Dingley 4" Perfect Style Fly Reel - Alex Martin "Thistle"
For Sale here is a classic Dingley 4" Hardy Perfect Style Fly Reel made for retailer Alex Martin and branded "Thistle". Stamped D2 and 2 throughout. Retailed and stamped on winding plate "Alex Martin". Also stamped "Thistle". This excellent condition reel is RHW and comes with a nice and strong single check from the 1930's. Ball bearing race built under winding plate. Knurled tensioner works perfectly and the spring is very strong and creates a very nice range of drag for the outgoing line. Original factory installed Monel line guide - the mark on it is normal for the monel line guides I have seen and purely cosmetic (it's smooth and not cracked - you can't feel anything giving it the fingernail test across the surface). Gear teeth and pawl still very sharp. Un-filed original smooth brass reel foot with four screws. Great condition ebonite handle that spins freely. The reel has no wobble. No cracks/chips or prior repairs. Majority of original leading remaining. Knurling to rims. Reel weighs 16.85 oz. (with silk line included, which itself weighs approximately 2.5 oz.) and the reel foot is 3.3 inches long.
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Asking price is $575 plus shipping.
Typical 3 day return provision applies. Please email me at vintageflytackle[at]gmail[dot]com.