As some of you may know, I have been in the process of building my first fly reel. I have modeled a few different designs, some of them are pretty involved, but this is going to be the reel that I build. Its simple and classic. It will be a perfect project to get my feet wet. Here is a picture of the reel as a 3D model. At the shop, I currently have the front ring done, and am in the middle of cutting the backplate. Originally I was thinking of going with a drum style disc drag, but for simplicity and sanity's sake, I am going to go with a spring and prawl style drag, but with a little added feature for drag variation.
I will try and post a few pics of the progress in the shop as things come along.