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Old 10-02-2012, 08:37 AM
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As a follow-up om my comments in the "How to Adjust a Pawl and Spring" thread, here is my Orvis Presentation EXR IV. Made by STH in Junin de los Andes in the heart of Argentine Patagonia, right on the banks of the famed Rio Chimuehuin, these reels along with their SSS cork disc drag big brothers were imported by Orvis starting in the mid to late 1980's. Very well machined and crafted, EXR featured a robust variation of the classic Hardy leaf spring check. By employing dual pawls that could be set individually or in tandem which were adjustable via a machined lever attached to a brace of long coil springs, more than the normal anti-over run check resistance could be applied. This system bordered on a drag, particularly considering its design was intended for relatively light tippet trout fishing. Of course the Chimuehuin and other Patagonian rivers are noted for some very large trout grown on a diet of not only insects but the prolific abundance of Pancora, a crayfish-like crustacean, so stout tackle is popular among Argentine anglers. A design characteristic that has sent mine to Orvis's stellar reel repair department is the complexity of the spring loaded ball embedded in the stainless steel spindle casing forming the spool lock/release mechanism. Keeping it well lubricated with light reel oil should preclude failure and I was guilty of using a too viscus Teflon type lubricant. Here then, in deference to the great St. George and Perfect, is what may be the ultimate non-Hardy spring and pawl trout reel.

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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel Picture Thread;

Yes, the EXR's are special reels. I use the V on 12'6" 6wt 2 hander and I find it has the broadest range of check of any of my spring and pawls. Particularly smooth and a very unique sound as well.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:45 AM
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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel Picture Thread;

I keep meaning to post it but you know how it goes I just recently picked up an Ocean City 36 with all the black enamel stripped off and a gnarly patina. Its ugly but in a good way.
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Pretty cool pic you got there Siskiyoublues!
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:29 AM
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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel Picture Thread;

Here's my latest addition Ocean City 36
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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel Picture Thread;

Nice! the non hardy reel on my rack is an Ocean City and I love it.
Such a great chunky click to it.
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I'm usually retarded for old Pfluegers but you can't beat the OC reels for their simplicity and durability. I have a 76 that growels with a lakerun pulling on it.
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I wish they made a few more larger diameter reels for two handers although the 76 balanced out a 10'6" switch rod finest kind.
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This is a rare Thomas and Thomas vintage reel. Made by Ross. Eat your hearts out.

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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel Picture Thread;

There's another already on the thread. We don't do too much heart eating in the group, if you browse the thread you'll find a lot of nice hardware posted.

However the reels like yours are indeed rare and interesting as well.

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