Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reel in a Cure

During the spring of 2008, I had the good fortune of obtaining one of Ross' Reel in a Cure specials from my local fly shop. Due to limited production and high demand, I wasn't sure what pink beauty would join my family of fly reels. And, frankly, I wasn't even guaranteed one would come my way. A few weeks later, after placing my request, I received a call from the shop saying a 1.5 Rhythm was ready for pick-up. 

Rated for a 3-5 weight line, the Rhythm was a pin-up among fly reels -- one of the most aesthetically pleasing pieces of fly fishing tackle I've ever owned. Engraved with two breast cancer ribbons, Reel in a Cure inscription and a "35th Anniversary" notation, this reel seemed more like a collector's item than a serviceable, every day fly reel.

With this thought in mind, I decided to donate/auction the reel, with the proceeds benefiting Casting for Recovery. It took a few years to find the appropriate venue for my Rhythm, but over the fall, I was able to connect with CFR's online Holiday Auction. Valued at $185, the reel sold for $270 to a fly fishing gal from Arlington, Virginia. What a great success!

On a sad note, A&N Outfitters, the fly shop in Milford, Ohio where I purchased the Rhythm, is no longer in business. I would like to publicly thank owner and friend, Steve Waak, for helping me secure this reel. You rock man.