Did a small writeup on those a few days ago for Cameron of TFM and would like to share it for the forum...
more pics at the end...
As a custom rod-builder i´m always looking out for the perfect combination of aesthetically pleasing rod and reel combinations, and as a fan of classy looking rod concepts, not really vintage, but kind of pure, subtle ones, i stumbled across the Tiemco Oracle Vintage Baby Trout reels.
As Tiemco is foremost known for their hooks and maybe tippets, they never crossed my way in terms of fly-reels before. The more i was exited to see their range of classy looking vintage click & pawl reels in my preferred sizing from 2 7/8“ – 3“…
As the Japanese product design and product quality caught my attention on other occasions before, i ordered a first batch to check if they meet my expectations.
One week later i held the baby trout model in the non-perforated spool combi-color in hands and i was stunned about the clean, perfectly machined and well packed reel with the perfect weight and size to fit on a 2-4wt rod.
There are two models (baby & baby trout) and two types of spool available: NP (Non Perforation) without holes and DP (Double Perforation) with 2 rows of holes in the spool. There are three types of color combinations: solid silver, solid gray and gray body + silver spool combination so you can choose by coordination with your rod.
The Oracle baby trout has an outer diameter of 75 mm (3“) and is almost the same size as CFO III and is ideal for DT 3 F to DT 4 F - DT3F + 50m, DT4F + 20m (20lb). It weights 92 gram, spool width is 18mm.
The smaller baby is 72 mm (2 7/8“) in outer diameter almost the same size as CFO 123 ideal for DT 2 F to DT 3 F. Weight is 91gram, spool width measures 16mm with a capacity of DT 2 F + 50 m. DT 3 F + 25 m (20 lb).
The clicker mechanism is solid and works properly, no plastics at all. It has a slightly louder sound whilst releasing line than in retrieve mode whilst using it left-handed. As it is a two way clicker, you do not need to change or switch the pawl to prepare it for right-handed use.
For everyone who likes clean and solid reel work with a vintage touch, so this is a reel which will make you happy!
Thanks for your interest!
Marc [I moved this to the What's New on the Market forum, where the topic fits better. Tom]