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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 FALL SALE $225

Pflueger(?) 60 yd. ~ 2 ¼" ~ VG+ ~ This unbranded reel has characteristics similar to the hard to find Pflueger 4 Brothers Delite classic and comes in the highly sought after 60 yd. format and features silver banded hard rubber side plates a 1" wide (pillar to pillar) spool, silver bearing cap, rear click switch and ivory Celluloid knob fixed to a full-size counter balanced handle. The knob has a hairline crack and the side plates shows some fading and could be buffed out if desired. There are some surface scratches and nicks on the plates and along the rim from routine usage. This classic reel would look great on your favorite small stream rod and although it has a slight bias for RHW, can be used as LHW if desired. $99

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 FALL SALE $175

Hardy Marquis #2/3 ~ 2 9/16” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ Hardy recently brought back this classic reel which was discontinued several years ago. This is one of the highly sought-after older model from Hardy Bros. Ltd that features a solid gray frame, ventilated spool with polished silver-rimmed ventilated spool, two-screw quick-release latch plate cover, dual riveted foot, single screw nickel silver line guard that can easily be converted from LHW to RHW, black knob, and a silky-smooth adjustable click and dual pawl drag system with the hallmark Marquis sound on retrieve. The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes its original Hardy-labeled zippered case, box and paperwork. $250FALL SALE $195

Hardy St. George Jr. ~ 2 9/16th” ~ LHW ~ Serial No. A47205 ~ NEW ~ Named after the Patron Saint of England, St. George reels were first introduced in 1911 as a companion to the Hardy Perfect, and have been out of production since 1982…until now. Made in Hardy’s Alnwick, England factory, this new iteration features the more durable anodized 6061 bar-stock aluminum construction with a ventilated spool, solid back, silky smooth dual pawl with silver drag tensioner, naval brass bushings 3 screw latch cover, round milky-white agate line guard housed in a N/S frame, ivorine handle, and smooth brass foot. The set comes with the original Hardy labeled box, leather zippered case with Hardy logo, and a complete set of paperwork. Superb! $595FALL SALE $495

Bogdan Baby Trout ~ 2 5/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC- ~ The Bogdan family has been producing exquisite handcrafted reels for discriminating anglers worldwide since circa 1940. This trout classic was machined to exacting tolerances from solid bar stock including tool steel, aluminum, bronze and Derlin and features an elegant silver-colored frame with black ventilated face plate and black solid back plate, counter-balanced serpentine S-handle, 2-screw ventilated foot and a silky smooth drag. The reel has seen regular use and has some light surface marks and light rim rash and comes loaded with line and backing (type/size not known) and suede leather pull-string satchel. Here is your chance to own/fish a genuine Bogdan classic. $1,695

Orvis Presentation EXR I ~ 2 13/16” ~ 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 counter-balance and drag regulator knob located adjacent to the foot. The dual pawl mechanics are silky-smooth and tight. The reel is convertible from LHW to RHW and is presently set up for LHW. It comes loaded with a buckskin SA ST-3 line and housed an Orvis seude case with paperwork. These lightweight reels are very popular with the glass rod users world-wide…if you can find one. $175

Orvis Presentation EXR I & Extra Spool ~ 2 13/16” ~ 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 counter-balance and drag regulator knob located adjacent to the foot. The dual pawl mechanics are silky-smooth and tight. The reel is convertible from LHW to RHW and is presently set up for LHW. The reel comes housed an Orvis seude case. The spool is housed ina green Orvis pool pouch. These lightweight reels are very popular with the glass rod users world-wide…if you can find one. $175

Tibor Light Spring Creek ~ 2 3/4” ~ LHW/RHW (presently set up for LHW) ~ As New ~ Ted Juracsik launched his freshwater Tibor Light series in 1999, much to the delight of trout, bass and other light fly anglers. These beautifully crafted reels are made from solid aluminum bar stock and features a traditional jet black finish, ventilated spool, 2-screw perforated foot, rim-mounted silver drag tensioner screw, black handle, and a silky smooth disc drag that is among the best in the business. The reel comes loaded with a new Sage WF-4 line and in its original neoprene case, with box, paperwork, and untouched warranty card. Retail was near $400. Get this one, as new and loaded with line for… $295 FALL SALE $195

Able Model Pt. 5 ~ 3” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. 8144 ~ As New ~ This high-quality standard-arbor reel features the upgraded red/blue 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 new Cortland 444SL WF-5 line and 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 FALL SALE $325

