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Jan.2019, Good Morning Karl-Heinz!

…I am now a PROUD OWNER of a Herschel reel!...

…I am heading out West to fly fish with my son at the end of January and want to use my new HENSCHEL Reel!!

... This has been a dream of mine to own one of your reels Karl-Heinz.

I know it will not be the last one I buy!



14.11.2018 9:43 HI Karl-Heinz, The reel arrived today, overall I'm happy with it, I'll go and try it out this Friday on some very powerful Thai catfish. I'm also planing to go to Indonesia for Bone fish and Milk fish next year February this should be a good test for the reel. Regards ...C.K., Singapore


6.11.2018 14:59 Hi Karl-Heinz, Thank for your reply. .....Rim control on the DM and UM still there that's why I like about, because I can feel the fish running by touching the rim. Yes another thing I like about the Hanschel reel is that the handle also can use to control the breaking power, this is the best feature that no other reels has. I have all the good things to say about the DM reel, it's my perfect reel.


3.11.2018 02:38 I started saltwater fly fishing since 1987, have used many high-end reels e.g. Henschel Dual Mode, Sea Master MK3(Dual Mode), Abel #5, Charlton 8550C(with offshore spool), .... the most impressive/outstanding performance reel is the Henschel Dual Mode. Regards, CK


29.10.2018 16:45 Hi, I own a Henschel Dual Mode #4 S/N:0640, love it very much so I'm going to get another reel for my lighter rods, may I know if I can get the Ulti Mode #2 with FFW, + 1 normal foot and screws(just in case I'm not use to the FFW, I can swap it to the normal foot), + 1 extra #2 spool(one for wt7 and another for wt9), righthand retrieve. Regards, ...C.K. ________________________________________________________________________

Monster Pike with Henschel Reel:

Karl, As I promised - I would send you a few pictures of our fly fishing experience at……Canada….The Pike pictures were of Pike 40" to 42".

All caught using your Size# 2 Ulti Mode fly (Foot forward/Left-hand handle) reel. I own one Ulti Mode 7/8 Reel with 3 extra spools. We were sharing the reel all week. ….

I also own a Dual Mode #2 reel. I find myself fishing with these two reels most of the time.

I sing praises to everyone about my love of these reels.

Fr, 6. Jul 2018 3:17 G.D.F., USA


Thank you so much for allowing us to come to your home for a visit.

For Joe, it was a dream come true. He is very happy that he will get to fly fish with one of your reels.

But he is even more excited that he was able to meet you and hear about your design process. Thank you!!

18.6.2018 14:31 M.S., Stuttgart/USA


Yes, I’ve received my new reel, and I’m excited to get it. Looking forward to using it!!

I’d like to say to you and the rest of your company, it has been a pleasure doing business with you.

I appreciate how you’ve treated me and my order, to ensure I received what I wanted.

I also, appreciate how you’ve kept in touch with me during the shipping. Y

ou can be assured when it comes to doing any survey for you, I will give you the highest marks!

Thank you J.C., Do, 26. Apr 2018 18:49 ________________________________________________________________________________

Just to let you know that I picked up the reel yesterday when I was in United States. Everything is perfect and I have already put backing and line on. I am very happy with the reel and will use it on my first trip in the middle of May., 15.4.2018 13:12


Hello: I am an existing customer and have purchased reels from you before. I hope this email finds you well. I am interested in the Model #3 Direct Drive with click in and click out right hand wind and the standard foot., 10.3.2018 13:44


Hallo Herr Henschel ! Paket ist heute gut angekommen - es macht einfach immer noch Freude eine so schöne neue Rolle in Händen zu halten

beste Grüße

G.H., 01.02.2018


Dear Karl! Thank you for a message! I am ok, and my fishing season was wonderful in Kolsky region (Murmansk, ... river).

Your reel worked excellently, soon I will find some photos and get back to you. Today I will send you just pictures from my autumn fishing, tomorrow I will find with your reel.

My fridge is full of Atlantic Salmon. You are more than welcome to taste it!!! :) Such fishing is possible only in Russia.

I gave your details to everybody interested in your reel And how are you?

Best regards, T.K 14.11.2017


Karl -- I just returned from a week of fishing at Christmas Island.

I have to tell you that the #2 and #4 foot forward dual mode reels I bought performed amazingly!

Truly they are the best reels I ever owned.

Thanks again for your fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.

S.M.D., 12.11.2017 - Modesto/CA


Dear Mr. Henschel,

I own 3 Henschel reels for a long time, the are like jewels for me......

12.11.2016, M.van B., NL


Dear sir,

As you can see in the attached pictures I am a great fan of you fly reels. The are all excellent!

25.10.2016,  M.van B., NL



now your reel has arrived in JAMAIKA! Beautiful...





Yes I'm satisfied, the reel looks and feel like new again.

Thanks for a jobb well done! Kind regards,

P.S.-Schweden,  Do, 12 Mai 2016 12:25 pm



Hello again Karl-Heinz,

Yes indeed, I was thrilled with beautiful reel bag and I thank you for it. With kind regards,Robbie.

