Open-Faced Tenkara fly box spools
An Innovation in Simplicity
I love tenkara because of its devotion to simplification. The efficiency of it all is really what grabbed me. I have long had the idea of having an all in one spool and fly box that would serve to simplify my gear. I came up with a design and have evolved that idea into what you see here. A spool that doubles as a fly box that you can carry on your rod or in a pocket.
What is so cool about these spools?
One word "MAGNETS!" I created these spools as a way of reducing my gear in a convenient way. Each chamber on the spool has a powerful neodymium rare-earth magnet strong enough to hold not just one, but two flies in each chamber. This lets me carry up to 16 flies on one spool.
I have tested these spools extensively and they are virtually impossible to shake the flies off of the magnets. I have not lost a single fly.
Each spool is made to order.
I've chosen several woods for you to choose from. Each spool is finished and sealed. You will treasure and enjoy the esthetic beauty of these spools that are each a unique piece of functional art.Each spool is made to order from your choice of oak, mahogany, cherry, walnut or western cedar.
Single and Double groove designs
Your spool can be designed with either a single or a double groove for holding lines. Many level line users have a groove for their "line in use" and one for their "supply of level line." You an easily use the second groove for holding your supply of tippet too.
8 fly Chambers
The fly chambers are 1/2 inch (12.7mm) wide and are best suited to hold a size 10 or smaller fly as a standard. If you have a special request for the size hook you use please note this in the"additional notes" of the order form. I am happy to make larger or deeper chambers as a custom feature.
This idea for a combined spool and fly box has been a pleasure to explore. I have made dozens of variations before coming to the open-face design. The earlier original designs had a flat wooden cover that pivoted over the top of the chambers. The need for this pivoting cover was made obsolete with the addition of the magnets.
Hand made quality designed to be affordable.
The simplifications in design reduced the time it takes me to make the spools, removed pricey hardware and moving parts and made them affordable for everyone. They are a true value as they combine the things you have to manage stream-side into a single unit.
Here is what customers are saying!
5 out of 5 stars
"Love my double line spool.
Very well made, great design,
simple and elegant.
I liked it so much,
I ordered the second version in
a single spool model."
(purchased on etsy)
"Pretty kick ass and it will
be used in 2017 for sure!"
-Thomas Tj Ferreira,
"These are really beautiful and such a smart design."