Casey, have you been hanging around the Lamson dealer too much?
That's the only McNeese on here, very nice. What's the back plate look like, and is that anti reverse?
Here is the clicker set up on that Viscount, first picture is with tension full off.
Here it is full on, you can see how the cam has pulled the springs tight.
The tension knob on the back plate operates a cam that draws the spring tighter as you dial it up. The spring simply applies more resistance to the pawl being able to flip. This is a fine set up for trout fishing with a good range of drag tension and if you hook into a heavyweight you then use the hand.
McNeese A/R 3.2 Bonefish.
My original documentation on the reel, says she'll take a WF 10 + 250 yds. of 30 lb. backing and that the first run of the series was field tested in 1991.
I ordered it ( with engraving ) from Dave McNeese while we were both exhibiting at the International Sportsmen's Expo in San Mateo CA in March of '93.
Original purchase price in 1993: $565.00
Puts todays reel prices into perspective.
There is no stated weight in the paperwork, but as you know most of the saltwater reels of that time weren't being built with slim waste lines.
One of the reasons I'm not overly impressed with lighter and lighter fly rods is, I have no intention of putting my reels on a diet and like the old saying goes, " it's cheaper to keep her ". That's in keeping with the Reel Love theme of this thread.
At that show, I was tossing around the idea of the early Ross S.W. series and Abel reels. I ended up going with the McNeese then, but over the years Abels filled most of my 7-Up spots.