Do, 12 Mai 2016 8:51 pm


Dear Karl-Heinz Henschel,

Thankyou so much for sending me the reel case, it really is superb and fits my reel perfectly - and the delivery was very quick. I hope very much to do some more business with you in the near future, perhaps an anti-reverse reel = when my finances are better placed for personal pleasure, or when all my bills are paid for this year.

Many thanks again, and my best regards, Robbie.

04/05/2016 - 15:24 (GMTST)


Hallo Herr Henschel,

besten Dank für Ihre Nachfrage und der reibungslosen Abwicklung zu der neuen Rolle #3 Line 9-10 saltwater fly real - salmon.

Da ich ja seit 16 Jahren bereits mit Ihrer Rolle fische und es für mich keine Alternative bei Anti-Reverse-Rollen gibt, bin ich ein langjähriger und absolut zufriedener Kunde - ohne Beanstandungen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

J.S., Mo, 2 Mai 2016 8:01 pm


Hallo Herr Henschel

Nach 5 Jahren Unterbruch komme ich soeben von einem Fliegenfischerurlaub von Alphonse Island zurück wo ich 2 sehr schöne Wahoos mit der Fliege und Ihrer Rolle fangen konnte. Der eine ist noch grösser als derjenige den ich Ihnen vor 5 Jahren geschickt habe und den Sie freundlicherweise immer noch unter Ihrer Rubrik „Rollen in Aktion“ abgebildet haben.

Die Rollen sind im Drill einfach der Hammer!

Mit freundlichen Grüssen

Dr.J-P.Z., 12.03.2016


Mr. Henschel, I received the reel today. It looks great and I am looking forward to fishing with it. Thank-you Best Regards,

J.W.H. Fr, 4 Mrz 2016 8:13 pm


Mr. Henschel, it is my 1st reel from you but I have been aware of the reputation of your reels for some time.

J.W.H., Sa, 27 Feb 20 16 4:16 pm


Hallo Herr Henschel, Die Rolle ist inzwischen angekommen, ich habe sie an meine Arbeitsstelle liefern lassen.

Bin sehr zufrieden damit.

Mit freundlichen Gruß Dr.Z.

Di, 23 Feb 2016 1:30 am


Hallo Herr Henschel ! Ich kann nur gutes über ihre Rollen sagen,

Ich fische sei ca.15 jahren eine Black&Silver Nr.2ob mit der Nummer327 in derOstsee auf Meerforelle oder in Kanada auf Lachs noch nie ein problem gehabt .

Nach dem Angeln klares Wasser drüber und offen trocknen lassen. Eine tolle Rolle .

Gruss und Petri Heil F.H.

Sa, 20 Feb 2016 2:51 pm


Karl Heinz,......I have grown very fond of your reels over the few years I own them, the P&S is my absolute favourite when used with the right rod, I use it only with my double handed 12 foot rod for Salmon..

I tried to use it with shorter and lighter rods, works well but is a bit of an overkill..

So for the rest I am using the Ulti 2 for rods from 7wt onwards, fishing for sea trout, sea bass, pollack, pike..

I personally see nothing wrong in the design or the weight of your reels, I meet a lot of fisherman who think they are too "dull" and too heavy.

Especially the P&S is greeted with a smirk, and a lot of negative remarks. But only so long until I hand them my rod and let them have a try, very quickly they realise that the size and weight of the P&S is not an issue at all when fishing a long double hander, and start appreciating the extremely large arbor and the advantages of the dual mode..

We do not have fish that would justify fishing a 11 or 12WT 9 foot rod, but believe me, if we would, I would use the P&S on them..

The Ulti 2 is in my believe the ultimate reel for fishing any rod from 7 to 10 WT in a length from 9 foot onwards, nice balance, especially with the foot forward. As far as images are concerned, I explained to you earlier that I am a "loner" when fishing for salmon, and I never bring a camera since my fishing is done deep wading.

I have some trips planned for the coming season with a few friends of mine, I am sure the occasion will arrive that I will hook and play a good fish and there will be somebody around to take images, you will be the first one to know..

Kind regards, and good to see you are still up and running.

R.v.A. 16.02.16 

Karl, The No.0 arrived safely yesterday, it's a perfect. The function, quality, size, and weight are all correct for the rod that I intend to use the reel with. An excellent match for the Appalachian Mountains and the native brook trout.

The best, F.P. So, 3 Jan 2016 2:27 pm


They are beautiful! D.H. 29.10.15

Hello Karl-Heinz, The reel arrived today in excellent condition, thanks. This is my fourth Henschel reel, and my first which does not have the offset reel foot. I look forward to using it on Cape Cod bay for striped bass and bluefish, and in the tropics for bonefish and jacks. It replaces a Henschel reel which flew overboard (along with a Sage RPLXi rod) when a Whale Watch boat throwing an eight foot bow wave passed me, coming out of nowhere. Bad luck. Your products are excellent.

Thanks again. P.O'Co. Mo, 9 Nov 2015 11:02 pm

If you would like to receive some pictures of the rainbow trout, brown trout, steel head, and/or salmon Michael caught with the new reel, simply provide your email address. He had a great time and I thank you again, for providing the means for a great fishing expedition.

J.& M.L. 27.10.15

Hello Karl,

I wanted follow up with a report on both of your reels I bought a few months back, for my trip to Christmas Island. in a word, fantastic! It is unfortunate that I caught only smaller fish on the #4 and did not get to fully test the monster drag in it. It was not a fair evaluation of such a great product this time out.

