El Capitan 3D Printed Fly Reel

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$190.00 - $200.00
El Capitan now available in the 6/7/8 weight size option
Minimum Purchase:
1 unit
Maximum Purchase:
2 units

Product Overview

El Capitan combines the proven drag and mechanical design from the revolutionary El Hefe 3D printed fly reel with stiffer, lighter and tougher structural components. 

Special Features:

  • Drag has been used and abused the world over landing big fish
    • Carp landed up to 30lbs
    • Black Drum landed up to 30 lbs
    • Over 25 different freshwater and Saltwater species to date
  • Structural components are 3d printed
    • Custom high precision printers
    • High tech engineering grade plastics
    • Proprietary processes for complex shapes and function
    • Allows premium components and technology at a very low price-point
  • Reel floats when attached to typical 6/7/8 weight rods
    • Never lose your rod and reel overboard again!
    • Makes handling and releasing fish in the flats much easier
  • Preloaded oil-style main seal designed for rotary motion and extended life instead of o-rings
  • Over-sized clutch bearing with higher strength and capability than the competition
  • High precision ABEC-5 stainless steel main bearings
  • Available in a variety of unique colors
  • 3D printed elements are completely corrosion free and saltwater safe

Specs and Features:

  • 6/7/8 weight
  • 7.4 Ounces
  • 150+ yards 20lb backing with 7 WF floating line
  • Outgoing clicker with old-school ball and detent sound
  • Adjustable cork/teflon lubricated disc drag
    • Fully sealed
    • High drag capacity (5.2lbs max drag)
    • Low stiction (Sometimes falsely reffered to as start-up inertia)
  •  Reversible winding direction 
    • Some dis-assembly and tools required
  • Materials and processes are carefully selected for strength, appearance and functionality:
    • 3D printed parts:
      • Structural parts are ASA for UV and impact resistance combined with color variety.
      • Spool body is polycarbonate for extreme impact resistance
      • Drag and Spool knobs are Carbon Fiber PETG for hardness and appearances
      • Hub and drag components are PETG for toughness and dimensional stability
      • Clicker plunger is Delrin for low friction and excellent wear
    • CNC Machined Parts:
      • Clicker ramps and spool handles are machined from Delrin for low friction and excellent wear
      • Axle and Draw Bar from Stainless Steel for corrosion resistance and strength
      • Foot and Stripping Plate are machined and anodozed Aluminum for wear resistance and durability
    • Laser Cut Parts:
      • Delrin clicker plates and thrust washers for low friciton and excellent wear.
      • Teflon and Cork drag washers for low start up friction drag performance
    • Off the Shelf Parts:
      • Drag bearing, Axle bearings, clicker springs and handle axle are stainless steel for corrosion resistance
      • All fasteners are stainless steel for corrosion resistance
      • Clutch beariing is a class leading 8mm high capacity bearing

Warranty Information

Warranty for 1 full year covers: -Leaking hub due to being submerged less than 3 feet deep and less than 1 hour. -Broken parts leading to degraded performance due to normal wear and tear. -Degradation in drag performance. -Un-intended Rubbing or interference between spool and frame. Not covered: - Broken parts due to dropping or crushing the reel. - Leaking hub due to reel being submerged to depth greater than 3 feet or for longer than 1 hour. - External appearance degradation not leading to performance degradation due to normal wear and tear. - Squeaking reel handle (serviceable)


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  • 5
    smoothest drag

    Posted by Barnabas on Mar 30th 2023

    This reel is amazing. I have it on an 8wt rod. Not only does this reel look great, it performs excellent too. Carp fishing is easy as the drag can allow as much run or provide as smooth stopping force as you like. I love the balance and weight of this reel as I feel like I could cast all day with it. (Put on 250yds of gel spun backing + WF8F line. Has plenty of room still on the reel)