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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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New kid on the block.

This new reel is going to be available soon. I’ll keep you posted on the details.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 10:45 PM
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That’s a beauty right there!
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 02:17 AM
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Looks more like a fine timepiece. Remarkable.

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 07:48 AM
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Ooooooh shiny
It should be called "The Jewel", talk about polished !!
I like the design, clicker assembly is robust ... similar to a Henshaw reel.
Very handsome reel


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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 09:07 PM
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Beautiful reel. I like everything except the name.
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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 03:31 PM
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I have held it, it’s a beauty! Congrats John, great job.

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Anymore info on this reel ... weight, available sizes, widths ... pricing ??


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Beautiful reel. I like everything except the name.
I agree-very nice reel but needs a different name. The reel is kind of a modern version of a Hardy 1912 check Uniqua. Interesting.
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Very much like a 1912 Uniqua. Very nice!

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Where is it made?
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Very cool!!


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post #13 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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The reel is 3 3/4" wide spool (1 1/4"). That's the only available size for now. Which in my opinion, is the perfect steelhead reel. I am planning on having a 3" trout reel, a 3 3/8" Trout spey and a 4" salmon reel next year. The reel weight is 9oz empty. It balance a wide range of graphite rods. I use it on a 11' 6/7 Bob Clay bamboo rod loaded with 420 scandi and it's perfect at 13oz Loaded.

The reel can easily be changed from left to right hand wind and has a palmable rim.

The reel has had extensive testing without a glitch as I work at a lodge on the Dean river. We see a lot of well known reels fall apart on the Dean. So my goal was to not make one of those. And it's a success.

The name came from the fact that when I was designing it. I was thinking about what would be the perfect steelhead reel. And I started thinking about some of the best reels I've used thru the years. They all had something in common. Simplicity. Reliable, nothing to brake, always work perfectly. Reminded me of the old Ferguson tractor we had on the farm when I was boy. So I thought the name fit perfectly. Sorry if you don't like the name. But once you put your hands on this reel, You'll get it.

Some people mentioned it looks like a 1912 Uniqua. I'll take that as a compliment. This is something that was important to me. I see a lot of reel makers make great reels, That are very functional but very little goes into the beauty of the piece. I wanted a reel that you love to look at without compromising the functionality.

The price is $750USD. I'm working on a batch of 30 reels that is mostly sold out. With the exception of 4 reels.

A BC reel for BC fish.

The best way to contact me is by PM or email at [email protected]

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Thank you John for the added info, much appreciated
I agree with your thoughts on reel design ... simplicity
Very handsome reel


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WOW! What a stunning reel. It should be called "The Stunner"! I would agree that such a beautiful reel should have a different name. Maybe " The Oltrac" has Old Tractor your original thought, yet has no real meaning to outsiders. Also, "The Oltrac" sounds like it will keep your casting, and fishing On Track which we can all use. LOL
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