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    Default American "Spey" Reels?

    Lo All,

    Just been having a mooch about eBay and came across these in the US.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-VINTAGE-STYL...QQcmdZViewItem

    Further investigation led me onto the "speypages" forum where they have been discussed a little but no one seems to own one so far for a decent review.

    I don't suppose there are any UK owners on here?

    The seller doesnt seem to have much feedback etc which may hold them back and there seems to be a hint of a "Hardy Perfect" type replica about them??

    Think I'll stick to my Marquis 3's for now until Hardy re-introduce them (...as the rumour goes)



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    Default Nice looking?

    They may look nice but did you notice the weight was 16 ounces, thats a pound !

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    I'd noticed those myself when flicking through eBay - lovely looking things and I like the idea that he'll counter balance the reel to match your rod for you....
    Nice to see modern engineering in a tried and tested design

    Not sure I'd want one though - except maybe as a collecters piece.

    In Verbo Tuo Laxabo Rete

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    New to me; thanks for the link. If the reels are 'for real,' the price isn't bad considering what you will pay for 'known brands.'

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    The weight wouldn't worry me at all, modern reels at 9 or 10 oz are usually to light to balance many 15'ers and certainly 16'-18' rods.

    The Zpey handle weighs more but actually feels very light when fishing / casting with because the balance is perfect.

    Weight isnt a bad thing as long as its in the right places IMHO.

    I think the reel looks a million dollars and would be very keen to see one.
    Last edited by Springer; 16-12-2007 at 11:34 AM.

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    Default A bit more from the SpeyPages web board


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    I noticed that the smaller one (4") which holds a Windcutter 9/10/11 plus 150yds or SH plus 170yds of 30lb dacron weighs in at 12oz which is not too much of a premium over modern reels. Looks a very nice reel and its good to see a guy doing this sort of thing independently

    Hey Springer maybe he'll do us a bulk deal

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    Looks very nice indeed but bet that handle hurts when it clacks you on the thumb when you go for the exposed rim as a fish runs.

    ZH
    "O hielan' streams ah covet nain....................."

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephead View Post
    Looks very nice indeed but bet that handle hurts when it clacks you on the thumb when you go for the exposed rim as a fish runs.


    Presumably, as with the Perfects which these reels are trying to imitate, there is no exposed rim, but you have the back plate on which to apply additional pressure.

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    Hmmmm. Unfortunately I don't know anyone that has one of these. They look pretty nice, and aren't too bad a price.



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