El Hefe 3D Printed Fly Reel

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Open for general orders - Fulfillment within 10 days of purchase
Minimum Purchase:
1 unit
Maximum Purchase:
2 units

Product Overview

In a world where all fly reels are starting to look and feel the same, this is the most unique reel you can own!  The first commercially available, fully functional, precise and durable 3d printed fly reel capable of fighting and landing big powerfull fish.  

Special Features:

  • Carp tested, Carp approved!
    • Carp landed up to 30lbs
    • Over 500 carp landed through 3+ years of testing and development
  • 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
  • 8.1 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 are carefully selected for strength, appearance and functionality:
    • Bearings, axle, draw-bar and hardware are stainless steel for corrosion resistance
    • Foot is hard anodized aluminum for strength
    • Handle is machined Delrin for low frictiona and long life
    • Frame and spool face are PETG for print-ability and fun color availability
    • Knobs and Trim pieces are Carbon-Fiber loaded PETG for appearance
    • Spool body and stripping plate are Poly-Carbonate for strength, line-wear and impact resistance


  • NEW FOR NOVEMBER 2021:  Some customers have found that they have a tendency to pull the fly line downward hard into the stripping plate when they are stripping out line.  In these situations the line can, over time, wear grooves into the standard Polycarbonate stripping plate.  Starting in November 2021 we now have Anozided Aluminum stripping plates available for an upgrade fee.  

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
    Built to last

    Posted by James Aaron on Oct 10th 2021

    I was able to get production SN #00001. I’ve seen the precision and beta testing this reel was put through prior to production, and couldn’t wait to get first one. This reel can hold the backing needed for big carp and the drag to bring them under control. Wouldn’t hesitate for a second to purchase, and working on getting another for my Helios 3D carp rod.

  • 5
    El Hefe

    Posted by Joshua L Schwartz on Jul 28th 2021

    Great product...!!! Used the reel for the first time in SF bay.. Hooked 2 rays over 50#....drag held them with ease.. El Hefe earned its place as my new Saltwater Bay Reel. Can't wait for more 3D Hefe vs Big Salty Critter Adventures!!!