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

Sage 3300D *** Spool Only ***

Sage 3300D Extra Spool ~ As New ~ This extra spool only in the polished silver finish is loaded with backing that is wound in a LHW direction. It comes in a Sage-labeled felt pull string satchel. $69 $49

Hardy “The Perfect” ~ 2 7/8”

RHW ~ EXC ~ The Perfect is a high quality English-made classic from Hardy Bros which set the standard by which other reels are evaluated. This early model sans round line guard features a wonderful leaded patina, ventilated spool, duplicated Mark II check, rim-mounted silver drag tensioner screw, ribbed 2-screw brass foot and black handle. It comes Hardy labeled leather zippered case and is loaded with vintage silk line. The silky smooth drag system gives that indelible Hardy Perfect purr on retrieve. This reel will surely be an elegant complement to your finest bamboo rod. $695 $625

***** Sale Pending *****

Lamson Velocity 1.5 ~ 3”

Lamson Velocity 1.5 ~ 3” ~ 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. The clutch assembly, gland cap and dust cap were replaced by Lamson in 2018 (receipt included). The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes with the original box, maintenance/warranty pamphlet and Lamson-labeled neoprene case. $150 $95

Cortland Retro II ~ 3 1/8”

Cortland Retro II ~ 3 1/8” ~ RHW/LHW ~ EXC ~ This machined anodized reel is lightweight and simplistic and features and features a ventilated spool, frame and foot, exposed rim and an adjustable click-pawl drag. From the maker: “Return to the essence of Fly Fishing with Corltand's new light-weight Retro click pawl reel - a fitting compliment to your Bamboo, Glass or sweetheart dry fly rod Precision-machined in exquisite detail from aircraft grade aluminum with a hard anodized gunmetal finish and black accents, the Retro has a silky adjustable tension click made to protect fine tippets and an exposed palming rim for extra finesse when a large fish is hooked.” it is presently set up for RHW and loaded with newish WF-4 line and backing and comes in a Seagram’s pull string satchel. $75

*****SALE PENDING*****

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

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. $59 $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

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 $35

Hardy Bros. “The Princess” & Extra Spool ~ 3 ½”

Hardy Bros. “The Princess” & Extra Spool ~ 3 ½” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- (exception noted) This desirable English-made classic from Hardy Bros. with gray frame and silver ventilated spool features straight line writing on the back, 2-screw silver latch plate cover, 2-screw silver line guard that can be converted from LHW to RHW (it is currently set up for LHW, black knob, dual riveted silver foot and dual click/pawl drag system with rim-mounted silver tensioner screw. One spool is loaded with backing, the other isn’t. It is mechanically excellent and cosmetically VG+ with some rim wear and minor paint loss from usage. The silky smooth retrieve gives that hallmark audible purr of a Hardy. A fine, quality-made reel that looks oh-so good on a bamboo rod. $275 $225

LL Bean Guide Series Model 100 ~ 3 1/2”

LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This workhorse reel was made in England for LL Bean and features an attractive forest green finish, quick-release ventilated spool, brass drag tensioner screw, and a silky smooth reversible dual click and pawl drag system (presently set up for RHW). There is some light spool play that does not affect performance. The reel comes in its original styrofom clam shell and labeled slide through box. $175 $75

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

Orvis Madison IV & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/2"

Orvis Madison IV & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/2” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This British-made reel features an attractive grey finish, ventilated spool and frame, an adjustable drag regulator, black knob, easy-to-change quick release spool with 2-screw latch plate cover, and dual pawl drag system. The reel should handle 5wt. through 7wt. lines. One spool is loaded with older line, the other with backing. A nice alternative form Orvis for the budget-minded angler $99 $69

Orvis Magnalite Multiplier & Extra Spool ~ 3 ½” **SOLD**

Orvis Magnalite Multiplier & Extra Spool ~ 3½ ” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This reel was made in England by JW Young for Orvis and features a magnesium alloy frame to reduce weight, a 2 to 1 multiplying retrieve, fully ventilated spool, pebble finished back plate, 2-screw latch cap cover black knob and adjustable drag regulator. The regulator knob is a bit tight and could use a light lube. The reel and extra spool are loaded with backing. The reel comes in the early Orvis labeled blue/white zip case. The extra spool comes in a red pull string felt bag.

