Reels

You will find classic fly reels, spools and reel-related items on this page that are available for purchase (unless noted otherwise in the description). A sale pending tag denotes that an agreement to purchase the item has been reached, but the sale may not yet have been completed.

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Current Reel Inventory

Pflueger Hawkeye 80 yd.

Pflueger Hawkeye 80 yd. ~ 2 1/2" ~ RHW ~ EXC (exception noted) ~ These aptly named diehard classic reels are highly sought after in the 80 yd size.  This one features German silver banded hard rubber side plates a 1 1/8” wide spool, counter-balanced handle with black knob, and silver rear click switch.  The makers hallmark Bulldog logo is stamped into the top of the front plate.  There is a small scratch in the front plate.  The hard rubber shows only light fading and could be buffed out if desired.  It favors RHW, but can be used as a LHW reel if desired and is presently set up as such.The reel comes loaded with newish ivory WF-4 line and stored in a silver drawstring pouch and box. $325

W.A. Adams ~ 2 3/4"

W.A. Adams ~ 2 3/4" ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ The late Bill Adams was trained as a tool & die maker who made fine quality reels in a small shop out of the back of his Cambridge, NY home.  It is estimated that he hand-crafted approximately 800 reels in his home-based shop, and sold them by mail order all around the world.  He sold the business to a gentleman from Minnesota in 2002 and then re-acquired it a year later.  This finely-tuned classic-look reel was crafted using 6061-T6 aluminum and 303S stainless steel and features silver rimmed ventilated matte black frame and spool with silver pillars, 2-screw silver handle retaining/spool latch release cap with classic S-handle and counter balance, silver drag tensioner, ported silver foot, black knob and smooth-working spring & Pawl mechanics that purr on retrieve. “Second” is internally stamped on the edge of the frame.  The makers name adorns a silver pin on the back plate.  The reel is presently set up for LWH and comes with its original suede/leather zip case with embossed Adams logo. This reel would be a perfect match for your favorite fly rod, bamboo, glass or graphite. $350

Lamson USA 1.5 ~ 2 3/4”

Lamson USA 1.5 ~ 2 3/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This workhorse reel in the matte black finish is a perfect choice for any light line rod and features a ventilated frame and quick-release spool with black knob and silver counter-balance, black drag adjustment knob, and a smooth retrieve with a pleasing light click. It is presently set up for LHW, loaded with SA XLS DT-3 line and backing. It comes is a nice Sage neo case. $150

W.A. Adams ~ 3"

W.A. Adams ~ 3" ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ The late Bill Adams was trained as a tool & die maker who made fine quality reels in a small shop out of the back of his Cambridge, NY home. It is estimated that he hand-crafted approximately 800 reels in his home-based shop, and sold them by mail order all around the world. He sold the business to a gentleman from Minnesota in 2002 and then re-acquired it a year later. This finely-tuned classic-look reel was crafted using 6061-T6 aluminum and 303S stainless steel and features silver rimmed ventilated matte black frame and spool with silver pillars, 2-screw silver handle retaining/spool latch release cap with classic S-handle and counter balance, silver drag tensioner, ported silver foot, black knob and smooth-working spring & Pawl mechanics that purr on retrieve. The makers name adorns a silver pin on the back plate. The reel is presently set up for LWH and comes with its original suede/leather zip case with embossed Adams logo. I noted a few superficial surface scratches on the back plate and a couple of very minor nicks on the rim. This reel would be a perfect match for your favorite fly rod, bamboo, glass or graphite. $325

Hardy The “St. George” ~ 3"

Hardy The “St. George” ~ 3" ~ LHW ~ Serial No. A57402 ~ New ~ This English-made Hardy Bros. classic is highly sought in the LHW format and features an attractive black finish, solid frame with coin edge rims, ventilated spool, milky white agate line guide housed in nickel silver ring, 3-screw quick release latch plate cap, conveniently placed rim-mounted silver drag tension adjuster screw, 2-screw smooth brass foot, tan ebonite winding knob and a silky smooth dual pawl and spring drag system that simply purrs. The reel comes with the original Hardy labeled zippered case. This sweet working reel would be a perfect match for your favorite fly rod, especially if it happens to be bamboo! $595

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Marryat Model M-2 & Extra Spool ~3 1/8”

Marryat Model M-2 & Extra Spool ~3 1/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ The Marryat "M" series was one of the first large arbor reels on the market. This one features an attractive gunmetal finish, ventilated spool, frame and foot, black knob, silent retrieve check, and centrally located drag adjustment knob. The reel has some rim wear. It is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with Rio WF-5 line and backing. The extra spool comes loaded with backing. The reel is stored in a Marryat-issue neo-case. $125

STH 1.5 MR POP ~ 3 1/8”

STH 1.5 MR POP ~ 3 1/8” ~ LHW ~ EXC- ~ This reel 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. $59 $40

