For sale here we have an Alex Kaplun made "GAIA" 4/5 fly reel, marketed by the Swedish company, Imago. Fully made in Europe. The reel is in near mint and very slightly used condition. No. 15 of 300 that were to be made - 150 of size 2/3 and 150 of size 4/5 (not certain how many were actually produced). Made out of D16T aircraft aluminum so it is very light, only 2.8 oz. Silky smooth click-drag brake system that allows you to fish with the most delicate of tippets and also has a neutral bias so you can fish right of left hand retrieve with equal performance. Exposed spool rim for easy palming. Medium sized arbor for quicker retrieve. Comes in a beautiful hand-made leather case with dark green felt lining.
From the Imago website:
A unique reel in limited edition.
Together with the world-renowned fly reel designer Alex Kaplun, we have developed G A I A, named after Mother Earth in the Greek Mythology. It is a fitting name that reflects the distinctive design, which draw inspiration from the very history of flyfishing. The execution carries a craftsman’s precision in details – embodied in the fine tuned klick-drag break that allows you to fish with the finest of tippets and at the same time master the largest of fishes.
This is truly a unique fly reel and has already become a collector’s item by customers that recognize its inherent values. G A I A is through its fantastic craftsmanship, limited edition and timeless design – a fly reel to pass on for the next generation fly fishers. This beautiful reel embodies the philosophy of IMAGO; Quality, Feeling & Design.