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Current Reel Inventory
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.
L.L. Bean Streamlight 4/5 ~ 2 7/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This smooth working Asin-made reel features an attractive Hunter green finish, ventilated frame and spool, silver two-screw quick-release cover plate, silver drag tensioner, black knob with silver counterbalance pin, silver two-screw foot and a smooth dual click and pawl drag. It is presently set up for RHW and comes loaded with new optic yellow line and backing (line type and size unknown) and stored in its original green satchel and labeled box. This is a nicely made reel for the budget-minded angler appears unused. $99
Orvis CFO III Disc & Extra Spool ~ 3” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ This quality English-made classic disc drag reel from Orvis been the choice of technical and discriminating fly fisherman since 1971. It features the attractive hunter green finish, ventilated frame and spool, 2-screw foot, 2-screw latch plate cover, adjustable drag tensioner knob and black handle. The smooth working disc drag system simply purrs. It is currently set up for RHW and comes loaded, as does the extra spool, with new backing. The reel comes in a high quality leather trimmed waxed cotton zip case from L.L. Bean. The spool comes in its original Orvis pull string satchel. This superb set has seen very little, if any, use and would be a sweet compliment to any fly rod. $275
Hardy LRH Lightweight & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/8" ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ This 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 vast numbers worldwide. It features an attractive gray frame, silver ventilated spool, 2-screw silver plate cover, single-screw silver line guard that can easily be converted from LHW to RHW, black winding knob, conveniently located silver drag tension adjuster screw, riveted alloy foot, and a silky smooth dual pawl and spring drag system. The has nort swee a lot of use as evidenced by only very minor rim wear. It is currently set up for LHW and loaded with gray SA XPS WF-6-F line and backing. The extra spool is loaded with gray XPS WF-6-S and backing. The reel comes in its original blue Hardy zippered case with paperwork. The spool comes is a pull-string satchel. This is one of the nicer examples of this highly sought after model and would make a sweet set up for your favorite fly rod, bamboo, plastic or glass!
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.
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.
Hardy Marquis Disc 5 ~ 3 ¼” ~ RHW/LHW ~ EXC+ ~ Hardy recently brought back this classic reel which was discontinued several years ago. This is one of the English-made House of Hardy models that features an attractive dark gun-metal gray frame, ventilated quick release silver spool with 2-screw latch plate cover, single screw reversible nickel silver line guard, riveted foot, black knob on an alloy post and black drag adjustment knob. The disc drag system has that pleasant Hardy Marquis purr on the retrieve. It is presently set up for RHW. The reel comes loaded with LL Bean GQS WF-5 line and stored in its original blue vinyl Hardy labeled zip case. There are a few tiny marks and a light scuff on the frame near the foot from apparent limited use. This is a clean example of this model and a super find for the Hardy enthusiast. $195
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.
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.
Orvis CFO IV Disc “Saltwater” & Extra Spool ~ 3 1/4” ~ LHW/RHW ~ As New ~ This quality English-made classic disc drag reel from Orvis been the choice of technical and discriminating fly fisherman since 1971. It features the attractive hunter green Saltwater finish, ventilated frame and spool, 2-screw foot, 2-screw latch plate cover, adjustable drag tensioner knob and black handle. The smooth working disc drag system simply purrs. It is currently set up for RHW and comes loaded with new line and backing (line type and size unknown). The extra spool is unlined. The reel comes in its original Orvis CFO leather and cordura zip case. The spool comes in its original Orvis pull string satchel. This superb set has seen very little, if any, use and would be a sweet compliment to any fly rod. $275
Hardy Bros. “The Perfect” Wide Spool & Extra Spool ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ 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 one-owner English-made classic was never used and features an attractive gray finish, ventilated spool, rim-mounted silver adjustable drag tensioner, ivorine knob, 2-screw foot and silky-smooth mechanics. Straight line writing is present on the back. The reel is loaded with new backing and stored in its original Hardy-labeled box with paperwork and original Hardy labeled blue leather zippered case. The reel comes with an extra spool that also comes in its oringal box with a Hardy labeled neo case. This reel can be used for LHW or RHW and is presently set up for LWH. A quality and elegant compliment for your finest bamboo rods.
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.
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.
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.
Orvis Battenkill Disc 7/8 & Extra Spool ~ 3 3/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC ~ This English-made classic from Orvis is packed with features at an economical price. It has an attractive ray enamel finish, ventilated frame and spool a true disc drag system with conveniently placed black tensioner knob, easy-to-change quick release spool with 2-screw latch plate cover, 2 screw silver foot, single screw two-way silver line guard and black handle with silver counter balance pin. It is currently set up for LHW. There are a few minor edge nicks from appears to be very light use. Although rated for 7/8 weight fly lines, I found this reel to be better served with 5/6 weight lines. The classic look and feel of this reel is an oh so good match for your favorite fly rod. $150
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.
Fenwick World Class 2 ~ 3 1/2" ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+ ~ The World Class series of reels were made in California for Fenwick in the 1980s by Jerry Jones of L.J. Engineering and features an attractive gold anodized frame, matte black ventilated spool, 2-screw quick release latch plate cover, black handle, single screw reversible silver line guard, dual rivetted foot and two independent tension control knobs for the dual pawls that allow adjustment to both line pay and retrieve that easily makes the reel reversible from LHW to RHW. It is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with SA Ultra WF-8 buckskin line and backing and is stored in its original brown leather Fenwick zippered case. World Class reels are an excellent compliment to any fly rod, but are particularly well-suited to bamboo and glass.
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 & 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” ~ 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 stored in a suede zip case. The extra spool comes loaded with a new RIO Steelhead Scandi SHD 31ft, 385gr line. This reel retailed north of $600. Yours for...
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…