Wow, I could tell it was a big reel but hadn't a clue as to what it was. How heavy, I'm gonna guess 11 oz or so without the line and backing? I like big reels so weight just goes with the territory. My Cascapedia weighs almost a pound with the 120' line and 200 yds of backing on it so I understand weight.
Great thread, I have a serious reel addiction. Right now the collection includes a trio of Abels- BG .5, Super 5N in HD Brown Trout and a TR1 in Winston Green. Also I have a few Lamson reels both when they were their own company and when they were owned by Sage. This includes a beast of a Lamson the Saltwater Series Bonefish model that incorporates the same drawbar mech as an Abel or Seamaster. The collection is rounded out with a Ross BG4- one of my favorites.
Looking at reels is what started this thread. Whenever I am taking a break along the stream or river my gaze sooner or later rests on the reel that is mounted to the rod I'm using. It's a strange thing the way my mind goes sorta blank during 'the gaze'. How such a piece of simple human engineering can mesmerize the mind and at the same time give rise to the old adage, 'Hope springs eternal' is one of those mysteries I have lived with since I owned my first rig.
I have sat and looked upon a lot of reels over the years and still nothing says Fly Fishing like a mounted reel, for me anyway. You have plenty to be thankful for and you have my encouragement to gaze at them as often as you wish.
For over 25 years fly reels of all shapes and sizes have interested me and the ones I have owned have certainly become companions beyond an inanimate object, they are souls with a story. In my cluster picture of metal the old Lamson Bonefish, the reel in the lower right corner is the reel for my 9wt Sage. The rod in question is an original Sage moderate action graphite from the 80's which because of it's weight the Lamson at 9.2oz works well. That reel/rod combo and I have chased stripers in Texas to snook and tarpon in the everglades. I landed my largest fish with the aid of that reel, a 53lb King Salmon and my biggest steelhead as well. It's a beast but I can certainly assure you that it is very heavy with memories.
The foreground brown trout Abel is a special purchase I made recently. The rod it is mounted to is Sage 2 piece 10ft 5wt RPL. I commissioned an artist rod maker to build the rod and the experience has led to a long friendship. That Sage was completed nearly twenty years ago and it has traveled the west and served me well during my years as a guide. For most of it's first twenty years I have fished the rod with a Sage/Loop 707 and just last week while talking with the man who built it, of whom is also an Abel dealer, I discovered the brown trout reel. Because of funding being eaten up from another purchase I had to trade in the 707 but I know that the reel will go to an angler that will use it and see the reel for the great thing that it is. Before we parted I took pictures to have and remember, just looking at the well worn inside track on the spool brings back memories from the San Juan to the White in Arkansas. I look very forward to the future with the new Abel but it has some big shoes to fill-