Leeda LC 80 ~ 3 1/4"

Leeda LC 80 & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ This lightweight reel was made in England by BFR and designed for the budget-minded angler. It appears to be unfished and features a matte black finish, quick-release ventilated gray plastic spool with red trim, drag adjustment knob, and a smooth retrieve with a strong sounding check. Presently set up for LHW. The reel and extra spool each come in their original box with paperwork. $95 $49

McNeese Steelhead 2.8 ~ 3 ¼”

McNeese Steelhead 2.8 ~ 3 ¼” ~ LHW ~ As New (exception noted) ~ This quality anti-reverse reel was handmade in Salem, Oregon by Dave McNeese and features a machined aluminum frame, attractive saltwater-ready anodized black finish, ventilated spool, full-length Vespel bearing, self-lubricating 60% ceramic and 40% graphite composite drag with large adjuster centrally located behind the knob, dual rosewood knobs and 2 -screw foot. The crank is a bit tight on retrieve and can use some adjustment. The reel comes loaded with new line (size unknown) and stored in a quality zippered case. $395  $295

Pflueger Medalist No. 1494DA ~ 3 ¼”

SOLD

Hardy “The Husky” ~ 3 3/8”

Hardy “The Husky” ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+/As New (exception noted) ~ This desirable Hardy classic is one of two wide drum Lightweight models (“The Zenith” being the other). It features an attractive gun metal gray finish, with solid frame, ventilated 1 1/8” wide spool, 2-screw quick release latch plate cover, silver U-shaped line guard, ribbed brass foot, positive grip black drag adjuster, black winding knob and smooth working mechanics with silent check. The quick release mechanism needs a little coaxing during spool re-engagement. It comes loaded with a new Cortland 444 WF-7 line and backing, extra spool loaded with new Cortland 444 WF-6 line and backing, original reel and spool boxes, Hardy labeled blue & cream zippered case, paperwork, and two zippered Cortland cases filled with green, brown and clear line extensions. $350

Hardy “The St. George ~ 3 3/8"

Hardy “The St. George ~ 3 3/8" ~ RHW ~ EXC ~ The early Hardy Bros. classic features solid frame with arched writing on the back, ventilated spool, crack-free agate line guide housed in nickel silver ring with Hardy’s Pat. Clearly struck into the top, rim-mounted drag tension adjuster screw, dark gray ebonite winding knob with alloy post, dual-riveted ribbed brass foot, 3-screw quick release latch plate cover and a silky smooth dual pawl drag. The frame finish is gone leaving a wonderful silver patina. The reel comes in a Crown Royal soft cloth satchel. This quality-made reel would look great on any fly rod, but especially so on bamboo. $375 $295

J.C. Higgins Model 311-3115 ~ 3 3/8”

J.C. Higgins Model 311-3115 ~ 3 3/8” ~ RHW ~ EXC- ~ This neat reel with the classic look was proudly made in the USA, likely in Philly by Ocean City and features a matte black finish solid spool and back, solid drag system with a strong click that can be turned on and off, round N/S line guard, white ivorine handle, and standard sized reel foot with “Made in USA” stamped into the bottom. Comes loaded with a silk line (size type not known). This reel would be well-suited for any angler looking to outfit their favorite bamboo, glass or graphite rod without breaking the bank. $69 $39

Alex Martin “The Thistle” ~ 3 3/8”

RHW ~EXC ~ This sweet and rarely-seen Alex Martin branded reel is believed to be patterned after a JW Young 16A and is much in the Hardy Perfect tradition. It features a wonderful leaded patina, ventilated spool, rim-mounted silver drag tensioner screw, round red agate line guard, and smooth 2-screw brass foot. I noted two tiny divots on the edge of the metal line guard housing. It comes in a vintage leather zippered case. The silky smooth drag system gives a sweet purr on retrieve. This reel will compliment to your finest bamboo rods nicely. $525 $475

Ross Evolution 3 ~ 3 3/8”

Ross Evolution 3 ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ This fine large arbor fly reel from the famous Montrose, CO maker in the popular black finish features a ventilated bar stock aluminum frame and spool, centrally located quick-release button and drag tensioner, black knob and silver counter-balance, wide-ranging and silky smooth Delrin disc drag system. There are some nicks and rim wear from normal use. It is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with Orvis Advantage Wonderline DT-6 line and backing and is stored in its original Ross neoprene case. $150

White River Dogwood Canyon Model DC78 ~ 3 3/8”

White River Dogwood Canyon Model DC78 ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ This mid-arbor reel features a gloss black finish with ventilated frame, attractive silver-rimmed black ventilated quick release spool, silver drag adjustment knob, 2-screw silver foot, black knob and a silky smooth retrieve with silent check. It is presently set up for LHW and loaded with bead new backing. The reel comes in the original box with paperwork. $49 $30

