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Current Reel Inventory
Able No. 0 ~ 2 ¾” ~ LHW/RHW ~ Serial No. 4260 ~ EXC ~ This finely-tuned standard-arbor reel features an attractive jet black finish, ventilated spool, centrally-mounted drag tensioner, 2-screw foot, Zebra wood handle and silky smooth mechanics crafted from 303 heat treat stainless steel. It is set up for LHW and comes loaded with backing. It is stored in the original Auso Able-labeled case. Note: some of the softening material inside the case is coming loose and for this reason, the case, while included, is not being used. $250
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. $125
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 handles crack with positive grip drag centrally located on the crack 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
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 frames 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 is presently set up for LHW and comes loaded with new Ivory WF-3 line and backing and stored in its original labeled leather and cordura zippered case. This reel would be a superb match for your favorite small stream rod. $295
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. $195
Orvis CFO II ~ 2 9/16” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC- ~ This sweet little English-made spring & pawl classic from Orvis has been the choice of technical and discriminating fly fisherman since 1971. The CFO II is rated for 0-3 wt. fly lines and features an attractive gray finish, ventilated fame and spool, quick release spool with 2–screw silver latch plate cover, 2-screw ventilated foot and a silky smooth drag that can easily be converted from LHW to RHW. It is currently set up for LHW and comes loaded with a new optic green line and backing (line type/wt. unknown). There are some marks, dings and rim rash from use. No case. Hurry. These usually do not last long. $195
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!
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.
Orvis CFO IV & 3 Extra Spools ~ 3 1/8” ~ LHW/RHW ~ EXC+/As New ~ This English-made dual spring & pawl classic from Orvis been the choice of technical and discriminating fly fisherman since 1971. This is an earlier model with perforated 2-screw foot assembly, 2-screw latch plate, quad-riveted back, black adjustable drag knob and black handle. The suer smooth mechanics purr like kitten. It is currently set up for LHW and is loaded with a newish pale yellow DT-6 line and backing. The 3 extra spools are loaded with a newish pale yellow/brown WF-5 F/S, newih ivory WF-5 and a newish Wullf Long Belly 4F, respectively. The reel and spools come with Orvis labeled draw-string pouches. This set shows very little wear and is virtually nick-free. This river ready reel with value added spools is a super find for the Orvis aficionado. $395
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. $395
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
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.
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…