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GB2557959A
GB2557959A GB1621711.9A GB201621711A GB2557959A GB 2557959 A GB2557959 A GB 2557959A GB 201621711 A GB201621711 A GB 201621711A GB 2557959 A GB2557959 A GB 2557959A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
    • A01K89/00Reels
    • A01K89/02Brake devices for reels
    • A01K89/033Brake devices for reels with a rotary drum, i.e. for reels with a rotating spool
    • A01K89/057Axially engaged
    • A01K89/058Coaxial with spool
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
    • A01K89/00Reels
    • A01K89/015Reels with a rotary drum, i.e. with a rotating spool
    • A01K89/016Fly reels, i.e. with a stub shaft support
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
    • A01K89/00Reels
    • A01K89/02Brake devices for reels
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
    • A01K89/00Reels
    • A01K89/02Brake devices for reels
    • A01K89/033Brake devices for reels with a rotary drum, i.e. for reels with a rotating spool
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
    • A01K89/00Reels
    • A01K89/02Brake devices for reels
    • A01K89/033Brake devices for reels with a rotary drum, i.e. for reels with a rotating spool
    • A01K89/045Spool bearing brake

Abstract

A reel for a fishing rod and fishing line assembly comprising a housing 1a attachable to a pole portion of the fishing rod; a rotatable spool 2; a damping member 5 in mechanical communication with the spool 2; and a fluid 7; wherein at least a portion of the damping member 5 is in contact with the fluid 7 whereby in use movement of the damping member 5 causes the fluid 7 to be sheared so as to induce a drag force to the damping member 5 which is non linearly proportional to the speed of rotation of the spool 2 so as to provide a braking effect to the spool 2. The fluid may be a non-Newtonian fluid, such as silicone oil.

Description

(71) Applicant(s):

Eclectic Design Limited

30A Greencastle Street, Kilkeel, Countydown,

BT34 4BH, United Kingdom (72) Inventor(s):

Peter Gerard Duffy

1621711.9 (51) INT CL:

A01K 89/033 (2006.01) A01K 89/02 (2006.01)

20.12.2016 (56) Documents Cited:

WO 2013/074976 A1 US 20120001007 A1 US 20030136868 A1

US 6065699 A US 20070176035 A1 (58) Field of Search:

INT CL A01K

Other: EPODOC, WPI and $TXTA (74) Agent and/or Address for Service:

Wynne-Jones, Laine & James LLP

Essex Place, 22 Rodney Road, CHELTENHAM,

Gloucestershire, GL50 1JJ, United Kingdom (54) Title of the Invention: A reel

Abstract Title: Fishing reel with a damping member which shears a fluid to induce a drag force to the spool.

(57) A reel for a fishing rod and fishing line assembly comprising a housing 1a attachable to a pole portion of the fishing rod; a rotatable spool 2; a damping member 5 in mechanical communication with the spool 2; and a fluid 7; wherein at least a portion of the damping member 5 is in contact with the fluid 7 whereby in use movement of the damping member 5 causes the fluid 7 to be sheared so as to induce a drag force to the damping member 5 which is non linearly proportional to the speed of rotation of the spool 2 so as to provide a braking effect to the spool 2. The fluid may be a non-Newtonian fluid, such as silicone oil.

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A reel

This invention relates to a reel, in particular a reel for a fishing rod to be used with a fishing line.

Fishing is an extremely popular activity which can be carried out 5 worldwide recreationally or commercially. There are many types of fishing rod which can be used for fishing, for example a pole and line terminated by a hook or a fishing rod with a fishing reel on which is wound the line. In the latter arrangement the fishing reel is mounted to the handle end of the fishing rod so it is easily accessible by the angler. The reel is a pulley-like arrangement used to store large amounts of fishing line which are attached to the rod. The reel allows the angler to cast the bait applied to the hook at the end of the line out to further distances, when a fish has been caught they can then be reeled in and retrieved easily by the angler. Use of a rod with a reel also permits the angler to fish in deeper water and to catch larger fish more easily.

Reels come in different styles including casting, spinning and flywheel.

Each of these reels share the same major components. For example all have a spool, a crank and a braking mechanism. In each of these cases the crank controls the force on a spring and the spring is in mechanical communication with a brake that is used to slow the spool of the reel if required. In use the traditional reel designs rely on the friction brake to apply drag force to the fishing line as the fish runs with the bait.

