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Non-Aerial Centrepins



Although many of the reels listed on this page are considered to be collectable, the majority are highly usable and in some instances even more practical than the more expensive Aerial reels listed on my Aerials & Aerial-Style Centrepins page. It is also probably worth mentioning here that the best value "useable" reels will be ones that are a bit worn, wobbly or of less than perfect appearance. If you have trouble deciding which reel is best for you, please phone to discuss your requirements.

Unless stated otherwise, all reels on this page run on plain bearings, are ambidextrous and in good usable condition.

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Reels are listed in roughly alphabetical order by maker or brand name.


I often have more items waiting to be listed, so if you can't find what you want on this website, or would like some help choosing, please 'phone me...

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S Allcock & Co Ltd.  AERIALITE SWIMMING REEL Model No.B120 (made in England, circa 1950's)

33/4" diameter "swimming reel" suitable for freshwater or light tackle sea fishing. Mottled maroon colour bakelite with button-operated on/off caliper click check, nickel plated brass fittings, ambidextrous design (line currently wound on for RHW). Excellent condition. Collectable & highly useable. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 20.00 (Item reference CRL377)  
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




S Allcock & Co Ltd.  4" AERIALITE Model No.B180 (made in England, circa 1950's)

4" diameter, black Bakelite general purpose reel (for fresh or saltwater) with button-operated on/off caliper click check, adjustable brake, nickel plated brass fittings, bulbous handle knobs, ambidextrous design (line currently wound on for RHW). Some signs of fair use but very good useable condition. A rugged and uncomplicated reel ideal for boat fishing in fresh or saltwater. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 18.00 (Item reference CRL187)  
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S Allcock & Co Ltd.  5" AERIALITE Model No.B180 (made in England, circa 1950's)


Rare 5" diameter, black Bakelite saltwater boat fishing reel with button-operated on/off caliper click check, adjustable brake, nickel plated brass fittings, unusual stained wooden handle knobs, ambidextrous design (line currently wound on for LHW). Rare size in excellent condition. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 25.00 (Item reference CRL105)
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Albert Smith & Co Ltd.  4" PERFECTION FLICK-EM (made in Redditch, England, circa 1930's)

Rare Perfection Flick-Em made for Albert Smith & Co., identical to (but rarer than) the Allcock's version (all Perfection Flick-Em- reels were actually made by J W Young & Sons Ltd.)... Full cage with rim-control drum (rim of drum overlaps the cage to enable "batting" and precise line control) with Young's patent micro-adjustable drag, quick drum release latch, lightly crazed xylonite handles and 6 nickel silver stabilising spokes to rear. Button-operated on/off click check. The foot and other fittings are solid brass. Runs smoothly and silently with a slight wobble but no excess wear. A very practical trotting reel, fully serviced and ready to use...

GBP 80.00 reduced to GBP 70.00 (Item reference CRL395)
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Recent addition
Custom Tackle ''The SWALLOW Centre Pin" (made in Ringwood, England, circa 1980s)

4" ball bearing centrepin trotting reel made by Dave Swallow. Specification includes ventilated drum, brass fittings, rim-lever click check (set up for left-hand-wind but easily coverted to right-hand-wind in seconds), tapered handle knobs running in brass cups, slim foot to suit the winch fittings on almost any rod, easily dismantled with a 2p coin if line gets trapped behind spool. Matt black finish. A super runner in excellent condition. Serviced and ready to go...

GBP 85.00 (Item reference CRL480)
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. (Sold to RL)

 



W H Dingley PREMIER aka CLIMAX  33/4'' Casting Reel (made in Alnwick, England circa 1912)

33/4'' diameter unnamed Silex No1 type centrepin casting reel designed by W H ''Walter'' Dingley while at Hardy's and made by him at the premises of J J S Walker in Alnwick after leaving Hardy's employ. Marketed by Westley Richards (Birmingham) as the ''Premier'', W Haynes & Son of Cork as the ''Climax'' and others as the "Favourite" or ''Champion''. No name or other identification on the reel except for the letter ''D'' stamped on inside of backplate.
Features include caged pillar drum, jewelled bearing, ivorine handles running in brass winding cups, quick release latch, rim-lever operated brake with knurled adjusting screw, ''half-coin'' operated optional click check, smooth brass foot (slightly bent and shortened to 31/4'').
The reel functions perfectly with no damage or significant wear. Excellent working order and highly collectable...

