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Old 12-15-2010, 11:14 AM
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I own and operate a very small mom and pop second hand fishing tackle shop. The concept of my store is to sell good, clean fishing gear very inexpensively so everyone can afford to go fishing and to get kids involved in fishing. Anyways, I buy anything and everything that has to do with fishing. All my fly fishing gear moves very quickly except for automatic fly reels. I would think they would be a great reel and easy to use. So I came here to ask one question and one question only and that is why does no one want automatic fly reels? I have about 30 of them and I have never sold a one! I have them priced at $10.00. The price isn't it, it is no one even looks at them. Again why?
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:45 AM
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my only guess would be maintenance. more parts more work to keep up in good shape. Have you thought about donating them ton Project Healing waters.

They are a no profit group that helps Vets get in to fly fishing. Some of them do need an automatic reel. An the donation would be tax deductible.

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Old 12-15-2010, 12:55 PM
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Dave has a great option for you in his post. The auto reels never really caught on where I grew up, weight and the lack of an adjustable outgoing drag were just two factors. If they are in good working order the donation that Dave suggested would be the move I would make.

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Dave is right we bought some Vivarelli reels for the PHW...but automatic reels would be welcome too I think.Automatic reels never caught on because they were not high performance ones.The only one which is,was made in france by J Cordel.
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Jefff: I think the automatic fly reels sort of have the reputation of being tackle used by newbies only. For this reason they are eschewed. Whatsmore, most folks want to advance to other areas of fly fishing- steelhead, etc where an auto won't hold enough line. In any event- sell them off asap if you can.
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Red... Personally I think it is all a matter of preference.

I (and I will probably get flamed for this) only fish vintage (when it comes to fly fishing that is).

I have fished with many different brands of rods and reels.. but when it comes down to it I will take my old (but in perfect condition) Shakespeare fiberglass and auto reel any day. Why? It's what I prefer. In fact I like them so much I now have four of them (all in pristine shape).

Call me whatever you want, but in the end preference is what it comes down to. I wouldn't call it newbie tackle... but that's just me.

In fact.. if you hook a decent with an auto-reel.. you have to fight that fish that much harder and that much smarter because you don't have all the extra bells and whistles. I don't know if you ever used one, but the spring is not strong enough to reel in a fish.. you have to feed it by hand.. I think that adds a little something to the experience myself..

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Hi Damod,

Welcome to the forum, I have no problem with the old auto reels and fully understand your preference for using them. I hope you'll stick around and join in on other threads here. This is not a place where you will be persecuted for your taste in tackle, enjoy your visits,

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Hi Jeff,

I have never fished with an automatic flyreel, but I've examined them, and they are simply heavy...about 8 oz or so. I'm not hip on heavy flygear.

An auto reel has a big spring, and people may not want to go thru the trouble of winding it up.

Different strokes for different folks. More power to those that use auto flyreels!

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ncflyboy: Well.. Actually they are kind of heavy but I really don't notice it much...

Actually you just have to set it to wind to the point you want and the spring gains torque every time you pull out some fly line so essentially it will always wind the same way.. AKA you only have to wind it once really.

If you've never fished with one before I would recommend at least trying it.. They are actually quite handy.

I have a hunch that they'd grow on you.
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never fished with one, but ive got an old shakespeare tru-art automatic reel thats been sitting on my shelf for quite a while collecting dust. maybe i should go borrow me father in laws old herters glass and string it up.


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