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Ard 11-19-2009 10:21 PM

Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread
Every now and then you catch yourself looking lovingly at your fly reel don't you? Come on, it's OK to tell, part of the lore of fly fishing is the tackle. The love of fine tackle is what keeps magazines on the shelves and many a company in business.

I have been watching the favorite reel brand thread since it started and noticed some members posted photos of their favorites. So hey why not a thread where that is what you do?

Please just one brand reel per post and feel free to describe what it is that makes you love that particular reel or brand of reel. Yes it is OK to love your reel.

For my opener; A Hardy Viscount LA Disc 3.75" X 1" spool for lines 7/8. A smooth strong drag that has handled more AK. Salmon than any other reel I own and a large arbor to aid in fast retrieve when they come strait in.


You're next............................

Jackster 11-20-2009 06:17 AM

Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread
but coming out of the metalworking field, I loves my hardware and good engineering and design!


Ross 'R', the beast that started Ross on their road to reel glory:

Ross Vision:

Limited Edition Ross Evo:

Hardy made Orvis CFO 123... sweet!

Limited Edition Bauer LOHR:

Two I'll never own but think are cool:

jpbfly 11-20-2009 09:55 AM

Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread
Here's one of my Cordel reels.It's the best automatic reel ever made,all the pros of an automatic without the cons.Mr Cordel made all the parts and built all his reels alone.Great job:thmbup:

Rip Tide 11-20-2009 11:32 AM

Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread
I like Medalists
Got my first one around 45 years ago and they're still the reels I use the most to this day
Not fancy, just reliable

MoscaPescador 11-20-2009 01:29 PM

Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread
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.


Ard 11-20-2009 02:15 PM

My Old Favorite
This is the first Hardy I ever owned, circa 1978 although I take great pride in not beating my reels up this one has traveled and fished more than any other I own. Before I became jaded or able to afford to own a bunch of reels this was my prize possession. I used it on a 7'9" Far & Fine 5wt. and with that outfit caught everything from Atlantic salmon to Pacific silver salmon and every kind of trout I could find in between the two.

The Featherweight;


jpbfly 11-20-2009 03:27 PM

Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread
Funny Ard ,I got the same reel and case:rolleyes: it was a Pezon& Michel but made by Hardy they had only changed the name on the reel.I sold it for a few bucks years ago because I gave up using manual reels in moving waters...I was stupid for now it's a collector:(

Ard 11-20-2009 03:58 PM

The Martin MG-3
I inherited this and a nice 4wt rod from my old pal Charlie Spangler who passed away September 21 1992. He and I were friends.

Martin MG-3


These are a nice little reel with the frame at 3" X 1", they make a fine light weight reel for a 3-4-5wt rig. Charlie was only 45 when he died, so don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today!

Ard 11-21-2009 12:08 AM

An Orvis Odyssey IV
I have two of these, a number three and a four. I'm going to try to pick up a number one or two for lighter rods. This one has two spools and I use it on two different rods. It is big and heavy with a drag that will slow down whatever you hook.

The frame measures 4" X 2" width and I think they weigh about 13oz. This one has 275 yards of 36lb saltwater micron behind the 9wt DT line.

Odyssey IV;


Rip Tide 11-21-2009 12:03 PM

Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread
I like fishing my vintage gear and these two old reels see some regular use
They wouldn't get a second look from most folks, but I think they're special because they originally belonged to my grandfather and they were both locally made

The black one is a Bristol 65, made by the Horton Mfg Co. of Bristol CT. Makers of the famous Bristol steel fly rods.

The aluminum reel has no markings but I've learned it was made by a machine shop in Bridgeport. When new it was etched and polished. It has a single spring and pawl.

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