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



TaxiDriver
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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by TaxiDriver » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:25 pm

Gills Reels. Made in Penrose in Auckland I beleive back in the good old days.

Rare as hens teeth. This is the only pic I have ever seen of one and maybe 10 were ever made.
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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by Eric_the_king » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:03 pm

I've got a Hardy CA DD reel. I really love it. It's a great reel and you can't deny it looks and sounds the dogs bollocks. My uncle uses the 5000CLS Ultralite which Johnno refers to and highly recommend as well.



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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by Johnno » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:07 pm

If you want some 'reel porn' check out this dirty little site. I can guarantee you'll be drooling in no time. Especially if you check out the hubless reels. Damn they're sexy

http://flyreelmania.free.fr/

You'll note that Swift have a hubless listed but I don't think that project has ever got off the ground? It was a concept I think Nice looking reel though.....



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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by fraser hocks » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:33 am

Yea I know I liked the look of those Hub-less reels that Swift were doing some R&D on. I saw some of the prototypes. I don't want to say too much, but I believe that Carl might be in the throes of re-igniting that fire?


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iank2
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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by iank2 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:34 am

There are a number of NZ made fly reels over the years. Other than Stearns and Co most of the others were smaller part time makers. I think Darryl Paskell is working on a book on NZ fishing tackle and it should contain the correct information. cheers
Iank



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Re: New Zealand Made Fly Reels

Post by AJS Reels » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:05 pm

I have made 2 hub-less reels, first one is 89mm diameter and getting on 10 years young, a nice 6/7 weight size and mini Skagit reel. The other, made 8 years ago, is 100mm diameter and is my double hander full time reel, holds up to a 450gr Skagit line, both are clickers and anodized. Also made 3 disc drag models in larger sizes because off the cost in buying something beefy made overseas some 10 years ago, things have changed now with Asian tooling being very competitive. A couple of trout clickers in there as well and have a couple of others in progress, usually takes me about 10-12 months to finish a project as it is only a hobby but very satisfying.
If you look on youtube under "Tongariro Spey Steelhead" you will see the larger hubless in action, this has had a spool and colour change since then.
Cheers
Michael



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