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 FALL SALE $325

Hardy Ultralite Disc #5 & Extra Spool ~ 3” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As NEW – This English-made classic features ventilated sides plates, 2-screw quick release latch cover, N/S single screw line guard, black knob and positive grip drag adjuster conveniently located in the center of the backplate. The mechanics on this reel are silky-smooth and simply purr. It is convertible from LHW to RHW (currently set up for LHW). It is loaded with green Cortland 444 WF-5 line. The extra spool is loaded with yellow WF-4 line. The reel comes in its original Hardy labeled satchel zip with original box and paperwork. The extra spool also comes in its original box. The reel appears to have seen some light use and remains in EXC+ to near new condition. $250FALL SALE $195

Hardy Ultralite Disc #5 & Extra Spool ~ 3” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As NEW – This English-made classic features ventilated sides plates, 2-screw quick release latch cover, N/S single screw line guard, black knob and positive grip drag adjuster conveniently located in the center of the backplate. The mechanics on this reel are silky-smooth and simply purr. It is convertible from LHW to RHW (currently set up for LHW). It is loaded with yellow Orvis WF-4 line. The extra spool is loaded with backing. The reel comes in its original Hardy labeled satchel zip with original box and paperwork. The extra spool also comes in its original box. The reel appears to have seen some light use and remains in EXC+ to near new condition. $250FALL SALE $195

Orvis CFO III Disc ~ 3” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ This classic disc drag reel from Orvis been the choice of technical and discriminating fly fisherman since 1971. This Asian-made disc drag reel features the attractive brownish-bronze finish, 2-screw foot, 2-screw latch plate cover, adjustable drag tensioner knob and rosewood handle. The reel is rated by Orvis for 4 to 6 wt. fly lines and has an easy-to-change quick release spool and can be easily be converted from LHW to RHW. It is currently set up for LHW. I do not think this reel has ever been lined. The set comes in its original Orvis zip case and original box with paperwork. $195

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 FALL SALE $30

Able Super 4 ~ 3 1/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. S2733 ~ As New ~ This high-quality large-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 in an Able-labeled case, box with blank warranty card. This finely-tuned, top of the line reel, proudly made in the USA, looks unused. Retail with upgraded finish was about $600. Superb! $495 FALL SALE $325

Hardy Ultralite Disc #6 & Extra Spool ~ 3” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As NEW – This English-made classic features ventilated sides plates, 2-screw quick release latch cover, N/S single screw line guard, black knob and positive grip drag adjuster conveniently located in the center of the backplate. The mechanics on this reel are silky-smooth and simply purr. It is convertible from LHW to RHW (currently set up for LHW). It is loaded with green SA GPX WF-6 line. The extra spool is unlined. The reel comes in its original Hardy labeled satchel zip with original box and paperwork. The extra spool also comes in its original box. The reel appears to have seen some light use and remains in EXC+ to near new condition. $250FALL SALE $195

Ballan Classic Narrow ~ 3 1/4" ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This classic-look reel from Bill Ballan features an attractive black-mirror finish, ventilated spool, solid back plate, ventilated 2-screw silver foot, counter-balanced serpentine S-handle with black knob, and smooth working mechanics that have a slight bias for LHW, but can be used for RHW as is if desired. It comes with a sheepskin-lined suede zip case. These reels are a nice compliment to your bamboo or glass rod at an affordable price. $225 FALL SALE $175

Hardy Bougle MK IV ~ 3 1/4” ~ LHW ~ SN JDC246 ~ As New ~ This fine English made classic was derived from the historically significant Hardy Perfect and features an attractive clear anodized aluminum finish with nickel silver accents, solid winding plate, ventilated spool, silver rim-mounted tensioner screw, and beautiful rosewood winding knob. The simpleness of the fine working adjustable dual click and pawl drag and smoothness of the ball bearings combine to make that classic hardy sound that is unmistakable when heard on the river. The reel is located with new SA Mastery GPX WF-5 line and comes with the original Hardy neoprene pouch, Hardy-labeled box for a 3 ½” Bougle MK IV, and Bougle MK IV paperwork. The look and feel of this timeless classic will certainly compliment your favorite rod. $425