Older reels have a braking mechanism that applies a fixed drag where the pressure applied to the spool in order to stop it from turning cannot be adjusted.

However, in more modern fishing rods there is the ability to apply a variable pressure to the turning spool of the reel. The angler manually adjusts the friction brake applying more and more force to slow and tire the fish. This is done by a combination of the reel friction brake and the palm of the angler’s hand on the line spool. Therefore the selection of the drag is manually adjusted and if the wrong drag setting is selected then the line can break.

The braking or drag mechanism is a very important component in modern reels as it allows for fish of different sizes to be caught using a single reel. The braking mechanism is adjusted to allow the line to peel off from the spool before the weight of the fish causes the line to break. It is important to get the right level of drag. Without the drag effect provided by the braking mechanism the fish will take too much line and in the case that too much drag is experienced no line would be released causing the line to snap. The drag of the braking mechanism is usually set to 25% of the breaking strength of the line being used.

Therefore, embodiments of the present invention are intended to address at least some of the above described problems and desires. In particular there is provided a reel that removes the need for the angler to continuously adjust the braking mechanism thereby providing an easily controllable and automated fishing experience minimising the risk of a broken line due to over braking and as a consequence reducing the number of fish lost.

According to a first aspect of the invention there is provided a reel for a fishing rod and fishing line assembly comprising a housing attachable to a pole portion of the fishing rod; a rotatable spool for receiving, storing and dispensing the fishing line; a damping member in mechanical communication with the spool; and a fluid ;

wherein at least a portion of the damping member is in contact with the fluid whereby in use movement of the damping member causes the fluid to be sheared so as to induce a drag force to the damping member which is non5 linearly proportional to the speed of rotation of the spool so as to provide a braking effect to the spool.

The fluid may be a non-Newtonian fluid.

The damping member may be rotatable.

The drag force applied to the damping member may cause a braking 10 effect on the spool.

The volume of the chamber may be adjustable.

The reel may comprise a chamber located in at least part of the housing, wherein at least part of the non-Newtonian fluid is located within at least a portion of the chamber and at least a portion of the damping member is located within the chamber such that at least a portion of a surface of the damping member is in contact with the non-Newtonian fluid.

The reel may further comprise a chamber lid, wherein a first wall of the chamber is formed from at least one internal wall of the housing and a second opposing wall of the chamber is formed from a surface of the chamber lid.

The chamber lid may be moveable between a first position with respect to the at least one internal wall of the housing and a second position with respect to the at least one internal wall of the housing. Movement of the lid therefore changes the gap width and therefore the amount of drag force applied to the drag member. The chamber may be under vacuum.

In the first position the distance between the surface of the lid and the at least one wall of the internal housing may have a first value and in the second position the distance between the surface of the lid and at least one wall of the internal housing may have a second value that differs to the first value.

The lid may be moveably attached to the main body via a co-operable screw thread assembly.

The reel may comprise an overflow chamber for storing at least a portion of the non-Newtonian fluid. This is required when the volume of the chamber is less than the volume of the fluid located within the chamber.

The damping member may be a damping disc.

At least one of the surfaces of the damping disc may be corrugated. The use of the corrugations maximises the shear surface area.

The surface of the lid that forms a wall of the chamber may be corrugated to compliment the at least one corrugated surface of the disc so as to keep the distances between the surface of the lid and the surface of the disc constant.

In use when the speed of the line being wound from the reel is greater than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid may have a viscosity value that is greater than a predetermined threshold viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool may be increased. The increase refers to an increase in the rate of change of drag force and not just an increase in the drag force itself with respect to a predetermined value.

In use when the speed of the line being wound from the reel is less than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid may have a viscosity value that is less than a predetermined viscosity value and as a result there may be a reduced drag force applied to the spool. The reduction refers to a reduction in the rate of change of drag force and not just an reduction in the drag force itself with respect to a predetermined value.

The speed from which the line is unwound from the spool may determine 5 the viscosity value of the fluid and therefore the value of damping force applied to the spool.

The reel may further comprise an axle wherein the damping member and spool are in mechanical communication via the axle.

The reel may further comprise a one way clutch located between the 10 spool and the axle.

The axle may be in mechanical communication with the damping member.

