I received a fairly large shipment from Mako on 3/21. I've already contacted almost everyone who has a reel or spool in that shipment. Meanwhile, Judy Charlton informed me today (3/21/13) that she is no longer going to accept orders from dealers, and that goes back to mid-September when she first cut off, what was then going to be temporarily, taking orders. There are a number of you who have placed orders with me since mid-September that will be affected by this. I'll be contacting you in the next few days to personally let you know that they have made this decision. Since the Mako site has started accepting orders again, you'll need to place your orders there if you still desire a Mako. While disappointing to me, it is not totally unexpected. I'm sure they've determined that they can sell everything they can produce direct on their on-line site. If that's the case why factor in dealers? I still have one additional shipment coming of reels and spools that were ordered before mid-September, so I'll let those customers know once their reels arrive.
NEWSFLASH: I've recently become a dealer for Cheeky Reels, 3-Tand Reels, and Kingpin Reels. All the Cheeky and Kingpin models and several of the 3-Tand models are already in stock and the others should be as well within about the next month. I now have all three pages up on the site.
Some terrific news! Joe Saracione announced a new, high-end saltwater reels at the IFTD Show in August. I have some on order and expect delivery some time soon. Call or e-mail me if you're interested in acquiring one of these. I should have the information and specs on his page of this site soon. At least at this time I'm not going to be stocking the Mark IV reels, but I can order them for you. Joe is, however, making his Ebonite hard rubber and German nickel/silver Deluxe II reels once again.The 2.5" Midge, 2.75", 3.0", and 3.25" gear and pawl trout reels are available at $2500.00 each including a hard leather case, and the 3.5", 3.75", and 4.0" Disc Drag salmon reels will be $3000.00. His stated wait time on each is forty-five days. I'm sure to some degree that depends upon how swamped he gets with orders. I have several of the trout sizes in stock now! Call if you want one of them.
Hatch Reels has just announced a series of "custom" reels. There are six models total, and they are engraved by artist Lance Marshall Boen. Now this engraving isn't just laser engraving or a painted finish like Abel's gorgeous finishes. These are deep machined relief engraving the likes of which I'm not sure I've seen on fly reels before. Each reel comes with a leather case and a wooden "wine box" for display. Prices range from $1200.00 to $2650.00 and they are available now. Also, just announced are two new sizes of Hatch reels, the 4+ and the 11+ in addition to a new custom reel, the René Harrop Custom 4+. See the special section of the Hatch website for more information until I can get all this up on the Hatch page of this site: www.hatchoutdoors.com/custom-shop/lance-boen.
I'd also like to note that I've decided to become a full-fledged Beulah flyrod dealer. That means I'm going to keep most of their models in stock for immediate delivery. I will also carry most of their lines that match up to those rods. Go to Misc/Used and click on the menu item that says FLY RODS. Most of the information you'll want to know will be there, and I'll continually update it as more becomes available. These are superb rods at a very fair price.
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