Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Sagami Bay area, Japan
RHW Mako 9550 Stealth + ex spool
Here's another RHW Mako for sale. This one is sold as a set. A 9550 Stealth TypeIII and a companion stealth spare spool. Both the extra spool and the spool on the reel are the deeper 1012. This set was made in Feb 2012, 9 months after Jack passed away. Both the reel and spare spool are brand new in their original sealed boxes. So, I cannot take their photos.
The stealth type III is a matte black finish, made with superfine glass particles jet-blasted on the type III finish, if I recall Jack's explanation correctly. Jack told me that his wife, Judy, was handling this final finish back then, and the process required some serious work and was very time-consuming. He also told me that the stealth finish is, in his opinion, more scratch-resistant than the standard type III.
I am not the original owner of this set. I bought them in 2012 or 2013 from just-reels.com to give to my lefty son in the future. But, he has learned to cast with the right-hand. So, this RHW combo can go.
I'm selling them only as a set at a discount price, $1870US (paypal) or $1760US (direct wire transfer into my bank in Japan) The price includes EMS shipping with insurance from Japan to the USA or Canada. Please contact me if other destinations are desired. The discount with the direct transfer reflects the saving on the paypal fee and currency conversion fee. For an international transfer, your bank would charge you a hanlding fee, typically $40 - $60. You would still save some $ if you take the time to visit your bank for payment. Please note that the price is firm. I am not willing to discount further at the current exchange rate. I am not interested in a trade either, since I have WAY too many reels and rods already.
The drag goes from about 0.5 pound to 14 pounds and is extremely smooth (I know this because I have been using Mako reels since 2008) The drag setting remains the same on Makos. So, I calibrate the drag strength with just the backing line on and put marks on the drag knob and the reel frame at an every pound increment. By doing so, I can adjust the drag while I'm playing the fish with a rough estimate on the tension at the end of the tippet. This does come handy when I want to shorten the time to bring the fish in. Please check with the Mako site for the weight and line capacity information.
The retieve hand conversion can be done by the Mako for a fee. When I asked about it a few years ago, I was told the fee was $75. If you live in the USA or Canada, the shipping cost won't be too bad, I think.
Their photos via private messages are available. But, only photos of the boxes that are available on ebay. If you want to see the stealth finish, please search the web for its photos.
Last edited by fishordie; 01-30-2019 at 01:27 AM.