The spool and axle may be configured concentrically to each other.

The spool may be removably attached to the axle.

The spool may be removable from the axle via a quick release mechanism.

The quick release mechanism may comprise a moveable member located on the axle, the moveable member being co-operable with a receiving portion located on the spool or vice versa.

The drag force applied to the line via the spool may be limited to a percentage value below the predetermined strain value of the line.

The viscosity of the non-Newtonian fluid may be dependent upon the speed of rotation of the damping member.

The non-Newtonian fluid may be silicone oil.

In an alternative embodiment of the invention there is provided a method 5 of dispensing a line from a reel, the reel comprising a spool in mechanical communication with a braking member, the braking member may be located in a fluid, the method comprising:

dispensing at least a portion of the line from the spool and causing movement of the spool;

moving the damping member which is in mechanical communication with the spool;

shearing the fluid due to movement of the damping member and inducing a drag force on the damping member as a result of the shearing of the fluid.

The drag force applied to the damping member may cause a braking effect on the spool.

The fluid may be a non-Newtonian fluid and the speed from which the line is dispensed from the spool may determine the viscosity value of the nonNewtonian fluid and therefore the value of drag force applied to the spool.

Movement of the damping member may be rotational movement so as to stir the non-Newtonian fluid.

The viscosity of the non-Newtonian fluid may be dependent upon the speed of rotation of the damping member.

When the speed of the line dispensed from the reel is greater than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid may have a viscosity value that is greater than a predetermined threshold viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool may be increased from a predetermined drag force value. The increase also corresponds to an increase in the rate of change of the drag force applied to the spool.

When the speed of the line being dispensed from the reel is less than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid may have a viscosity value that is less than a predetermined viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool may be reduced from a predetermined drag force value. The decrease also corresponds to a decrease in the rate of change of the drag force applied to the spool. For the sake of doubt dispensed means the line is unwound from the spool.

Whilst the invention has been described above it extends to any inventive combination of the features set out above, or in the following description, drawings or claims. For example, any features described in relation to any one aspect of the invention is understood to be disclosed also in relation to any other aspect of the invention.

The invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:Figure 1 is a cross sectional view of the reel according to the invention;

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a first side of the reel according to the invention;

Figure 3 is an exploded perspective view of the reel according to the invention;

Figure 4 is a perspective view of a second side of the reel and line assembly according to the invention;

Figure 5 is a cross sectional view of the reel showing the quick release mechanism; and

Figure 6 is a part view of a fishing rod incorporating the reel according to the invention.

In Figure 1 there is shown a reel 1 comprising a reel housing 1a and a line spool 2 on which a fishing line is wound (not shown). The spool is in mechanical communication with a rotatable axle 3 via a one-way clutch 4 which allows drag on the line to operate in one direction only. The clutch 4 is a standard component roller one way clutch.

The one way clutch 4 and the axle 3 are concentrically arranged to one another. The one way clutch 4 drives the concentric axle 3 which is itself in mechanical communication with a rotating drag disc 5. The drag disc 5 is enclosed in a sealed chamber 6 located in the housing 1a. The chamber 6 is filled with a non-Newtonian fluid 7. It is known for a non-Newtonian fluid to have a viscosity that is variable based on the applied stress i.e. the viscosity is not independent on shear rate. When the drag disc 5 is rotated, the fluid 7 is sheared and because of the nature of the fluid it imposes a drag force which is non-linearly proportional to the speed of the disc 5 and hence the spool.

Therefore, the reel is able to adjust the applied force on the line according to the speed the line is stripped from the reel 1 by the fish.

For example, when the speed of the line being wound from the reel 1 is faster than a predetermined threshold value, the non-Newtonian fluid 7 is more viscous and more drag is provided to the reel so as to enable adequate braking of the reel, whereas when the line is drawn from the reel 1 at a speed slower than a predetermined threshold value, the non-Newtonian fluid 7 is less viscous and as a result there is less force and therefore less drag applied to the reel 1. The reel 1 therefore reacts to velocity rather than force which is a key difference between the reel of the embodiment of the invention compared to standard reels i.e. the faster the fish swims the more force is applied to the fishing line.

