Title page for ETD etd-02192006-205516

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Williams, Roby S.
Author's Email Address roby_s_w@yahoo.com
URN etd-02192006-205516
Title Fly reel, a study in integrated system design
Degree Master of Science
Department Industrial Design
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Green, William R. Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Schubert, Robert P. Committee Member
  • fly reel
  • Industrial design
  • fishing
Date of Defense 2006-02-03
Availability unrestricted
While enjoying a passion for outdoor related sports, I had taken an interest in the equipment I used while hunting and fishing. I was fascinated by the precision of the instruments I used to optimize my time spent in the field. This curiosity led to some preliminary designs to further enhance my outings. The joy I received from these projects led me to pursue industrial design as a profession.

As a student, I chose to design a product that related to the fishing industry. I selected to design a fly reel for its links to other fishing reels and man’s interaction with water. This required a critical analysis of current fly reels and how to enhance its current design. To accomplish this I modified select mechanical elements of the reel. This involved, in some instances, new materials and incorporating different processes to achieve my goal. The innovations I incorporated allowed the reel to be used while fishing for a wider spectrum of fish than the typical fly reel. This flexibility reduces the need to purchase additional reels to pursue different size fish. This has the potential to provide a savings to the consumer and encourage them to fish for a species of fish they would otherwise neglect. In addition to my primary objective, I want to contribute a product that will be an asset to the fishing industry with attention to aesthetics, affordability and ease of use.

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