By Christine Sansbury
Since 1979, Tibor fly fishing reels have been made "by fishermen for fishermen," in Delray Beach, Florida. Made by Tibor (pronounced TEE-bor) Juracsik, his design is based on simplicity and functionality.
This belief was ingrained in him during his days as a young tool and die apprentice in Hungary. By the age of 17, Tibor had become the youngest Hungarian ever to earn his masterpapers in the tool and die trade.
Tibor was born in Budapest, Hungary where he spent much of his youth fishing on the Danube River. In the 1950's he was forced to flee his native land after joining the Hungarian Freedom Fighters in an unsuccessful revolt against Soviet rule. He immigrated to the United States and established his own business making tools for manufacturing and dies to cut materials using a press . He also resumed his interest in fishing.
In 1970 on a trip to the Keys Tibor met Billy Pate, the world’s foremost big-game fly fishermen. The two became fishing buddies and Pate shared with Tibor the problems inherent in the saltwater reels — corrosion, uneven drag and being over-matched by larger saltwater prey.
Back at his shop, Tibor applied his tool and die making skills to Billy's challenges. After several prototypes, the Billy Pate Fly Reel was introduced. It established new standards for saltwater fly reels. Suddenly the nearly impossible task of landing world-class saltwater fish was possible. The design worked so well that nothing has changed since its inception.
WHY DO YOU THINK FLORIDA IS FAB?
The beautiful oceans and beaches, and of course, the great fishing!
FAVORITE FLORIDA SPOT
We are located in Delray Beach - one of the most beautiful and fun cities in Florida. We also love going to the Florida Everglades for fly fishing, and of course, the Keys.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm Beach.
FAVORITE FLORIDA PRODUCTS
In Delray Beach, there are many local shops that make their own items such as soaps, purses, clothing, etc. as well as art and culinary treats.
Learn more about the history of Tibor Reels at tiborreel.com or purchase one of your own. Tibor Reel Corporation is dedicated to supporting the uniquely personal service and valuable expertise of local fly shops. Click here to find a dealer near you.
Photos courtesy of Tibor Reels.