly reels decades ago in Florida tackle shops, but they were never practical for me any more that a Seamaster would be and I admired those, too!I have a couple of 9 wt reels, and for my current state of fishing I have no need for anything larger than that. With stripers being the largest thing I now target, I have gotten by for many years with an 8wt and landed fish up into the 30lb range with it. Although, a 9wt does provide a greater sense of security with a bigger fish on, and you can stand in a river and really zing a heavier weighted front end out there.
Quote from: jurelometer on April 16, 2020, 11:12:11 PMQuote from: wfjord on April 16, 2020, 09:34:09 PMI've wondered why fly reel makers didn't put more substantial handles on their larger reels. Maybe some do, but I'm not aware of them. Tibor offers a "speed handle" design, appears to be hinged and slightly offset, but it otherwise still looks like a regular knob.It is a bit of a tradeoff. The knob cannot be so wide that it sticks out past the edge of the spool and prevents palming for extra braking and pumping. And you have to be able or slide your fingers out and away from the knob when a fish takes off, so you don't get whacked. Some blue water species are really good at surprising you. Same stuff that you probably have experienced with bigger stripers. It just happens faster and hurts more.Since you are letting go of the knob all the time, having to fumble around to get the right grip on a flat sided knob is a pain. So round knobs prevail.Since the knob is attached to the spool, it cannot be too heavy either. It will unbalance the spool without a big counterweight, and it will hurt even more when you get whacked. And finally, catching coils of line in the knob when shooting a cast can be a problem, further limiting design choices.That Tibor thingy is for speed winding. A clever idea. I haven't tried it. Tibor also makes a somewhat oversized knob called a gorilla handle. I made something very similar for my Abels. I am working on some prototypes of larger knobs, but nothing that good so far.
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