Fly-fishing is an art, but it is also a science. Making Galvan reels is no different.
Over the past twenty years, Galvan Fly Reels have established a well-earned reputation for quality, smoothness, reliability and stunning looks. Bonifacio Galvan continues striving to produce reels of exceptional value and quality, reels that have garnered a growing following among dedicated fly anglers. One of the ways he has done this is by keeping the entire process, from blueprint to construction, in-house. That’s right, Galvan Reels are 100% designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA by the Galvan Family in Sonora California.
Boni Galvan started Galvan Reels working after hours and weekends out of his garage on one manual lathe and one manual mill making 8-10 reels a month. We have a lot more machines now but our work ethic is the same as it has always been.
The words made in the USA is more than a side effect of quality control, it is a deep-rooted sense of pride. To the Galvan’s it means economic growth. It means manufacturing and buying products made in the USA to keep jobs here in America. In a day and age where it is always cheaper to make things somewhere else the Galvan Team is proud to help keep our economy rolling.
As a small family-run business, each Galvan family employee takes pride in making sure every part and every process meets the highest specifications to ensure quality and precision craftsmanship in every step of manufacturing a reel. Precise tolerances are not just a requirement but an obsession and are anywhere from three ten thousandths (.0003) to two thousandths (.002) depending on the part.
Boni Galvan still takes part in every aspect of production from product research and development to computer programming and from machine setup to operation. However, like every member of the Galvan team, he plays any role needed when necessary. All the materials chosen to go into Galvan reels are based on their specific properties and functions while taking into account wear resistance, heat resistance, thermal stability, high-pressure velocity, chemical resistance, and a very low coefficient of friction.
Our reels are machined to the highest specifications with the most current technology while remaining true to the best traditions of the past. The pride of ownership each Galvan reel owner has is the same pride of ownership that the Galvan family has of their operation. At Galvan there is no 9-5 work day. This is our life and we put into it what we must. Mixing classic styling with contemporary design and materials, Galvan Fly Reels continue to help redefine modern fly reel construction.