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A vintage hand made centre pin reel.

A vintage hand-made centre pin reel.

With the interest in hand-made centre pin reels being the talking point this weekend I thought I’d share this image of a hand-made reel I picked up.

Detail of hand-made alloy reel

Detail of hand-made alloy reel

Being made out a solid of alloy block that seems to be well-engineered with rose wood handles, brass round-headed screws along with a latch to release the spool from the spindle. It also has a boss cover to the spindle similar to those found on the Hardy LRH Lightweight range.

Clearly not to the specifications of a Chris Lythe reel or one from Garry Mills, of Mills Tackle, but I would imagin this was made long ago. It had that vinatge feel about it.

Hand made centre pin, spinning freely

Hand made centre pin, spinning freely

The spool is well made and with some light machine oil spins freely but not in the same way as a Trudex or Speedia.

Back plate

Back plate

The ree is pleasing to look at but the detail of the milling and overall finish indicates that this was either a prototype or had been made by an apprentice. All the same a worthy reel to fish with or just place in room with other vintage tackle.

If anyone has any clues as to who may have produced this reel please get in touch. See http://www.chrislythe-centrepins.co.uk/ and http://www.milltackle.co.uk/

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