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andrew-t 07-31-2003 06:39 PM

J Austin Frobes reels?
Does anybody have any experience with J Austin Forbes reels. I am looking at the Tarpon reel.

Adrian 07-31-2003 08:21 PM


I dont have personal experience with this reel but did a bit of a search. They're made in the UK and the list price theTarpon model is $434.

Anyone else out there have any experience - looking at their web-site they have some interesting products like the worlds smallest fully functional flyrod and reel!

andrew-t 08-01-2003 11:51 AM

I am inquiring because I found them for sale at $208

nevada caster 08-01-2003 09:42 PM

pate Tarpon Reel with spare spool
I have a near new pate Tarpon reel with spare spool for $440 plus shipping. I bought it for a trip that got cancelled. I have maybe 10 hour s practising on it. Details are listed in ad under For Sale By Owner in this Forum. If interested email at

steelheadmike 08-29-2003 11:00 AM

I owned
I had the J.Austin Forbes III ( Blue ) Caged Frame. Loved the Reel. The large arbor wasnt so large but all in all I found it a great reel. Only reason I got rid of it was a friend was looking for his first "striper" reel and line, I had 1 too many reels in the arsenal. Sooooo now he is using it and LOVES it. One dilema that I had was the Saltwater Foot on the reel was too thick to fit the real seat on my Powell. I called them up and they sent me their standard foot as well as reel grease, line cleaner as well as some other neat stuff for FREE.

I found their customer service to be better than anyother company in the industry. KUDOS to J.Austin Forbes!!! I will be buying another soon.

By the way their US office is in CT.

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