I’m not sure that CNC machining is a dying tradition 🤓I think it's a fine thing, fanning the embers of dying traditions and old school reel making may well qualify as one such tradition. Were I under 50 rather than nearing 70 I might just have had one but as things are I'm well set it seems. Still I watched the video and those fellows made me feel good about the clutter atop my large desk here
Ive no issues with it and im sure a few will buy them as they are a nice looking reel. I just think theyve priced themselves into a bit of a corner. You are into hardy perfect money.Whether or not you like, dislike, want to buy or wouldn’t touch with a barge pole the new Cadence reel one thing that shouldn’t be dismissed is Gary Mills talent for both making and repairing reels.
In the past he has made fly reels under contract for some of the ‘prestige’ names in fly tackle, before they decided that production in the Far East increased their profit margins substantially. Fair enough.
I asked him to build me a centre pin to my specification which he did at what I considered to be a very reasonable price, 50% of what Chris Lythe charges and 25% of what Paul Witcher charged (I have ‘pins by both of the aforementioned). The beauty of CNC eh? He’s also repaired Alcock’s Aerials dating back to the 1930’s for me all at a very reasonable cost.
Personally I’ll be sticking to Danielsson but that’s not to say that the Cadence reel won’t be floating somebody’s boat.
Ball bearings instead of a bronze bush? Though you are technically correct and it wouldn't be that innovative - the Perfect is a click and pawl with ball bearings and that was 120 years ago Don't get me wrong, I'd love one of those reels - it's similar in what it does to the Marquis I mostly use for long lines and it looks really nice, nicer than a Marquis. The video message is all wrong though.Having had hands on several at the Meikleour Opening day, I would say they are beautifully made (engineering wise there's not much that can be "innovative" with that style of reel). Would I spend £700 on one? Most certainly not (sorry if you read this James). But I guess that is the price associated with getting something made in the UK by skilled hands.
I would say, to Ian, they are quite enjoyable to cast and whilst it may seem gimmicky, the interchangeable sections are actually quite handy. Stick the #11 section on when I'm using my heavy sinker, and #10 once I'm onto the spey line and mid/light polys. Each to their own, but I would note that the Marksman T is no longer available So not exactly something that I can just pick up 😅
I'd also add, I had the chance to try the 15ft Sage Igniter the same day, and christ, you couldn't pay me to fish or cast with it, let alone consider paying 2.5x more for it than my Cadence rod