I’ve always heard great things about the Nautilus Fly reels from friends that are avid fly fisherman. They are consider some of the best reels available. One of the things they like about Nautilus is that they are made right here in the USA, Miami Florida to be exact. One of the guys that really loves them is Captain Joe Gonzalez. He told me that if I wanted to, he would set me up with a tour of the Nautilus factory. I was already in town today, so I made the drive over to meet Christian the gentlemen who runs the operation at the factory in North Miami.
After a short conversation about what they were about, he gave a very thorough tour of the Nautilus’s operation. If you didn’t know it already most quality reel starts off as solid piece of high grade aluminum. Then they are cut down into disc. They are then placed into the CNC machine to cut out the design. It was pretty cool to see how all the parts were transform from just a chunk of cylindrical metal to the final beautiful polished, and functional work of artwork.
These are some photos I snapped reel quick. All I had on hand was the 10mm fish eye so sorry for the lack of angles. I plan on going back and shooting some video and do an interview with Christian about how it was all done.
For the past couple of weeks it has been freezing here in SW Florida, which has got me landlocked for the most part, tying flies and such! We have seen record lows and one of the largest fish kills in Florida history. This dismal start to 2010 has had me itching to get out and chuck the feathers. I took a half day last Friday to get out and evaluate how bad things really were. It looks pretty catastrophic to say the least. The flats are dead – I went over 2 hours without seeing a single living game fish! I witnessed thousands of dead fish including species such as: Bull and Blacktip sharks, Cats, Jacks, Ladies, Threadfin, Moharra, Needle fish, Trout, and of course Snook. This is a sad sight to see and I hope the damage is not as bad as we think. I did however run into a couple schools of very healthy reds but with the fridgid water temps, they wanted nothing to do with my fly! I hope the warming trend will start letting the flats get back on track and let us have some good days. Hopefully by next weekend the water will warm and quality photos can be taken! Until then….
These guys were everywhere on the sand flats! I actually hooked two just stripping my line out and letting a practice cast fly! One of them took my fly – I was not happy, it was one of those 20 min flies….