Allen and Co. ( Fly fishing company)

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  1. AllenFlyFishing

    AllenFlyFishing Allen Fly Fishing

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    Hi Everyone, Have a few questions that I would like to get some feedback on. I'm done with the design of my Anti Reverse reel. Its going to be in a 7/8 and 9/10 wts to start with. I know that the current ones on the market go for an arm and a leg. However, I've taken about 12 reels apart to look at them over the last 6 months. They are worth the money. However, my reel is just the same quality. The question that I have is.. Most use Right and Left handed reels? Also, what price range would you consider buying a anti reverse reel?
     
  2. Kaari White

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    I really like anti-reverse reels for bones/permit. I'd be willing to pay $350 for one which is about what you can get a used Billy Pate for. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I think there are more people that use left hand retrieve than right hand.

    If you have a 7/8 available, I'd be happy to test it out next week for you.
     
  3. Dustin Bise

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    Hey, Ed Call let me use one of your reels this last week. I would say this is a qaulity, good looking reel and I had no issues with it, aside from the left handedness. Great product man.
     
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    Used to have a Billy Pate Bonefish anti-reverse; loved the reel, HATED the anti-reverse.
     
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    Why didn't you like the AR?
     
  6. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    Given the choice I choose left hand wind, it's the way I learned and it's more comfortable.

    A couple weeks ago I got to try out one of the XL 7/8's with one of the Allen Co. floaters on a Grizzly nymph rig. I found the reel to be quality and the line cast pretty well even with all the clunky junk it takes to run an indicator. For the price Kudos.
     
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    jeff bandy Make my day

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    If it was Ed's it was right hand. He's just got to be different.
     
  8. Northlake27

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    Just received two lines from them, they were slow arriving so when I sent a email inquiry they answered almost immediately, and this was at 10 pm, seems there was a delay with one of the lines but were shipping the next day. Not a big deal and quick response. Great personal customer service. And the lines are pretty nice, very supple and slick. I'll be back.
     
  9. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    Working with Justin on a fix for both of my Alphas. He has been very responsive.
     
  10. AllenFlyFishing

    AllenFlyFishing Allen Fly Fishing

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    Allen and Co. ( Fly fishing company) - New Coming Soon!!!

    Some have been asking for Rod Blanks. In May, I will have my first series of Rods and Blanks in 2pc and 4pc sections from a 3wt to a 10wt. They are being tested now for strenght and all that good stuff. All results will be posted on my site either in print form or a youtube video.

    Also, every blank will come with a Rod Tube and sock. So thers in no need to add any extra expense to your project.

    If interested, please PM me and we can talk more.

    I'll post more once I know the cost. This will also include Spey Rods.


    Thanks


    Justin
     
  11. PA Angler

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    For those asking about Allen & Co., I had read this thread and had sent some e-mails back and forth to Justin asking about the rucksack with vest and flylines. Justin said if I ordered the vest, he would add a fly line to try out for free. So I went to the website, ordered the vest and an 5/6 XL reel as well. Justin responded that the reel was out of stock but he would substitute a better quality reel and told me it would be shipped in a couple days. Over a week went by and I sent Justin an e-mail to check if it was shipped. It wasn't. I come to find out the vest wasn't in stock either. Justin told me it would be shipped out again in a couple days and he would add another 7/8 reel in for the delay. I told him that was ok but keep me posted. Over another week passed, still no shipment. I then inquired if the shipment was made. It wasn't. I left Sunday for a business trip and a week of flyfishing on San Juan River in NM and my wife told me that package finally arrived today which was close to a month after order. There was no demo fly line inside but my wife said there was a vest and reel.

    I understand Allen is a startup company with some great prices. I would recommend that you check with Justin to make sure something is in stock before placing an order. Since Allen uses Paypal as payment, you only have 45 days from order to file a complaint, or you might be out of luck.

    When I get home, I will leave a post as to what I find in the box as well as the quality...

    - Rob
     
  12. JesseC

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    Just wanted to add my own experience. I bought a 7/8 Alpha and it shipped within a week. I'm incredibly impressed with the quality of the reel.
     
  13. AllenFlyFishing

    AllenFlyFishing Allen Fly Fishing

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    Rob,

    I'll be the first to admit that the transaction did not go aswell as it should have. I ran out of stock before I picked your order that day. I knew that I had some coming in in a few days. What I did not know is that DHL was delaying there flights. I come from a manufacturing background and if I told my customers that there might be a problem before I knew that a problem might not accure. It shows weakness in my ability. However, when the problem does accure then you hit it head on. Thats when I started to contact you.

    I'm not out to screw anyone over. I pay for advertising on this site and I feel that I am honest with those that want to use my products. I did feel that I was in contact with you often to keep you informed. However, I understand everyone has there own way of how they want to be treated when something does not go right.

    I give out my phone number to anyone that wants to talk to me. I for the most part reply to emails right away. There are a few others that I have been in contact with because of a backorder due to some shipping issue out of my reach by DHL. I also, have paid extra (the expense is not the issue, I would rather break even on an order in hopes for future business with that person) to get some reels made ahead of time so I can replace a quality issue on two reels.

    Both negitive and positive feedback is good. I take both and it will help me grow. I do want to address one issue in your post. Yes, I did say I was going to send the 6wt line for you. Maybe I read one of your emails to me wrong ( i'll re-read the email and if its my fault, I'll take blame. I have no problem doing that). I dont have the email in front of me, but I remember you saying that you don't need the 6wt line. So I took that as ... ok, I wont send it. Like I said, if i read it wrong. I'll take blame.

    Everyone on this board has been great and I enjoy coming on here and talking with some of you guys. Yes, growing is hard, but fun at the same time. My inventory is growing and it will make my life easier ha.

    Rob, again. I understand and i'm aware that you are posting on a few threads to make people aware of this. I'm fine with that. I respect your option and wish you the best.


    Regards,


    Justin
     
  14. lenio8403

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    be prepared to wait a long long time to get your reel and you may have to send an email or two asking for a refund if they can't send your reel soon. This happened to both myself and a friend that ordered reels. My friend ordered his in May and didn't receive it until August after several emails. I ordered in April and didn't rrecieve until June after the same process. Reels are very very nice, light, feel strong, smooth drag, etc. but are a very long time coming. Unless it gets fixed I see this as definitely holding back the growth of the company. I really like my reel but don't know if i'd put myself through the order and wait process again. I know a small company may not be as quick as cabelas or bass pro but 2-3 months is excessive. Hope others have not had this experience b/c the reels are top notch.
     
  15. Mark Walker

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    I tried to get the "red" 5wt back in April for a friends B-day in May. After a few emails that promised 2 weeks, then another 10 days, and then another ten days, and then no word at all, I gave up in August. Hate to see this happen.