Fish on the Fly

As a kid growing up in Australia, Robert Tiller first learned to fish using hand line fishing reels. This traditional method doesn’t use a rod. You hold the line in-hand, which lets you feel every tug and bite. It’s easier to control than a rod, too, which is perfect for kids and beginners. Robert decided to bring back their beloved hand reels, with design updates that make them ready to cast whenever the mood—or fish—strikes. His Flip Reel is lightweight, portable, and small enough to stash in your kayak or backpack. Adding to Flip Reel’s compactness and anywhere-readiness, it has a flexible collar that folds over the line. The collar keeps the line neatly in place and hooks tucked safely away, where they can’t catch or snag something. There’s also a line cutter built in, and notches to hold hooks. With a Flip Reel on hand, any time can be fishing time.

Squiddies

Flip Reel Hand Reel

Fish on the Fly

As a kid growing up in Australia, Robert Tiller first learned to fish using hand line fishing reels. This traditional method doesn’t use a rod. You hold the line in-hand, which lets you feel every tug and bite. It’s easier to control than a rod, too, which is perfect for kids and beginners. Robert decided to bring back their beloved hand reels, with design updates that make them ready to cast whenever the mood—or fish—strikes. His Flip Reel is lightweight, portable, and small enough to stash in your kayak or backpack. Adding to Flip Reel’s compactness and anywhere-readiness, it has a flexible collar that folds over the line. The collar keeps the line neatly in place and hooks tucked safely away, where they can’t catch or snag something. There’s also a line cutter built in, and notches to hold hooks. With a Flip Reel on hand, any time can be fishing time.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Robert
    Robert

    Hi everyone, I'm Robert Tiller; the inventor of Squiddies Flip Reel based in Sydney, Australia. Together with my industrial design team, we designed and developed Flip Reel for adults and kids to be fun, easy to use and well made. I'll be happy to answer all your questions from 3pm EST with a large coffee as it's 5am my time!

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 10:44 AM

    Good morning everyone, were very excited the Grommet is launching the Flipreel today. I hope the flipreel creates a memorable adventure for you and your friends, its given me and my mates a grand adventure so far. - Robert Tiller.

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    6/14/2016 10:55 AM

    @Robert

    Good morning. How big of a fish do you think you could bring in with this. Do you just turn the reel? Just got new kayaks and like the idea of keeping one in them.

    Laurie

  • Laura
    Laura
    6/14/2016 10:56 AM

    @Robert - can you use any tackle that would ordinarily be used with a regular fishing rod?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 11:06 AM

    @Laura Hi Laura, yes you can use any tackle you might already have with the flipreel. i use a number of pre made tackles. we created 2 simple tackles #1 and #2 for a range of fish species and sizes. thanks for asking.

    Laurie - the fish size depends on the line used. we have 165 feet of pre wound 12lb line on the flip reel. it comes bundled with the line and a tackle # 1. ive caught 2kg salmon using the flipreel - its very exciting. Using one in a Kayak is brilliant.

    The line is wound on by hand, its a great way to feel what might be biting the bait.

  • Laura
    Laura
    6/14/2016 10:59 AM

    Hi Robert - does the flip reel come with fishing line? Also, can any tackle be used (ie - stuff we already have that we'd use with a traditional fishing rod)? Thank you.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 11:09 AM

    @Laura sorry Laura, i missed the line question. Yes each flipreel comes with pre- loaded line 165feet 12 lb AND a tackle # 1.

    We wanted to make sure if you get a Flipreel you have everything you need to get started.

  • Morgan
    Morgan
    6/14/2016 11:47 AM

    @Robert

    Do you recommend wearing gloves so you don't cut your hands when reeling in a fish?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 11:55 AM

    @Morgan no need for gloves, you can let the tension of the line rest in the recess of the flipreel if you need to- the ergonomic grip lets you hold onto the flipreel comfortably when you catch the big ones. The fun is winding the fish in, if they put up a fight use the flipreel grip to manage them.

  • virginia
    virginia
    6/14/2016 11:47 AM

    How do you protect your hand from being cut by the line when you get a fish?

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    6/14/2016 11:50 AM

    @virginia yes, I was wondering these same things! How do you "reel" it in, and then how do you not have the line dig into your hand if it's a fighter??!!

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 12:03 PM

    @virginia Ive caught some large salmon using the flipreel, when they fight i let the line tension sit in the recess of the flipreel. The ergonomic soft grip makes it easy to handle the fish. The line is static most of the time, until you wind it in (its not running off the reel) this also helps manage the line while a fish is on.

    A big benefit i enjoy using the Flipreel is that your up close and personal with the fishing adventure.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 12:11 PM

    @Robert HI Katherine

    to wind in the line you wind the line around the flipreel with your spare hand, which puts the line into the recess. if you are lucky enough to catch a "fighter" there is a bit of technique to learn using a hand line. Having said that the Flipreel is designed to give you a great grip that is very comfortable to hold while the fight is on, you don't need to hold the line with your spare hand. Once the fish eases you can start winding in the line.

    the Flipreel gives you an exciting fishing experience. As the Grommet says

    "discover whats next" it might be you've caught a smile and dinner.