The reel 1 acts as a continuous rotary damper device which produces force non-linearly proportional to line velocity. The non-Newtonian fluid 7 is analogous to a spring being located between the static chamber 6 (i.e..located in the reel body attached to the rod) and the drag disc 5. The drag disc 5 is caused to rotate on movement of the line. The narrower the gap of the chamber 6, the higher the drag experienced by the drag disc 5 (using the spring analogy, the stiffer the spring). In the case the gap of the chamber 6 is very large, the drag disc 5 spins freely in the fluid 7 and does very little work. This is analogous to a pliable spring with low stiffness. The non-Newtonian fluid is silicone oil.

The surfaces of the drag disc 5 are corrugated so as to increases the shear surface area for a given packaging size. The internal wall of the chamber 6 that is facing the corrugated side of the drag disc 5 is also corrugated to keep the distance between the shearing faces constant.

The chamber 6 is formed of walls of the housing and the wall of a chamber lid 8. An O-ring seal 9 is provided between the chamber lid 8 and the housing 1a. The Ο-Ring seal 9 is made from relatively soft rubber which distorts with pressure so the arrangement is equivalent to a chamber with a spring energised piston.

The non-Newtonian fluid 7 is located within the chamber 6 along with the drag member 5 such that the non-Newtonian fluid 7 surrounds the drag disc 5.

The drag chamber volume can be adjusted to increase or decrease the overall drag level so as to account for different fish sizes. This is achieved by moving the drag chamber lid via a screw thread 16 on the adjustable ergonomic handle of the lid so as to change the gap between the first and second plates.

The fluid is inserted into the chamber when the chamber is under vacuum.

This ensures that the amount of air in the solution is minimised.

An overflow chamber 10 is formed in the void volume created by 15 compressing the O-ring seal 9. This prevents the pressure in the chamber 6 from increasing as the lid 8 is screwed in to reduce the gap to the drag disc 5 so as to enable the increase of the overall drag applied to the drag disc 5 and therefore the line. The O-ring seal 9 moves and distorts in the seal cavity to vary the volume of the overflow chamber 10 as the lid 8 is screwed in and out varying the gap. Therefore, the seal 9 can move linearly with respect to the housing in the seal cavity. Therefore, the fluid volume change is compensated for in the seal cavity.

Similarly to existing reels the force applied to the line will be limited to a percentage below the strain of the line. Therefore, the line strength will never be exceeded.

The reel also includes other standard feature of a typical fishing reel, for example a crank handle moveable about a circular motion to enable the reeling in and out of the fishing line, and a means of affixing the reel to a fishing rod as shown in Figures 2 to 4.The reel 1 incorporates a quick release mechanism which enables the line spool 2 to be released to enable an alternative spool with a different type of line to be positioned in its place. Therefore, the line can be changed very quickly by placing a preloaded spool on the plastic housing 1 a.

As shown in Figure 5, the quick release mechanism comprises a press button 11 that is configured to abut a spring 12. This is used in conjunction with a spherical member 13, for example a ball that is co-operable with a grove 14 located on an inner surface of the line spool 2. To apply the spool 2 to the axle 3 of the reel 1 the user simply pushes the line spool 2 over the free end of the axle 3 and continues pushing the spool until part of the ball 13 is received within the groove 14 so as to secure the spool 2 in position on the reel 1. To remove the spool 2, the user pushes the button 11 so that it causes the spring 12 to be compressed and cause movement of the spool 2 in the direction of the drag disc

5. The ball 13 is then caused to drop down the ramp into a recess 15 located in reel such that the ball 13 is no longer in mechanical communication with the groove 14 in the spool 2. This therefore releases the spool 2 from the axle 3 so that the spool 2 can be removed from the axle 2 and replaced with ease.

Therefore the spool 2 is removably attached to the axle 3.

In use at least a portion of the line from the spool is dispensed which causes movement of the spool. This in turn causes movement of the damping member which is in mechanical communication with the spool. As the damping member moves, for example rotates, through the non-Newtonian fluid, it causes a shearing of the non-Newtonian fluid and as a result induces a drag force on the damping member. Therefore, the drag force applied to the drag member provides a braking effect on the spool.

The speed from which the line is dispensed from the spool determines the viscosity value of the non-Newtonian fluid and therefore the value of drag force applied to the spool.

When the speed of the line dispensed from the reel is greater than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid has a viscosity value that is greater than a predetermined threshold viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool is increased from a predetermined drag force value.

