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The following reels are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description). The reels are listed by size first, then alphabetically by maker. A sale pending tag denotes that an agreement to purchase the item has been reached, but the sale may not yet have been completed.

Julius vom Hofe 4 ~ 2 1/8" ~ EXC- ~ The Julius vom Hofe Company was established in 1857. That was 10 years before his brother Edward established his business. He was granted a total of nine patents between 1867 and 1924 while becoming one of the world’s most prolific reel makers. Julius vom Hofe made reels for a number of purveyors of fine tackle including Abbey & Imbrie, Thos. J. Conroy, Leonard-Mills, and von Lengerke & Detmold just to name a few. This hard to find classic features hard rubber black frame, front, and back plates that surround the German silver center and pillars 1" wide spool, ported foot, counter-balanced handle with finely-lathed wood knob, and clicker on/off switch mounted on the back plate. The reel carries the Julius vom Hofe Maker NY stamping which is lightly visible on the front plate and 4 on the bottom of the foot. The drag/clicker is strong and mechanically perfect. There are some light surface scratches and a few nicks on the plates but only minimal fading. The reel comes in a sheepskin lined suede leather zippered case. $395 SPRING SALE $225

Julius vom Hofe 3 1/2 ~ 2 3/8" ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ The Julius vom Hofe Company was established in 1857. That was 10 years before his brother Edward established his business. He was granted a total of nine patents between 1867 and 1924 while becoming one of the world’s most prolific reel makers. Julius vom Hofe made reels for a number of purveyors of fine tackle including Abbey & Imbrie, Thos. J. Conroy, Leonard-Mills, and von Lengerke & Detmold just to name a few. This hard to find classic features hard rubber black frame, front, and back plates that surround the German silver center and pillars, 1" wide spool, ported foot, counter-balanced handle with black knob, removable oil cap with “V” grooved star washer, and clicker on/off switch mounted on the back plate. The reel carries the Julius vom Hofe PAT OCT 8, 1889 stamping which is lightly visible on the bottom of the back plate and 3 1/2 on the bottom of the foot. The drag/clicker is strong and mechanically perfect. There is a chip on the edge of the frame on the front plate and some light surface scratches and nicks but only minimal fading. The reel comes in a sheepskin lined suede leather zippered case. A rare find for sure. Because of the chip…$295 SPRING SALE $125

Julius vom Hofe Black Bass Multiplier ~ 2 3/4" ~ RHW ~ EXC ~ The Julius vom Hofe Company was established in 1857. That was 10 years before his brother Edward established his business. He was granted a total of nine patents between 1867 and 1924 while becoming one of the world’s most prolific reel makers. Julius vom Hofe made reels for a number of purveyors of fine tackle including Abbey & Imbrie, Thos. J. Conroy, Leonard-Mills, and von Lengerke & Detmold just to name a few. This hard to find classic is branded William Mills & Son N.Y. and features German silver banded plates and pillars, 1 1/8" wide spool (pillar to pillar), ported foot, sliding drag adjustment, mushroom-style oil cap, and counter-balanced handle with black knob. The drag/clicker is strong and mechanically perfect. There are some light surface scratches, minor tarnish, and virtually no fading. The reel comes in a sweet clam-style suede pull string satchel. $595 SPRING SALE $450

SOLD Meisselbach Airex Ablette No. 373 ~ 2 ¾” ~ #2 to #4 lines ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This sweet little reel, proudly made in New York, comes in a very desirable size and its vintage look would make a great partner for classic bamboo rod users. It features a solid frame and spool, solid click pawl and spring drag with an auxiliary click pawl which can be engaged or used as a spare part, reversible silver line guard, black handle, and silver foot. Internally stamped “Made in US of America Patents Pending.” There are a few dings and marks, but overall the finish remains in excellent shape. It is presently set up for LHW and comes with the original box paperwork and 2 fly line eyelet threaders.

Able Model Pt. 5 ~ 3” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. 8281 ~ As New ~ This high-quality standard-arbor reel features the upgraded blue/black camo finish, ventilated spool, 2-screw foot, exotic wood handle, and silky-smooth mechanics with a wide range drag adjuster strategically located at the center of the back plate. It is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with backing in an Able-labeled case, box, instruction manual, and blank warranty card. This finely-tuned, top of the line reel, proudly made in the USA, looks unused. Retail with upgraded finish was about $500. Superb! $425 SPRING SALE $295

Orvis Madison Model 9 Extra Spool ~ As New ~ The USA-made reel was Orvis’ answer to the popular Pflueger Medalist. For sale here is an extra 3"-diameter spool, apparently unused, for a 3 1/2" reel that comes with the original labeled Orvis reel box. $60 SPRING SALE $25

(3) Hardy Perfect Spools ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As New ~ These bronze-ish silver extra spools for the English-made classic from Hardy Bros are likely from the 1980s/90s. All are lined with backing and appear unfished. Each spool comes in an orange/cream Hardy-labeled box with original tissue paper. Two of the boxes are labeled 3 3/8”. The other box is labeled 3 1/8” (but is for a 3 3/8” reel) $125 ea. / all 3 for $295 SPRING SALE $75 ea./ all 3 for $195

