DOUBLEHAND REELS

3-3/4" SEASPEY PROTOTYPE IN COCOBOLO
AND STAINLESS STEEL
Specifications:

* 3-3/4" diameter Cocobolo spool
* Designed for saltwater and freshwater use
* Adjustable proprietary Lignum Vitae drag
* Proprietary coil-sprung corrosion-proof ceramic ball check
* Injection-type spindle bearing lubrication system does not require disassembly
* Open stainless steel frame allows for easy and thorough clean water rinse
* Left/right-hand repositionable line guide ring
* Line capacity: 7.5 cubic inches
* Weight: 10.8 ozs/306 grams

 
4-1/2" SEASPEY CONCEPT REEL IN TEAK
AND STAINLESS STEEL
Specifications:

* 4-1/2" diameter Teak spool
* Designed for saltwater and freshwater use
* Adjustable proprietary Lignum Vitae drag
* Open stainless steel frame allows for easy and thorough clean water rinse
* Left/right-hand repositionable line guide ring

 
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4-1/2" SEA REEL IN BOCOTE
AND STAINLESS STEEL
Specifications:

* 4-1/2" diameter Bocote spool
* Designed for saltwater and freshwater use
* Adjustable proprietary Lignum Vitae drag
* Proprietary leaf-sprung corrosion-proof ceramic ball check
* Frameless stainless steel design allows for easy and thorough clean water rinse and palm drag
* Left/right-hand repositionable line guide
THE LIGNUM VITAE DRAG
Lignum Vitae drag and ceramic ball check for the Seaspey reel
For those who aren't familiar with Lignum Vitae, it is a very dense, oily, heavy wood -heavy enough to sink. It has historically been used extensively as a long wearing self-lubricating propeller shaft bearing material for as long as ships have had engines and dams have had turbines. Along with many other utilitarian applications, it was broadly used as a bearing material in marine applications until easier to manufacture man-made materials took over in the 1960s.

 
The U.S.S Nautilus had Lignum Vitae propeller shaft bearings
The main shaft bearings for the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus, were made of Lignum Vitae. When Lignum Vitae was used to make hydroelectric turbine bearings, they very often did not require replacement for over a century of heavy constant use. In fact, I was surprised to find that there are companies that still manufacture Lignum Vitae bearings to replace those ancient parts when they finally do wear out.

While Lignum Vitae is an outstanding marine bearing material, I found with testing that it also works to smoothly increase friction when subjected to increased pressure, even when saturated with water. I realized that this could be just the drag material I was looking for to use in my first saltwater fly reel, the Sea Reel. I had been looking for a material  that would resist the effects of saltwater and also continue to provide friction even when totally immersed. I devised a mechanical system around this material, incorporated it into the reel and tested it extensively with excellent results.
I have since gone on to use the same drag system in both the Seaspey concept reel and the later Seaspey prototype and production reels. I see no reason to not use it for my future dragged reels as well.
 
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4" SPEY REEL IN ROSEWOOD
Specifications:

*4"diameter Rosewood spool
* Proprietary leaf-sprung corrosion-proof ceramic check ball
* Frameless lightweight aluminum design -allows for palm drag (if needed) and left/right-hand interchangeability

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4-1/2" SPEY REEL IN PADAUK
Specifications:

* 4-1/2" diameter Padauk spool
* Proprietary leaf-sprung corrosion-proof ceramic check ball
* Frameless lightweight aluminum design -allows for palm drag (if needed) and left/right-hand interchangeability

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