Spinning reels got to go round, cleanly

A Medford man who created a soft-fabric spinning reel cover that doubles as a wash cloth says his invention slowly has started to take root in the West during its initial year on the market.

Now, Nick Allegretti is expecting sales of his Reel Rag to take off in 2010.

The 43-year-old hospital pharmacy technician created the Reel Rag as a way to protect spinning reels in the field and while stored. But they also are made of materials soft enough to clean sweat and dust off sunglasses.

Reel Rags come in four colors each fit a standard trout-fishing reel, and they retail for $5.95 each.

When he launched the line last summer, Allegretti the Reel Rags at fishing resorts around Jackson County. With help from regional distributors, he's since spread out across the Northwest and Nevada, landing in a Scheels Sporting Goods chain store in Sparks, he says.

He's almost out of the initial 400 he had made locally and is planning another production run before this year's fishing season.

Check out the Reel Rags at Allegretti's Web site, www.reelrag.com.

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