The #2 performed flawlessly as a bone fish reel​. Several guides were skeptical of it's ability to catch and hold larger bone fish and small to medium sized Trevally. It proved them all wrong when I locked down on a trevally headed for the coral. I did notice that the drag soft start is less on tighter drag settings with the reel intermittently spinning in stops and starts during the fight. I think it was the only thing I noticed on an otherwise stellar performance. It easily holds 300 meters of 30 pound braid backing and an 8wt or 9wt Scientific Anglers or Rio saltwater line. Below pictures are proof of performance. Please forgive me for not having presence of mind to get the reel in the pictures very well. You can see it best in the guide shot holding the fish and my rod after I hooked it.

He wanted to try out the reel and TFO 8 wt TiCrX rod. He loved the combination. Sorry but the day we took these photos he was carrying my 10 wt HDC Varioverse I was also fishing with. No big fish on that reel so no evaluation for that one either this trip.

Great product and kindest regards R.S.Thailand 22.09.15

Ich besitze seit über 12 Jahren 3 Dual-Mode Rollen ......Die Rollen sind für mich einfach perfekt... und haben schon hunderten von Bonefishe, Tarpunen, Wahoos, Albacoren-Thune, Haie, usw....gedrillt. Gut gepflegt, sie sind unverwüstlich !!!...... M. T. 29.07.2015 

I received the reel. Nicely done! I will send payment for the other reel Sunday. Thank you!

J.C., 31.12.2014

Please find my reel enclosed. I´m so glad it is fixable because I am miserable without it! It is my favorite reel by far. Thanks

R.S.L., 28.10.2014

die Rolle ist gerade angekommen, sehr schönes Stück.

K.R., 14.08.2014

Hallo Herr Henschel, seit vielen Jahren bin ich immer noch sehr zufriedener Erstbesitzer der Rollen:

Black & Silver No. 2 – 224 und 5224 No. 3 – 934 und 1334 No. 4 – 343

Dual Mode No. 2 – 2116 No. 3 – 3103 No. 4 – 4112.......

Ch.M. 03.08.2013

Dear Mister Henschel;

I want to thank you for the wonderful reel I purchased from you. It is truly an exquisite masterpiece of engineering and technology; only the German people can build such marvelous creations.

Your product is to be cherished for it's simplicity, yet also, for the workmanship, and know-how that went into constructing it. Thank you again.

JPR., 5.2.2013

Hallo Herr Henschel ! Ich benötige nun nach langer Zeit wieder einmal eine Ergänzung für meine treuen Lieblinge.....

G.H., 26.12.2012

Any extracts 2012:

Dear Karl,

- The reel and the extra spool have arrived! It is a beautiful piece of machinery (actually jewelry) and – for sure – will be one of my favorites in the new arsenal of ultra-light fishing equipment. Thank you very much for all your considerations...


- I am sending – again - previous mail about my trip to Patagonia. As mentioned before the tour was a real success and the reels – particularly the No. 1 with a #5 fly line in a ONE Sage rod – performed great!


- Thank you very much for all your help and - as usual - is a great pleasure to do business with you.


- I am sending – again - previous mail about my trip to Patagonia. As mentioned before the tour was a real success and the reels – particularly the No. 1 with a #5 fly line in a ONE Sage rod – performed great!


- I am looking forward to buy now as my Xmas present an Anti-Reverse #0, left hand retrieving, silent, foot forward with an extra spool (same specs as the two previous reels I bought from you a couple of months ago) to fish a small, but very fast, mountain river for rainbows in the Chiriqui region of west Panama.


- Only a few lines to express my satisfaction, not only for being a proud owner of several Henschel reels, but also my gratitude for all the collaboration received during the purchase of the last reels I got from you.


- Last night I started spooling the reels. Today I will finish the process. Certainly gorgeous pieces of advance design and mechanics!


- I spent several hours yesterday admiring each one of these extraordinary fly reels. Congratulations for such a great job and superior design, and for sure I will be adding others to my arsenal in the near future! Tomorrow I will start loading the spools. I have plenty of time before my trip to Argentina.


- I was remembering all the good fishing done with the No. 4 I bought in Miami .... Good number of dolphins (mahi – mahi), yellowfin tuna and other school species in the Panamanian Pacific have been landed with this superb reel. And in our Caribbean sea medium size tarpons also have lost their fight with the No.4.


- In a couple of weeks I will be traveling to Patagonia in Argentina. For sure the new reels will shine in the Chimeuin and Quilquihue rivers, and for sure I will send you photos of the trip.


- As mentioned before I am absolutely pleased with the reels and – for sure – you will be hearing from me in a near future.


- Of course I agree about having the picture in your website! What an honor, and please proceed!


- As mentioned in previous mail I am honored in having one of your magnificent reels. Congratulations for a work well done!


- I am a proud owner of a Henschel antireverse foot forward #4 I bought in Miami... It is – by far – my best fly reel. I have used it always with a floating line, so I had no need of an extra spool. Nevertheless my fishing targets have changed and I would like a quotation for the following items: ......

