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William
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Posted on 14/05/2005 at 04:29 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Jono - thanks for putting me onto this little sweetie - seems even better than I expected. I'll give it a test run in the morning.

Cheers
William






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Posted on 15/05/2005 at 01:00 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Hi William
Aren't they a great reel, well made with a nice smooth cork drag too - plus they're made in South Africa so they must be good

Let me know how you find it to fish with.
Cheers,

Jono




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Posted on 16/05/2005 at 01:52 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
William, they look a great reel. Saw Jono's and had a look at pictures on the web. They are a "copy" of the Abels which have a fantastic and proven design. They just cost a third of the price so two thumbs way up.




Message edited by Martin Fortmann on 16/05/2005 at 01:54 PM
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Posted on 16/05/2005 at 09:43 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
I must admit, the drag is one of the smoothest I have felt on a decent saltwater fly reel.
Aparently the manufacturers took the best components from all thebig name reels, Abel included, and thus the Shilton brand of reels was born.

See www.bluewaterflies.co.za for more information

I have the bigger version that I use on my 12# - it's beautifully smooth and is rigged with 500m of 50lb backing. I am yet to put it to a real test, the 10lb tuna I caught last year were no match at all. Looking forward to doing battle with a big GT or perhaps a spaniard ...





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Posted on 16/05/2005 at 10:56 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Martin , Jono - the mechanics and machining are beautiful - superb tolerances and silky drag. The polishing however is not to the same high level as an Abel and the inside of the porting holes are a little sharp (if you remember how Max went on about this issue in relation to braid backing a couple of years ago ) - these are both very small negatives I think for an otherwise lovely bit of kit. Mine is the SL6 model and I've loaded 300m of 30lb BB. A 10wt line fits on top of that quite comfortably. I will use mine on a 9wt rod and I'm pretty confident it'll cover all my (current) heavy fly-rodding aspirations.

Oh " and it does not have an outgoing clicker " it clicks when winding in " I think there is some very good psychology in that.

Now - where are the nearest milkfish for a Sydneysider?

Cheers
William




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