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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-05-2019, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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That ain't a reel....This is a reel!

(With apologies to Crocodile Dundee for pinching his line).

I saw this one on another forum, & momentarily thought people are always looking for heavy reels to balance long Spey rods, so if you are the proud owner of the world's first 27' 9" #18 wt tournament rod then this may be the reel for you:

https://www.thomasturner.com/allcock...y-reel-1926-37

Add a / at the end & it should work.

Put it into the search bar and then go a search of the tunny (blue fin tuna) fishing off the Yorkshire coast of the UK between the 2 world wars - there are even some old film clips on video showing the fights with the rowing boats they fished from (operating from a chartered trawler alongside the herring fleet) being towed around by the fish generating a bow wake.

Very different times, many famous celebrities of the day (including Hollywood superstars etc.) came over to take part in this (Very) rich man's sport; I found it fascinating though, hope you enjoy it.

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Always like a good CD reference and the “that’s not a ...” is one of my favorites.

I got a (of course much lighter and smaller but still with big bones) Allcocks Ousel clicker on here earlier this year. I just liked like the looks plus the Ousel, aka American Dipper, is on on my top ten favorite birds list!

I think there should be some sort of official ruling on situations that are only “technically” fly fishing - when the delivery of the fly requires some “artificially excessive” means like teasing the fish close to the boat. With Tuna you might as well be trolling the fly - or using a harpoon gun to connect for that matter - then play the fish on rod and reel that is only superficially a “fly” set up, but in essence a deep sea fishing outfit.

We saw just the rod for it in BC a few years ago...
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Look at the bottom of the page for the Alcock. They also have a 9” Hardy with auxiliary brake in the same lot. Would love to see those in person!

"Only the mediocre are always at their best" - Andy Capp
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Look at the bottom of the page for the Alcock. They also have a 9Ē Hardy with auxiliary brake in the same lot. Would love to see those in person!
Should balance a 14 foot rod easily enough.......

If you read the blurb on that 9" Hardy only 9 were ever produced with the auxiliary brake - talk about a rare reel! They were individually hand built for incredibly wealthy customers, imagine what the cost would be in today's terms - the fishing equivalent of a Boss shotgun.

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I apologize - I had to Google Boss shotguns. I have some friends that shoot Perazzis and Holland and Hollandís, looks like the same incredible work. We stopped into the Parazzi facility in So California a few years ago, and it turns out whether you bought the $120K or $640K matched set, they came with the same barrels - it was all aesthetics after that. Iím sure thatís why I didnít buy either set -just too confusing. Plus, which yacht do you keep them on? Decisions, decisions.
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Imagine this as a gauge to how they are regarded:

"When asked if he had ever considered a Boss, King George VI replied, 'A Boss gun, a Boss gun, bloody beautiful, but too bloody expensive!' "

And he was the king!

They are for the wealthy few for whom a Purdey is just too common.......

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