Released to spawn
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
Great reel at a very good price - snagged by a fortunate angler
The cracks in the winding plate are probably not due to a counterweight being added, but rather an 'accident' with the original handle position - look at the external surface of the winding plate, it still has 'wear' in the leading where fingers have rubbed it off during winding. The accidental loosening and then cracking of the winding plate around the original handle had forced the owner at that time to have the new handle fitted to the other side of the winding plate, and the original site plugged.
The reel will still perform perfectly!
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles (spey rods). Doug Larson
Take only photographs, retain only memories, leave only a good impression of yourself, perhaps just footprints.
Your lines, your rivers, your way!