One of the most asked questions in my e-mail bag is "where can I get my favourite reel repaired??" and it is often evident from some of the mail that the cost of repair is an almost secondary consideration. The reel has become a familiar "friend", a part of the day out.

Most reel manufacturers have their own repair and service shops which do a first class job and can often turn a reel around so that it is back with you within a very short space of time.

But what happens when the reel is not made any more and spares are difficult to find, or you want modifications made that the original manufacturer doesnít want to do. Or, like me, you have an original Tatler that needs a service or you want a spool for a Mitchell 602, perhaps bits for an ABU 8500. Where do you go????

I know what I do. I call "The Reel Doctor" Ian Rose at his workshop in Paignton, if he canít fix your reel you had just as well bin it. Ian has a wealth of experience fixing reels and a workshop and cellar full of spares dating back to the fifties.

Everytime I call on him we settle with a pot of tea and I listen to anecdotes such as the parcel of reels that arrived from Norway with a simple note saying "Please fix and send bill" or the angler from Scotland who lost his boat in last years storms and with it his prized pair of ABU 8000 reels. So now Ian is converting a pair of 9000ís back to 8000ís because the angler reckons the 9000ís spool width has always caused an unbalanced and uncomfortable reel to use. I know what he means, I was heartbroken when my 8000 was stolen.

So in answer to all who write for repair information, save this name and address in your address book.

Ian Rose. Seashore Tackle. 5 Elmbank Road, Paignton, Devon. TQ4 5NG.
Telephone: 01 803 529 953.

Also recommended is: Nigel Frith, NGF Reel Repairs, 16 Keswick Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME10 3AU.
Telephone: 01 795 471 697. Mobile 07 990 944 291.