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Graham Hill

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I am asking for some help.  My brand new Speyco River Spey reel arrived in the mail.  It came in a cardboard box, no instructions.  It has the wrong retrieve and the wrong drag. If I keep it, I will need to change it to LHW, and I have no idea how to do this.  It is a crank-wind reel with a snake handle.  And no response from Green Bay, so don’t go there. 
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Take it apart so we can see the check and take some pics....
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That is the problem...no instructions included, so the "taking apart" part is a mystery to me.  I can loosen the spindle screw and remove the spool, leaving the shaft exposed. This is a crank wind reel, not a plate wind, so the plate that holds the drag component(s) isn't visible.  I have an older Skagit, and at this point I would simply push the shaft down until the face plate was freed.  Not with the new one.  And I'm not hitting any part of this reel with a "few light taps with a hammer"- one of the less productive bits of advice received by e-mail.
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It makes sense that the drag can be adjusted and it should be relatively simple. I now understand how the reel is built. The winding plate is screwed to the flat plate that is part of the cage. Thanks for your help. I do believe this brand new reel is headed back home to Green Bay... No custom - ordered reel should arrive like this.
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Graham, Give Tim a Call...He will take care of you!!!! 1-920-227-5574
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Hi, Nate.  Heard from Green Bay.  My reel builder removed my single pawl option and built his reel, not mine.  So I am stuck with an absolutely beautiful 4 1/4" River Spey, mostly stainless, hexad drag, huge brass foot that will fit on my Sharpe Scotties, but also with some shop bruises and careless finishing work, and weighing in at 19 ounces.  There are worse things to be stuck with!  Thanks for your help.  Buff.
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"Graham, Give Tim a Call...He will take care of you!!!! " 

Hi, Nate.  No, he didn't.  Graham.
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I guess one of the problems of having a successful one man operation is that things get in the way of other things.  My experience was similar to yours and it took four months to get a reply.  With the hexad system, you need to turn over the L-shaped springs to reverse the drag.  But, in practice I'd only reverse half of them, that way the reel works with the same amount of drag going in as going out.  The reel has a nice sound and may well be very sturdy, but I question the fish-playing attributes of it.  

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Hi, Gene. I reversed the reel quite soon after my April 19th post.  Alyssa Halls at Anadromy in Forks sent me one of her delightful sketches and written instructions, then Rustybee on Spey Pages posted an excellent step-by-step for the process.  Never heard back from Green Bay on that matter. The real (no pun intended here) difficulty I had was with receiving the wrong bloody reel!  I ordered a single pawl reel.  And the shabby workmanship! Lord!  And this was a special order.  What I needed was a replacement - a new winding plate without screwed up countersink holes and a new cage (actually an old cage!) with the single pawl brake mechanism.  Basically a rebuild of 2/3 of the reel.  I was offered a partial refund in exchange for returning the reel.  Oh, yeah, right.  So, contrary to Nate Bailey's hopeful optimism, the guy did not look after me.  Left me unhappy in Sooke, B.C.
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