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Current Reel Inventory
Ari T Hart F2 “Rio Orbigo” ~ 2 3/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. 2933 ~ EXC ~ Ari T Hart is an international icon in the world of modern fly fishing reel technology. He combines cutting edge technology and old world craftsmanship to create what many believe to be some of the best reels in the world. This Dutch-made reel features an attractive all gold and silver frame finish, black ventilated spool, gold handle with a petite rubber O-ring end for positive grip that also doubles as a tippet minder, on/off clicker adjustment and one of the smoothest drag systems available with strategically-placed knurled-edge drag adjuster. It is presently set up for left hand retrieve and comes loaded with new Orvis WF-6 line and backing and stored in its original blonde leather case with ATH logo. There are a few minor nicks on the rim and drag adjuster knob indicting light to normal use. What a super find for the ATH enthusiast. $550
Lamson Velocity V1 ~ 2 3/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ This quality-made large arbor reel was machined from 6061 aluminum and features an attractive silver-gray anodized finish, counter balanced spool with black knob, strategically placed center drag control, and a silky smooth sealed conical drag system. There are some dings and rim rash. The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes with the original Lamson-labeled neoprene case.
Fin Nor No. 1 ~ 2 7/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC- ~ This quality made anti-reverse classic with conical back plate is the perfect reel for bonefish, permit or salmon. It features an attractive gold finish, black dual handle crank with positive grip drag centrally located on the crank assembly and 2-screw smooth silver foot. The reel has a few dings and surface scratches. It comes loaded with optic yellow backing and stored in a soft pull-string satchel. These silky smooth reels are highly regarded world-wide. $250
Fin Nor No. 1 ~ 2 7/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC- (exception noted) ~ This quality made anti-reverse classic with conical back plate is the perfect reel for bonefish, permit or salmon. It features an attractive gold finish, black dual handle crank with positive grip drag centrally located on the crank assembly and 2-screw smooth silver foot. The reel has a few dings and surface scratches. It comes with a labeled neo case. A light knock can be heard on retrieve. These silky smooth reels are highly regarded world-wide. Priced to allow for reel maintenance, if desired. $195
Orvis CFO 123 Disc ~ 2 7/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ The Orvis CFO has been the choice of technical and discriminating fly fisherman since 1971. This sweet English-made reel features the attractive matte green finish, ventilated frame and spool, 2-screw foot, 2-screw latch plate cover, 2 screw dual action line guard, adjustable drag tensioner knob, black handle and a sweet tight disc drag. The reel appears to have been unlined and is presently set up for LHW. It comes with an Orvis storage pouch with velcro closure. This reel would be a superb match for your favorite small stream rod and appears unfished.
Pflueger Progress No. 1774 ~ 2 7/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ This sweet little reel was made in the USA and features a gun metal ventilated frame, silver ventilated spool, silver sliding on/off clicker, dark chocolate knob on an alloy post, and a solid drag that just purrs. Presently set up for RHW and loaded with a new olive SA Trout DT-2 line and vintage unlabeled box. $49
Ross Gunnison G-1 & Extra Spool~ 2 7/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ Ross first introduced this reel in 1987 with claims that it set the standard for quality, dependability and performance. It was eventually discontinued in 2004. This fully machined classic features a matte black finish, ventilated frame and exposed spool, 3-screw quick release latch plate cover, black knob with silver counter-balance pin, 4-screw foot and a conveniently located and centrally-mounted wide-ranging adjustable drag knob, and stainless steel ball bearing-based drag. The reel and extra spool are loaded with line and backing and presently set up for LHW. One of the lines is mist green (type/wt. unknown). The other line is an aqua blue Cortland Clear Creek WF-4. There is some light rim wear. The set comes in a new Stone Creek cordura covered zip case by Smith Creek.
Orvis Access II Mid Arbor w/ Extra Spool ~ 3” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This elegant looking lightweight reel from Orvis is machined from 6061 bar stock aluminum and features an attractive titanium finish, carbon fiber/stainless steel washer mechanics with a totally sealed drag, centrally located drag adjuster, black knob and 2-screw quick release latch cover. There a few minor nicks along the rim and on the drag adjuster. It is currently set up for LHW. The extra spool appears unlined. The set comes with the original Orvis labeled boxes, reel manual, Orvis cordura/neo reel case and Orvis pull string spool satchel. $150
Ocean City No. 35 ~ 3 1/16” ~ RHW ~ VG+ ~ This neat little reel was proudly made in Philly and would make a great partner for many vintage bamboo rod users. It features a matte black finish, solid spool, variegated white and gray knob, oval-shaped meta N/S line guard, smooth alloy foot and easy working mechanics that are a silent on line retrieve and pay. The reel comes loaded with silk line (size/type unknown). “Ocean City NO 35 Made in Philadelphia U.S.A.” is proudly stamped into the back of the frame. This cool little reel is a nice find for the budget-minded angler in all of us!
