I was fortune enough to obtain this reel from a friend, Ron, a master of fine tuning J.W Young and Son reels. This reel showed some history of fishing, (probably see more fish than I do) this is the main reason I bought this reel, not only the beauty of the pure art, but the history of it. Sure enough and out of my expectation, this reel is really good regard to "actual" fishing. Some of my friend may say: " Oh, Mark love fancy, large arbor reels". I confess, but this is only partially true. I am a fisherman more than a collector. I fish hard with my every piece of equipment. If I have equipment more than I can take care of, I always loan them out to my friends to “train them” : p “Function” is the top priority to me. This is probably is the main reason that I am late in involving in the antique reels. I “thought” they are old and not be able to perform well. My loss, indeed : ) The actual fishing with this reel really prove itself is a well functioning reel… this reel’s smoothness and beauty is really blowing me away. This reel is 3 1/2 inches in diameter, not a large arbor reel obviously, so I fill up certain amount of backing and it become a mid arbor reel. It is a good news to me, because I retrieve and strip my line “a lot”. The reel is just pure beauty, an artsy reel! The sounding and the smoothness of the reel is really a bonus, A plus! As Ron mentioned in the description: 3-1/2" Beaudex, LHW Conversion
I'm sure you can find a reel with better cosmetics, but I'm also sure you can't find one with better mechanics. I rebuilt it with a new latch plate assembly, tuned it to LHW , and moved the line guard, drilled and tapped to the original thread. Function of the check and tensioner is perfect. Wind is effortless, pay starts light and comes on quickly with the Regulator adjustment. Weight is 7 oz., which is right for 8' to 9' cane or glass. Capacity is a DT4 or WF7 with ample backing. I can offer it with a brass YoungPfoot, which will fit any reel seat for$, shipped, insured (within US - I can quote international shipping). Or, with the original square-ended foot, which should fit anything except the most modern sliding bands, for $.
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark