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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-07-2017, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Bill Ballan Heirloom Trout Reel - SOLD

Reel has been sold - thanks to all for your interest.

Bill Ballan 3.25" X 1" Heirloom Trout Reel

This is a USA, bench made reel with a super sweet click and pawl drag that just purrs. Used a handful of times for one season, in superb shape. Just not using it enough to justify holding on to it. Hoping to see it find a home where it will be fished and appreciated more regularly. Comes with approx. 50 yards 20 lb backing. Only downside is no case.

Priced to go at $200. I will pay postage within the continental USA.




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RE: Reel

I will take it. Please send payment information.
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Reel sold to Thomas3 pending funds.

PM sent with info to you, Thomas3. Thank you!

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A beautiful reel at an incredible price !!
I was debating it ... I guess I debated it too long ...


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Guess I need to start checking Speypages at work... hope the boss understands!

Nice purchase on a beautiful little reel!
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Never handled one but I was always curious how something so beautifully made sells so cheap. I've heard some rumors of Bill being a prick. Maybe that has something to do with it...
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Really? These comments are not needed on this forum.
Im sorry if that hurts your feelings. I simply stated what I observed in the past. Not necessarily comment, maybe so. Everyone gets the right to speak up here as long as we dont inult each other we shall be fine. Nonetheless, these reels are gorgeous. Peace.

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the stress he caused shore up those comments.
luckily I had the fortune to sit back and watch him rip other people off.

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There have been various comments regarding Ballan reels on the Clarks Bamboo forum over the years, which can be whittled down to, the earlier reels were quite well made the latter ones could have (putting it politely) issues.
I read the various comments and experiences and decided to take the chance and ordered one from him directly, although he sold on eBay at the time (some 9 years ago). Indeed the reel that I received had major issues making it unusable, and I returned it to Ballan hoping that it would be put right.
Apart from some initial promises (and excuses), time ended up going by and I heard no more. Luckily I had paid by credit card and had the various emails back and forth. In the end, my only recourse was to contact the credit card company who promptly refunded the money paid plus postage.
Moral of the story for me was you cannot get a quality, 'bench made ' reel for the $200 asking price that I paid. The reel that I received did not come with a case.

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