Able No.1 ~ 3 1/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. 3406 ~ EXC ~ This high quality standard-arbor reel from the famous Camarillo, CA maker features the popular deep black finish, solid frame and back with ventilated spool, 2-screw black foot, rosewood handle with silver counterbalance pin, and silky smooth mechanics with a wide range drag adjuster centrally located on the back plate. There are a few small marks and scuffs from what appears to have been light use. It is presently set up for RHW and comes loaded with new-ish optic green WF-6 line and backing and is stored in its original black case with ID card (blank). This is a finely-tuned high-performance reel is ready for your immediate enjoyment. $295
Hardy LRH Lightweight ~ 3 1/8" ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This light line English-made classic from Hardy is a gem of simplicity. The Lightweight series of reels have been on the market for about half a century and during that time they have sold huge numbers worldwide. It features a gray frame with solid back plate, silver ventilated easy-to-change spool with 2-screw latch plate cap and single-screw line guard that can easily be converted from LHW to RHW, black winding knob, rim-mounted silver drag tension adjuster screw, smooth silver riveted foot, and a silky smooth dual pawl and spring drag system. There is some minor rim wear. The reel is presently set up for LHW and most certainly will compliment your favorite bamboo or glass rod.
Seamaster Mark II Dual Mode ~ 3 1/4” ~ RHW ~ As New ~ The inspiration for these phenomenal reels was born in the 1950s in Bob McChristian’s Capt. Mack's Tackle Shack in Miami, Florida. By the 1960s, Seamaster fly reels were (and still are) considered to be among the finest salt water fly reels ever produced. The remain highly sought by salt water fly fishing aficionados world-wide. This classic reel features an attractive gold anodized frame with conical back purposefully designed for use in the salt, solid black perfectly balanced spool, powerful and silky smooth industry best drag with strategically placed positive grip coin-edged drag adjustment, dual exotic wood knobs and 2 screw smooth gold foot. The original owner’s name is engraved on the face of the drag adjustment. Seamaster reels are renowned for their dual mode system (patented in 1987) which enables the crank to stay in place and not go backwards upon line pay and would engage upon line retrieve. The reel comes with its original leather satchel, operation and reel care paperwork. This apparently unused reel, proudly made in the USA, is superb in every way. $1,295
Hardy “The Perfect” ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ 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. This model has stood the test of time and has long been cherished by anglers and collectors looking for a reel that offers traditional craftsmanship, simplicity, and performance. This English-made classic features an attractive gray finish, coin edged rims, ventilated spool, rim-mounted silver adjustable drag tensioner, brown knob, dual riveted ribbed foot and strong silky-smooth mechanics that simply purr. Straight line writing is present on the back. The reel is internally stamped 31. There is some light finish loss centrally located on the spool and a few marks, dings and rim wear from past use. It is presently set up for LHW and comes in its original Hardy labeled blue and cream zippered case. This reel is a fly fishers dream and would compliment for your favorite fly rod, especially if it is made from bamboo.
Lamson USA 3 ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This workhorse reel with matte 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. There are a few tiny nicks and marks from apparent limited use. It is presently set up for RHW and comes loaded with Cortland 333 HT WF-8 line and stored in its original neo case.
Hardy Bros. “The Uniqua” ~ 3 1/2” ~ RHW ~ EXC ~ This early English-built classic from Hardy Bros. LTD comes in the desirable 3 1/2” size and features attractive gray finish with straight line writing on the back, 2-screw silver “telephone” quick release latch, brown ebonite handle, dual rivetted ribbed brass foot, smooth and tight dual spring and pawl mechanics that purr like a kitten, and a wonderful leaded patina. The reel is internally stamped TW and comes loaded with a silk line (type/wt unknown) and stored in a pull string satchel. This classic reel will compliment your favorite bamboo (or any vintage rod for that matter) nicely! $295
RHW ~ EXC ~ This sweet and rarely-seen reel is branded H. Monk ~ Gun Maker ~ Chester and is believed to have been built by Dingley. It features a wonderful patina, solid stock spool and frame, round red agate line guard, and smooth 2-screw brass foot. It comes in a Crown Royal pull string satchel and is loaded with vintage silk line. The silky smooth drag system gives a sweet purr on retrieve. Another quality English-made reel that be a nice match for your 8,’ 8.5’, and 9’ bamboo rods.