SOLD Hardy Bros. “The Perfect” ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As New ~ The first Perfect reel was introduced c. 1889 and well over a century later, it is still regarded as one of the finest reel designs in the world. The Hardy Perfect has long been cherished by collectors and are highly valued by anglers looking for a reel that offers traditional craftsmanship, simplicity, and performance. This English-made classic was presented as being as unused, however, careful examination shows some very minor foot wear, otherwise the reel is near “perfect.” It features an attractive brownish-gray finish, ventilated spool, silver-housed brown ceramic line guard, rim-mounted silver adjustable drag tensioner, black knob, and silky-smooth mechanics. Straight line writing is present on the back. The reel comes loaded with backing along with its original Hardy-labeled box and original Hardy-labeled zippered case. Will handle 5/6/7/8 wt. lines with ample backing. An elegant compliment for your finest bamboo rods.

SOLD Hardy Bros. “The Perfect” ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As New ~ The first Perfect reel was introduced c. 1889 and well over a century later, it is still regarded as one of the finest reel designs in the world. The Hardy Perfect has long been cherished by collectors and are highly valued by anglers looking for a reel that offers traditional craftsmanship, simplicity, and performance. This English-made classic was presented as being as unused, however, careful examination shows some very minor foot wear, otherwise the reel is near “perfect.” It features an attractive brownish-gray finish, ventilated spool, silver-housed brown ceramic line guard, rim-mounted silver adjustable drag tensioner, black knob, and silky-smooth mechanics. Straight line writing is present on the back. The reel comes loaded with new backing along with its original Hardy-labeled box, original Hardy-labeled zippered case, and paperwork. Will handle 5/6/7/8 wt. lines with ample backing. An elegant compliment for your finest bamboo rods.

Lamson USA 3.0 ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This workhorse reel with black finish features a quick-release ventilated spool with black knob and silver counter-balance, black drag adjustment knob, and a silky smooth retrieve with a pleasing light click. It is presently set up for RHW and loaded with backing and comes is a high quality LL Bean zippered case. $175 SPRING SALE $99

Pflueger Sal-Trout No. 1554 ~ 3 1/2” ~ EXC- ~ This popular USA-made reel features a black ventilated frame, silver ventilated spool, 2-screw foot, silver on/off clicker knob, black handle on an alloy post with a silver counter-balance cap, and a solid drag that purrs in either direction, but has a slight bias for RHW. There is some rim wear and paint loss on the rim and back plate. This vintage-look reel would accent your bamboo/fiberglass rod nicely. $59 SPRING SALE $25

Lamson USA 3.5~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This workhorse reel with a matte black finish shows little use or rim wear and features a quick-release ventilated spool with black knob and silver counter-balance, black drag adjustment knob, and a silky smooth retrieve with a pleasing light click. It is presently set up for RHW and comes in a black neoprene “The Fly Shop” branded pouch. $150 SPRING SALE $99

Orvis Presentation IV ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC- ~ This quality reel was made in Argentina by STH for Orvis and features a jet black finish, fully ventilated frame, spool and foot, quick release spool mechanism is centrally located on the back of the frame, black knob with silver counter-balance and silver drag regulator knob located adjacent to the foot. The spring-loaded dual-pawl mechanics are silky-smooth and tight. The reel is convertible from LHW to RHW and is presently set up for LHW. There reel has a nice patina with some edgewear around the rim and few dings and marks on the frame, but only minimal paint loss. It comes in a suede zip case. These lightweight workhorse reels are very popular with the bamboo and glass rod users world-wide…if you can find one. $150 SPRING SALE $99

STH 3 MR POP ~ 3 3/4” ~ RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This reels from the famous Argentina maker features an injection molded steel matte black finished ventilated frame and spool, 2-screw foot, 2-screw quick-release latch plate cover, a silky-smooth drag system with black tensioner screw with knurled edges for positive grip centrally located on the back plate, impregnated wood handle, and the functionality of the POP Cassette system. There is virtually no wear or obvious signs of use on the frame, rim, spool, or foot. It comes in a black “The Fly Shop” branded neoprene case. $99 SPRING SALE $49

