New Zealand Made Fly Reels

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peelproductions
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New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by peelproductions » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:41 pm

Any NZ made fly reels?



Johnno
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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by Johnno » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:29 pm

F Steans and Co, but they are ancient. Were a Hardy Perfect copy I think in the 3 3/4 inch variety but they have made others as well, like salt water Silex types as well. Most of the reels were a beautiful copper colour although they also came in black.

Hardys came down on F Steans and Co when they found out and the company closed up. There is a story that the guys who made them were ex Hardy employees who emigrated to NZ after the war. No idea if that's the exact history or not, but seems possible. A few pop up on TM now and again. Collectors items.

Harfin are the closest, being made in Australia. Very good reels that I'll rate over most other high ends on the market . I got a couple and will definitely get more.



peelproductions
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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by peelproductions » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:12 pm

Interesting that you mention Hardy.
I've got a new rod on the way and want to match it up with a nice sealed drag reel.
Budget is around $600nzd mark.
Been looking at either a Hardy CAD, or a Lamson Speedster.
I'm angling towards the Lamson, but the Hardy looks nice as well.
Not that keen on sage, and prefer a company that only makes reels, not rods as well.
Want black, not silver :)
Other options?
JG



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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by Johnno » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:43 pm

Harfin!! :D And you can have it bespoke in a variety of colours..

As another option to look at, the Hardy 5000CLS Ultralite which has three cartridges included as spare spools. It's ULA as well

It too is a seriously good reel in all respects and I can't fault it. Not a mm of tolerance. Also has a nice subtle click to it... It's a nickel - grey colour



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