G&G Profile: Ted Juracsik

March 30, 2012 By: Marshall Cutchin

Calling him “the man who changed fly fishing forever,” T. Edward Nickens writes an extensive profile of fly reel craftsman and personality Ted Juracsik, who started life in machining as a teenage tool-and-die maker in a Budapest bicycle factory.

“Ted Juracsik is a name engraved—literally—in the history and development of big-game saltwater fly fishing. With the 1976 introduction of Juracsik’s Billy Pate Reel, a stout, machined anti-reverse reel with a brawny drag inspired by the clutch plate of an old Ford, anglers found a tool that could whip the strongest game fish in the ocean.”  From the April/May issue of Garden & Gun.