To celebrate over a century of aluminium fly reel manufacturing in Redditch, we were proud to introduce our new reel, the “Tribute”, in early 2015. It was designed to be a reel that incorporates all the advances in manufacturing introduced over that period, whilst keeping the style and integrity of the classic years.
Wholly designed, engineered and assembled in Warwickshire, England, to our specifications by reelmaster Garry Mills and his son James (their logo is engraved on the counter-weight), the "Tribute" echoes the quality and tradition of those reels of the last century that were built up to a standard and not down to a price.
The reels are machined to the finest tolerances from solid billets of aircraft grade aluminium into a strong but light full cage structure, with a stainless steel spindle. The mid arbour, wide drum 3 3/16" spool has an exposed rim for palm braking, magnesium bronze bushings for long life, and the "Salter" shaped handle is a hard wearing faux horn material. The protective hard anodised finish is best described as "full colour graphite", whilst details are contrasted in solid naval brass. A strong suede pouch from our bag maker in Oldham is included.
As with previous Wm. Salter & Grandson reels, it is reversible for left or right hand wind, and the twin pawl drag system is fully adjustable.
The "Tribute" weighs 4.9oz and will take a WF5F line with backing.
We feel that this reel epitomises everything that made UK fly reels famous throughout the world.
The last few examples of the inimitable "Tribute" Fly Reel are still available for sale at the price of £295.00 each, plus a UK shipping cost by Royal Mail Special Delivery of £7.50.
International buyers, please contact us for a shipping estimate and PayPal invoice.
Read some indendent reviews from reel expert Brian Taylor (co-author of the authoritative history of William Dingley reels -"D is for Dingley "), from Magnus Angus in the UK magazine FlyFishing & FlyTying, and from Preston Singletary in the US magazine Flyfishing & Tying Journal.
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