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US5743478: Fishing reel with adaptable line guide roller

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Alain Plestan ·
Assignee(s) Mitchell Sports ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Foley & Lardner ·
Primary Examiner Katherine Matecki ·
Application Number US8509762
Filing date 08/03/1995
Issue date 04/28/1998
Predicted expiration date 08/03/2015
U.S. Classifications 242/231  ·
International Classifications A01K 8901  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 242230;231;233;232 ·
Foreign Priority FR9410126 - 08/12/1994 ·
13 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A fixed spool, rotary line recovery device fishing reel includes a rotary drum carrying a recovery device bail arm articulated to the drum at both ends. The first end of the bail arm carries a roller over which the line passes during recovery. The roller is cylindrical or slightly concave and of sufficient length to allow unimpeded axial movement of the line due to the amount of line wound onto the spool and due to the relative position of the recovery device relative to the fishing pole. This reduces the stresses exerted on the line and its gradual tendency to twist.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion positioned about an axial centerline for storing a predetermined maximum amount of wound fishing line spaced from the centerline by a predetermined maximum radial distance;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively, anda line guide roller mounted around a portion of the bail arm, the line guide roller being substantially cylindrical and having first and second tapered portions extending from first and second ends thereof and converging with one another at a central part of smaller diameter than the first and second ends, the line guide roller having a length of between one-half and one-quarter of the predetermined maximum radial distance.
  2. 4. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion positioned about an axial centerline for storing a predetermined maximum amount of wound fishing line spaced from the centerline by a predetermined maximum radial distance;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively, anda line guide roller mounted around a portion of the bail arm, the line guide roller being substantially cylindrical and having a concave longitudinal profile comprising first diameter portions adjacent to ends thereof and converging in a second diameter portion in a center region, the second diameter portion being smaller in diameter than the first diameter portion by approximately 0.1 mm to 1.0 mm, the line collecting portion having a predetermined radius and the line guide roller having a length of between one-half and one-quarter of the radius of the line collecting portion.
  3. 7. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion for storing fishing line;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively; anda line guide roller mounted around a portion of the bail arm, the line guide roller being substantially cylindrical and having first and second tapered portions extending from first and second ends thereof and converging with one another at a central part of smaller diameter than the first and second ends, the line collecting portion having a predetermined first inner radius and the spool being configured to hold a maximum quantity of line resulting in a second outer radius, and wherein the line guide roller has a length greater than the difference between the first and second radii.
  4. 9. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion for storing fishing line;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively; anda line guide roller mounted around a portion of the bail arm, the line guide roller being substantially cylindrical and having a concave longitudinal profile comprising first diameter portions adjacent to ends thereof and converging in a second diameter portion in a center region, the second diameter portion being smaller in diameter than the first diameter portion by approximately 0.1 mm to 1.0 mm, the line collecting portion having a predetermined first inner radius and the spool being configured to hold a quantity of line resulting in a second outer radius, wherein the line guide roller has a length greater than the difference between the first and second radii.
  5. 10. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion positioned about an axial centerline for storing a predetermined maximum amount of wound fishing line spaced from the centerline by a predetermined maximum radial distance;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively; anda line guide roller mounted adjacent to the line recovery device, the line guide roller being substantially cylindrical and having first and second end portions of first and second diameters, respectively, and an intermediate portion of a diameter smaller than the first and second diameters, the line collecting portion having a predetermined radius and the line guide roller having a length of at least one-quarter of the maximum radial distance.
  6. 11. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion for storing fishing line;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively; anda line guide roller mounted adjacent to the line recovery device, the line guide roller being substantially cylindrical and having first and second end portions of first and second diameters, respectively, and an intermediate portion of a diameter smaller than the first and second diameters, the line collecting portion having a predetermined first inner radius and the spool being configured to hold a maximum quantity of line resulting in a second radius, and wherein the line guide roller has a length greater than the difference between the first and second radii.
  7. 12. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion positioned about an axial centerline for storing a predetermined maximum amount of wound fishing line spaced from the centerline by a predetermined maximum radial distance;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively, anda line guide roller mounted around a portion of the bail arm, the line guide roller having a length of between one-half and one-quarter of the predetermined maximum radial distance.
  8. 13.13. A fishing reel comprising:a spool having a line collecting portion for storing fishing line;a line recovery device rotatably secured around the spool, the line recovery device including a bail arm movable between open and closed positions for paying out line from the spool and for wrapping line around the line collecting portion, respectively; anda line guide roller mounted around a portion of the bail arm, the line collecting portion having a predetermined first inner radius and the spool being configured to hold a maximum quantity of line resulting in a second outer radius, and wherein the line guide roller has a length greater than the difference between the first and second radii.

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Referenced By

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US6572041 Shimano Inc. Taisei Morise et al. Jun 2003
US6955314 Shimano Inc. Yoshiyuki Furomoto et al. Oct 2005
US7758006 Simotec Inc. Tsutomu Katsumata et al. Jul 2010

Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
FR2723512 MITCHELL SPORTS PLESTAN ALAIN Feb 1996
US5743478 Mitchell Sports Alain Plestan Apr 1998