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Current Reel Inventory
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
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
Kusse “The Leonard Mills Reel” ~ 3" Pillar to Pillar ~ RHW ~ Serial No. 06134 ~ As New ~ This sweet rendition of the famous raised pillar classic was presented as being new. Backing was applied at some point in the past, but the reel has virtually no other signs of use. It features attractive silver frame, black Derlin side plates classic half-crank handle, with black winding knob and a simple and silky smooth caliper drag system that simply purrs. It favors RHW, but can be used as a LHW reel if desired and is presently set up as such. The reel comes with the original labeled drawstring velvet bag, box and history card. This sweet working reel would look great on your favorite bamboo rod. $550
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.
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.
Pflueger Medalist No. 1494DA ~ 3 ¼” ~ LHW ~ EXC+ ~ The classic design on of the Medalist can be seen on fly fishing enthusiasts worldwide. This one features a ventilated black frame and silver-trimmed spool, ivorine 2-screw quick release latch cover, ivorine knob with alloy post, rim-mounted ivorine drag adjuster, smooth silver foot and silver line guard. It’s mechanically smooth and tight and gives that hallmark Pflueger sound audible on line pay and retrieve. The finish remains 100% intact with no frame or rim wear, indicating the reel has seen limited use only. It comes loaded with a new Cortland Classic Sylk DT-5 line and backing, Pflueger reel box, green pull string pouch, paperwork, and a zippered Cortland case filled with line extensions (two brown and one clear). This classic reel, proudly made in the USA, would complement any bamboo, glass, or graphite rod and is one of the cleanest Medalists I’ve seen in quite some time. $125
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…