In 2019, in the Minami Alps National Park in Japan, Liu Shaojie and Wang Liang met each other beside a beautiful river filled with iwana trout. Based on their shared passion for fly fishing and classic equipment, the two became close friends. In 2020, Liu and Wang started to produce their classic-looking reels and named them “IWANA” because iwana trout were the first fish they caught together. Then, based on Stan Bogdan’s product prototype, they built three classic fly-fishing reels to deal with the small- and medium sized trout they encountered in the streams they fished. If you’re looking for a classically-styled reel to compliment your bamboo rod or simply want a beautiful reel to fish on your favourite graphite rod, then this is the reel for you. While a mint-condition Bogdan reel at $3,000.00 might be beyond your grasp, these beautifully-finished and tightly machined reels are well within the grasp off all anglers. Put these reels alongside a Bogdan and you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference!
- Classic cosmetic appearance.
- Click and pawl drag design with a crisp and pleasant sound.
- Made of 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminium bar stock
- Hand polished Ebonite or wooden handle.
- Handmade, high-quality suede bag.
- Unique ID for each reel.
Wide Trout Small 2 3/4″: WF-4-F plus 60 yards 20lb Dacron backing
Trout 3 1/4″: WF-5-F plus 100 yards 20lb Dacron backing