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What vintage reels do we use?

I use some vintage reels which I use regularly - Hardy salmon (wide) Perfects 3.5", 3.75" & 4", and some others less frequently.

What vintage reels (makes, models, sizes) do others still use and rely on for their current fly fishing, even if that use is infrequent?


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What equates a vintage? I fish a St John, marquis, bougle MKIV, MKV, MKII

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What equates a vintage? I fish a St John, marquis, bougle MKIV, MKV, MKII
Vintage? - probably 1960's and earlier....


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Perfects mostly. Also a Princess, a Dingley St John, a Pfleuger Medalist and a 40 yr old Orvis Battenkill.
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None... I have a problem already with modern reels. Vintage reels would be a much bigger problem.

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I like your reasoning.

I fish an old (1950's) Dingley Perfect 3 3/4. Sounds and feels great.


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None... I have a problem already with modern reels. Vintage reels would be a much bigger problem.

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1930's Hardy Super Silex 4 1/2", not a common size but balances longer bamboo quite well.
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2 Hardy reels

4-1/4” Uniqua, circa 1930's, regulated Mark II check, 1 of just 27 ever made by Tommy Armstrong.



3-3/4" Uniqua, circa 1930's, regulated Mark II check, one of 78 made in this size by Tommy Armstrong. Small plate reads "Made for Abercrombe and Fitch".


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I prefer the Young reels from before WWII. Here's a few in the current rotation.





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None... I have a problem already with modern reels. Vintage reels would be a much bigger problem.

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^^^^This! Definitely a problem with both here
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My 4 1/2" Robertson Straun balances my 12' spliced bamboo perfectly. 1906
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There was a time that I fished pre-war Perfects exclusively but in the last 10 years I have drifted away and into more S-handles. I still have and regularly fish a 3 1/2 and a 4" Perfect though and can't imagine not keeping them in the rotation.
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1930's Hardy Super Silex 4 1/2", not a common size but balances longer bamboo quite well.
That is a very nice Silex !!
First one that I have seen without the free-spooling handle .... sexy


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The free spooling handle is there, it's on the back of the reel ivory color can see it on the last picture.
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Pre War Beaduex

Really enjoy the gun metal grey 4" pre-war Beaudex Salmon wide with the square line guard.
Great click sound, tuff reels.
One of mine has an unground original length long foot.
The counter balance you see is aftermarket and turns the reel into a super smooth machine.
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shotgunner and AJS Reels like this.
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