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I ran across what appears to be a spring loaded handle-less fly fishing reel that has a south bend brand name on it.                       The other model? name on it is oren-o-matic balanced reel no. 1140  model B .        It also says made in USA for a change,haha. This is one I haven't seen before. Is this a common style reel for fly fishing? Thanks for reading and I'm trying to get pics.  Sorry technalogicly😭 challenged.

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Its an old automatic. Usually have a small part you push to operate it.

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that is an older reel.nice one if it still works. had one long time ago.spring that turned spool broke and never got it fixed. was my first fly reel. 

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18 minutes ago, jbmaine said:

Not common at all. Kind of a gimmick type thing.

 

Actually, they were pretty common in the '50s and '60s.  Pflueger still sells them.  I have a couple of them on the shelf.  When you strip out line, the spring is compressed.  Pressing the lever or other release clears your line in a hurry!  

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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That was what I learned to fly fish with. Compared to all the other fly reels, it’s pretty heavy. I still have mine from 50 years ago.  If I took up fly fishing again, I’d still use it. Very handy to hit the lever with your little finger and have all the line disappear onto the reel. 

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1 hour ago, burr56 said:

I ran across what appears to be a spring loaded handle-less fly fishing reel that has a south bend brand name on it.                       The other model? name on it is oren-o-matic balanced reel no. 1140  model B .        It also says made in USA for a change,haha. This is one I haven't seen before. Is this a common style reel for fly fishing? Thanks for reading and I'm trying to get pics.  Sorry technalogicly😭 challenged.

Search for "automatic fly reels have a place on the water" to get information on how they work and how to use them properly.  If you do it wrong, you can damage your rod!

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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There are some damned nice autos or semi-autos on the market that work well. Dont write them off as a gimmick, they've been around for a LONG time.

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Well I'm not a fly guy but I just was intrigued by this,  It works very well from what I have found so far, spring seems strong still and zips line up pretty quick. Also has a small chrome lever that does the line pick up.                                                   Found this at a flea market for 8$ so grabbed it for grins so now I gotta decide what to do with it🤣🤣

It seems to be real close to that system lol.

9 minutes ago, Way north bass guy said:

Kinda sounds like a tape measure 😏

 

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Nobody needs automatic reels! They are assault reels, and they should only be used by trained professionals. There is no reason that any civilian needs one!

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3 hours ago, S. Doolittle said:

Nobody needs automatic reels! They are assault reels, and they should only be used by trained professionals. There is no reason that any civilian needs one!

Wow have no desire to assault anyone except maybe an attack on the "worm chomping jolly greens" but won't use an Auto-  I'll stick to the manual style🎣yee-haw!!

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They are for clearing line.  Fight the fish by pulling in line by hand.  Great for bluegill.

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