- Weight: 3.8 oz.
- Frame Diameter: 3 inches
- Spool Width: 1.25 inches
- Line + Yards of Backing: 3 + 110 20 lb, 4 + 100 20 lb.
Leland on Tibor Fly Fishing Reels
In Hungarian, Tibor translates to "Ted" (as in Ted Juracsik, the
company founder). In fly fishing, Tibor translates to "high performance
reels built like tanks." As with most accomplished innovators, Juracsik
saw a problem; the lack of a substantial saltwater fly reel, and went
out and solved it.
An avid saltwater fly fisherman, Ted began fishing in Florida in the early 1960's. In 1970, he met Billy Pate and two became fast friends, and fishing companions. By 1976, the melding of these two minds resulted in the first Billy Pate Fly fishing Reel, forever changing saltwater fly-fishing. However, the Tibor story really begins decades earlier, in Budapest, Hungary.
Born in Budapest, Ted Juracsik was raised fishing the Danube River. At 17, he became the youngest person ever to earn their Masterpapers
in the Tool and Die trade. Shortly after embarking on his career, he
joined the Hungarian freedom fighters in their attempt to overthrow the
Soviet Union. The revolt was unsuccessful, and for the benefit of the
fly fishing world, Ted fled to the United States.
He lived in
New York working for several tool and die companies. In 1961, he opened
his own business, and by 1976 he was manufacturing world class fly
reels. The first line of reels Tibor produced was the Billy Pate Anti-Reverse series.
These reels made the once impossible task of landing world-class
saltwater fish not only possible, but pleasurable. The Billy Pate reels
are still being manufactured today. The design is so sound that nothing
has changed since their inception. To date, over 20 world record fish
have been caught on them.
In 1995, Tibor introduced the Tibor Series reels.
The same impregnated cork drag that performed so well in the Billy Pate
Reels, is used in this series, as well. Models are available for giant
sailfish to rainbow trout. In 1999, the company introduced the Tibor Light;
a terrific line of freshwater reels that employ all the knowledge and
know-how gleaned from producing the Tibor and Billy Pate reels.
Tibor reels are manufactured at their machine shop in Delray Beach,
Florida. Made with 100% corrosion proof materials, every Tibor reel is