  • Linda
    Linda
    6/14/2016 12:11 PM

    How do you cast it out any distance?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 12:37 PM

    @Linda To cast the line, there is a bit of practice required if you've never hand line fished before.

    on the packaging are some instructions.

    first you take off a a couple of yards of line held in one hand ready to cast out. Then you wet the bell to make it slippery, you can then throw out the line using one hand whilst you point the bell in the direction of the cast with the other hand.

    Ill send some how to cast videos to our friends at the grommet. to help everyone see how its done.

    i can cast it approx 50meters

    If your on a pier or boat you don't need to cast, just drop the line over the side and point the bell in the direction the line is running off the bell.

  • Lori
    Lori
    6/14/2016 12:19 PM

    What age would you recommend using with kids?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/14/2016 12:28 PM

    It's great for ages 6+, Lori.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 1:05 PM

    Its 3am in Sydney, and i'm going to sign out till later in the day. Thanks for your questions. i hope you enjoy the fun and thrills from our award winning flipreel.

    Thanks also to the Grommet for supporting Squiddies and our new product the Flipreel.

    -Robert.

  • Joan P
    Joan P
    6/14/2016 3:19 PM

    Robert,

    This looks like it would be great for hand lining crabs. What do you think? We used to

    use string and bait for the crabs and this looks well contained and easy to carry.

    Joan

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/14/2016 3:47 PM

    Hi Joan, I think you're right. It sounds like a new way to do what you've done. Squiddies was designed for hand reels and it allows for a more portable and organized way of doing it.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 3:52 PM

    @Joan P Hi Joan, the flip reel is perfect for crab lining and easy to store in the boat, car or at home. As they are compact, you can take several in a bag with ease.

    Thanks

    Robert

  • Judith
    Judith
    6/14/2016 3:33 PM

    Anxiously awaiting my order. Can't wait to show it off at out annual family camp-a-Thon fishing derby????

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/14/2016 3:44 PM

    We can't wait either, Judith. Be sure to take a pic and send it our way. We'd love to see it in action.

  • janis
    janis
    6/14/2016 4:55 PM

    If accidently dropped in the water, does the Flip Reel float?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 5:01 PM

    Hi Janis, yes the Flip Reel floats!

    We have had experience with land lines sinking so we designed bouyancy into the Flip Reel.

    Robert

  • George
    George
    6/14/2016 10:44 PM

    Is this even legal in California?

    I received a citation by DFG for fishing by using only a spool of fishing line with a hook attached to the end along with a couple of split shot weights. I was told that fishing by hand in the state of California was illegal without rod and reel. Honestly, I don't see much difference can you elaborate please? thank you

    George

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/15/2016 8:48 AM

    Hi George, everything I am finding online says that hand lines are fine as long as it does not have three or more hooks. Squiddies is technically a hand reel so that should quite literally get you off the hook. Hope this helps!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Squiddies

Flip Reel Hand Reel

Fish on the Fly

As a kid growing up in Australia, Robert Tiller first learned to fish using hand line fishing reels. This traditional method doesn’t use a rod. You hold the line in-hand, which lets you feel every tug and bite. It’s easier to control than a rod, too, which is perfect for kids and beginners.

Robert decided to bring back their
beloved hand reels, with design updates that make them ready to cast whenever the mood—or fish—strikes. His Flip Reel is lightweight, portable, and small enough to stash in your kayak or backpack.

Adding to Flip Reel’s compactness and anywhere-readiness, it has a flexible collar that folds over the line. The collar keeps the line neatly in place and hooks tucked safely away, where they can’t catch or snag something. There’s also a line cutter built in, and notches to hold hooks.

With a Flip Reel on hand, any time can be fishing time.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Robert
    Robert

    Hi everyone, I'm Robert Tiller; the inventor of Squiddies Flip Reel based in Sydney, Australia. Together with my industrial design team, we designed and developed Flip Reel for adults and kids to be fun, easy to use and well made. I'll be happy to answer all your questions from 3pm EST with a large coffee as it's 5am my time!

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 10:44 AM

    Good morning everyone, were very excited the Grommet is launching the Flipreel today. I hope the flipreel creates a memorable adventure for you and your friends, its given me and my mates a grand adventure so far. - Robert Tiller.

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    6/14/2016 10:55 AM

    @Robert

    Good morning. How big of a fish do you think you could bring in with this. Do you just turn the reel? Just got new kayaks and like the idea of keeping one in them.

    Laurie

  • Laura
    Laura
    6/14/2016 10:56 AM

    @Robert - can you use any tackle that would ordinarily be used with a regular fishing rod?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 11:06 AM

    @Laura Hi Laura, yes you can use any tackle you might already have with the flipreel. i use a number of pre made tackles. we created 2 simple tackles #1 and #2 for a range of fish species and sizes. thanks for asking.

    Laurie - the fish size depends on the line used. we have 165 feet of pre wound 12lb line on the flip reel. it comes bundled with the line and a tackle # 1. ive caught 2kg salmon using the flipreel - its very exciting. Using one in a Kayak is brilliant.

