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sraedel
04-18-2010, 01:31 PM
I am looking to get an used match set of hand line reels. I would appreciate you views on which manufactures are best as far as: ease of use, reliability, availability of parts, etc. Any additional information would also be appreciated.

Thanks for your help,

Scott




MiketheElder
04-18-2010, 01:35 PM
A&S reels are the new Cadillac of the handline world. Hotwired will tell you that Schaller's are the way to go but the A&S's answer all your questions about ease of use.

Wirepuller
04-18-2010, 01:40 PM
Got 2 A&S reells been using for about 20 + years. Only thing I have done to them is replace the wire line. Couldn't tell you about any other cause I haven't used the others.

Good luck!

yellowbelly80
04-18-2010, 01:52 PM
i have a&s and schaller's..they both work good but i prefer the spring in the schaller's its all about preference

etech61
04-18-2010, 01:53 PM
A&S all the way. Trouble fee.

Gone Fishing
04-18-2010, 02:07 PM
If you find a couple of St Clairs, they are high quality also. They are machined out of solid aluminum with metal gears and a nice spring. They are not made anymore and can be difficult to find. Hotwired is probably the expert here, give that man a jigging rod and he wouldn't know which end to hold on to. :p ;)

KEITH207
04-18-2010, 02:37 PM
A&S are still being made and parts a readly available. They also are a great real.

rivrat1959
04-18-2010, 07:24 PM
Got 2 a&s reels that I've used for almost 30 years trouble free. Only thing done to them have been a good cleaning once. GREAT REELS, I'd recommend them.

LAST PASS
04-18-2010, 07:42 PM
Can't go wrong w/ A&S. Smooth, dependable and still in production.

Hotwired
04-18-2010, 08:10 PM
A & S are very good and dependable reels.
But so are Schallers.
You won't find any reel recoil tighter than a Schaller though.

Try letting go of the wire while trolling 1-1.5 mph with a 1 1/4-1 1/2 lbs sinker on any reel besides a Schaller and see what happens.

Try feeding your wire as fast as you can back into any other reel besides a Schaller and see what happens.

Just my 2 cents.

F-Walleye
04-19-2010, 08:29 AM
Schaller all day

BIG "D"
04-19-2010, 08:57 AM
Red caps

Clarkfish
04-19-2010, 11:19 AM
If your looking for used reel's I have seen abunch of them on Craigslist in the Detroit metro-sporting goods section

Hotwired
04-19-2010, 02:13 PM
Red caps

You forgot the "R"...;)

yellowbelly80
04-19-2010, 02:18 PM
:yeahthat: gold craps fall in the same category You forgot the "R"...;)

Double Treble
04-19-2010, 02:48 PM
I am only a few years into this hand-lining stuff and have two new A&S reels. Nice equipment, however the spring could stand to be wound a few more times.. the back tension is lighter than what I have witnessed on some of the others. They seem to be pretty reliable though..

Wishin' I'm Fishin'
04-19-2010, 03:48 PM
I have a couple 50 year old A & S reels that I got from a friend that were in bad shape and unusable. After a couple people from the DWF told me about Bill Bell I sent the reels away to him to get refurbished. I couldn't believe they were the same reels when I got them back. He did an awesome job, they work great.

yellowbelly80
04-19-2010, 03:52 PM
I have a couple 50 year old A & S reels that I got from a friend that were in bad shape and unusable. After a couple people from the DWF told me about Bill Bell I sent the reels away to him to get refurbished. I couldn't believe they were the same reels when I got them back. He did an awesome job, they work great.
his craftsman ship is superior

sraedel
04-19-2010, 08:06 PM
Thanks to everyone for all of the help! I will be looking for the right deal on a pair of A & S or Schaller reels.

Scott

alex-v
04-25-2010, 10:57 AM
If you find a couple of used Red or Gold Caps in good shape for $20 apiece I would say to get the wallet out. People bash the Reds or Golds but there still are a lot of them on the rivers and if anything goes wrong they can be repaired. Even the A&S and Schaller need fixing at times.

Cpt.Chaos
04-25-2010, 11:40 AM
Check Craigslist, I seen some Schallers in the past few days and some A&S's too.

Bill Bell is also "THE" Man to get your reels repaired or reconditioned.

KEITH207
04-25-2010, 12:16 PM
If you want to "take a chance" on a Bill Bell customized A&S reel, check this out. The LSCWA is raffling off a Bill Bell special A&S reel.

http://lakestclairwalleyeassociation.com/Fund%20Raisers/LSCWA%20Trolling%20Reel%202009%20Raffle-3.pdf

