For a mere $250, Archuletta Reel works will mill you a new foot for your reels, and you can fish them now, and sell them with both feet if the time comes that you want to do so. T'aint cheap, but he's the best. The dovetail fits so tight, if wasn't for the blueing he does to the new foot, you wouldn't notice it.andre said:
Now if I could only get these reels into the seat of my Salar any thoughts? I have seriously thought of using a couple of high end hot rod type hose clamps.
Yes he makes a new foot and sends you the old one back too. He still charges $80 to grind down the original foot. I considered that, for about 15 minutes, but despite my disdain for collectors, I still went with the new foot...andre said:Philster, I spoke with Archel two or three years ago and it was about $75 I'm suprised that he has raised it that much. I talked to a couple of other "reel smiths" that said $50 ish. I guess for the $200 he is making the foot?
If you use it you aren't a collector, you are a fisher. If you own 20 of them and fish them, then you are a fisher "who has a thing for old reels". If you love the history and want to preserve it by finding them and securing them for yourself, good for you.andre said:I guess I would ask why you have a "distain" for collectors in general?
I know a number of "collectors" that use this old stuff. I love it when I get "Wow, that looks like an old reel" from someone with a new 'wiz bang carbon fiber with magnetic drag thing" reel.