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About

The Reel Winder

The Reel Winder is a revolutionary fly line tool that aids in cleaning, changing and storing fly line. It quickly clips onto your fly rod handle allowing you to easily “reel” line on and off your fly fishing reel.  The winder eliminates the need to buy extra reel spools.

More about the winder can be found at  THE REEL WINDER  website.

David Humphries and Steve Lepley owners of L&R Solutions developed "The Reel Winder" to solve an expensive and time-draining concern; buying extra reel spools to change fly line.  The two friends have over 40 years experience designing, engineering and manufacturing plastic automotive products.  With a successful KICKSTARTER campaign the team is confident they can deliver.

The Problem

Successful fly fishing requires the fisherman to be adaptable, and up until now this meant carrying expensive reel spools to switch fly lines. Switching fly lines typically requires swapping out a +$100 reel spool.

After every 2 or 3 fly fishing outings you should clean your fly line, especially if you fish along a rivers edge where your line is laying in the dirt or mud or if you fish in salt water. Cleaning your line is important to help it perform it's best and extend how long you can fish with it. Cleaning your fly line currently is a long process of stripping your line off your reel by hand into a container that has soap and water in it and then pulling your line by hand through a rag to clean it and place it into a clean container. Then you need to load your line back onto your fishing reel.

Fly fishing requires different types of fly line to present your fly to fish in different ways. This means you will have a lot of different fly line to store and you need a convenient and quick way to carry and change your line in the field.

The Solution

The Reel Winder eliminates the need to have all those extra reel spools.  Now you can change from a floating to a sinking line easily.  The Reel Winder is highly portable so you can carry it to the stream and it also has the added benefit of fast line cleaning and convenient line storage.

Although Steve and David haven't done a KICKSTARTER project in the past, both are confident that their +40 years of experience designing, engineering, tooling and manufacturing plastic products will ensure success. 

The Reel Winder Has Been Seen In

Southern Trout
Southern Trout
Angling Trade Magazine
Angling Trade Magazine
Thirdcoastfly
Thirdcoastfly
Tight Lined Tales of a Fly Fisherman
Tight Lined Tales of a Fly Fisherman
True North Trout
True North Trout
Ripple Guide Service
Ripple Guide Service
This River is Wild
This River is Wild
The Fiberglass Manifesto
The Fiberglass Manifesto
Deneki Outdoors
Deneki Outdoors
Windknots and Tangled Lines
Windknots and Tangled Lines
Dawn Patrol
Dawn Patrol

and more

Benefits of Changing Your Fly Line

Picture this, your wading in a river and the hatch has just stopped. You know the fish are feeding under the surface, but how do you get your streamer to those fish? Change over to a sinking line.  With The Reel Winder in a couple of minutes, you can "reel" off that floating line and "reel" on a sinking line.  

The Reel Winder Changes Fly Line Fast

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Benefits of a Clean Fly Line

The benefits of keeping your fly line clean are:

  • Extending the life of your fly line, saving you money.
  • Increases the buoyancy of the fly line so your line doesn't drag your fly under.
  • Cast farther so you can present your fly to more fish.

The Reel Winder Cleans Fly Line Quickly

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Convenient Fly Line Storage

The Reel Winder stores fly line on the winder spool free of twist, tangles, knots and kinks. The interchangeable spools stack for organized storage in your fishing bag or vest.  

The Reel Winder Eliminates Twists and Tangles

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The Reel Winder Design

The Reel Winder base will be molded in green ABS plastic.  The base has integrated drag fingers that apply light resistance to the spool, reducing the dreaded bird's nest that commonly occurs free spooling.  The large diameter spool will be molded in durable clear polycarbonate plastic allowing you to see the line.  An added benefit of the large spool is reduced line "set" and fast line transfer.

The Reel Winder will be Made in Michigan.

http://thereelwinder.com/
http://thereelwinder.com/

Rewards

 Note production winders will have green base and clear spools.   See renderings here.

Note production winders will have green base and clear spools.  See renderings here.

Note production winders will have green base and clear spools.  See renderings here.

Guided Trip does not include transportation or lodging.  David and Steve will provide recommendations for lodging in Baldwin MI.  We would like to go as a group during the fall salmon season.  The fall salmon season is typically Mid-September to the first week of October. We will contact the backers to make arrangements. 

 Timeline

All rewards not linked to "The Reel Winder" tooling will be delivered by August 10, 2015.

All rewards related to the Winder will be combined to save postage and shipped by October 12, 2015.  

Our plan is to make realistic commitments and possibly ship early.

Budget and Fund Sources

Both David and Steve have a substantial personal investment in this project.  The numbers have been repeatedly scrubbed to trim any waste.  With your help The Reel Winder will become a reality. 

 About David and Steve

David Humphries and Steve Lepley, are friends, avid fly fishermen, design engineers and owners of L&R Solutions, developer of The Reel Winder. 

David and his wife have been married over twenty two years and have three children approaching the college age. He has a Bachelors in Plastics Engineer and a Masters in Business. For over 26 years and counting, he has been employed as an Engineer and Program Manager responsible for large automotive plastic interior projects.   David also operates a small online business (River Traditions) selling fly fishing products.

Steve and his wife have been married for 23 years and have three children, two are attending college and one is in high school. His career of over thirty years in the Product Design field has been focused on designing plastic components for the automotive industry. 

David and Steve are confident in there ability to deliver "The Reel Winder", on time and within budget.

Risks and challenges

We have made several strategic decisions to reduce risk by Tooling and Manufacturing in Michigan, USA. Most of our components are made and assembled in Michigan as well. What most qualifies us to bring the winder to market is our experience and established contacts. With over 40 years experience developing and manufacturing plastic parts, we understand how to solve problems and have contacts in the industry.

The only risks are those typical to any project of this nature. Storms, Illness, Fire and Accidents do occur which could delay or cancel this project. We understand the best way to manage any concerns is through communication with our backers.

We are committed to providing regular updates here on KICKSTARTER, on Facebook and by email.

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    1 Fish key chain with etched Reel Winder logo. Color is black, Postage additional $2.50

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    1 Nail knot clippers, Key Chain and 1 black net release. Postage additional $3.00

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    1 Personalized black aluminum fly box with The Reel Winder logo and the backer's name etched on the box. Postage additional $3.00

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    Early bird special. The Reel Winder with 1 extra spool. Discounted postage $3.00

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    1 Combo Fishing Vest/Backpack, 1 nail knot clipper, 1 black net release, 1 fish key chain and 1 Reel Winder with extra spool. Postage additional $12

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    A drift boat guided fishing trip for 2 people, 2 Reel Winders with 1 extra spool for each, 2 fishing Vest/Backpacks, 2 personalized black aluminum fly boxes, 2 nail knot clippers, 2 fish key chains. We've booked guides on the Famous Pere Marquette River in Michigan for the fall salmon season. We'd like to make it a group trip as Steve and David have reserved a third boat to accompany you.

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