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Aussie Icon - Alvey

Post by Marrakai » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:04 am

Just picked up a nice example of the early Alvey Saltwater Fly Reel from Cashies, much better than 90% condition, for 30 bucks.
Anti-reverse model, this is the one:
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alvey-salt-fly-back.jpg
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Good write-up on the net here.

It is definitely headed for the collection, rather than for fishing.
The reason? Its a brick!
Weighs ~420 grams empty, more than double the Sage 1680 usually in my hands (its 202 grams according to the web).
The spool is heavy and dense black fibreglass, and all metal parts are chrome-plated brass or stainless steel.
Build-quality is marvellous though, typical vintage Alvey, destined to be part of the fossil record for sure!
According to the kiwi link above, they are popular for tackling kawai in New Zulland.
Anyone use them here?

Unfortunately the Alvey flyreel is now all graphite and looks like this:
AlveyFlyReel_new.jpg
Much lighter and probably heaps better to fish with, but no character! Image
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Re: Aussie Icon - Alvey

Post by Marrakai » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:44 pm

The vintage Alvey fly-reel will be one of many reels on display at the Darwin Museum from March this year.
I believe the fishing exhibit will be up for the whole dry season, so anyone planning a trip to the Top End should factor-in a quick squiz.

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