Islander LX 3.4 ~ 3.4”

Islander LX 3.4 ~ 3.4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. 674 ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This quality-made reel in the attractive gold finish was machined and hand assembled in Vancouver Island and features fully anodized 6061-T6 solid billet aluminum, ventilated frame and large arbor spool, 316 bar stock stainless steel spindle, three sealed and double shielded stainless steel ball bearings, premium cork drag, and walnut handle. The reel is internally stamped 551. There are a few very minor rim nicks, otherwise it’s near mint. The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes the original Islander-issue neo case. From the maker: “From bonefish to chinook, tarpon to trout, the properties of our premium cork drag give you the stopping power you need with the smoothness you crave for consistent fish fighting pressure fish after fish, year after year. On top of that, our ingeniously simple system virtually eliminates the trip-ruining failures of canister-type drag systems.” Retails for $600. Get this one with very low mileage for… $395

H. Monk ~ 3 1/2”

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. $475 $425

Sage 4550 & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/2”

Sage 4550 & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/2” ~ LHW ~ EXC- ~ From Sage: “Sage 4500 Series Fly Reels soar above the competition when lightweight performance is the name of the game. Based on the successful, award-winning 2500 series, the four reels in the 4500 Series boast reduced weight, increased rigidity, and a modernized high tech minimalist design concept. Each reel in the series is equipped with a super compact 3:1 graphite and stainless steel disc drag system and is precisely machined from aircraft grade aluminum for a lifetime of durable performance. Sage’s 4500 Series Fly Reels are also interchangeable with spools from the 4500, 4500CF, and past 2500 Series. Finished in aluminum or bronze and protected by a neoprene and ballistic cloth reel case, the 4500 Series is the choice for anglers who put their gear to the test on large fish and in punishing environments.” It features a pewter finish, One revolution drag knob with numbered settings, and large arbor for fast line pick up. It comes loaded with newish gray line (size unknown) and Sage neo case. The extra spool comes loaded with newish gray line (size unknown) and stored in a Sage neo case. Both reel and spool show sone rim wear. $150

Sage 4550 CF & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/2”

Sage 4550 CF & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/2” ~ LHW ~ EXC- ~ From Sage: “Sage 4500 Series Fly Reels soar above the competition when lightweight performance is the name of the game. Based on the successful, award-winning 2500 series, the four reels in the 4500 Series boast reduced weight, increased rigidity, and a modernized high tech minimalist design concept. Each reel in the series is equipped with a super compact 3:1 graphite and stainless steel disc drag system and is precisely machined from aircraft grade aluminum for a lifetime of durable performance. Sage’s 4500 Series Fly Reels are also interchangeable with spools from the 4500, 4500CF, and past 2500 Series. Finished in aluminum or bronze and protected by a neoprene and ballistic cloth reel case, the 4500 Series is the choice for anglers who put their gear to the test on large fish and in punishing environments.” It features a matte black finish, carbon fiber spool, One revolution drag knob with numbered settings, and large arbor for fast line pick up. It comes with a Sage neo case. The extra spool comes loaded with newish line (size unknown) and stored in a Sage neo case. The reel is missing the drag clicker and can be used for RHW or LHW (presently wound for LHW). The extra spool is missing some of its interior edge. Reel is usable as is and could also be used for parts. $49

Hatch Finatic 5 Plus & 2 Extra Spools ~ 3 5/8”

Hatch Finatic 5 Plus & 2 Extra Spools ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This quality-made reel in the popular black finish is machined from single block aluminum for superior strength and durability and is fully anodized for protection against the elements making it safe for use in the salt. It features a ventilated 7-spoke 1st Gen frame and spool, fully sealed drag system to prevent the infiltration of dirt, silt or salt particles, smooth and conveniently located large drag knob for easy use, positive grip silver winding knob and silver spool counterbalance, and ventilated foot. There is some minor rim wear indicative of light use. The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with mist green line and backing (unknown type). One spool loaded with light aqua line and backing (unknown type). A label on the second spool indicates that it is loaded with WF-250-S Sink Tip 30 line and backing. The reel and spools come with their original Hatch-issue neo cases. Hatch reel are specifically designed for super smooth drag and a range of settings to suit any run. Retail on this gear with line and backing would be into 4-figures. Get this set for… $495 $425

Shakespeare Steelhead Tout Reel 1899 Model HE ~ 3 5/8”

Shakespeare Steelhead Tout Reel 1899 Model HE ~ 3 5/8”~ RHW ~ VG+ ~ This powerhouse reel from the Kalamazoo, Michigan tackle giant features a ventilated spool, dual riveted foot, variegated bakelite knob, silver line guard, silver rim-mounted drag tensioner and silky smooth working mechanics. The reel The reel has minor paint loss around the rim and comes loaded with Cortland Peach line and backing (line wt. unknown). $125 $99