J.W. Young “Pridex” ~ 3 1/2” ~ RHW ~ EXC- ~ This early classic from Redditch England with black finish (normal amount of scratches and paint loss) features the highly desirable solid pebble finish spool face, smooth finish back plate, 2-screw black latch plate cover that carries the company name, beveled black knob with regd. patent number, and smooth spring and pawl drag. The reel comes loaded with a silk line (line wt. unknown) and sored in a velvet Crown Royal satchel. This is a super example of this model in a not often seen format that that will complement your bamboo or glass rod nicely. $95
Pflueger GEM No. 2095 ~ 3 5/8" ~ RHW ~ EXC- ~ This Akron, OH classic features a black gunmetal finish, ventilated back plate and spool, “screwdriver” type spool release plate, 2-screw foot, square silver line guard, marbleized ivory and brown knob and a sweet sounding spring and pawl drag. The reel comes in a velvet Crown Royal satchel and would add a touch of classic class to any rod. Proudly made in the USA. $75
Hardy St. Aidan ~ 3 3/4” & 2 Extra Spools ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- (exceptions noted) ~ This highly desirable big water classic from Hardy features the attractive light gray frame, ventilated spool, 2-screw latch plate cover, dual riveted silver foot, 2-screw reversible silver line guard (presently set up for LHW use, rim-mounted silver drag screw tensioner, black knob on an alloy post, and silky-smooth dual spring and pawl check mechanics. The drag pawls are set up internally in the RHW position but the backing is installed for LHW use, presumably to get a bit more drag resistance due to the rim-mounted drag tensioner screw being frozen and locked up, and the system performs wonderfully in this format. The reel comes with the original blue & cream labeled zip case and 2 extra spools, each stored in a pull string satchel. The reel and both extra spools are loaded with backing. $175
Streamline SL4 & Ex Spool ~ 3 15/16" ~ RHW ~ EXC+ Serial No. 608 ~ This finely-tuned reel from Bainbridge Island, WA features a solid and attractive matte black finish, ventilated spool, 3-screw latch plate cover, positive grip drag adjuster knob centrally located on the back, positive grip black knob with silver counterbalance pin, and silky smooth mechanics with silver clicker engagement pin on the back for those who prefer a silent drag. The reel is set up for RHW and comes loaded with backing, as does the extra spool, and is stored in its original labeled neo case. There is nary a mark or ding on it! $225
Orvis Mach IV Large Arbor ~ 4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ #7 to #10 lines ~ EXC ~ This big water/big game English-made large arbor is machined from bar-stock, aircraft-grade 6262-T6 aluminum. It features an attractive and durable titanium hard anodized finish, an adjustable true center drag with 8 broflon and stainless steel plate interfaces and an easy to use drag adjustment knob with detents for maintaining drag settings. The knob has 630 degrees or 1 ¾ turns providing controllable and repeatable settings for most any type of fishing…..trout to salt. There are a few small marks and scuffs from what appears to have been light use. The reel is convertible from LHW to RHW (presently set up for LHW) and comes loaded with a new-ish clear line (size type not known) and stored in its original Orvis labeled ballistic cordura clam-shell case. If you look hard enough, you might be able to find a tiny spool nick. The reel was obviously well-cared for and shows virtually no use. This high-performance Orvis reel is ready for your immediate enjoyment. $150
J.W. Young & Sons Beaudex ~ 4” ~ RHW/LHW ~ EXC ~ This workhorse classic from Redditch England features the hallmark pebble finish spool face, solid back plate, 3-screw black latch plate cover, 3-screw foot, reversible 2 -screw silver line guard, beveled black knob, and silky smooth dual spring and pawl drag. You’ll have to look close to find the few tiny dings and with virtually no paint loss, this is a “reel” sweetheart! A former owners name is present on the back plate and reel foot. It comes loaded with backing and stored in a brown suede zip case. This is really nice example of this popular model that will complement any fly rod nicely. $75
Alvey Saltwater Model 425B ~ 4 3/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC ~ This strong, graphite constructed reel with a line capacity of 500 yards of 30 lb. test braided dacron line backing plus 120 feet of 10 wt. fly line features a matte black finish, vented back plate, a 2-screw metal foot, stainless steel line guides, a silky smooth adjustable multi-plate clutch and a finely tuned 9 washer non-reverse disc drag system with anti-reverse On-Off switch and ratchet alert On-Off switch. This model has the handle attached to a handle plate working through a clutch and non-reverse system which does not let the handle move backwards when a fish runs. These reels were designed for heavy duty fresh water or ocean saltwater fly fishing. Retail on this discontinued model was $275. Yours, loaded with dacron backing for…