Bought my first in 95′, then several more over the next year. Shimano Curado CU201 are light, cast light weight with easy and enough drag with an upgrade to stop steelhead. Wonderful reels to fish.
After two seasons, anti reverse pawls are worn but not failing.Greased screws all came out perfectly.Anti rust bearing a little rusty… …and drags were all in good shape. Anti reverse bearing and the ARBB were a little messy. All in all I would say that the regiment of CorrosionX marine grease, TSI 321 oil on […]
Fit and finish are getting better and better. Component are getting stronger and more corrosion resistant. Handle is from Motive Fabrication Knob options: Large Round knob from Pro Challenger and the large knob on the right is Alantani.com 6/0 knob. He has several sizes. Both are bullet proof and fit comfortably in my hand. Pro […]
This reel was found on Ebay this month for $64.99 delivered. Appears to be in new condition on the inside and 80% of the outside. Knob, Eccentric Lever Knob and Side Plate shows signs of BBQ gone bad. So from this day on it will be called the Smore! First, tear every thing down and […]
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 […]
From a purely functional perspective I have noticed the following attributes of the new reel: Brick Shit house solid and strong Dizzyingly long free spool (I used spool bearings instead of brass bearings) Drag strength and smoothness is unmatched Comfortable ergonomic handle and knob Corrosion resistance at a maximum Weight is what you would expect […]
The SS Yoke was getting stuck under the bridge and was generally too difficult to engage. I took the SS yoke and ground the edge to a slight ramp where the jack rides up the edge to engage and disengage. I used the Dremel tool to do the fine grinding. After grinding the engagement and […]
This is the third Newell that I have tuned recently in what has become another addiction. Super light weight, all stainless steel, incredible free spool and corrosion resistant. What more can you ask for in a reel? How about strong as an Ox? Newell reels with upgraded drags accomplish this too! High Speed SS bearings […]