This Stealthy looking Custom reel is a Highly Modified, Tricked Out, Hand Built,
A&S Trolling Reel made by the acclaimed Michigan Craftsman, Bill Bell, who is nationally
recognized as one of the finest Custom Trolling Reel Builders in existence.
This A&S reel is called
"NITE MOVES, THE PREDATOR"
and it is an absolute standout!
Meticulous unmatched craftsmanship, hand built with extreme attention to every detail, assembled with
an enormous amount of personal care and pride. All components individually hand fitted with precision
checks of each component part on calibrated fixtures & equipment. This reel is a "Brand New", one of a
kind, exceptionally unique Handline Trolling Reel.
- Custom Ultra High Gloss Gloss, Triple Black Powder Coated, Spring
Cup with Stealth Black anodized Spool Cover Cover,
- Highly Polished Corrosion f free Stainless Steel Screw ree Clamp and
Reel "L" Bracket Attachment. (Looks like triple Plate late lated Chrome but itís Highly
Polished Stainless.)
- Mirrored finish polished Spool Cap R Retainer Ring.
etainer - Upgraded Stainl Stainless Steel Fastener Kit
ess - Up Upgrade grade graded Bearing Package with enhanced d smoothness.
- Highly polished Spool Cap Center Screw
- Hardened Wear Resistant Tool Steel Reel Line Guide
- Vastly improved reel operational smoothness, reliability &
dependability ependability ependability.
- Micro Polished c crit rit ritical friction mating components ical & surfaces.
- Rigorous in inspection, assembly, spection, alignment and exactness of fitted
components omponents set by precision tooling jig fixture fixtures with checks and
adjustments djustments of over 30 different stacked tolerances, gear
pressure.
angle angles, gear tooth pitch, lash, parallel alignments & critical
friction mating component tolerances.
- 300 ft of line 60Lb Test Mason Seven strand Stainless Steel; Nylon
Coated L Line. ine.
- Backed by Bellís Trolling Reel Service & Repair One (1)Year
Warranty. (This Warranty IS NOT A CALENDER YEAR WARRANTY!) It IS BELLís
EXCLUSIVE FISHING SEASON CALENDER MONTH WARRANTY The fishing season
begins APRIL 1st and extends until November 30th. Then picks up and continues the
following year April 1st until the Warranty Expires 31 July.
This tweaked out A&S reel and the labor donated by:
Bellís Trolling Reel Service & Repair
The Lake St. Clair Walleye Association is a 501-C-3 organization.
Raffle Drawing to be conducted at the
May 19, 2010 LSCWA General Meeting
At Ginoís Surf ! 37400 Jefferson !Harrision Twp
YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN !!

Cpt.Chaos
04-25-2010, 06:03 PM
I've bought 3 tickets so far, I'd just love to be mounting this one next to "River" on my boat. River is the name Bill gave to one of my reels after it went for a swim one morning near the MacAurthur Bridge. My other reel hasn't been named yet, Bill reserves that right for special circumstances, :lol:.

Girtski
04-29-2010, 05:41 AM
I didn't think you could say that much about a trolling reel.


If you want to "take a chance" on a Bill Bell customized A&S reel, check this out. The LSCWA is raffling off a Bill Bell special A&S reel.

http://lakestclairwalleyeassociation.com/Fund%20Raisers/LSCWA%20Trolling%20Reel%202009%20Raffle-3.pdf

This Stealthy looking Custom reel is a Highly Modified, Tricked Out, Hand Built,

A&S Trolling Reel
made by the acclaimed Michigan Craftsman, Bill Bell, who is nationally
recognized as one of the finest Custom Trolling Reel Builders in existence.
This A&S reel is called
"NITE MOVES, THE PREDATOR"
and it is an absolute standout!
Meticulous unmatched craftsmanship, hand built with extreme attention to every detail, assembled with
an enormous amount of personal care and pride. All components individually hand fitted with precision
checks of each component part on calibrated fixtures & equipment. This reel is a "Brand New", one of a
kind, exceptionally unique Handline Trolling Reel.
- Custom Ultra High Gloss Gloss, Triple Black Powder Coated, Spring
Cup with Stealth Black anodized Spool Cover Cover,
- Highly Polished Corrosion f free Stainless Steel Screw ree Clamp and
Reel "L" Bracket Attachment. (

Looks like triple Plate late lated Chrome but itís Highly
Polished Stainless.)
- Mirrored finish polished Spool Cap R Retainer Ring.
etainer - Upgraded Stainl Stainless Steel Fastener Kit
ess - Up Upgrade grade graded Bearing Package with enhanced d smoothness.
- Highly polished Spool Cap Center Screw
- Hardened Wear Resistant Tool Steel Reel Line Guide
- Vastly improved reel operational smoothness, reliability &
dependability ependability ependability.
- Micro Polished c crit rit ritical friction mating components ical & surfaces.
- Rigorous in inspection, assembly, spection, alignment and exactness of fitted
components omponents set by precision tooling jig fixture fixtures with checks and
adjustments djustments of over 30 different stacked tolerances, gear
pressure.
angle angles, gear tooth pitch, lash, parallel alignments & critical
friction mating component tolerances.
- 300 ft of line 60Lb Test Mason Seven strand Stainless Steel; Nylon
Coated L Line. ine.
- Backed by Bellís Trolling Reel Service & Repair One (1)Year
Warranty. (This Warranty IS NOT A CALENDER YEAR WARRANTY!) It IS BELLís
EXCLUSIVE FISHING SEASON CALENDER MONTH WARRANTY The fishing season
begins APRIL 1st and extends until November 30th. Then picks up and continues the
following year April 1st until the Warranty Expires 31 July.
This tweaked out A&S reel and the labor donated by:
Bellís Trolling Reel Service & Repair
The Lake St. Clair Walleye Association is a 501-C-3 organization.
Raffle Drawing to be conducted at the
May 19, 2010 LSCWA General Meeting
At Ginoís Surf ! 37400 Jefferson !Harrision Twp
YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN !!