Fly Reels: Ted Juracsik Video Interview

July 21, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

Fish & Fly magazine has posted an excellent video interview with Tibor Reels founder and master craftsman Ted Juracsik on its new Web site. The video shows the making of a typical saltwater reel in detail — from cutting the billet to shaping to polishing, anodizing and assembling. There’s plenty of interested detail: how cork drags are instrinsically smooother than synthetic, for example, because of the ability of the individual cork granuals to begin moving before friction is created on the drag surface. Ted tells his own story of escaping the 1956 Hungarian revolution, learning English in a Brooklyn orphanage and finding his way as a machine worker in the U.S. — worthy of a video by itself –in between segments.