Dingley Fly Reel 3" - Perfect Style

For sale here is a gorgeous old Dingley-made Perfect from the early 1920's. This 3 inch reel, the "Lennox" model, is a super tight, very fishable reel and appears in the "D is for Dingley" book on page 98. It has the not-often-seen caliper check and no ball bearings (a "eunuch" model). It comes with a strap-over tensioner (another feature hard to find on Dingley reels). which works perfectly, gradually increasing the spring tension throughout its adjustment range. The reel has a slightly filed original brass foot and a replacement handle at some point in its long life, or at least a different original handle placement, as can be seen on the back of the winding plate in the photos. If you are wondering where the "D" stamp is, the reel was made by WH Dingley for Walker Bampton, a long-time association that in most cases does not include the famous "D" stamp on the frame.

The reel foot measures 2.35 inches and the reel weighs a little under 7 ounces. A classic and very rarely seen reel made by the master, and very fishable to this day. This reel will look great with any of your 4-5 weight bamboo rods.