I was able to reconnect this lost reel with its owner.
This dude had some major troubles. Walking back to his car a couple weeks ago, he hooked his foot on some streamside debris, and went down with a thud, cracking his kneecap pretty hard. Upon reaching his car, he dismantled his rod, put the reel on the bonnet, then drove off. Time for a drink.
Today, two weeks later, he was at the car ready to leave, and lowered the hatch on his rod, breaking it.
He called up a fly shop I had notified about the lost reel, called me, and I was able to get his reel back to him.
He was due for some good news! Every once in a while it happens.