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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:35 am • # 1 
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Does anyone here us skeleton reels on your ultralight rods? There are some that would be great for UL rods, the Pflueger Progress 60 and 80 yds, Meisselbach Featherlight 250, 260 (stamped and raised pillar), 270, 280 and 290, Meisselbach Expert and Amateur, Ocean City 61 and various other models. These reels are, as a rule, relatively light, and will hold a half DT with backing depending upon line weight. I just received an Ocean City 61, thanks Les, what models do you use?


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:41 am • # 2 
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Andy. I have several skeletons, but they are heavier than a newer Forbes, so don't see much use. I have a couple of small Portages, but they are heavy too, relatively speaking. Don


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:43 am • # 3 
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I think they look classy as heck...also, they hold plenty of line for my creeks!


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:15 am • # 4 
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Portages while small are extremely heavy in my opinion - definetly designed for another era.


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:05 am • # 5 
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I am lost...does someone have a picture of a Portage?

The reason I am attracted to these reels as opposed to the Avons is the cost. You can pick up a serviceable skeleton for next to nothing, while a JAF Avon is at the lowest, $200.


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:14 am • # 6 
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There are Avons on ebay for a starting bid of $89.99 with free shipping.

Still a high price for light-weight line-holder.

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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:33 am • # 7 
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Actually the Avons are an excellent deal at the price. English made and Hardy grade or better. The distributor closed in the US some years ago and Kevin in Connecticut appears to have cornered the remaining inventory. The claim to fame is their extreme light weight for the diameter. The 2" Avon is the only reel in its weight class and a favorite on my ultralight rods. There is a Dennison a little cheaper and heavier, but no click. Don


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:46 am • # 8 
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Andy,
Top right is a portage:
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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:49 pm • # 9 
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Andy, I don't mean to ho-jack but...

Where the heck do you guys get all these reels??? Out here in Omaha I don't find them (garage sales, estate sales, etc...). I am not ebay savvy so I don't peruse that much. A classmate of mine knows I fish so her dad cleaned the garage and gave me all his old crap... a Pfleuger Progress happened to be in the mess. The spool is bent so it rubs, but I think it's a sexy, fun reel.

Guess I am looking for a cheap way to find these things besides snagging them off the wall at Famous Dave's Image


Please move if I hi-jacked.


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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:21 pm • # 10 
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Not a problem Kershaw.

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 Post subject: Skeleton Reels
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:58 pm • # 11 
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Not a problem Scott, but eBay is the most consistent source for vintage reels like these.

The Avon 2" would be a heck of a nice reel and although I would like one, unless I can find one for just $89.99, I will probably pass.


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