Ron Kusse Fly Reels

Ron Kusse Fly Reels

Ron Kusse, Washingtonville, NY

Ron Kusse was Vice President of the H.L. Leonard Rod Company from 1972 to 1981. After he left Leonard, he began making fly rods under his own name. He made high quality fly rods up until his death on March 6, 2016.

In the early 2000's, Ron decided that he needed a line of quality fly reels to go along with his fly rods. Having worked for Leonard, he knew of their quality reel models that were made in the past that would complement his rods. They are the German silver and bronze bi-metal and the William Mills & Son model No. 44 and No. 50 reels. Kineya of Kyoto, Japan made these 3 reel models for Ron. The reels are marked "The Leonard Mills Reel" and "Ron Kusse, Maker." Later, reels were made for him in the USA and so marked.

The KINEYA Fly Reels made for Ron Kusse

The KINEYA Fly Reel made for Ron Kusse

The KINEYA Fly Reel Sizes made for Ron Kusse

The KINEYA Model 50 Fly Reel made for Ron Kusse

The KINEYA Ron Kusse "Leonard Mills" Fly Reel

The RON KUSSE Lapel Pin

The RON KUSSE Letter That Came With Bimetal Fly Reels

Link to a history of Ron Kusse as told by him.

Ron Kusse History

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Ron Gast

Orlando, FL

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