R.J.B.D., Panama


.... Sendung ist heute eingetroffen - vielen Dank! Wunderbare Rolle !!!! .......

M.M. 12.07.2012



.... Ihre beiden Henschel Dual Mode Rollen haben dabei wie ein Traum gearbeitet. Ich konnte damit in Kombination mit meinen TFO Bluewater Ruten und starkem Vorfach jederzeit maximalen Druck im Drill ausüben ohne meine zarten Chirurgenhände zu gefährden. .....

J.P.Z. 23.03.2011



Hello Karl-Heinz, I have just returned from Christmas Island. Attached are photos of a GT I caught using the #4 Black & Silver anti Reverse reel that I recently purchased from you. The reel performed flawlessly. The drag was very smooth as the fish ran out over 200 yards of backing. The wide rim of the spool allowed me to palm the reel and have good control over the fish. The confidence I felt in your reel allowed full attention to fighting the fish. Thank you for providing a great product and delivering quick and informative service.

This was the greatest fishing accomplishment of my life and I wanted thank you for your help.

Aloha, D. S. 08/05/2010



Hello Karl, … I have studied many different reels and found the design and functionality of your reels to be most appealing. Since I earn a living repairing machines, protecting my hands is important. Having well designed tools is also a requirement. I am hopeful that your reel should allow me to have what might be a once in a lifetime fishing experience.

Aloha, D.S. ,June2010



Hello: I thought I would send along a fish picture showing your DD #1 reel. This may not be the typical target for many Henschel reel owners. However, I have to say that your DD #1 makes wonderful trout reel because there is absolutely no start-up to the drag and I can set it lighter than any other drag I can recall ever using. Attached is a pic of a very pretty wild brown trout of about 19" that I caught in Penn's Creek, PA over the weekend.

T.S., May2010



Hi Mr. Henschel, Just to let you know my reel arrived yesterday. Beautiful workmanship, I can't wait to fish with it. Thank you very much! I would be happy to write a good review for your company as I am very pleased with the reel as well as your customer service.

L.O., May2010



Henschel #5 Dual-mode with Progressive Reelfoot. When someone asks me which reel is best suited to pelagic fishing I immediately mention this reel. There are lot of direct drive reels that are superb for that purpose, too, but I believe the dual-mode is the best system for big game fishing, and it´s what I´ve been using almost since I started fishing for big game in 2002. The progressive reelfoot minimizes the perceived weight when actually using the reel.

Jim Williams, Newsletter spring2010



Hi Karl, I'm just back from being away for 2 weeks and the reel is here. Looks wonderful… Thank you,

L. Z., March2010



Hello, Reel arrived today. Reel looks GREAT! can't wait to use it. Thank You for concerns about arrival, I didn't expect it so quickly…

M.M., March2010



Karl-Heinz, ….Thanks for the opportunity for me to buy one of your great reels!!!!!!!

L.B., March2010



Guten Tag Her Henschel, vielen Dank für die schnelle Bearbeitung! …. Selbstverständlich werde ich weiterhin grosse Freude an meinen 5 (Henschelreels) haben "bin einfach ein Fan dieser Rollen"….

C.H., Jan.2010



Lieber Herr Henschel, herzlichen Dank für den Service und die gute Arbeit! Es ist selten genug, dass jemand heute zu seinen Produkten so steht, wie Sie!...

B.K., Aug.2009



Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel, die Rollen sehen super aus, vielen Dank! Gerne können Sie die Bilder ins Netz stellen!




Gentlemen: I currently own 3 Henschel Reels, size #3,#4,and #5 and they are great. I recently bought another nearly new #3 so I can use your reels on my 9, 10, 11 and 12wt rods when on my fishing trips..... Again, terrific reels!

C.H. 04/13/09



Dear Mr Henschel ; Just a small E Mail to tell you I am VERY pleased of this new reel !!!! i will take it to go fsihing in about 2 weeks time and I will keep you inform !!!! Very Best Regards,

F.M. France 31.10.2008



Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel Ein Freund von mir schenkte mir Ihr Buch "Die Technik moderner Fliegenrollen" (2005) Ein sehr schönes und gut geschriebenes Buch, welches einen reichhaltigen Einblick in den Rollenbau mit seinen Problemen vermittelt. Gratulation. Das Buch war/ist nötig. Hoffentlich lesen es viele Leute........ Herzliche Grüße

W.S. 30.10.2008



Hello Karl-Heinz: I received the #4 and I am very pleased with it. I can't wait to get out and try it. Also, please keep me posted as to when the #3 and #4 black/silver spare spools will be ready....

T.S. 11/04/08



Topp Rollen Sehr geheerter Herr Karl-Heinz Henschel, Ihre Rollen begeistern jedes Jahr aufs neue, ich konnte vor einer Woche in Terrace BC Canada einige Steelheads mit über einem Meter und schöne Silberlachse fangen und hatte mit Ihren Rollen keine Probleme das war nicht immer so, andere Marken versagen oft und rucken beim Schnurabzug. Die Henschel Rollen sind perfekt. Besten Dank... Mfg

C. A. 25.09.2008



Mr. Henschel,

I hope that you received my approval for the engravings, as I sent it to you from my iphone during a tarpon fishing trip to Apalachicola where the mobile service was spotty at best. I wanted to relate to you a funny story of my visit there: I finally rigged up my black and silver DM #5, and was fishing it on a 10 weight Sage TCR (my favorite daytime tarpon rod).

