TIBOR “TED” JURACSIK
Perfected The Saltwater Fly Reel
Saltwater and fly reels didn’t get along in the early days of the sport. But Ted Juracsik – a Hungarian tool-and-die maker (and enthusiastic fly fisherman)
who’d fled Soviet persecution in the 1950s – changed
all that. In 1976, his Billy Pate Fly Reel was introduced,
named after Juracsik’s fishing buddy and the renowned fly
fisherman who went on to set many world records with
Tibor’s equipment. Eight hundred world records have
been set using Tibor’s reels, surpassing any other fly reel
in history. The reel itself hasn’t changed from its initial
design 40 years ago, a testament to its original execution.
Ted’s still fishing at 79, and his family business, Tibor
Reel Corporation, continues to be a leader in producing
high-quality fishing reels worthy of the old masters.
BoatU.S. Foundation, offer an
online learn-to-sail course.
“The old masters always told me
the most beautiful machines
have the least moving parts.”