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Brian Sturrock

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I think that it would be prudent to stick with high-end English-made reels or quality bench-made North American reels like the Noel, Olson, Saracione, and Farlex.  Avoid the lower quality batch-produced American reels.  No long term appreciation in value there.

Graham, Maurice Noel reels are definitely NOT bench -made  and never have been   !!
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Thanks Gene

Like the sound of that.
I purchased a new English made Bougle last summer. Love this reel and will definitely keep it. Also just got a MkII Cascapedia although a Korean version. I have always liked these reels and they seem to be getting hard to find. Seems like I have become a Hardy fan.
One make I keep coming back to though is Saracione. Could this possibly be what I am looking for? What about Speyco? What are the thoughts about Tim's reels long term?

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In my humble opinion, I think a Saracione reel would be a fine choice. I've been internally debating the same question, and Mr Saracione's reels keeping making their way to the top of the list. There still is Olson, Noel, and others to turn that list upside down.

Brian

I totally agree with you  regarding Joe Saracione's reels . TW a fantastic person to deal with

Gene Larson

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"If you were me who would you consider?  I am not really looking for a museum piece but a solid classic style reel that is fit to use yet is something that one would want to keep."  

This is  copy from the OP's first post. Many of the posts have been extolling the virtues of one reel or another.  But the fact remains, if the idea is find a reel you can buy now, use, and hold on to for both future generations and/or appreciation, you have to be able to afford it now.  For some of us that means starting our collections with good quality, but lower-priced reels than others who can afford to start with the more expensive reels.  
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Thanks for the correction, Brian.  You missed a second opportunity...Farlex reels aren't bench made either.  And a third...Saracione...not all of his reels are bench made.  That leaves Olson and Chris Henshaw's older Perfects, I guess.  But I am not sure ...wasn't in the shop when they were made.  Cheers, Graham
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I just sent William Olson an email to get on his waiting list. Probably the finest reels I've ever seen. In the meantime I'm still fishing an old Hardy St. Andrew. Love that reel and you can hear it scream 1/2 mile down river. Rob
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Hi,

It's been a long time since I posted here but thought to throw my hat on the Hardy rack.

If you consider a new classic reel I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Wide Spool Perfects being made and sold by Hardy. There has been much fuss made over the sale of the Company name and things are a bit more confusing when ordering but the reels are solid. I've been using a 4 1/4 for 3 seasons now and they are just great for the money. This year I have a Taupo for a smaller rod and am looking forward to hearing that check humming soon. I've had a few trout sized circa 1970's and can say the quality remains very good. 

I did but one of the Cascapedia reels when they were reintroduced so I got the made in England reel. However, I watched a fellow land many trout & salmon last year using one made in South Korea and it was just like mine albeit the inscription. Mine has 10 years service on it without any problem so they too are great reels. I can't comment on other heirloom type reels because I've been a sort of Hardy fanboy for a long time. There are some incredible reels to be had.

Ard
Bill Tayĺor

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I don't collect reels, but use them for fishing. I have both a Saracione and a Olson. Both are handsome, functional and durable reels. They really are first rate tools for anadromous fish. I don't use them in saltwater.
Wayne Cline

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I buy reels to fish with...and I'm thinking my grandkids will have to fend for themselves after Grandma sells off my collection!

My vote: Go vintage or go home.


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I'm surprised about the proposal that Noel reels are not bench reels, where is the source of this?
As far as I'm aware they are, I have a few and the maker also confirmed this fact with me.
I also have Olson and Shamburg reels which are very high quality reels to very high tolerances, though William's reels have a very long but deserved wait now due to their popularity, probably approaching 3 years. All my reels are bought to fish, though none are abused.
I recently sold some Godfrey reels which I bought nearly 10 years back, and all were sold for less than what I bought them for, as with any other reel I've moved on.
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