The captain made many comments about how the fish up there fought harder, ran longer, and generally required at least an 11 weight rod, if not a 12 outright. I proceeded to hook about a 75 pound tarpon (a true 75 pound tarpon, if you have weighed a few, is what everyone else calls a 100 pound tarpon, so this was definitely no baby).

Using the Dual-mode capabilities of your reel, I had the leader in the rod tip in under five minutes, and promptly wound down to his face, pulled him up to the surface, and broke him off for the release (Florida law now states that you may not remove a tarpon from the water, but I have been releasing them this way for a while now). If it were not for the added advantage of the dual-mode #5, I think I may have been unable to land the fish so quickly, and I just wanted to thank you, once again, for making such a superior product.

I look forward to receiving both of my new reels, and hopefully getting my Ulti-mode reel re-fitted with a standard reel seat and the new handle you designed for it--the added leverage of the outside handle would make that reel perfect for light-line shark fishing, tarpon fishing, billfishing, and any large-game fishing around. I also just set the pending 4 lb. tippet record for the whaler shark category with a 41.25 pound fish--more than doubling the existing 4 lb tippet record.

My best to you and your family,

NCL 27.07.2008



Dear Sir: A few years ago, I purchased some fishing reels from you. They were and are outstanding reels. My son, an avid fisherman thought so too and he now has the reels. So again, I would like to purchase a couple of your reels....

07/31/2008 J.A.G.



Mr. Henschel, I must say I respect your work to such an extent that I am unsure how to proceed. Honesty is always the best policy, so I will just be honest: you make an unbelievable piece of equipment and maybe it is the fact that my dad was an engineer that passed it on to me, but you and one other reel maker are far and away ahead of everyone else, and also both very different...

NCL 27.06.2008



Dear Karl-Heinz & Gisela: .....That said, your “art” in Reel making will make your pieces very marketable to the clients we will be in front of. Your Reels are of the highest quality, have artistic beauty, can be used in extreme situations and at the same time hold value and make fantastic collectables....

J.D.W. 10/24/2007



Hi Karl-Heinz, I received the reel yesterday and it is beautiful! I can't wait to fish it in New Zealand this December. It has made me even more interested in your dual mode for my 8wt.

Matt 23.08.07



Dear Karl My name is Ron H. I live in the USA in the state of New Jersey. I have been fly-fishing for trout and salmon for almost all of my life. Just a few short years ago I discovered saltwater fly-fishing. At first, around home I would catch Striped Bass and Bluefish. Then I started going to the Bahamas to catch Bonefish. It was on one of those trips that I discovered your wonderful fly reel's. On one trip upon arriving on Andros Island all of my luggage including all of my fishing equipment did not make it with me. The next morning I borrowed fishing equipment from H. H. who own's "Streams of Dreams", a fly-fishing shop here in New Jersey.

The flyreel he lent me was your #3 Dual Mode. That day, with that reel, I caught my first 10lb. Bonefish. I feel that by using that dual mode reel helped me catch that fish. Your well designed fly reel was far superior to the reel's I had brought with me.

Upon arriving home I ordered my own #3 Dual Mode. I use it for stripers, blues and permit. I also purchased the #2 Dual Mode which I now use for bonefish. This year I went to Guatemala to catch my first Pacific Sailfish. Which I did (see enclosed picture).

The reel I purchased for this trip was the #4 Ulti Mode reel. The reel with the large arbor and small handle was perfect for this fish when it was running toward the boat. I could reel very fast and recover a lot of line to keep tight to the fish. However,I feel I was at a disadvantage when the fish sounded. When trying to bring the fish back to the surface I had a hard time reeling it in. After a few fish I started to develop a small blister on my thumb. Having such a small handle on such a large arbor reel does not make sense to me. If the handle was on the outside part of the reel it would probably be easier to bring the the fish up from the depths. Upon looking at your web site I see you solved that problem with the Power & Speed reel. Having a crank handle with a different radius on it is a wonderful idea. No I'm not asking you to redesign your wonderful flyreel. This is just one fisherman's experience with one of your fine flyreels. I feel by putting that handle, or one like it, on that reel it would make a great reel that much better. Could this crank handle be adapted to fit my reel? If it is possible and you are willing to experiment and make the change let me know, I could send it to you.

I like large arbor reel so much that I am going to purchase both the #2 and #3 Ulti Mode reels to use for all of my general saltwater fishing this year. I feel that your flyreels are the best reel's on the market and would like to thank you for designing and sharing with the world your suburb fly reel's. Tightlines

R. H. February 19, 2007



Hello, .....I am particularly interested in a #2. I would like to gradually replace my existing Tibor reels with your Henschel reels. I've had good luck with my Tibors, but I am finding that their inferior Type II finish is of an unexceptable quality...... Regards,

Th.S. 09.07.2008



I look forward to owning maybe more than just one Henshel reel after trying one out that I borrowed from a friend. A truely superb reel!!

D.J. 11.06.2007



The reel is elegant and understated and very very smooth. It will definitely go on my Tarpon trip next year.

