Dingley Fly Reel 3 1/2" - St. George style wide drum - RARE!


For sale here is a Dingley-made reel you won't see often. It's a leaded St. George style WIDE DRUM! Retailed by and stamped "J DICKSON & SON EDINBURGH". What makes this wide drum reel even more unique is that it is still in original condition and hasn't been broken since it was made 70-80 years ago. Why do I say that? If you take a close look, you will see that the frame width is extremely thin compared to most reels of this vintage. For example, I measured it against the 3 3/4" Dingley Zefer reel for sale here on the website and noted the following differences:

Rim width is 4.0mm versus 7.9mm on the Zefer
Pillar width is 4.2mm versus 5.9mm on the Zefer
Pillar height is 2.4mm versus 4.0mm on the Zefer
Reel foot pillar width is 2.6mm versus 4.9mm on the Zefer
Spool wall width is 1.5mm versus 2.5mm on the Zefer
Even the spindle diameter is smaller - 6.3mm vs 7.1mm on the Zefer

Overall the reel weighs only 7 1/4 oz. The spool width is 1.2". The reel is stamped "10" on the inner frame, spool and foot. It still features a plenty healthy spring which results in adequate tension in this fixed check reel format. You LHW guys could easily tweak the spring for LHW use. It has an amazing knurling pattern on the frame edge of the back side. The ebonite handle spins freely. Very slight amount of end play which is quite normal with these types of reels - not enough to require rebushing though. No wobble in the spool. No line burns. Amazingly no cracks, dings or chips to the frame. Spool has one cusp. The reel retains some of the original leading. Original brass foot is straight and full-length at 2.5". Two-screw spool latch works great.

The reel is not stamped with a "D", but it has all of the hallmarks of a Dingley-made reel.

Get it while you can because you probably haven't and won't see another one of these.

Shipping Information
We ship at cost to the buyer and in the majority of cases do so via UPS with full insurance and signature. There are cheaper options but our experience has been that you get what you pay for and that it's not worth taking risks when shipping what are often one-of-a-kind items. Your shipping estimate will be calculated at checkout and if you have any questions please contact us. Please note the buyers are responsible for any applicable import duties or fees that may levied. Due to the importance of packing items carefully please allow up to two weeks for arrival (depending on how busy we are) though we certainly do our best to get items to you as expeditiously as possible.
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Unless otherwise noted, all items come with a 3-day inspection period during which they can be returned to us for a full refund (provided that they are in the same condition in which they left our shop). Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. If an item is returned, we will issue a refund within 10 days upon receipt. Refunds will be either administered by providing a check or, when possible, by canceling a credit card purchase.