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The Most Beautiful Machines Have The Least Moving Parts

May 27, 2010 | Schedulefly Crew
That's what Ted Juracsik, owner at Tibor Reels, believes and I could not agree more. If you have ever heard the sound a Tibor Reel's drag makes when a large saltwater fish is hooked to your fly at the end of the leader - you have been changed forever. Now I'm not sure what is more life changing - enticing a 100lb Tarpon in crystal clear water to eat a fly you made the night before with some marabou feathers, a bit of glue and a small steel hook - or to be the proud owner of the finest, most reliable, fly reel ever made. I own a Tibor and I've caught a Tarpon, but I think owning this reel trumps any fish I might ever catch. When your fishing for a speedster like a Bonefish, a Permit or a Tarpon - the confidence a Tibor Reel gives you is unparalleled. It will not fail. It will not let you down. It's simplistic design removes all points of failure - or maybe I should call them points of melting.

The Tibor Fly Reel's design is inspiring. It has an absurdly simple cork drag that can literally put the brakes on a unsuspecting Tuna swimming 50mph in the gulf stream. After witnessing how it holds up to such a fish and then later opening the spool to clean it - it's shocking. Really? These are all the parts? A piece of cork and some aluminum? Surely more goes into this thing. Surely there is some complex set of gears and knobs and levers that make it a pain to clean? How can it be so simple, yet be in a such league of its own and used by the most avid saltwater fly anglers on the planet? I can tell you why. Quality, Reliability and Simplicity. They left everything else out. There are no extra knobs, screws, pins, pulleys or otherwise unnecessary complicated details. Maintenance would be a pain if it were not so simple. Customers would call all day long and complain if fish of a lifetime (caught on a fly rod) were melting the reels with their speed or if the salt water was corroding them. Ted's reels have a smooth drag that stands up to any pelagic species, a gorgeous simplistic design that requires zero maintenance (outside of a fresh water wash now and then) and that's it. They don't rust, they don't fail, they just stop fish.

I'd like to think that Schedulefly, like a Tibor Reel, is beautiful in large part to its lack of moving parts. We focus on the basics and try to do them really well - like Ted. We leave out the complicated, quality compromising, features that many others have chosen to include. We leave them out on purpose. We don't have a team of people to help explain stuff or train users or answer questions all day long. It had to be simple and not have too many moving parts. As I blog, people are using Schedulefly for the first time and need no help from us. Just like when I cracked open that Tibor spool for the first time to clean it, they likely poke around and think: this is it? Surely there must be more complicated stuff we need to do before getting started? Surely someone at Schedulefly is going to call us and peel back this simplicity to uncover a bunch of complexity that requires training and learning?

Nah - your hooked up. Just hang on and start reeling. Oh - and yell at your Dad to grab the camera.

Wes