Ross Colorado 4/5 ~ 3 1/2”

Ross Colorado 4/5 ~ 3 1/2” ~ LHW ~ As New ~ This is a quality–built large arbor from Ross. From the maker: “ The thoroughly updated design brings a beautiful aesthetic defined by aerodynamic shapes and surfaces. The look of this reel is different from anything on the market today. A novel, all-metal external clicker accentuates the back of the reel, complete with a machined silhouette of our local San Juan Mountains and a classic click-pawl sound. The spool is even more open than its predecessor, making the face of the reel appear spacious and clean, with the beveled large arbor showing off the backing and line just as well as it picks it up. The semi-caged frame adds unmatched strength and rigidity, but with only a minimal weight gain - just enough to balance out a wider range of lightweight rods. The industry-first bushing is fully machined from Vesconite - a material specifically designed to be used in the toughest marine bearing applications, guaranteeing a lifetime of flawless operation. Classic sound and feel meets modern strength and design to make the Colorado a functional piece of art - both on and off the water. With every angle and material carefully analyzed and considered, the new Colorado is designed to be fished from small streams to big rivers and everything in between. The large arbor facilitates fast retrieval and reduced line memory and the canvas micarta handle enhances grip when wet.” The reel comes loaded with new 406 Dusty Olive WF-5 line and backing and stored in the original Ross labeled neo-case with original box and paperwork. Retail without fly line is $370. Get this one as new and loaded with new line and backing for… $295

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, 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. $75

STH 3 DDR Cassette ~ 3 3/4”

STH 3 DDR Cassette ~ 3 3/4” ~ RHW ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ 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, black positive grip handle. There is virtually no wear on the frame or spool but the foot is chipped at one end that does not affect fit. The reel is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with a new optic yellow 9 wt. line and backing. $49 $29

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

Cortland CLX IV ~ 4"

Cortland CLX IV ~ 4” ~ RHW/LHW ~ EXC+ ~ This salmon/big quarry reel was made in Argentina for Cortland by STH and features a durable black epoxy finish, ventilated spool, adjustable drag regulator, twin sides sliver line guard, 2-screw black foot, 2-screw quick release latch plate cover, and black knob with silver counterbalance. CLX Reels were made with a stainless steel spindle and an interchangeable cassette system designed for quick line changes at an economical price. The drag system features a large friction plate for smooth fightin’ control and covered drag pad for extra drag. This reel is mechanically perfect and shows signs of limited use only. It can be converted for use as a LHW or RHW reel (presently set up for LHW) and comes loaded with a new 9 wt. line and backing. $69 $39

Cortland CLX IV ~ 4”

Cortland CLX IV ~ 4” ~ RHW/LHW ~ EXC+ (exception noted) ~ This salmon/big quarry reel was made in Argentina for Cortland by STH and features a durable black epoxy finish, ventilated spool, adjustable drag regulator, twin sided sliver line guard, 2-screw black foot, 2-screw quick release latch plate cover, and black knob with silver counterbalance. The quick release mechanism does not easily release the spool and will need to be adjusted.  This does not affect reel performance  CLX Reels were made with a stainless steel spindle and an interchangeable cassette system designed for quick line changes at an economical price.  The drag system features a large friction plate for smooth fightin’ control and covered drag pad for extra drag. This reel shows signs of limited use only.  It can be converted for use as a LHW or RHW reel (presently set up for LHW) and comes loaded with a new ivory 8 wt. line and backing. $45 $29

Cortland Magnum Disk 140D ~ 4"

RHW/LHW ~ EXC+ ~ This salmon/big quarry disc drag reel was likely made in England for Cortland by BFR and features a gun metal gray frame, ventilated spool, adjustable drag regulator, twin sides sliver line guard, 2-screw silver foot, 2-screw quick release latch plate cover, and black knob with silver counterbalance. This reel is mechanically perfect and shows signs of limited use only. It can be converted for use as a LHW or RHW reel (presently set up for LHW) and comes loaded with a new 10 wt. line and backing. $69 $40

Scientific Anglers System 2 Model 1213 ~ 4”

Scientific Anglers System 2 Model 1213 ~ 4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ This well-made reel has an attractive black finish and features a ventilated quick release spool with 2-screw latch plate cover, 2-screw foot, black knob on an alloy post and black drag adjustment knob on the solid back plate. The silky smooth drag system is presently set up for RHW. The reel is loaded with a newish SA Skagit Extreme 640 gr. line and backing and comes in a leather case. $75

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