Reel Bags

Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
I am looking for reel bags, in which to individually store several fly reels, both on and off rods. Cases in point:

An Emery reel came with a canvas drawstring bag. Totally incapable of shielding the reel from weather or occasional boat rash.

The Catino reels came with nothing. (at least mine didn't)

Even the old Fin Nors (wedding cakes) did not have bags suitable for taking on a boat. The zippers melted in salt air. Mine are useless and have been for decades.

To date, by far my favorite reel bag is Abel's. They are made of a quilted nylon that will keep out salt spray, as well as protect against the normal bumps and overall abrasion of rod rack storage. There are NO zippers....the velcro patches close nicely over the bag, with the reel on a rod or off. OH....Penn International fly reels come in this kind of bag also.

I have been researching and to date found nothing. Metal zippered leather bags is as close as I can get. Needless to say, no way.

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Soon I'll be contacting Abel directly, but I do not want to put much faith in that.
.......Rick

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  • LeeHLeeH Posts: 121 Officer
    The BVK Super Large Arbor reels come with that type of bag Very Nice! I'm not sure if they sell them seperatly? SA I think? used to sell one similar but I can no longer find it listed.
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
    Thank-you Lee.....I will look them up and if necessary, contact them for the name of the company that makes the bag. Do you know if they make a smaller reel also? I need at least 2 large bags, but also need at least 3 for mid-sized reels (7-9 wt.)

    EDIT: I just looked.....They might have a large bag but nothing really for the mid-range. Thanks.
    .......Rick
  • clampmanclampman Posts: 130 Officer
    Permit,

    I'd be reluctant to store reels in my neoprene pouches long term without first throwing the pouches in with the laundry and drying them- which I do ocassionally anyhow.

    They are great for protection during transport and easy and fast to slip on and off when fishing from a boat.

    Both of my Ross covers have holes in the bottom to let water out as does a blue Nautilus one. A black and red Nautilus one, on the other hand, is nearly waterproof, and two Tibor ones I have have are sealed along the perimeter stitching and only weep a slight amount of water where the velcro is sewed on. The Colton ones let water through quickly.

    I only learned this a couple minutes ago because I checked them in the kitchen sink after reading the posts. :grin

    But, regardless, waterproof or not, it all comes out in the wash.

    Cheers,
    Jim
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
    Hmmmm.......Those Troutlet bags don't look half bad. Price is right too.I didn't mention neoprene, I guess because my experience with them to date has not been all that good. I have a Fin Nor neoprene bag with velcro tabs in 2 positions (reel off and on a rod) but the flap is not long enough for "on the rod." Then I have a (I guess) White River bag from Bass Pro that goes over a Gold Cup reel. The bag is way too small and it looks more like a scrotum sac than a fly reel. This one will never fit over a rod handle either.

    I'm still going to contact Abel and see if they'll divulge the name of the company that makes their bags. But I'm thinking the price for them is going to be more in the $35-$50 range. I need (potentially) 8 bags. ..... but 8 X $50 is a whole new fly reel!!! :banghead


    Jim, these bags are not for storage. I would never do that and never should anyone else. You brought up a very good point, and I learned this the hard way, and with a #3 Wedding Cake.

    For anyone new out there.....IMO, a reel bag should be used only on the day(s) that you are fishing. I now store my reels "display-style,".....they sit out in the open on a shelf. Then again, I live within a mile of the ocean. Maybe if you live in Montana, you could do this...but...maybe not.

    When I went to store my Wedding Cakes, prior to my move to Missouri, I washed them carefully. The fly line was stripped off and they soaked in a sink full of luke warm water. Then I took them apart and re-greased them. (ha ha...they still work perfectly!) Finished and dry throughout, I put them back in their Fin Nor bags and into their original boxes.

    10 years later and I broke them out for a trip to the Keys. The #3 reel that I had been using mostly for myself and that 10 years earlier looked darn close to brand new, now looked like the reel that I had given to my clients for more than 15 years. (no reel bags whatsoever, back in those days) I was heartbroken. Thankfully, the #2 fared much better. The problem?...I probably that I never washed the reel bags.

