The hardest part of this project was solving the problem of making the spool run in and out while the bail spun around the outside.
About this creation
Bail mechanism locked in open position and ready to cast
A closer look at the inner workings
It has a reciprocating spool and an opening and closing bail. The bail locks in place for casting. Bare in mind this is just a preliminary version. The bail mechanism isn't strong enough to pull in line under any pressure, the retrieve rate is very low, and there is no drag system. I hope to solve these mechanical problems in the future, but for now I'm satisfied enough with the reel to share it with you.