Bob James Centerpin Float Reel
Last Update: 03/05
Over all score:
Centerpin / Float Reel
J.W. Young & Sons
"This reel is based on our classic designed range of 'Purist II' centerpin reels and has been developed with the help of Bob James. It features a low inertia take-off spool with a ventilated barrel, making it ideal for 'Wallis" casting."
|Size||4 3/8" Spool Diameter|
|Materials||Aluminum barstock body and spool, Stainless Steel Spindle|
|Bearings||Stainless steel bearings|
|Capacity||180 yards of 20-pound Dacron backing, and 150 yards of .011 monofilament|
|Made||"Assembled in England"|
|Removable Knobs||For Quick Spool Retrieve|
|Nickel Silver Spokes||For looks, don't wind by these!|
|Grub Screws||For Float Adjustment|
|Quick Release Spool||For Convenience|
|Casting||Designed for the Wallis Cast|
I purchased the reel because of JW Young's reputation for quality, and also because I liked the styling. Additional, I liked the spool tension adjustment feature, which is not even very commonly found on other top of the line 'pins.
Ratings: (out of 10)
|Criteria||Rating|| # |
Performs well. Easy startup, even in slow flow conditions and winter, and it's very smooth spinning once rolling.
A bit pricey. On the high end side, but is a high end reel.
Very well constructed. No major mechanical problems, but see my notes in the next section. Tolerances are not machined as tight as possible, but I look at this as a plus in that slight debris does not affect free spool as easily. Very scratch resistant tough anodized finish. The reel is a good size for steelheading and is lightweight...but not TOO lightweight.
The placement of the clicker engagement lever gets in the way when setting the hook or fighting a fish if you are right handed (would be well placed if you are left handed!). Also, the clicker drag is particularly weak and constructed with a spring component that is on the thin/wimpy side.
A good looking reel, with all the features you would want. Well constructed and tough (tougher than it looks!) and is a good size for Great Lakes steelheading. Spins well. The abundant porting on the reel is nice in that it yields a lightweight spool, yet allows plenty of spaces for the collection of debris or snow in winter. On the plus side for winter steelheading, the back plate is solid (non-ported). This reel is on the pricier side of production 'pins, but is top of the line.
Plus / Minus:
|No Backplate Porting||Spool Porting|
I've beat on this reel on the Great Lakes tribs for 3+ years, and it still looks good and performs pretty much like new. I would recommend it overall.
Where to Buy:
Check out www.flydepot.com for this reel as well as quite a few other items of interest.
The web addy listed on their literature (jwyoung.co.uk) is dead. If anyone happens to have a good addy for JW Young please pass it onto us.
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