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    Default Solitude Reel ?

    Anyone happen to know about these reels and the company ?
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    I have been using them for about 5 years now. I love the reels and have found the company very easy to communicate with. I simply don't understand why the reels are not more popular in the US.

    The reels are beautifully built, anodising is second to none and the drag is the smoothest you'll find on any reel.

    Some people will find fault with the facts that they have small arbours and are absolutely silent. Both of these are a plus in my book (the small abour means I can fit a heap of backing on the reels.)

    If I had any gripes, it would be with the tendency of the reel to self-retrieve while I'm casting. The bearings are very smooth and the spool will freely rotate while false casting. I routinely pull about 50cm off the spool after (say) 3 or 4 long casts these days - not a bad thing anyway because it means I'm ensuring the line is not wrapped around the fighting butt or reel, just in case the unlikely happens and I hook a fish!

    The plus side of that gripe is that I can "tap" the spool to very quickly retrieve line. This is much much faster than winding it on.

    More on the drags: on the size 2 and 3 reels, there is a very long windup to full drag pressure. The knob has to be rotated maybe 4 full revolutions before the ultimate drag is achieved and even then, it really only ramps up in the last half turn. They did this on purpose because these are the trout reels and they sought very fine adjustment "increments" for their drags. It works well for that purpose. On the size 4 and 5 reels, it's about 1.5 turns from nothing to full on, and full on is 17lb with a full spool of backing. These drags are the smoothest I've got, even smoother than the Mako 9550.

    (BTW, the anodising is exactly the same on both the Mako and the Solitudes. The craftsmanship is also the same, since the Edco guys do much of the machining for Mako. Google their addresses and you'll see why ... The designs are very different, but I see my Solitudes as "Mini Mako" reels.)

    I've got the full set of black reels and a couple of gold-anodised SR3 reels. I'd say I'm a fan-boy.

    Cheers,
    Graeme
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    (Formerly known as Kalgrm)

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    Thanks for the reply. I've been doing a little digging around, it appears the Harris company was bought out by the new guys in Washington (skagit County). I'm interested , the black it type III anodizing and the prices are quite reasonable. Classic look and seem like quality.

    Do you have the #2 ? If you own one I guess I can be confident a MED 5 will fit

    Solitude 2 - Solitude Reels - Fly Fishing Reels Made in the USA

    The give the diameter as:

    "Spool diameter (inner flange): 2.77”

    Seems a tad small but not much different than the Abel PT.5 ?
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    Default Re: Solitude Reel ?

    I've got the SR2 but I only use it as a 4wt reel. I use the SR3 for 5 and 6wt lines.

    It would hold a MED5 but with reduced backing (I use GSP). It might be a bit small for a 5wt. Don't know. Certainly it'll stand up to plenty of abuse.
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    Their website blog was last updated in 2013, same with news. This is the old Harris reel but to be honest they have been off the scene for some time. So are they still making Solitude reels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwf View Post
    Their website blog was last updated in 2013, same with news. This is the old Harris reel but to be honest they have been off the scene for some time. So are they still making Solitude reels?
    Good question and nice detective work maybe I'll make a call
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    You ought to call and find out, its simply a phone call..........
    I don't find the same troubles as the gentleman from Australia. Mine is exceptionally smooth but not to the point that it acts on its own. I got the "mid arbor" and while it isnt the same as the boutique brands as far as arbor size goes, it is completely sufficient.

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    I am interested in these reels as they meet all of MY fly reel criteria except in one area, weight. I am concerned that a 6.2 oz SR2 or 6.9 oz SR3 might make casting a 3.0 oz 9' 5 wt a bit cumbersome. My current Bauer feels too light at 4.6oz yet the jump into the 6oz range seems extreme. Sure wish I could demo these reels! Looking for a "lifetime" reel for
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    Those do look like very nice reels!

    Denny

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    Default Re: Solitude Reel ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike_r View Post
    I am concerned that a 6.2 oz SR2 or 6.9 oz SR3 might make casting a 3.0 oz 9' 5 wt a bit cumbersome. My current Bauer feels too light at 4.6oz yet the jump into the 6oz range seems extreme.
    To see if you can live with it, try taping some lead to the rod near the reel seat which will bring the apparent weight of the reel up to 6.9oz. (I'm using mine on any rod I like and don't notice a problem with "balance".)

    Cheers,
    Graeme
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    (Formerly known as Kalgrm)

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