FLY REEL DEALS
Last Updated July 27, 2017
After 47 years in business we have many odds and ends that have found their way into recesses of the shop including many reels. We will periodically post interesting (at least we think so) reels here. They may include models from Abel, Orvis, Ross, Scientific Anglers, Islander Reels, Lamson, and others.
The Orvis Battenkill Disc reel was a very popular mid-priced reel from the early 1990's through the late 2000's. We have a small number of the 8/9 and 10/11 models. These reels have
reliable offset disc drag which is sufficient for most freshwater and light saltwater purposes. They are very easy to convert from right hand to left hand wind; just slide the main gear and
bearing off the spindle, flip over, and slide back on. Originally marketed as freshwater and light saltwater reels they were only listed as freshwater reels late during their production.
With care they will hold up to the saltwater environment. We still use a couple of 8/9 models that have been used in the saltwater about 30 days a year since 1996 and though the finishes
are scuffed up the reels are as mechanically sound as when they were new. We have caught many bonito, striped bass, San Diego Bay bonefish, halibut, carp, and other species with them. These
classic style standard arbor reels have a generous backing capacity. Today we use the 8/9 models on 5, 6, 7, and 8wt rods for light saltwater fishing in the bays and surfzone and for local
bass and carp fishing. The 10/11 model is probably best suited for use on light switch rods in either fresh or saltwater. The reels come with a case similar to the
one pictured. Most of these reels do not come with the original box since they were originally part of Orvis rod/reel combo optional packages. Either the original Orvis reel
manual or a photocopy will be included. All of the 10/11 models and most of the 8/9 models are made in England. We are out of extra spools.
|8/9||5 7/8 oz||3.375"||
220 yards 20lb dacron
|10/11||6 3/4 oz||3.75"||
225 yards 30lb dacron
We have a small number of remaining Battenkill Large Arbor V (Battenkill LA) reels. These reels utilize the same drag as the venerable Battenkill Disc reel. They are suitable for freshwater and light saltwater reel fishing. This last remaining reel was made in England.
|Large Arbor V||7-9 wt lines. Holds a WF-8-F line and 175 yards of 30lb dacron backing (or more 20lb or spectra or if loaded with a sinking integrated shooting head). Price includes reel and reel case.||$129|
From Canada come the excellent Islander IR reels with adjustable click drag. These machined aluminum reels are among the finest click drag trout reels available today. We have one remaining of each of the models listed below. These reels have never been used.
|IR 2||4-6 wt lines||$210|
|IR 4||6-8 wt lines||$210|
We uncovered this new in box, old stock Sage 3100 reel and two spools while searching through some boxes of stuff.
|Sage 3100||$295||This wonderful little Sage 3100 reel with adjustable click drag is a fine addition to any 0, 1, or 2 wt fly rod. Price is for reel with two spools. Original price for the reel plus two spools was $480.|
Teton fly reels were made in California from machined and anodized aluminum from the Mid-1990's through about 2008. We are not sure why they ceased production, but it was not because of the quality of the reels. We sold a lot of these reels from up until production ceased. Their principle reel was the "Teton" model. The "Tioga" reels were a lower cost option with less porting for s slightly heavier reel. There were some other models such as the "Trinity" which sort of fell between the Tioga and the Teton. The "Teton Classic" reels had a shiny glossy plated finish. There were some other models and well as some variations in colors other than the standard gunmetal blue and black. All Teton reels had a reputation for durability in both freshwater and saltwater. The full cage design added a slight amount of weight compared to contemporary reels but also provided a robust design than could withstand drops. The full cage design prevented thing running lines or mono shooting lines from slipping between the spool and the frame. Top end drag pressure was only a couple of pounds but this was sufficient for most uses. The models for 8 weight and heavier rods were popular with saltwater anglers on both coasts. We have some Teton reels that have been used for 20 years in the saltwater (bonito, barracuda, calico bass, striped bass, halibut, etc.) and still function just fine. Of course, the reels offered her are new, old stock, and have never been used. These reels are from the Original Teton Fly Reels Inc. Company, not the Current Teton USA company which purchased the assets of the original Teton Fly Reels Inc, in 2009.
We have one remaining Teton 9-11 reel with standard arbor spool plus an extra standard arbor spool. This reel could be an ideal reel to match with a switch rod or for use on single handed rods in the 7 through 10wt category. This reel is a sort of gunmetal blue color. It is a great real for heavy freshwater and light to medium duty saltwater. The top end drag is only a couple of pounds but this is enough for most purposes. These reels were very popular with east coast striper anglers among others. Craig here at the shop has one that during the last 20 years has been used for pike and lake trout in Northern Manitoba, striped bass in the California Delta, San Diego inshore saltwater for calico bass, bonito, barracuda, and firecracker yellowtail, and in Australia for barramundi and golden trevally, and assorted reef species.
|9-11||$220||Price includes an extra spool. Reel is 4" in diameter, weighs 7.2 oz, and will hold a WF-10-F line and about 250 yards of 30lb dacron backing. Originally $350|
The Teton Trinity had the same drag system as the Teton and Teton Tioga reels with some different porting on the frames and spools compared to the flagship Teton series and is made from machined and anodized aluminum. We have one each of the Trinity 4, Trinty 6, and Trinity 8 models. The Trinity 4 is offered with a spare spool (spools for the 6 and 8 are out of stock. The 4 and the 6 models are a sort of bluish black color and the Trinity 8 is black. There is porting on the frame and on the spool. These are very durable reels. The full cage design prevents thin lines from getting between the line guard and the spool. These are all standard arbor reels.
|Trinity 4||$135||Price includes an extra spool. Reel is about 2.75" in diameter and will hold a WF-4-F line and about 60 yards of 20lb dacron backing. Originally $210|
|Trinity 6||$110||Reel only. Reel is about 3.3" in diameter and will hold a WF-6-F line and about 150 yards of 20 lb dacron backing. It could be used as a light saltwater reel. Originally $160|
|Trinity 8||$115||Reel only. Reel is about 3.5" in diameter and will hold a WF-8-F line and 200 yards of 20 lb dacron backing. Makes a great light saltwater reel. Originally $170|
We have a few unused Lamson LP reels from the 1990's. Box colors may vary depending one when they were made. Some come in the box shown at right that is from when Sage owned Lamson reels. Others are in the older Maroon boxes. Reels are offered as described below with one or more extra spools. Most of the reels have the solid frame back unless otherwise noted. These reels have an adjustable caliper style drag and are suitable for both fresh and saltwater adventures. Waterworks Lamson does not provide warranty or repair service on these reels but does have an upgrade program where you can send them a faulty reel and purchase a Liquid, Remix, or Guru reel at 50% off MSRP. These reels are all unused and function as they came from the factory.
|LP 1.5||$150||WF-5-F and 75 yds 20# dacron backing. Ported back reel with 1 extra spool (spool not ported on inside flange)|
WF-7-F and 150 yds 20# dacron backing. Reel with one extra spool
2 reels available, each with an extra spool (choice of 1 ported reel with 1 extra ported spool or1 non-ported reel with 1 extra ported spool)
|LP 4||$110||WF-10-F and 250 yds 30# dacron backing. Reel only. No extra spools. 2 reels available.|