    Point is that if you use a reel bag, you should get one that CAN be washed and dried and this should be done, before you store a reel between trips.
    .......Rick
  • Renagade69Renagade69 Posts: 1,213 Officer
    Permit Rat. That is some great information you just posted.
  • sparse greysparse grey Posts: 1,744 Captain
    Thanks for another "head up".
    Ron Conner Release the fish, keep the memories. Once a Knight is enough.
  • Kevin KellyKevin Kelly Posts: 84 Deckhand
    Just looked at this site (maybe i'm missing something here, wouldn't be the first time), but they're listing them at $15 each, not $50.

    http://www.abelreels.com/store/Nylon-Reel-Bags.html
  • clampmanclampman Posts: 130 Officer
    Permit Rat wrote: »


    ...... a very good point, and I learned this the hard way, and with a #3 Wedding Cake.

    You aren't the only one, Permit. I had an Orvis in a pouch when in roaming mode and living in Phoenix years ago. I'd put it into a storage unit after returning from the Keys. The storage unit leaked/flooded unknown to me, and in one year, the reel corroded so badly I couldn't remove the spool from the frame. Parts of the spool was completely eaten through. I didn't even bother trying to salvage the line.

    Since I live alone, I now "store" my reels all over the house, and store the pouches in a big pile next to the entry door. :grin

    Cheers,
    Jim
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
    Just looked at this site (maybe i'm missing something here, wouldn't be the first time), but they're listing them at $15 each, not $50.

    http://www.abelreels.com/store/Nylon-Reel-Bags.html

    Yeah Kevin....I saw those, but don't want to have different reels (Emerys, Fin Nor, Catino, etc.) in "Abel" bags. If I can contact the company that makes those bags, and buy some just plain ones, I'm just imagining that the price would be higher buying 8 bags as opposed to the thousands that Abel has bought.Hopefully YOU would be closer to being correct, though. :beer
    .......Rick
  • Kevin KellyKevin Kelly Posts: 84 Deckhand
    Permit Rat wrote: »
    don't want to have different reels (Emerys, Fin Nor, Catino, etc.) in "Abel" bags. If I can contact the company that makes those bags, and buy some just plain ones,

    That makes good sense. If you find them, i'd be willing to pick up a few if that'd help get the price down. Maybe others would as well.
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
    That makes good sense. If you find them, i'd be willing to pick up a few if that'd help get the price down. Maybe others would as well.

    Here's an UPDATE: Renegade, I went online and bought 9 of those neoprene bags from Troutlet.com. When they finally arrived (customer service is horrific) the bags were equally horrific. Basically they were semi-circles of neoprene, sewn together. They are much worse than the internet photo. When you put one on a rod with reel, there are huge gaps/holes between the flap and the bag itself, to let in copious amounts of salt spray. These bags are for fresh water only. I called the company and arranged to return them. We'll see how long it takes to get a credit through PayPal.

    HOWEVER!!! (Kevin) The fly fishing gods were smiling on me in another venue. I made an offer to a seller on e-Bay, for an old original model (solid spool) Abel 3N that was still (believe it or not) NIB. Basically I offered full price (still below original retail, back in the 80's) if the seller paid for shipping. Well, he accepted my offer. Through discussions, I found out that I was actually talking to Steve Abel's stepson!!! He had posted the reel, since they were cleaning out old inventory. Game on!! I ended up buying another Abel Big Game 3N plus a #2 standard arbor (now 3 reels in total), direct from Abel, and at very good prices.

    Then we got around to talking about bags. He and his mom found 5 Abel bags where the stenciling had not taken, so they were essentially blank bags. These were offered to me at $10.00 each. Needless to say, I scarfed them up. SO...not only did I round out and complete my Abel collection, but I solved most of my bag problem at the same time.
    .......Rick
  • clampmanclampman Posts: 130 Officer
    Great news that you solved your bag problem, Permit!!
  • Kevin KellyKevin Kelly Posts: 84 Deckhand
    Dang! Good find! You've got me wanting some of those bags now.
  • tarpon41tarpon41 Posts: 183 Deckhand
    PR:
    With all those early bags...all have the "colors" run up??
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
    tarpon41 wrote: »
    PR:
    With all those early bags...all have the "colors" run up??

    Not sure what you're talking about...?????? :shrug
    .......Rick
  • tarpon41tarpon41 Posts: 183 Deckhand
    Permit Rat wrote: »
    Not sure what you're talking about...?????? :shrug

    The USA Flag attached all early and I believe until they ran out..were USA...I have a recent within 12 months ordered one for one I lost...and it was offshore for same money $15...but if you are purchasing from Gina and/or her son I suspect they are old inventory and USA made
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Captain
    I think you're right. So far, all my bags have the flag and the ones that are being sent, have probably been lying around for a while. If the bags are now made offshore, that probably started when Steve sold the company to these Madoff people. I never heard of them, but I was out of touch for a long time.
    .......Rick

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