|American Tackle (Amtak) 3UL up-locking aluminum reel
seats, available in anodized black or titanium finish.
Wood inserts are mortised on the bottom and available in
a wide range of beautiful woods.
Left to right, they are:
Top row: Jadewood, Mother of Pearl (over Maple),
Dragonwood, Burl Rosewood, Camelwood & Rosewood.
Bottom row: Cocobolo (matte), Cocobolo (glossy),
Rustwood, Zebrawood & Bubinga.
31 Diamond Basin Road
Cody, WY 82414
|Amtak Window up-locking aluminum reel seats, available
in anodized black or titanium finish. This reel seat has
double locking nuts with Delrin inserts for secure reel
Left to right, they are:
Standard Window (AW12) w/ black woven graphite insert
Standard Window (AW12) w/ Burl Rosewood insert
Braided Window (ABW12) w/ black woven graphite insert
Braided Window (ABW12) w/green woven graphite insert
Other available inserts are: Coralwood and black aluminum
These seats are also available, sized for heavier saltwater
|Batson RA7 up-locking reel seats, available in
anodized black or titanium finish and with single or
double locking nuts. The round inserts are either
black or green woven graphite.
|Struble U15HG up-locking 7wt to 10wt saltwater
aluminum reel seats, available in anodized black,
gray, blue and green finish. They have double
locking nuts with Delrin inserts for secure reel
mounting. For heavier applications, over 10wt, I can
use the U18HG, which looks the same only larger in
diameter and sized for a wider reel foot.
|Reel seats are a very personal choice, due to the wide variety of styles and colors. Other than you
occasionally place the rod in your belly while fighting a large fish, consider a fighting butt or think
about the size and shape of the butt cap. Some are definitely more comfortable than others. The
following are seats that I have used and liked.
|Guides are a different subject. They have a lot to do with the performance of a fly rod. I prefer single foot guides because
they allow a more natural flex of the rod blank and reduce tip weight due to fewer wraps and less finish. Single foot
I take extra time to grind and hand file the guide feet to a sharp edge with no burrs. The prepared edge allows a smooth
transition from the blank to the guide foot, for the thread, without any chance of damage to the blank. The Recoil stripping
guide shows the difference between a foot ready for wrapping (right foot) and a foot as it comes from the factory (left foot).
My favorite guide is the Amtak Titan Ring-Lock. I have used these on almost all of my personal rods. The frame is made
from pure titanium and has a ceramic insert in every guide. They are light, quiet, shoot line better than metal guides and
are corrosion proof. I also feel that fly lines last longer, due to the ceramic inserts. The new Ring-Lock design will not
allow the ceramic insert to be forced out of the guide frame. Titan guides are pictured in the right photo.
For lighter line weight rods and/or softer actions, a good choice is the REC Recoil guide set. They are a Nickle-Titanium
alloy, are the lightest guide on the market today and are also completely corrosion proof. Some people find the Recoil
stripping guide odd looking and opt for a substitution. Recoil guides are pictured in the left photo. I often use a Titan
stripping guide with Recoil single foot running guides.