When the speed of the line being dispensed from the reel is less than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid has a viscosity value that is less than a predetermined viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool is reduced from a predetermined drag force value.

Figure 6 shows a fishing rod incorporating the reel 1 and affixed via the foot 19.

The benefits of this system include less trauma to the fish and less frustration for the angler.

Various modifications to the principles described above would suggest themselves to the skilled person. For example, whilst the embodiment shows a single handed fly reel, the principle of the drag device is equally applicable to any style of reel for example a spinning or multiplier reel. The only difference is that the housing and drag force are adjusted accordingly.

Alternatively, to Silicone oil the non-Newtonian fluid may be oobleck, 5 flubber, silly putty, or another suitable shear thickening fluid.

Alternatively, the one way clutch may be another type of one way mechanism e.g. ratchet and pawl.

The surfaces of the drag disc need not be formed with corrugations and may instead flat discs. Also the discs need not be cylindrical and may instead be formed of any shape. The corrugations need not be applied to both sides of the damping disc. The efficiency of the disc however is optimised by maximising the shear area.

In an alternative embodiment of the invention the fluid may be a Newtonian fluid and the drag is linearly proportional to the speed the line is unwound from the spool.

For the avoidance of doubt the drag force applied to the drag disc provides a damping force to the spool, since the damping disc and the spool are in mechanical communication via the axle and gear assembly.

The fluid need not be applied to the chamber when it is under a vacuum, 20 for example the reel will still work in the case the fluid is applied when the chamber is at atmospheric pressure, however the reel will not be as efficient with the presence of air in the fluid.

Claims (39)

