New Aluminum Side Plates for Newell 300 Series Fishing Reels

I had the pleasure of building a Newell reel for a customer today that included the new Cortez Conversions aluminum side plates offered by Bryan Young.  They are everything that we have come to expect from Cortez Conversions.  Fit was perfect, craftsmanship outstanding and finish is superb. This reel started life as a Newell 338…

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Meet the Super Jigmaster

  The new kid on the block is the Super 3″ wide Jigmaster!   Outfitted with all the latest upgrades from the good folks on Alantani.com. Cortez Conversions side plates with bearings SS guts from Alan Chui at Pro Challenger SS star and handle from Motive Fab Custom Drags from Motive Fab Custom Frame and Spool…

Custom Ulua Fishing Reel (Penn 4/0 Extra Wide)

113HLW, Tib Frame  T4WEX and Spool from Vintage offshore,  Cortez Conversions Side Plates, Alan Tani knob, Motive Fabrications Off Set handle and Star in Stainless steel.  Pro Challenger bridge, sleeve, gear, pinion and jack in SS.  SS yoke from Smoothdrag.com.  Upgraded drag system from Bryan Young.  The reel below is the inspiration for this build…

Tuning the Penn 501 (The Green Hornet)

With the holidays rapidly approaching and with some extra time on my hands I dove head first down the Penn reel rabbit hole.   Here is a quick run down of the upgrades for the project code named “The Green Hornet” Stainless Steel Guts from Pro Challenger Cortez Conversion side plates Bearing cup   5+1…