When I fished with conventional rods and reels, I was, and still am,( even though I don’t fish that style anymore ) a loyal fan of Abu Garcia reels. Not the ones not made in Switzerland. The Swiss ones had the coat of arms badge on them. The cheaper ones I believe were made in Japan. Abu Garcia is a big name in pro bass fishing and will be for years to come.
We hear of quality Swiss watches and clocks. They are masters when it comes to making gears and such. So why don’t we see more of Swiss fly reels like Peux, or Marryat in this country? It seems when it comes to foreign made reels, Hardy is the king. Not that I’m complaining.
I will admit that Peux and Marryat are very attractive reels, and have that classic look. The Peux is out of my price range, but the Marryat I can do.
Have any of you ever used a Swiss fly reel? If you have, what are your opinions?
Never owned one but I was present when my friend Charlie’s Marryat broke with a nice steelhead attached. The reel went into freespool, with the predictable backlash and a lost fish of course. Not to mention a lost day of fishing. The clutch that controls the drag broke (apparently a pretty common failure) He already had one unusable spool (bent from the sometimes rough treatment fishing tackle endures – not abuse exactly but stuff a Ross Gunnison would shrug off ruined a Marryat spool) Any machine can break of course, and it’s never at a convenient time and place (ever had your car die a block from a good mechanic? Me neither) But Marryats seem to have more than their share of problems, compared to other reels in their price range.
I baby my equipment and if a lightly used Marryat crossed my path I’d consider it but it would have to be at a very good price. Not that I’m in the market for a new reel – I have reels that go three or four seasons without being fished (Hooray retirement – next year I should have much more time to travel in search of fish)