J.W. Young & Sons LTD Pridex ~ 3 5/8”

J.W. Young & Sons LTD Pridex ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This classic from Redditch England features the hallmark pebble finish spool face and back plate, 3-screw black latch plate cover, 3-screw foot, beveled black knob, silky smooth dual spring and pawl drag with virtually no paint loss and only a few minor nicks. It comes loaded with newish line and backing and stored in a Crown Royal soft cloth satchel. This is really nice example of this popular model that will complement any fly rod nicely. $75

J.W. Young & Sons LTD Pridex ~ 3 5/8”

J.W. Young & Sons LTD Pridex ~ 3 5/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This classic from Redditch England features the hallmark pebble finish spool face and back plate, 3-screw black latch plate cover, 3-screw foot, beveled black knob, dual spring and pawl drag and is internally stamped 6/63. The reel has minor paint loss around the rim and comes loaded with backing. This is nice example of this popular model that will complement any fly rod nicely. $95 $65

STH 3 MR Cassette & Extra Spool ~ 3 3/4”

STH 3 MR Cassette & Extra Spool ~ 3 3/4” ~ RHW ~ EXC+ ~ These 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, black tensioner screw with knurled edges for positive grip centrally located on the back plate, impregnated wood handle, and the functionality of the Cassette system. There is virtually no wear on the frame. Both cassettes have the typical hairline cracks common to these reels. The Cassettes are loaded with newish line and backing and comes in a brown suede double clam shell zippered case. $59 $45

Hatch Finatic 7 Plus ~ 4”

Hatch Finatic 7 Plus ~ 4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ This quality-made reel in the popular black finish is machined from single block aluminum for superior strength and durability and is fully anodized for protection against the elements making it safe for use in the salt. It features a ventilated 7-spoke 1st Gen frame and spool, fully sealed drag system to prevent the infiltration of dirt, silt or salt particles, smooth and conveniently located large drag knob for easy use, positive grip silver winding knob and silver spool counterbalance, and ventilated foot. There is some minor rim wear indicative of light use. The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with new WF-8/9S line and backing. The reel comes in an Orvis neo case. Hatch reel are specifically designed for super smooth drag and a range of settings to suit any run. $495 $425

Sage 6010 ~  4 1/4”

Sage 6010 ~  4 1/4” ~ LHW ~ As New ~ From Sage: “Introducing the flagship of our reel lineup and what we believe to be the pinnacle of contemporary fly reel design. Built around our exclusive sealed multi-graphite disk drag unit, 6000 Series reels resist salt, grit and dunkings to deliver buttery-smooth performance under tough conditions. Big fish and high drag settings? No problem. Just twist the numbered, one-revolution drag knob, strip out line, then return to the exact setting you’ve tested for consistent, reliable resistance levels. Every time.  Sage 6000 Series Fly Reels offer fly anglers a crack at a true top-of-the-line fly reel. Brimming with features like a monster sealed stainless steel and graphite drag unit, ten repeatable drag settings, an innovative concave spool design for rigidity and increased backing capacity, a hardcore black and platinum or champagne finish, and a neoprene and ballistic cloth protective reel case, each reel in the series is at the head of its class. The 6000 Series was designed using ultra high tech aerospace grade solid modeling software and put through extensive testing in the lab and on the water to insure the highest standards of performance and reliability on the market. It is one of the classiest reels around. The Sage 6000 Series Fly Reels are more like finely tuned Formula 1 race cars than fly fishing gear.”  It features a champagne finish, One revolution drag knob with numbered settings, and large arbor for fast line pick up.  It comes loaded with newish orange line (size unknown) and Sage neo case.  The extra spool comes loaded with a new RIO Steelhead Scandi SHD 31ft, 385gr line and stored in a suede zip case.  This reel retailed north of $600. Yours for... $295

Sage 4210 & Extra Spool ~ 4 1/4”

Sage 4210 & Extra Spool ~ 4 1/4” ~ LHW ~ As New ~ From Sage: “The Sage 4200 Series fly reel has everything you’d want in a performance reel, at an exceptional value. The fully sealed SCS drag system offers sophisticated smoothness and stopping power while maintaining a slim lightweight profile. The one turn drag knob allows for quick & precise drag adjustment. Combine the high-performance drag system with the large arbor and you have a reel that will stop strong runs and bring fish to hand with speed & confidence.” It features machined 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum, cold forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity and hard anodized for surface protection and corrosion resistance, SCS fully sealed drag system, One revolution drag knob with numbered and dented settings, and large arbor for fast line pick up. It comes loaded with new Rio ConnectCore shooting line and stored in a Sage neo case. The extra spool comes loaded with new Gallop Streamer Max Long line and stored in a Sage neo case. $195

Alvey Saltwater Model 425B ~ 4 3/8”

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… $175 $75