I cannot say enough about how pleased I am with my Olson reels. I have four of them and each of them are cherished.
In my mind, I have started an heirloom collection of fine reels that can be passed down to generations. My daughter Celeste is already drooling over them ... in due time young lady
- 3 3/4" round style, XXX-Wide Drum. Silver frame, reel foot, spool, with black side plates and white handle. Rotating rear plate.
- 4" round style, XX-Wide Drum all black. Silver reel foot and black handle. Rotating rear plate. I was fortunate enough to acquire this reel through an ad I placed here in the Classifieds. This reel has the serial number #010 and is the only reel that I did not order, though I have discussed this reel in great detail with William.
- 4" round style, XXXX-Wide Drum. Silver frame, reel foot, spool, black side plates and black handle. Rotating rear plate.
- 4 1/4" Raised Pillar, XXX-Wide Drum. Silver frame, reel foot and spool, with black side plates and white handle.
I use my tackle as often as I can with no hesitation, however I am careful and mindful of it. These Olson reels are indeed built solid and are tough tools of the trade. The detail William puts into these reels is world class. My reels are loud and uniquely different from each other. That is because each reel has different specifications which change the tone of each of the "growls". As far as operating smoothness, lets say they are very precise.
The "Olson Experience" starts from first contact. William has a series of inquiries that enable him to build the perfect reel for you to ensure satisfaction.
Yes, the wait time is long and can be un-nerving and there is a reason for it.
I appreciate the fact that William is a Reelsmith with no compromise. He will not rush the process because each reel is special and deserves quality attention. His customers and their satisfaction is all that matters. He also is one man, with a family and with friends ... that's important too.