11-26-2014, 05:37 AM
Join Date: Sep 2013
Re: Scientific Anglers System 4
Hello Mr. X
I had a System 4 for a number of years ( until I lost it ) and it worked fine and w/o issue. On a #4 just about any reel will do the job provided it does not free spool and bind. However , I can fully appreciate wanting a quality reel ( yet at a reasonable cost ).
That being said and hoping not to derail your thread into another " off shore product " post , I would like to say I too have a preference for US manufactured product however in todays world I have to accept this principle is not all that well defined or the best criteria. Given 2 product of equal quality and the US product being within an acceptable difference in cost I will go the US made route.
I wanted a small tool cabinet for my tying tools/material. Gerstner & Sons was the first to come to mind for their outstanding quality. The problem was I could not justify the cost. Gerstner has another separate entity " Gerstner International " a box manufactured to their specs. overseas. They retain the US based production and have actually expanded. It was a difficult decision for them to make but the end result was a financial success benefitting both operations . I suspect the same difficult decision was made by Allen Reel.
Regarding quality , I can find no short comings on the reel I received from Allen. This is an well designed product and is actually becoming my preferred reel. Cost is only a side benefit . I am a contractor and have in excess of 10K worth of hand power tools. I depend on these tools and cannot afford failure. The majority are Hilti an off shore production. These come at a much higher cost compared to others on the market US or off shore. The point is I default to quality not always cost or country of origin. A difficult decision for those of us that care and I suspect sometimes for a manufacturer that has personal values.
What I am getting at is sometimes the better product is simply produced elsewhere. It just happens that in the case with Allen the cost is to our benefit.
Keep in mind we are buying directly from Allen , there is no " Middle Man ".
Do you know how much the mark up is on say Hatch or Nautilus ? I have a pretty good idea and I think you would be surprised. What I am pondering is , perception and reality ? Are the marketing people taking advantage of our good intentions and adding a percentage based only on our values ? A point to consider and if such is the case a complete loss of integrity in my opinion.
If the cost is within your margin and US based MFG. is your priority than I would pony up the money and go with Galvan Reel but I am finding I prefer the Allen even when cost is removed from the equation.
Fly casting is one of the few activities in life were constant tension is a positive stress.
Last edited by eastfly66; 11-26-2014 at 07:16 AM.