Mr B wrote: ↑Mon Jan 23, 2023 5:53 pmReally enjoyed that!!!Old Man River wrote: ↑Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:01 pm And here is an example of how saltwater anglers used to cast a Scarborough centrepin reel .In the below clip, the reels are what is called a Scarborough Oil Bath reel, quite an rarity these days. The drum ran on a spindle and bush that was encased in an oil bath .
Not for the fainthearted, I can imagine the queue at A&E of men with fractured knuckles.
As a matter of interest, I do a lot of saltwater angling, both boat and shore, and there is still a chap uses similar tackle fishing Filey Brigg, now he can swing a lead,and catch fish despite his age.
I will stick with my fixed spools and multipliers where salt water is concerned I think.
I would love to give it a go...
I have a couple of low mounted reel seats that I use with my side cast Alveys... this though is a different ball game.
I would love to get my hands on one if them old oil bath reels.
Thanks for posting that... so interesting so many different casting techniques nation wide.
Ps.... and they looked in pretty good shape for a bunch of pipe smoking boozers!
I have a big Alvey with a stainless backplate similar or maybe even identical to yours Mr B, although your rod looks more suited to it than mine. When I was last in Australia I watched a big rather muscular looking chap using a big sidecast Alvey, he made it look like he was waving a wand around. .
I used my Albbey with a veteran Conoflex DC5 semi carbon with an alloy Butt. The Alvey has been retired as it is such a big heavy unwieldy thing, even used Reel down as they were designed for.
The Alvey is now in the cabinet alongside several other large vintage stainless / alloy / Tufnol saltwater centrepins .
I must admit I never even considered casting a Scarborough reel .