K. D. Seattle 10.06.2007



Dear Karl, Please change this reel to progressive foot as well. No other problems. Love the reels. I have a 3 & 4 DM and have replaced all my Seamasters with yours! Kind regards

B.H. 12/02/2006



Der Urlaub ist nun vorbei,so mit möchte ich mein Versprechen einhalten. Sende ein Bild und behaupte es gibt keine bessere Rolle womit mann solche Kapitale fangen kann 12 Kg Beste Grüße aus Solingen

E. P. 15.09.2006



Dear Karl, Got the reel, looks very good can't wait to fish with it.

D.C. 06.07.06



Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel, anbei sende ich Ihnen einige Bilder meiner fertigen Fliegenrolle. Sie funktioniert einwandfrei! Es hat mir sehr viel Spaß gemacht, die Rolle zu bauen. Obwohl ich noch keinen Fisch mit ihr gefangen habe, hat sie schon einen besonderen Stellenwert unter meinen Angelgeräten. Es ist ein toller Service, dass Sie die Bausätze anbieten. Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

J.S. 27.03.06



Dear Karl-Heinz, I thought you would enjoy photos from my recent trip to Guatemala. Among the many sailfish caught using my two #5 titanium Henschels is the fish pictured, a couple 100 pounders and a magnificent 120 pound specimen. The reels performed flawlessly! Thank you for a well-engineered product with unparalleled workmanship! Best regards,

D. C. 20.01.06



Hallo Herr Henschel ich möchte mich recht herzlich bei Ihnen bedanken wie gut Sie das Problem gelöst haben. Die Farben man erkennt überhaupt keinen Unterschied von der Funktion wollen wir gar nicht reden ist wie immer hervoragend. Es zahlt sich halt immer noch aus höchste Qualität kaufen. Ich werde nach wievor in den besten Tönen von Ihnen und Ihren Rollen sprechen. Somit Schöne Weihnachten und ein gesundes,erfolgreiches Jahr 2006. Perti Heil und mit freundlichen Grüßen

M. G. 08.12.05



Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel Nachdem ich mir meine vierte DM angeschafft habe, denke ich, dass ich mir Ihr Buch anschaffen sollte, um zu verstehen, was beim Drill in den weltbesten Rollen so abgeht.... Besten Dank und freundliche Grüsse

M. H. 31.10.05



...die Rolle ist angekommen. genau so fein und klein hab ich sie mir vorgestellt. danke

n.w. 27.10.05



Sehr geehrtes Henschel-Team Vielen Dank für Ihre prompte Zusendung Ihres feinen Kataloges! Ihre Rollen sind eine sehr feine Sache! Ich habe mich persönlich beim Bernhard – Shop in Bern überzeugt. Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick! Nun liegt eine Dual – Mode unter dem Christbaum. Ich hoffe, Sie machen noch lange so funktionelle schöne Rollen! Grüsse aus der Schweiz

R.W 6.12.2005



STEPHAN DOMBAJ False Albacore vor Kroatien Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel! Wieder einmal bestand die DM2 härtesten Belastungen beim Fliegenfischen auf False Albacore in der Adria. Es gelang mir mitte August vor Dubrovnik einen gespotteten Schwarm anzufischen. Als keine zehn Sekunden später die Leerleine meine Hande (da ohne Handschuhe) zerschnitten hat, war ich froh das ich über die Rolle drillen konnte. Die fisch wogen etwas mehr als 8lbs am 8er Tackle. Wunderbare Drills! Ich hab evon meiner Website einen Link hierher gezogen, damit auch andere Leute in den Genuss dieser Qualität kommen. Darüberhinaus füngiert die Rolle als Frontpagefoto und als das Introbild zu meiner Fotoshow von Kroatien. Ein zufriedener Kunde und verrückter Fliegenfischer. Tight Lines and singing reels Stephan Dombaj




Beautiful Reel!!! Dear Karl-Heinz and Gisela, Just received the marvellous Henschel #5 AR FF Reel and love it! Thank you for the super service all round... going to get some sailfish on it soon!

Kind regards, Patrick



TORBEN RÖMER Klasse HP mit spitzen Produkten

Hallo. Sehr schöne und informative Seite. Ich glaube ich weiss nun, wo ich meine nächste Rolle bestellen werde. Echt Klasse. Viele sonnige Grüße aus Lanzarote Torben Römer




Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel, wie sehr ich ihr Produkt schätze habe ich schon des öfteren anklingen lassen. Nun, seit dem ich die Rolle DM2 besitze ist es mir gelungen, in den Hafenanlagen Kroatiens (Dubrovnik) einige bemerkenswerte Fänger zu erzielen: Neben Cudas, Bonitos und Jacks habe ich auch schon einige gr. Wolfsbarsch streamern können - alle mit der DM2 an der 8er Rute. Ich habe auch eine Link von meiner Hp zu dieser hier gezogen, damit auch andere Leute diese Qualität schätzen lernen können.




Your Reels I purchased your AR Lft hand wind on Ebay. I love it.I may sell all my other reels and replace them with your reels




Black&Silver AR #3 Ein riesiges Kompliment an ihre Innovation.