1. A reel for a fishing rod and fishing line assembly comprising a housing attachable to a pole portion of the fishing rod; a rotatable spool for receiving, storing and dispensing the fishing line; a damping member in mechanical communication with the spool; and a fluid ;
wherein at least a portion of the damping member is in contact with the fluid whereby in use movement of the damping member causes the fluid to be sheared so as to induce a drag force to the damping member which is non linearly proportional to the speed of rotation of the spool so as to provide a braking effect to the spool.
2. A reel according to claim 1, wherein the fluid is a non-Newtonian fluid.
3. A reel according to claim 2, wherein the viscosity of the nonNewtonian fluid is dependent upon the speed of rotation of the damping member.
4. A reel according to claim 2 or claim 3, wherein in use when the speed of the line being wound from the reel is greater than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid has a viscosity value that is greater than a predetermined threshold viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool is increased.
5. A reel according to any of claims 2 to 4, wherein in use when the speed of the line being wound from the reel is less than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid has a viscosity value that is less than a predetermined viscosity value and as a result there
5 is a reduced drag force applied to the spool.
6. A reel according to any of claims 2 to 5, wherein the non-Newtonian fluid comprises silicone oil.
7. A reel according to any preceding claim, wherein the damping member is rotatable.
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8. A reel according to any preceding claim, wherein the drag force applied to the damping member causes a braking effect on the spool.
9. A reel according to any of claims 2 to 5, further comprising a chamber located in at least part of the housing, wherein at least part of the fluid is located within at least a portion of the chamber and at
15 least a portion of the damping member is located within the chamber such that at least a portion of a surface of the damping member is in contact with the non-Newtonian fluid.
10. A reel according to claim 9, wherein the volume of the chamber is adjustable.
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11.A reel according to claim 9 or claim 10, wherein the chamber is under vacuum.
12. A reel according to any of claims 9 to 11, further comprising a chamber lid, wherein a first wall of the chamber is formed from at least one internal wall of the housing and a second opposing wall of the chamber is formed from a surface of the chamber lid.
13. A reel according to claim 12, wherein the chamber lid is moveable between a first position with respect to the at least one internal wall
5 of the housing and a second position with respect to the at least one internal wall of the housing.
14. A reel according to claim 13, wherein in the first position the distance between the surface of the lid and the at least one wall of the internal housing has a first value and in the second position the distance
10 between the surface of the lid and at least one wall of the internal housing has a second value that differs to the first value.
15. A reel according to claim 13 or 14, wherein the lid is moveably attached to the main body via a co-operable screw thread assembly.
16. A reel according to any of claims 2 to 15 further comprising an
15 overflow chamber for storing at least a portion of the non-Newtonian fluid.
17. A reel according to any preceding claim, wherein the damping member is a damping disc.
18. A reel according to claim 17 wherein at least one of the surfaces of
20 the damping disc is corrugated.
19. A reel according to claim 18, wherein the surface of the lid that forms a wall of the chamber is corrugated to compliment the at least one corrugated surface of the disc so as to keep the distances between the surface of the lid and the surface of the disc constant.
20.A reel according to any preceding claim, wherein the speed from which the line is unwound from the spool determines the viscosity value of the fluid and therefore the value of the damping force applied to the spool.
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21. A reel according to any preceding claim, further comprising an axle wherein the damping member and spool are in mechanical communication via the axle.
22.A reel according to claim 21, further comprising a one way clutch located between the spool and the axle.
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23. A reel according to claim 21 or claim 22, wherein the axle is in mechanical communication with the damping member.
24. A reel according to any of claims 21 to 23, wherein the spool and axle are configured concentrically to each other.
25. A reel according to any of claims 21 to 24, wherein the spool is
15 removably attached to the axle.
26. A reel according to claim 25, wherein the spool is removable from the axle via a quick release mechanism.
27. A reel according to claim 26, wherein the quick release mechanism comprises a moveable member located on the axle, the moveable
20 member being co-operable with a receiving portion located on the spool or vice versa.
28. A reel according to any preceding claim wherein the drag force applied to the line via the spool is limited to a percentage value below the predetermined strain value of the line.
29. A method of controlling a line and reel assembly wherein the reel
5 comprises a rotatable spool in mechanical communication with a braking member, the braking member being located in a fluid, the method comprising:
dispensing at least a portion of the line from the spool and causing movement of the spool;
10 moving the damping member which is in mechanical communication with the spool;
shearing the fluid due to movement of the damping member and inducing a drag force on the damping member as a result of the shearing of the non-Newtonian fluid that is non-linearly proportional
15 to the rotation of the spool.
30. A method according to claim 29, wherein the drag force applied to the damping member causes a braking effect on the spool.
31 .A method according to any of claims 29 or 30, wherein movement of the damping member is rotational movement so as to stir the fluid.
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32. A method according to claims 29 to 31, wherein the fluid is a nonNewtonian fluid and the speed from which the line is dispensed from the spool determines the viscosity value of the non-Newtonian fluid and therefore the value of drag force applied to the spool.
33. A method according to claim 32, wherein the viscosity of the nonNewtonian fluid is dependent upon the speed of rotation of the
5 damping member.
34. A method according to any of claim 32 or 33, wherein when the speed of the line dispensed from the reel is greater than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid has a viscosity value that is greater than a predetermined threshold viscosity value and as
10 a result the drag force applied to the spool is increased from a predetermined drag force value.
35. A method according to any of claim 32 or 33, wherein when the speed of the line being dispensed from the reel is less than a predetermined value, the non-Newtonian fluid has a viscosity value
15 that is less than a predetermined viscosity value and as a result the drag force applied to the spool is reduced from a predetermined drag force value.
36. A fishing rod comprising the reel of any of claims 1 to 28.
37. A reel as hereinbefore described in reference to the accompanying
20 drawings.
38. A fishing rod as hereinbefore described in reference to the drawings.
39. A method as hereinbefore described in reference to the drawings.
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US6065699A (en) * 1996-08-08 2000-05-23 Sacconi; Roberto Luis Fly reel with hydraulic drag
US20030136868A1 (en) * 2001-12-10 2003-07-24 Adam Carlebach Methods and apparatus for a quick-change spool system
US20070176035A1 (en) * 2006-01-30 2007-08-02 Campbell John P Rotary motion control device
US20120001007A1 (en) * 2010-07-01 2012-01-05 Bloemendaal Brent J Fishing reel with dual spool spin axes
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US6065699A (en) * 1996-08-08 2000-05-23 Sacconi; Roberto Luis Fly reel with hydraulic drag
US20030136868A1 (en) * 2001-12-10 2003-07-24 Adam Carlebach Methods and apparatus for a quick-change spool system
US20070176035A1 (en) * 2006-01-30 2007-08-02 Campbell John P Rotary motion control device
US20120001007A1 (en) * 2010-07-01 2012-01-05 Bloemendaal Brent J Fishing reel with dual spool spin axes
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