GBP 325.00 reduced to GBP 295.00 (Item reference CRL355)
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Grice & Young  CENTURY II  (made in England, circa 1980's)

35/8" heavy duty wide-drum centrepin with 11/4" wide quick release drum, twin dimpled handle knobs, detachable lineguard, button-operated on/off copper caliper click-check. Was originally ambidextrous with an annoying 360 degree flange most of which has been neatly cut away leaving just enough to support the lineguard mounted in the left-hand-wind position, allowing "batting" and full control of the drum... much better! Dark brown body with re-painted matt black drum (originally gold). An ideal stalking and general purpose reel for barbel, carp & pike. Excellent condition. Loaded with approx 200yds 10lb mono. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 40.00 (Item reference CRL434)  
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Greys of Alnwick THE BEWICK Centrepin Trotting Reel (made by Hardy & Greys Ltd., Alnwick, England circa 2005)

4" lightweight 6061-aluminium centrepin with pale gold anodised backplate with button-operated optional click-check (factory set for LHW), one-piece silver anodised 3/4" wide ventilated drum with phosphor-bronze bearing, 2-screw quick-release drum latch and twin detachable reverse-tapered ivorine handles. Serial No.A18189 engraved on foot. These thoughtfully designed reels were made to a very high standard by Hardy's in Alnwick and are generally considered to be better quality and much more collectable than the later Korean-made ones. An attractive yet practical "true" centrepin (no ball bearings!) Total weight: 63/8 oz, drum weight: 31/8 oz - ideal for Wallace casting. Complete with makers' care & maintenance / warranty leaflet and draw-string bag. Mint condition, unused...

GBP 190.00 (Item reference CRL231)  
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Hardy Bros (Alnwick) Ltd.  3'' THE TRIUMPH (made in England, circa 1930's)

Rare 3" aluminium alloy centrepin with one-piece body with bronze finish, optional button-operated caliper click-check, fixed Bickerdyke lineguard, 11/16" wide one-piece polished lightweight large arbour drum with phosphor bronze bearing and twin ebonite handle knobs. The slotted brass drum retaining nut has a left-hand thread and can, if needed, be undone at the waterside with a small coin such as farthing or gold sovereign (not supplied). Runs smoothly and silently with no play or wobble. Very good condition with no mechanical wear. Right hand wind. Hardy reel maker Wilf Sinton's initials stamped inside. Total weight: 4oz, drum weight: just 2oz! Highly useable & collectable...

GBP 175.00 (Item reference CRL436)
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Recent addition
Hardy Bros (Alnwick) Ltd.  31/2'' HARDY-WALLIS (made in England, circa early 1930s)

Very rare 31/2" aluminium alloy centrepin with nickel silver rim lever operated click-check, bronzed brass ridged foot, 3/4" wide one-piece lightweight large arbour polished drum with phosphor bronze bearing, very pretty & practical elongated nickel silver "telephone" drum latch and twin steep-tapered ebonite handle knobs running freely on brass cups. Maker's details and Brit Pat 145004 & USA Pat 369867 Size 31/2" stamped on backplate, Pat No 272409 stamped on foot and maker's initials J.B.W (Joe Wallace) stamped inside. Right hand wind but could be tweeked for LHW on request. Some light scratching to faceplate but not polished or mucked about with! Runs smoothly and silently with no wobble or excess wear. Very good condition. Total weight: 65/8 oz, drum weight: 25/8 oz. Highly useable & collectable...

GBP 275.00 (Item reference CRL481)
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Recent addition
W R Products SPEEDIA MkII Wide Drum (made in London, circa 1960)

4" diameter with 1" wide quick-release pillar drum and rim lever operated on/off click check set up for left hand wind (but I will switch it back to right hand wind on request). Refurbished in 2018 and loaded with 50yds of 20lb Dacron backing & 6lb Maxima nylon but not used since. Recently re-bushed by Garry Mills. Only very minor paint loss to backplate since being professionally repainted. A smooth & silent runner with a slight wobble which in no way affects its performance. Complete with maker's box. Many trotting enthusiasts prefer a Speedia to any other centrepin, particularly when Wallis casting! Highly useable, serviced and ready to go...

GBP 95.00 (Item reference CRL476)
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Recent addition
W R Products SPEEDIA MkII Deluxe (made in London, circa 1960)

4" diameter with 1" wide quick-release pillar drum, Young's-style "wheel-in-a-hole" regulating drag and 3-position rim lever operated on/off click check with 3 tension settings. Ambidextrous design currently set up for left hand wind (but I will switch it back to right hand wind on request). A superbly smooth & silent runner with zero mechanical wear and retaining 99% of its original paintwork. Serviced by Garry Mills earlier this year and not used since. Many trotting enthusiasts prefer a Speedia to any other centrepin, particularly when Wallis casting. Near-mint condition...

GBP 150.00 (Item reference CRL485)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering
. (Sold to RL)

 



Recent addition
J W Young & Sons Ltd. RAPIDEX (made in Redditch, England, circa 1960s)

4" diameter caged aluminium alloy centrepin trotting reel with grey "bobble" finish, quick-release rim-control ventilated drum (the rim overlaps the cage to enable line control and batting), Young's dimpled handle knobs, "teardrop" switch operated on/off click check (converted to left-hand-wind but can be switched back to RHW on request), micro-adjustable "Regulating Drag" and chromed foot. For more details and maker's specifications click here. Slight paint loss from rims but a superb runner and mechanically perfect with no noise, play or wobble. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 80.00 (Item reference CRL321)
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. (Sold to PC) 




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(This page was last updated 2nd January 2020).