Ich habe die Rolle in Tobago/Karibik an Bonefish und Tarpon getestet und ich war begeistert von der Performance. Der Guide war zuerst skeptisch, aber auch er wurde eines besseren belehrt.

Vielen Dank und weiterhin tight lines.




Dual Mode Ich habe mir eine Dual Mode 2 angeschafft und konnte diese während 4 Wochen in der Karibik testen. Meiner Meinung nach die beste Rolle, die ich je gefischt habe. Funktioniert einwandfrei und ist zudem sehr wartungsfreundlich. Ich werde mir für meine #10-er und #12-er Rute mit Bestimmtheit auch noch Henschel-Rollen anschaffen. Nicht ganz günstig, aber wer einen Rolls Royce unter den Rollen fischen möchte, muss da eben durch (Geiz ist nicht immer geil)




New Customer I recently purchased a Henschel AR #4 Serial Number 4114 or is this the model number?

I will try it out next week in Mexico.




Guarantee certificate? In the fall of 2004 I purchased a new Henschel Anti-Reverse #3 reel with the offset leg. I have been very pleased and impressed with it's performance. At looking at your Ebay sales site I noticed your comment on first-owner guarantee certificates. I never received one with my purchase from one of your dealers. Should I have? Please advise. Thank you.




Dear Mr. Henschel I will be fishing on the Shogun out of San Diego with you, Trey Combs and others in January. Will you be bringing some of your reels and making them available for purchase?




Hallo Henschel Fans!!! Wer wäre auch interessiert an einer Ulti Mode in Schnurklasse 5-6 und einem Gewicht von höchstens 180gr. Wer braucht den Stern am Henschel Himmel, die ultimative Rolle.Um eine einigermaßene Rentabilität zu erzielen ,bedarf es schon einiger Bestellungen.Man braucht so eine Rolle nicht wirklich, aber so einen Maybach oder Rolls Royce unter den Rollen zu beszitzen ist einzigartig!!Also mailt mailt mailt mailt und mailt!!!



MARKUS VOGTMANN Karlstadt, Deutschland

Vielen Dank für die Inspektion und den schnellen Umbau meiner Rolle auf Linkshandbetrieb. Jetzt wird sie wieder meine Lieblingsrolle sein. Danke



JÜRGEN FRITZ D- 79539 Lörrach

Wir hatten eine sehr, sehr gute Fischerei in Russland, obwohl die Reise etwas beschwerlich war. Von Ihrer Rolle war ich so begeistert, daß ich meine nagelneue Billy Payd Backuprolle verkauft habe.

Im Bezug zu meinen Kollegen habe ich deutlich weniger Fische verlohren,die Bremse ist sehr schön Dosierbar und genial ist das man mit vollem Druck am Fisch arbeiten kann.

Die Oberfläche ist äusserst strapazierfähig und sieht aus wie nagelneu. Im Gegensatz zu den Billy Payds, Meglows und Finnors meiner Kollegen, die deutliche bis schlimme Gebrauchsspuren aufwiesen.

Falls Sie in Zukunft einen Interssenten in meiner Gegend haben, der vorab eine Ihrer Rollen besichtigen oder Probewerfen möchte, dürfen Sie Ihn gerne an mich verweisen da ich nur bestes von der Verarbeitung und Ihres Services zu berichten vermag.



KIESOW,WINFRIED Deutschland/Hannover

Ich habe mich sehr darüber gefreut das Sie meine kleinen Probleme wie grosse ernst genommen und mir schnell und zuverlässig geholfen haben. Meine Henschelrolle, mit der ich im Meer fische, ist selbst nach vielen Jahren wie neu und ein immer zuverlässiger Begleiter. Vielen Dank nochmal

Mit freundlichen Grüssen winfried kiesow




Dear Karl-Heinz Henschel, I sold my Rolex watch and purchased your # 3 Dual Mode reel. I am very impressed. I will think about the thought you put into this reel while fishing this summer. Your Jeff Bowen was very professional in working with a super Dealer Leroy Jagodinski in Hotchkiss, Colorado. I am going to get my mother a second job so I can buy one more. I will proudly show this to everyone.

A product like this is a product of a Great Mind. Gone Fishing John Brennand Marina del Rey, CA, USA



ING. J.L. TAN (MECH. ENG.) The Hague -The Netherlands

My compliments for this pretty and informative site. The reels look impressive and are of extreme quality as i may conclude from the messages in the guestbook. I hope to purchase one myself one day, due to my addiction for technical products, designed with great craftmanship and also for the fun of fishing




Heb onlangs in de Spey gevist met een Henschel reel Dual M welke ik al enige jaren in bezit heb.

Ik ben zeer overtuigd over de kwaliteit van uw product en design. WvR




Hallo, Herr Henschel ich möchte Ihnen sagen,daß ich mit meiner Dual-Mode # 3 sehr zufrieden wahr und meiner Meinung nach ist es wahrscheinlich die beste Serien Rolle für Großfische Weltweit ist. Auch Angelkollegen haben sie gefischt und waren sehr begeistert,darum können Sie sicher sein das die ein oder andere Bestellung noch kommen wird. Mfg Mario Grahammer --------------

Hallo,Herr Henschel ich möchte noch kurz nachtragen , daß ich die Rolle im Angeler's Refugium in Kronwieden gekauft habe und sehr gut beraten wurde. Mfg Mario Grahammer




Sehr geehrter Hr. Henschel, ich bin vom baldigen Erscheinen der Ulti-Mode sehr angetan.

