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Mill Tackle Large Arbour Retro Reel

By Magnus Angus

Snug in its bespoke leather case.
Snug in its bespoke leather case.

The dished handle face on this reel is very attractive indeed. Mill Tackle is a new, young UK company, and sourcing product in the UK is a key component in its business plan.

This has classic looks, but it does not look like any classic reel I know. Inside, a single pawl acts as a click-check as line is pulled off the reel, rising to a classic 'scream' as line is stripped off, as I wind line in the same pawl clicks steadily.

The spool has a large arbour, which is modern on fly reels. If I set this next to an old British reel this spool is a fair bit deeper front to back than the narrow old spool, which was more typical. That width adds back line-capacity lost to the arbour, so this can handle 3 and 4-weight fly lines.

The reel is aluminium and brass with a horn handle. Machined from barstock, the finish is excellent and the tolerances are tight, the makers mention that the aluminium has a “High-micron clear anodized finish.” I take it that means deep anodised for durability.

This arrived in a fleece-lined leather case – very nice. The spool is screwed to the body – Mill Tackle provide a special, three-pronged key needed to take the spool off the body of the reel.

A very good looking blend of modern and classic forms, classic materials, modern machines and finishing processes – great attention to detail!


Price: £400 supplied in “a bespoke leather case”, each reel is individually numbered.
From: Mill Tackle

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