Released to spawn
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
I have exactly the same reel in my modest collection. The only manufacturing difference is that there is no impressed mark of the reel size on the winding plate.
However, the significant differences in 'wear' is that mine doesn't have any cracks in the frame, and there are no line burns on the line guide on the one I have.
I can confirm that, with the reel fitted to the reel seat of the rod in the conventional position slung under the rod, and with the line guide obviously towards the tip of the rod, it is indeed a LHW reel (more tension on line out than line in).
Flipping the rod over so that the reel sits on top of the rod, again with the line guide towards the rod tip, this naturally brings the winding plate and handle to the right side of the assembly (looking from butt to tip of the rod), but now, in this position, in order to keep the line in tension less than the line out tension, one has to wind the reel with the right hand, but in reverse, ie anticlockwise!
And I just thought that this reel was made with the line guide in the 'wrong' position!!
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