Endlich eine Rolle, wie sie mir seit Jahren vorschwebt: Dual Mode, Large Arbor, einfache und leichte Spulen, simpler Spulenwechsel, Option für einen Schrägfuß. Meine Hochachtung, Sie sind der einzige mir bekannte Rollendesigner, der diese Anforderungen konsequent in die Praxis umsetzt und dabei so geschickt auf bewährten Teilen der Vorgängermodelle aufbaut.



STEPHAN DOMBAJ Köln/ Deutschland

Sehr geehrter Herr Henschel. Als 16jähriger Fliegenfischer sind die finanziellen Mittel natürlich begrenzt; dies hielt mich aber nicht davon ab mein Geld in eine Henschel Dualmode No.2 zu investieren welche ich zusammen mit einer Sage Xi2 in der Klasse 8 im Mittelmeer fische. Was mein Gerät angeht, bin ich sehr wahlerrisch und kritisch. Um so mehr freute es mich das ich nie was zu beanstanden hatte. Hecht Barracudas, Amberjacks und Bonitos alles kein Problem.

So kann ich Stolz sagen das ich der stolze Besitzer der besten Rolle der Welt bin. Ich denke bereits darüber nach meine anderen Ruten umzurüsten. Die Rollen sind Pflegeleicht und neben der Funktionalität(z.B. die Schnurabzugs-Öffnung)fällt auch das Desinge positiv auf.

Eine wahre Augenweide. Abschließend möchte ich mich für die vielen guten Fische bedanken die mir das fenomenale Bremssystem beschert hat und das ich all die Stunden im Salz- und Süsswasser + Fänge nicht mehr missen möchte. Mit freundlichen Grüssen und einem dreifachen

Petri Heil: Stephan Dombaj




I used since one year antireverse ,dual mode henschel reels (N°2,3,4 and 5) with progressive foot.

I deeply appreciate those reels for their quality,comfort and reliability of the brake enven with powerfull fish like tarpon, shark and jewfish ...

Dr F.Maquin.



SALTWATER FLYFISHING RETAIL (OWNER/MANAGER) Kawana Waters, Queensland. (Australia)

This is our first visit to your site. We first saw your impressive reels when Jack Samson and Cam Sigler came and fished with us last month during our International Saltwater Flyfishing Expo.

We'll be back! Gavin & Maria Platz.




Ich habe selten so schöne und funktionelle Rollen, wie die Ihren gesehen, leider eben nur gesehen und im Geschäft schon mal in der Hand gehabt. Ein Traum für jeden Fliegenfischer und irgendwann einmal liegt auf meinen Fangfotos auch auch eine Rute mit einer Rolle von Henschel neben den Forellen!

mfg Hans M. P.



BUCHER OSKAR (DIPL.ARCHITEKT ) CH 6331 Hünenberg (Schweiz)

Black&Silver-Antireverse-Rollen sind das Beste was ich in mehr als 35 Jahren Fliegenfischen gesehen habe.



KRUEGER, HANS-ECKHARD DR. ( TIERARZT) Hasbergen (Deutschland)

...ein 12,5kg Frischaufsteiger-Lachs, gefangen bei Hochwasser in Norw.,ist der beste Beweis für die Zuverlässigkeit u. Einzigartigkeit des Bremssystems der "Henschel Dual-Mode". Vielen Dank für diese Rolle dem Konstrukteur.

Dr. Krüger




Viele Grüße aus Köln, haben wunderschöne Silberlachse mit Ihre Rolle Dual Mode 2 in Canada, BC gefangen.



CHARLES HANNAH ( ACCOUNTANT ) Anchorage (United States of Amerika)

have been a fan of the Dual-Mode idea since I started fishing with a Pfleuger Model 528 reel from back in the 50's. The Henschel sure looks like a definite improvement over my old reel. I look forward to trying it out sometime soon.




Danke Herr Henschel, Ihr spontaner Service und die Hilfsbereitschaft haben mich begeistert.

Nach meinem Kuba-Ausflug weiß ich jetzt endlich wofür man Ihre Rollen wirklich braucht

Mit den Black & Silver 2,3 und 4 werde ich wohl durchs Leben gehen. Was mich am meisten begeistert ist das unempfindliche finish der Rollen und das Gewicht im Vergleich zu anderen Antireverse Rollen.

Nochmals Danke Holger Riegg



WINFRIED THIELE ( KAUFMANN ) Arnsberg / Westf. (Deutschland)

man kann sich ueber vieles streiten,aber nicht um eine Henschel - Rolle,die besitzt man.

mit freundlichen Gruessen



JOHANN FRIEDRICH ( SPITZENDREHER ) D-64832 Babenhausen, (Germany) Messe Stuttgart - 05.04.2002

Auf diesem Wege nochmals vielen vielen Dank für die Info's bezüglich "Anti-Reverse" Fliegenfischen-Rollen. Ich komme auf jedem Fall bei nächsten Einkauf auf Sie zu. MfG, Johny