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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    Columbia South Carolina according to thier website, since 1982. Seems like they have been a US based company a long time, though they did have a subsidiary in Canada. They have been around since 1896. Looks like they created a company called Columbia Products Inc in 1947. Not sure if it is the same. Anyway heres a link about Shakespeare company if your interested.

    Back to reels.

    I have two Redington CD reels, a 5/6 and a 3/4 both with spare spools. Since i had spent most of my time fishing line holder reels, these were the first ones I bought that cost more then $50.00 So, they are probably my favorite reels right now.

    I did just buy (on sale for half price mind you) a Cabela RLS2 LA reel, but have not fished it yet - it seems like a decent reel so maybe it will be nice to use.

    d

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    Dave,

    They (Pflueger) made the early Battenkill reels for Orvis also. lots of people bought them and didn't know. They probably have as many reels out there as any other company and maybe more. I have two medalist reels but they are in Colorado or I would have posted them.

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    Kewl Ard

    Seems a lot of people relate Shakespeare (and Pflueger) with low end gear, yet they made reels for Orvis, and a lot of people swear by the medalist - a good solid, standard duty reel, you just never know do you? Quality does not always have to be the most expensive

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    actually it was the Orvis Madison reel that was a Medalist
    they're kinda kewl lookin

    It's said that the Medalist is the most used fly reel in the world.... and for good reason IMO

    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    here are few of mine:
    medalist anti reverse and a 1498

    Cortland multiplier 444LTD

    Orvis made Redington AL 9/10 and 3/4

    Automatic Reels


    ---------- Post added at 11:27 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:19 AM ----------

    A few more:
    south bend with silk line

    orvis bbs II

    Ocean city 75

    Ocean city 76

    Cortland Magnum 200D

    orvis Madison
    sandfly/ bob
    (www.bigmeadowsflyshop.com)
    N.J.B.B.A. #2215

    I did not escape.....they gave me a day pass!
    from the outer edge of nowhere
    fly tying and fishing Gillie..

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MoscaPescador View Post
    I use a 5 weight rod most of the year. This reel by far is my favorite.

    Abel Creek 2 Large Arbor



    I also have one in pewter for my 4 weight ZXL.

    MP
    I agree with MP, I have two Abel Creek 2's. One goes on my 7'6" ZXL 3 wt. and the other goes on my TL Johnson 8'0" Vintage blank 4 wt. glass rod (below).



    http://www.abelreels.com/pages/creeks.htm

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    Here are my favorites:

    The Abel Super 8 in a custom finish:






    And the Ross Vexsis 2, 35th anniversary edition in tie dyed colors:







    This was a great idea for a thread.

    Cheers,

    -VB

  10. Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    Bummed I dont have pictures, but my favorite reels would have to be my Hardy Flyweight, and then I would put down the Green Galvan Openback I have. awesome reels.

    P.S. I WANT THE HARDY PERFECT WITH A PASSION!!!

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    Darn I had a nice one but (Perfect) sold it almost two years ago. It was very cool but like the St George it was right hand only. Eventually I grew tired of that and when the market turned to a sellers game I moved many of them out.

    You need pictures of your reels so you can share them with the world.


    Oh yes, hey Von Behr, You have the most colorful reels I have ever seen. I am guessing you to be a colorful person

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    Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

    I have a South Bend 1141 that looks like the Medalist. I noticed that on the Olympic 440 it has eight notches on the drag washer and mine has six. Does the extra two notches make a difference? I should really clean my reel like now but I thought I'd show you guys.



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