Ross Canyon BG-4 ~ 3 3/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ 7 to 9 wt lines ~ From Ross: “After years of intensive research and development, Ross arrived at a design that has proven to be one of the finest saltwater reels ever produced. The Canyon Big Game reel features a space-age polymer composite drag material that consistently outperforms every other material tested. In both static (dead lift) and dynamic (full-drag rotation) testing, the Ross drag system outperformed the drag materials in every competitive reel tested by a minimum of 25%. The drag system in Canyon Big Game series is smoother and more consistent than the conventional cork drag systems tested. Heavy drag loads, extreme cold, extreme heat and submersion in water all degraded the drag performance and drag consistency of the cork drag systems. The Canyon Big Game series experiences no loss in performance when exposed to the same challenging elements. This incredible success is the result of a revolutionary drag system that is totally corrosion resistant, uses no springs that are easily lost or rusted and has quadruple redundancy. This redundancy provides three backup systems within the drag to ensure dependability under the most demanding fishing conditions. The Canyon Big Game series has over six square inches of effective drag surface - more drag area than any competitive reel. Set at maximum drag, the Canyon accomplished a dead lift weight of 13.5 pounds - three times the effective drag of every cork drag reel tested. A reel is only as good as its drag, and when it comes to blistering hot runs from heavyweight fish, a reel must be built to take serious abuse. When tested against a cork drag reel, the Canyon excelled at heat dissipation. In fact, following a heavy load speed test with both reels, the cork drag system generated heat that could be felt through the spool before any noticeable heat could be measured through the Canyon Big Game's frame. Saltwater reels are exposed to some of the harshest elements known to man. Keeping any fly reel free of salt and debris in surfcasting or flats wading conditions is an impossible task. In the Canyon Ross developed a system that can easily be restored to 100% performance following contamination. Simply removing the frame from the spool and vigorously rinsing the two pieces in water will return the Canyon Big Game to full working condition. The cork drag reels require more extensive cleaning and service after being exposed to these conditions. Ross has designed a spool release system that combines the best features of locking and quick release spools. The system is absolutely secure, eliminating any worries about the spool separating from the frame when exposed to heavy stress. However, unlike many big game reels on the market today, the spool can be quickly removed from the frame to facilitate line changing, freshwater flushing, retrieve conversion, etc.” The reel is currently set up for LHW and comes with the original box, original neoprene case with old school Ross labeling, operating instructions & specifications, Maintenance Bulletin, and an untouched warranty card. **NOTE** The extra spool shown in the pictures is NOT included. Enjoy! $250

Ross Canyon BG-5 & Extra Spool ~ 4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ 9 to 11 wt lines ~ From Ross: “After years of intensive research and development, Ross arrived at a design that has proven to be one of the finest saltwater reels ever produced. The Canyon Big Game reel features a space-age polymer composite drag material that consistently outperforms every other material tested. In both static (dead lift) and dynamic (full-drag rotation) testing, the Ross drag system outperformed the drag materials in every competitive reel tested by a minimum of 25%. The drag system in Canyon Big Game series is smoother and more consistent than the conventional cork drag systems tested. Heavy drag loads, extreme cold, extreme heat and submersion in water all degraded the drag performance and drag consistency of the cork drag systems. The Canyon Big Game series experiences no loss in performance when exposed to the same challenging elements. This incredible success is the result of a revolutionary drag system that is totally corrosion resistant, uses no springs that are easily lost or rusted and has quadruple redundancy. This redundancy provides three backup systems within the drag to ensure dependability under the most demanding fishing conditions. The Canyon Big Game series has over six square inches of effective drag surface - more drag area than any competitive reel. Set at maximum drag, the Canyon accomplished a dead lift weight of 13.5 pounds - three times the effective drag of every cork drag reel tested. A reel is only as good as its drag, and when it comes to blistering hot runs from heavyweight fish, a reel must be built to take serious abuse. When tested against a cork drag reel, the Canyon excelled at heat dissipation. In fact, following a heavy load speed test with both reels, the cork drag system generated heat that could be felt through the spool before any noticeable heat could be measured through the Canyon Big Game's frame. Saltwater reels are exposed to some of the harshest elements known to man. Keeping any fly reel free of salt and debris in surfcasting or flats wading conditions is an impossible task. In the Canyon Ross developed a system that can easily be restored to 100% performance following contamination. Simply removing the frame from the spool and vigorously rinsing the two pieces in water will return the Canyon Big Game to full working condition. The cork drag reels require more extensive cleaning and service after being exposed to these conditions. Ross has designed a spool release system that combines the best features of locking and quick release spools. The system is absolutely secure, eliminating any worries about the spool separating from the frame when exposed to heavy stress. However, unlike many big game reels on the market today, the spool can be quickly removed from the frame to facilitate line changing, freshwater flushing, retrieve conversion, etc.” The reel is currently set up for LHW. The reel comes with the original box, original neoprene case with old school Ross labeling, operating instructions & specifications. The extra spool comes loaded with backing and in tis original box. Enjoy! $295

Orvis Vortex 7/8 Large Arbor & Extra Spool ~ 4 1/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ This big-game large arbor reel from Orvis is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum bar stock followed by a hand anodized jet black finish and features an infinitely adjustable composite cork to Rulon drag surface touted to be the smoothest and most flawless drag of its kind ever developed, simple and secure dual-clip spool removal system, radius reel foot with unique hook-hold system at the base for use with LHW or RHW and black knob mounted on a silver post. It is currently set up for LHW. The reel has seen normal use and has some light rim rash. The set comes with the original Orvis labeled neoprene case, and extra spool with Orvis-labeled felt pull string satchel. $250

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