What my clients say…

My reels have found homes with passionate anglers across the globe, from Australia, Mexico and Switzerland to the Netherlands, Germany and of course the UK. Below are a selection of testimonials and kind words from clients who enjoy fishing with my reels.

“absolutely worth the wait”

This afternoon the reel has arrived in perfect condition! As excited as a small child, I hurried home after work to open the parcel. And, I was speechless when I saw what was inside! You truly did a fantastic job manufacturing this reel. It is almost unbelievable how beautiful all the parts are manufactured and how accurately all the components fit together. The new material you’ve used for producing the handles looks and feels very nice. It looks as colorful and warm as the initially intended rosewood handles, but much more sustainable. And altogether it matches very well with the black anodized finish. Superb!

Your advice to choose a “ratchet” over a “level check” looks at first sight as the right choice! The place of the ratchet is much more functional than the place of the level check. With my current reel from Youngs, that lever check can on occasion ‘flip’ open unnoticed and sometimes much too easily. And then the reel spins off the line with all the nasty consequences. So, thank you for that! The spare spool is something I am also extremely happy with. It makes it a lot easier to change lines in different swims.

Well, I could go on for hours. Overall I wish to thank you for this fantastic reel. It was absolutely worth the wait. Good luck with everything. I’ll report back to you about the first carp and barbel being caught with the reel.

Kindest regards, Ewout Smeerdijk.

“this reel is nothing short of stunning”

Thank you for making my dreams come true by making my 1915 Avon Aerial centre pin. You have exceeded my wildest dreams, this reel is nothing short of stunning.

I have looked at many pins over last few years including the Paul Wicher aerial and none come even close yours. I have also been to many antique fairs looking for the 1915 Allcock Aerial’s, then in Davis Tackle whilst chatting to visiting angler I was told about you and the quality of your workmanship, in his words ‘stunning’. So the path was set.

Chris, you are a very talented pin maker second to none.

“I gazed in awe, they are simply exquisite”

Dear Chris, I have just received my 1915 reel with the Barbel master spare spool and felt compelled to pen this immediately. I am lucky enough to own a number of centre pins both old and new and my expectations were pretty set until I opened the box and examined the reels. I gazed in awe, they are simply exquisite, the workmanship is faultless. The anodising flawless and every component is shiny new and fits perfectly. I waited a long time to get my hands on these reels and can honestly say I have never been so excited and thrilled by any other purchase I have made. My expectations have been completely surpassed. Not only that but it spins effortlessly, straight out of the box. Thank you.

Many thanks, David (Hartington) Preece

“the work of a true craftsman”

For many years I did not use my Chris Lythe Barbel Master centrepin, I thought it was simply just too beautiful to risk being marked or scratched. It sat in a display cabinet, surrounded by other angling memorabilia until I eventually came to my senses and reasoned that the reel had been made to be used, and I should do just that. Today it is my reel of choice, the one that I choose for stalking carp, ledgering for barbel and float fishing for tench. It’s a joy to fish with – the work of a true craftsman and something I will treasure forever.

In 2018 I became the proud owner of a Scotton Long Trotter, a delightfully light and equally beautiful trotting reel – I’m now spoilt for choice – thank you Chris.

Andy Roberts

Next batch of centrepin reels…

I am currently working on a batch of 12 centrepin reels including more 1915 Avons, Barbel Masters and Scotton Long Trotters. They are due for release in the Spring of 2019.

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