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.


  1. Now that's the way auctions are supposed to go! Sadly, more often than not, they're reduced to bargain hunting.

  2. Yeah, I couldn't have been happier with the outcome. The reel was one of the few items that sold higher than its value. The woman with the winning bid told me that she had seen a similar reel a few years back, but didn't make the purchase. Told me she had to have it this time :)

  3. Good stuff! And I agree with Gary, it's great when auctions go like they are supposed to.

  4. Thanks man! I just got the email from Ross about the Evolution LT Brown Trout finish. SICK!