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Sage 3200 ~ 3 1/4” ~ LHW ~ As New ~ From Sage: “Lightweight, durable, fully machined and available at a price that won't break the bank, Sage's large-arbor 3200 Fly Reel is everything you've come to expect from Sage. Featuring a full, machined 6061-T6 aerospace-grade-aluminum frame with palming access that's been cold-forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity, it's nearly-indestructible construction stands up to years of use. Powerful, maintenance-free SCS drag system combines with the One Revolution Drag knob with numbered and detented settings for new levels of control and stopping power. Custom stainless steel clutch bearing inside Sage's Sealed Carbon System. Hard anodized for corrosion resistance. Large, concave arbor design provides improved strength and capacity. Ergonomic machined and anodized handle. Converts easily from left-to-right hand retrieve. Includes an embroidered reel case made of ballistic neoprene and nylon” This reel also comes with the original box, paperwork and extra clicker. These reels retailed for about $250. $195 FALL SALE $125

Sage 3200 ~ 3 1/4” ~ LHW ~ As New ~ From Sage: “Lightweight, durable, fully machined and available at a price that won't break the bank, Sage's large-arbor 3200 Fly Reel is everything you've come to expect from Sage. Featuring a full, machined 6061-T6 aerospace-grade-aluminum frame with palming access that's been cold-forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity, it's nearly-indestructible construction stands up to years of use. Powerful, maintenance-free SCS drag system combines with the One Revolution Drag knob with numbered and detented settings for new levels of control and stopping power. Custom stainless steel clutch bearing inside Sage's Sealed Carbon System. Hard anodized for corrosion resistance. Large, concave arbor design provides improved strength and capacity. Ergonomic machined and anodized handle. Converts easily from left-to-right hand retrieve. Includes an embroidered reel case made of ballistic neoprene and nylon” This reel also comes loaded with backing, the original box, paperwork and extra clicker. These reels retailed for about $250. $195 FALL SALE $125

(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 FALL SALE $100 ea./ all 3 for $250

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. $695 FALL SALE $550

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. $695 FALL SALE $550

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 may have been used sparingly, but appears near new with virtually no wear whatsoever. 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. $695 FALL SALE $550

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 FALL SALE $125

SOLD Ross Vision 3 Extra Spool ~ As New ~ This finely-tuned extra spool in the black finish is loaded with new green sink tip line and backing and comes in a neoprene cane with old school Ross logo and original box.

SOLD Ross Vision 3 Extra Spool ~ As New ~ This finely-tuned extra spool in the black finish is loaded with new orange line and backing and comes in a neoprene cane with old school Ross logo and original box.

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 FALL SALE $29

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. $125

Pflueger Medalist No. 1495 ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC ~ The classic design on of the Medalist can be seen on bamboo rods by enthusiasts worldwide. It features a ventilated spool and back plate, 2-screw ivorine latch cap, ivorine drag adjuster and knob, diamolite line guard and is mechanically smooth and tight with a silky smooth retrieve and that hallmark Pflueger clicker. There is only minor paint loss and rim wear, much less typically seen on this model. This classic reel would complement your 8.5’ to 9.5’bamboo and glass rods nicely. It comes with the original box and paperwork. $99 FALL SALE $49

Sage Model 508 Extra Spool ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As New ~ This extra spool is for the highly sought English-made reels that were made exclusively for Sage by Hardy. It comes in an Orvis spool pouch in its original Sage-labeled box and is loaded with Teeney ST 8wt line. The spool remains in EXC+ to near new condition and is yours for... $95 FALL SALE $50

Sage Model 508 Extra Spool ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC+/As New ~ This extra spool is for the highly sought English-made reels that were made exclusively for Sage by Hardy. It comes in an Orvis spool pouch in its original Sage-labeled box and is loaded with yellow WF-8wt line. The spool remains in EXC+ to near new condition and is yours for... $95 FALL SALE $50

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 FALL SALE $59

Saracione Black & Gold Wedding Cake ~ 3 7/8” ~ RHW ~ Serial No. 13 of 20 ~ New ~ A limited production (20 sets) of these remarkable saltwater reels were made as a tribute to the Gar Wood Fin~Nor Wedding Cake reels by world renown maker Joe Saracione. This “Permit” model features an attractive gold anodized frame, solid black 1 1/16”-diameter counterbalanced spool, powerful and silky smooth cork drag with strategically placed black drag adjustment, and black knob, The reel comes with a vintage LL Bean leather zip case. Superb in every way and priced for immediate sale! $1,595 FALL SALE $995

Ross Canyon BG-4 & Extra Spool ~ 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. The reel comes with the original box, original neoprene case with old school Ross labeling, operating instructions & specifications, Maintenance Bulletin, and an untouched warranty card. The extra spool comes loaded with backing. Enjoy! $295

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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