Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I had a rough day at work today. Not certain exactly what it was but I was off my game and kinda running on the edge. It may have been the fact that I couldn't fish and missed out on an opportunity to with Norland or just the fact that I didn't want to be there but nonetheless I was looking for the day to end and fast. When I arrived home I reached in the mailbox to see what bills had arrived and was pleasantly surprised to see I had a notice of a parcel delivery. I rushed over to the local postal outlet and there it was. Direct from the United Kingdom. The New Adcock Stanton Centre Pin reel had arrived. The first one in North America. I rushed home and opened the package. Being somewhat of a perfectionist and having had involvement in this project my expectations were very high. I can honestly say they have been met. The new reel is very handsome. I chose to go with the Bronze anodizing in a 5" model. The tolerances are exact. The reel starts up with a single breathe of air and when spun she spins forever. The clicker operates effortlessly and when engaged is strong. The aluminum one piece reel seat is perfect and the quick release feature is brilliant. The brass handle screws, label, and clicker knob add a touch of class to an already eloquent frame. My pictures do this reel no justice it truly is a work of art. Out of the box my general overall impression is we have a winner on our hands. Mr Ray Hyland has outdone himself. Congrats Ray! Job well done.
One of the initial team members that Ray assembled was Colin Clark. Mr Clark is a championship wood carver and old world artisan. Colin took the liberty of hand crafting me a wooden display case specifically for my reel made from English Oak and Spalted Beech. Colin's work is outstanding!
Along with the reel Ray sent me some of the neoprene pouches and a leather and canvas case. Very nice touches and of the highest quality.
I can't wait to get the reel out on the river and put her through the paces. Stay tuned for the first field report.