We first started making fly reels in 1991 and in 1995 began making float reels for customers on the west coast. These early reels were simple bushing reels and carried the logo "The Credit Reel" named after the river closest to our shop. Sometime later some of them were fitted with ball bearings and sold in Ontario. Until 2013 the shop was only a mile or two from the Credit River and the river still attracts fishermen from all over.
Times have changed and the bushing float reels of the past are long gone, at least for the great lakes, replaced by the ultra smooth, long running stainless steel ball bearings we are all now familiar with. Our reels use only the best materials and bearings available and are machined to close tolerances to ensure quality and precision. All aluminum parts are anodized to protect the surfaces from wear.
We also make specialized fly reels and they are included in the product list. These bench made Spey reels are attracting attention from people all over the world and we are proud to be making fly reels again.
In 2009 I was getting close to retirement and I started asking myself what would I do with the extra time. I decided to look into the possibility of again making fishing reels as I did back in the '90's. I did an online search of my old brand name "The Credit Reel" and actually got some hits. From there I posted some pics of my old reels on a local floatboard and there was a lot of interest. In 2012 I decided to go public. So now I am a retired mechanical engineer with some time on my hands. I design all my own reels and machine all the parts in my shop. The reels are not designed in a vacuum however. There are several good friends always on hand who are skilled fishermen to consult with and who test the reels before they are made for sale. My goal is to make good reels that people will enjoy fishing with. If you buy a reel from me I will do my best to make sure you're happy with it. I look forward to hearing from you!