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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 23 Mar 2021, 20:19 • #551 
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HUGE score on the CFO Mike. Nice job.
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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 23 Mar 2021, 20:38 • #552 
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Location: SW Idaho
Thanks Brian. I had given up then I got an email from a ff shop in Oregon, hell yes! I have DT4F on it that I use on a LL Bean Double L that is about 10 years old. Sings like a diva when a good one is on.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 09 Apr 2021, 09:23 • #553 
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Location: Upstate NY - L.George region
CFO III gets the job done on a spring float tube lake trout...
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(Sorry about the non-'glass rod... it's a TFO BVK 905-4 that's too stiff to use for anything but max distance casts out of the float tubes, so that's when it gets used!)

When I bumped that laker trying to land it with the too-small net I had with me, it took off and made the CFO really sing its wonderful song!


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 01 May 2021, 09:42 • #554 
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I guess I consider myself lucky that there wasn’t an Internet to confuse me when I started out and Hardy was what the shops around me sold. I was far from rich or a sport but I read too many books written by rich sports so I saved up until I could afford the good stuff.

I fished nothing but Hardy click & pawl reels until 20 years later when I bought some Ross Evolutions and Abel Supers to use on my graphite rods.

Excluding those fancy drag reels and the one Medalist I use, I still fish exclusively with click & pawl on my glass & bamboo rods because my primary quarry is trout and they work just fine where I fish.

Because I stick with what works, 95% are Hardy’s (pretty much all of the newer “classic” made in the UK offerings), the discontinued Abel CFO’s and the Saracione Mk IV making up the balance.

I am set for the rest of my life.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 01 May 2021, 11:49 • #555 
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Location: New Mexico
My favorite click and pawl reel is the CFO reel (Abel made) for small stream fishing...I prefer reels that I can palm for extra drag.



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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 01 May 2021, 21:51 • #556 
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Joined: 07/21/17
Posts: 57
Location: TX
Nice reel dryfly! Been on the hunt for some time, need a green and the limited Topographic CFO.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 02 May 2021, 08:10 • #557 
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Location: New Mexico
Thanks, jrod....that topographic CFO must be a rare one because I haven't seen one in a long, long time. I too would like one. Wish Orvis would make a CFO with solid face frames and spools...it would be a big seller if they would.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 02 May 2021, 20:07 • #558 
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Location: TX
I don’t think they’ll make one sadly. They proved they can build a reel in house with the Mirage and Mirage LT. There’s been plenty of time to put out a CFO, but nothing has been put out. Maybe the next milestone anniversary they’ll hire another firm to put out a batch.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 30 May 2021, 11:29 • #559 
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Location: Ontario, Canada
I'm a traditional full-framed, internal spooled, small-arboured reel kind of guy, or at least have been till now. There's no question that large-arbour reels have certain advantages, particularly when matched with longer rods & heavier lines. But, for my short light rods, for 4/5 wt. they didn't seem to make much sense.

I was going to happily live out my life enjoying my vintage click-check & disk-drag standard-arbour reels. After all, aren't eight fly reels enough for one fisherman? (My wife certainly thinks I have too many.)

When in 2016 Ross Reels introduced the Colorado LA click reel, I was mildly interested, but not enough to own one. This year, with a lot of home time, a lot more opportunity to think plus a bit more cash in the wallet, I was ready to give a new "updated" Colorado click LA reel a try.
Last week I ordered the larger 4/5 (3.57" dia.) model in matte black, which arrived this Tuesday. A sculpted semi caged frame, a snap-on snap-off skeletal spool, a bi-directional all metal over run "click", a comfortable handle, what's there not to like? Seems a very light reel at 3.5 oz.
I can't wait to hear this baby "sing" on my Livingston 806, with a large rainbow attached to the other end.

The reel is now loaded with a shortened (20m.) S.A. WF5F GPX (5.5) line, + a short 25m. of 30lb. Micron backing. (Played around with different kinds of backing. For this shortened fly line, the reel could only fit 42m. of 20lb. Micron or 60m. of 35lb. Spectra. I did not like how the Spectra handled.)
I've been used to full length (27m) lines with close to 100m of 30lb Micron backing,... so this should be a radical change.

Anyways, here she is:






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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 03 Jul 2021, 21:20 • #560 
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Let us know how she does. I'm still using spring and pawl Hardy Marquis reels and an old Battenkill 5/6. I probably wont take the plunge into large arbor. They just dont look right to me and I've never had reason to complain about the old style. I even use them in saltwater for stripers and red drum. Never tried bonefish, permit or taropn but I'm sure it's been done.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 08 Jul 2021, 09:01 • #561 
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Location: SW Idaho
I've managed to acquire a couple more Hardy Marquis reels to go with the SA Sys 6.


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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 09 Jul 2021, 00:30 • #562 
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Location: CO
Nothing quite like the original Ross Colorado (especially in Colorado)! I have the zero and the two; the added heft balances nicely with fiberglass and longer graphite.







Naturally, I’m a fan of the CFO on my vintage Orvis bamboo (a bit too light, but aesthetics win the day here).





For big game/streamer rods (7 weight and up), I favor the Hardy Marquis…its throaty scream when angry trout grab streamers is pure joy! I just swapped out my Ross Animas S for a Marquis Salmon 2 on my Spey rod.



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Re: Click-Pawl Reels
Post 26 Jul 2021, 07:48 • #563 
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Here's one for the vintage Battenkill folks.. Original Orvis Battenkill IV made in England, Single pawl, incredibly light and still smooth after all these years. Couldn't find much info on this model but I like it!!







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