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I found a very nice reel. Thanks to all who assisted in my search.

I bought a Foster Bros 4" salmon reel out of the UK. It is a very nice reel that looks very well made and should make a nice pair with the Sharpes rod.

Does anyone out there know any history behind the reel or where I could find some..search of the internet is negative

Here is a picture of it...kind of a cross between a St George/Perfect.




Does anyone have a Sharpes Scottie reel for sale....they look alot like a perfect. I am looking for either a 4" or 4 1/4".

I would also consider a Farlow in the same configuration.

I want to pair it up with a beautiful unfished Sharpes Scottie Spliced Cane Spey rod; a 12' 8/9 wt. I think it should make a sweet pair.

I was thrilled to acquire the rod , it is the late Mike Maxwell's rod, famed for his Tiger Eye series of spey rods and one of the pioneers if not THE man who brought Spey casting to British Columbia.

I have seen a few on EBay but would also like to ask the members here on this forum.

Thanks for the assist
 

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Hi Paul.
Vinnie up in Juneau fishes the short spliced Sharpe rods and he may know of the reel as i think he uses one. I may be mistaken on this. I know SpeyHermit has a nice Aquarex 400 which was made for Sharpes by J W Young so maybe he could chime in with weight, etc on his reel. I personally wouldnt hesitate on buying one as most of these reels made by Young for the UK tackle firms are of a quality equal to Hardy. IMO
There was a time,, not too long ago when any perfect clone to come on ebay without markings was considered a Dingley. :chuckle: Willie has mentioned a good choice but in keeping with matching the outfit you shouldn't worry on the Sharpes purchase and if none are found with the members here then ebay has a few each month.
I have two scottie cane rod,, one is a 9' 6wt 2/1 and her big sister is a 9'6" #6 2/1. Beautiful to both cast and admire. Have you lined and cast your rod yet?
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Willie and Salmon

Yes a Dingley would do as well.

Salmon Chaser .

I am waiting for the rods arrival, I understand they are wonderfully powerful rods to cast, and that you cannot muscle them.....just a good hard stop is all that they require to launch a line.......love the look and feel of cane...so much so, I ended up buying an old East Coast tuna rod of hollow cane construction. I am going to knock the guides off of it, recork the grip area, put a nice butt box on it and make some nice thread whippings. Give it several good coats of spar varnish and use it for a wading staff. I think I will use one of the stripping guides up close to the cork and use that for the lanyard fastener.
 

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There is one on ebay at the moment that is perfect for you!!! PM SENT!!
 

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Aquarex 400

This is quite a hefty reel. Haven't fished it yet but will as soon as we get out of this damned blizzard.
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I do have all three series of Marquis Salmons' #1, #2 and a much coveted #3, and I know that one of the three would be a fine reel for the rod, but I think a Sharpes Scottie would be a pretty cool match up for it.

I will keep and open mind though.

Thanks for all the info so far, keep em coming.

Cheers
 

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Paul, I have both a Sharpes Scottie 3.75in (on left) or an Alex Martin 4in. Both are very similar in design and look. See attached.

Would you be interested in any of these?
 

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Storlaks.

What are you asking for each of the reels?

Jumbo.....go ahead on either reel, I certainly don't have first right of refusal on either, thank you very much for asking though, very gentlemanly of you.

I am working on one from an auction house over in the UK right now, so we shall see what happens there first.
 

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Still have a few irons in the fire over on this side of the water.

What do you want for the reel(s)?

Perhaps list a price on each of them.

Thanks
Paul
 

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Paul--Keith here.Have a 4 1/4 in x 1 1/4 " Farlow,true-unfiled 4 screw brass foot-95 plus % lead finish present.Mechanically sound.No etchings;repairs;cracks etc.Ivorine handle crazed but not cracked.No line marks.250.00 usd.
 

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Hi Keith

Can you send me a series of photo's please. Just send them to my home e-mail at.

pdj at shaw dot ca

A series of all sides and edges inside would be good too

Thanks Keith......
 

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Thanks to all those who replied. Found a beauty of a reel....see the first post
 

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Paul,

I have a mint condition 4" Sharpes Scottie. Very beautiful if heavy reel. Have not fished with it in 15 years and it's time it went to a good home where it will be used. The springs are still tight and provide a good drag (if so adjusted). Absolutely no loose play in the bearings and makes that marvellous sound. It comes loaded with a Masterline DT10 Sinktip which has lain unused on it. The reel is probably overgreased but I have left it so for preservation purposes. I own a number of Hardy Perfects, Walker Bamptons and Alex Martin Thistle all built on the Perfect bearing style. I would say the Sharpes' mecahanism is as good if not better than any of them.
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If you or any other member is interested then please get in touch. I have not been watching these reels on ebay and am not sure as to value so any clue would be appreciated. I live in Scotland so not sure of postage costs.

I used to own the Sharpes 12' spliced rod. Lovely action and I regret selling it all those years ago. Still have a Sharpes 88 trout rod but it hasn't seen the light of day in years as most of my time is spent salmon fishing. Cane has a life of its own and it's never really been replicated in carbon. Enjoy your new rod !
 

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Hello Jim.

Thank you for the offer, but I have just bought a Foster Bros of Ashbourne. Wonderful reel ( see the first post for a pic if you like). Your reel is in VERY nice condition indeed. Having followed a few of them on E-Bay, I would think that you should fetch a fairly good price for it....the ones that I was following went for between 75 and 100 GBP Sterling.....yours may get more for its condition.

Thanks for the opinion on the rod, I can hardly wait to put a bend in it.
 
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