    The line is wound on by hand, its a great way to feel what might be biting the bait.

  • Laura
    Laura
    6/14/2016 10:59 AM

    Hi Robert - does the flip reel come with fishing line? Also, can any tackle be used (ie - stuff we already have that we'd use with a traditional fishing rod)? Thank you.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 11:09 AM

    @Laura sorry Laura, i missed the line question. Yes each flipreel comes with pre- loaded line 165feet 12 lb AND a tackle # 1.

    We wanted to make sure if you get a Flipreel you have everything you need to get started.

  • Morgan
    Morgan
    6/14/2016 11:47 AM

    @Robert

    Do you recommend wearing gloves so you don't cut your hands when reeling in a fish?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 11:55 AM

    @Morgan no need for gloves, you can let the tension of the line rest in the recess of the flipreel if you need to- the ergonomic grip lets you hold onto the flipreel comfortably when you catch the big ones. The fun is winding the fish in, if they put up a fight use the flipreel grip to manage them.

  • virginia
    virginia
    6/14/2016 11:47 AM

    How do you protect your hand from being cut by the line when you get a fish?

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    6/14/2016 11:50 AM

    @virginia yes, I was wondering these same things! How do you "reel" it in, and then how do you not have the line dig into your hand if it's a fighter??!!

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 12:03 PM

    @virginia Ive caught some large salmon using the flipreel, when they fight i let the line tension sit in the recess of the flipreel. The ergonomic soft grip makes it easy to handle the fish. The line is static most of the time, until you wind it in (its not running off the reel) this also helps manage the line while a fish is on.

    A big benefit i enjoy using the Flipreel is that your up close and personal with the fishing adventure.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 12:11 PM

    @Robert HI Katherine

    to wind in the line you wind the line around the flipreel with your spare hand, which puts the line into the recess. if you are lucky enough to catch a "fighter" there is a bit of technique to learn using a hand line. Having said that the Flipreel is designed to give you a great grip that is very comfortable to hold while the fight is on, you don't need to hold the line with your spare hand. Once the fish eases you can start winding in the line.

    the Flipreel gives you an exciting fishing experience. As the Grommet says

    "discover whats next" it might be you've caught a smile and dinner.

  • Linda
    Linda
    6/14/2016 12:11 PM

    How do you cast it out any distance?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 12:37 PM

    @Linda To cast the line, there is a bit of practice required if you've never hand line fished before.

    on the packaging are some instructions.

    first you take off a a couple of yards of line held in one hand ready to cast out. Then you wet the bell to make it slippery, you can then throw out the line using one hand whilst you point the bell in the direction of the cast with the other hand.

    Ill send some how to cast videos to our friends at the grommet. to help everyone see how its done.

    i can cast it approx 50meters

    If your on a pier or boat you don't need to cast, just drop the line over the side and point the bell in the direction the line is running off the bell.

  • Lori
    Lori
    6/14/2016 12:19 PM

    What age would you recommend using with kids?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/14/2016 12:28 PM

    It's great for ages 6+, Lori.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 1:05 PM

    Its 3am in Sydney, and i'm going to sign out till later in the day. Thanks for your questions. i hope you enjoy the fun and thrills from our award winning flipreel.

    Thanks also to the Grommet for supporting Squiddies and our new product the Flipreel.

    -Robert.

  • Joan P
    Joan P
    6/14/2016 3:19 PM

    Robert,

    This looks like it would be great for hand lining crabs. What do you think? We used to

    use string and bait for the crabs and this looks well contained and easy to carry.

    Joan

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/14/2016 3:47 PM

    Hi Joan, I think you're right. It sounds like a new way to do what you've done. Squiddies was designed for hand reels and it allows for a more portable and organized way of doing it.

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 3:52 PM

    @Joan P Hi Joan, the flip reel is perfect for crab lining and easy to store in the boat, car or at home. As they are compact, you can take several in a bag with ease.

    Thanks

    Robert

  • Judith
    Judith
    6/14/2016 3:33 PM

    Anxiously awaiting my order. Can't wait to show it off at out annual family camp-a-Thon fishing derby????

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/14/2016 3:44 PM

    We can't wait either, Judith. Be sure to take a pic and send it our way. We'd love to see it in action.

  • janis
    janis
    6/14/2016 4:55 PM

    If accidently dropped in the water, does the Flip Reel float?

  • Robert
    Robert – Special Guest
    6/14/2016 5:01 PM

    Hi Janis, yes the Flip Reel floats!

    We have had experience with land lines sinking so we designed bouyancy into the Flip Reel.

    Robert

  • George
    George
    6/14/2016 10:44 PM

    Is this even legal in California?

    I received a citation by DFG for fishing by using only a spool of fishing line with a hook attached to the end along with a couple of split shot weights. I was told that fishing by hand in the state of California was illegal without rod and reel. Honestly, I don't see much difference can you elaborate please? thank you

    George

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/15/2016 8:48 AM

    Hi George, everything I am finding online says that hand lines are fine as long as it does not have three or more hooks. Squiddies is technically a hand reel so that should quite literally get you off the hook. Hope this helps!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.