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|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/15/2001 1:44 PM|
As I'm known far and wide for being a bit of a cheepskate when it comes to paying up for fly reels (with a beautiful rod I just pay up like everyone else) my heart sang with joy when I first saw the new Pflueger "Supreme" reels. Several sizes, mainly aimed at trout wt rods, but the largest one (1878) will hold a 7 WF and a 100 yards of 20# backing. Perfect for summer run fishing :>)
Beautifully made reels in a gold colour, strong as an ox, simple, good drag, etc. ...... and $60. This not "your grandfather's medalist" of the past 50 years.
Very few places carry these reels, and I've yet to see one in a catalog, but they're out there and worth every penny.
|Originator: Nooksack Mac||Date: 8/15/2001 8:49 PM|
I can't raise you, but I'll see you: I just received another promising bargain reel from the Hook & Hackle Co. in Plattsburgh, NY (www.hookhack.com): the largest size Okuma Sierra, Model S10-11. It's a nicely finished black cast-frame, rim-control reel with a good disc drag. It's rated for a WF10F & l75/20#. I squeezed on a DT11F 120-foot line, which left no room for backing. Should be fine with a big Rio or Sci-Ang Spey line. Though listed at an amazing 6 ounces, mine weighed 8.5 oz. It lists at $65.95, and I got it at an Internet 20% discount.
|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/17/2001 1:20 PM|
Good Morning Mac!
Saw this reel on someone's online catalog (not at that price you braggert :>) ) and thought for that kind of money this could be a good deal. Appreciate the heads up as I'd like to get one additional reel/spool to replace some of the older (still working fine) smaller Phlg Med's I've got. Reels work fine but too light to properly balance anything but a shorter rod.
Plus a 20% discount ...... Hummmmmmmm. Will have to check with Joan on how we're doing for 'loose change.'
|Originator: Nooksack Mac||Date: 8/17/2001 8:35 PM|
I forgot to mention that Hook & Hackle carries the new Pflueger Supreme reels (as well as Medalists and extra spools). I've bought from them for years; they're one of the least-expensive fly tackle suppliers. And their website prices are even lower, with discounts and closeouts of 20-60% off (but not for spey blanks, alas!).
|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/18/2001 1:51 AM|
Hi Mac, did the point and click as soon as I saw your note at zero dark 30 this morning. Minute later I'm (as Jimmy Carter once said) 'lusting in my heart.' Didn't see the discount screen on the web site. Where do I look? Joan says we have loose change .... well .... really didn't ask her 'cause we ALL know what a wifetype would say.
Anyway, where's the discount screen?
Blind as a bat.
|Originator: Nooksack Mac||Date: 8/18/2001 9:01 PM|
From Hook & Hackle's home page, click "Specials" in either of two places in the upper-right hand corner. The 20% discount applies to everything in their paper catalog, which you can order online, and to the Specials listed below, which includes the Sierra S10-11: $62 less 20% = $49.60. And the discount on some items, such as closeout Diamondback blanks, are deeper than that.
I just finished building a new rod on one of their green IM-6 blanks, which is 33% off. Think I'll walk over to the schoolyard and see how it casts.
|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/19/2001 12:08 PM|
Mac, We have Joy!
Printed off the 'on line' pages on the Supreme as there IS one size larger reel than the one I purchased here in Medford. God I hope the 20% applies there too. Darn guys are not open on the weekends to take telephone orders so guess I'll just have to wait til tomorrow. Credit card is burning a hole in my wallet.
Would do the on line stuff but want to check the 20% stuff as this would allow me to get a 'free' extra spool.
|Originator: Andy||Date: 8/20/2001 4:35 AM|
...a slight change in topic but there're some really good deals on PacBay IM6 blanks on www.hookhack.com given the 20% web special. Has anyone of you fellow fly fishers out there have experience with these blanks? action... durability... finishes... service... etc.
|Originator: Nooksack Mac||Date: 8/20/2001 8:09 PM|
No experience with the Pacific Bay blanks as such - but the H&H IM-6 blanks are identical as to prices and specs (except color). I just finished and test-cast one of the latter, a 9' #7. It's typical IM-6: fast and authoritative; I easily cast WF6, 7, and 8 lines to the backing knot. It's not light or smooth. At these discount prices, it's a giveaway.
I enjoy building one or two rods a year (you can't have too many backups or loaners), so I have more fly rods than pairs of socks.
|Originator: Andy||Date: 8/21/2001 4:37 AM|
I hear you, Mac! We all need another rod, line or reel like another hole in our hat... but that never stopped us before...
Thx for the feedback I think I'll pick up a couple of blanks at these prices. I trust that The Hook & Hackle Company gives good customer service. My several email exchanges with them seemed pleasant enough.
|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/21/2001 7:16 AM|
Mac, Mac, Mac ...... what ever are "we" going to do with you? Collectively you're costing "us" too much money. :>)
Talked to Hook and Hackle this moring and was glad to get away with only $111. on the credit card. Lust was in my heart but Joan kept throwing buckets of cold water over my head. Darn glad it didn't short out the phone line before the nice young lady got the expiration date on my card.
Can't wait for the UPS guy!!
|Originator: Nooksack Mac||Date: 8/21/2001 9:31 PM|
Since it is current conventional wisdom that we all have a collective duty to the American economy to spend our $300 tax refunds, explain to Joan that you still need to find a way to dispose of the remaining $189 of yours.
|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/22/2001 3:53 AM|
With a fond wish that NSN.ca doesn't dump me for the third time! Boss Guy you've got to talk to these meatheads!
Hear you, and long since spent that. Forgot what I'd said in the first two attempts but to the effect that between a custom rod from Gary Anderson (Gold Hill, Or) and toys for this and that .... my $600 is long gone ... and then some. And the JoanMeister advised this morning on how she was going to spend 'her' $300. Didn't hve the heart to tell her I'd been there and done that ... and then some ... and then SOME .... AND THEN SOME. :>)
As 'they' would say 'the only thing that seperates the man from the boy is the size and price of the toy.' Or is it 'he who has the most toys when they die wins?' What the heck; fly fishing is better than Prozak.
|Originator: Fred Evans||Date: 8/31/2001 4:49 AM|
The "reel" test is "fish on" Fishing for summer's this evening; zip but hooked a fall chnk.
God these darn things can strip line like there's no tomorrow. Forget my rant on 'how much backing is really necessary.' Flat water, 20 some minutes and fish is still the boss of what's going on. Up - down- back and forth and ..... ya, you guessed it: Fish one, Fred Zero. Who remembers the fish they beached?
Glad I had every inch of the 100+ yards of backing; Mr. F had almost every inch of it on two occations. Life is good.
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