Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Alaska, Skwentna to Kodiak
If you are buying from an on-line source and can't examine the reel 'hands on' be sure to check the spring tension as soon as you get hold of it and load line. The St Andrew should have a very strong check when the tension is full off and a noticeable range between full off and tight on. I use one for trout and light salmon and the check handles fish up to 8 - 9 pounds easily.
Many of these reels (not all) have been kept for way too long with the springs via the little tension knob turned down tight. This creates a lose check even at full tension. Remember, they have not been made since 1968 or there abouts so if the springs have not been cared for or been replaced you may have little in the way of tension range from one end of the spectrum to the other. When I say a strong check I'm talking more out going tension than any other spring and pawl Hardy I have ever owned. I have not sampled any of the new marquis reels still being manufactured so I may stand corrected if they are drag dynamo's.
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