|Ster-line Fly Casting Reel by Sterling Manufacturing, Torrington, CT|
|Back of the Ster-line|
When I received the reel it was seized up. The pawls were badly rusted and fused to the reel case. I soaked the reel in penetrating oil for a bit and tried the screws. Still seized. I ended up having to drill out the brass screws and re-tapping the holes.
|Innards of the reel - Brass screws broken off|
|Pawls with broken off screw heads|
|New pawl and spring screws|
The reel purrs like a kitten! I am not sure when the reel was made, but it is pretty old. I paired it with my new Wonderrod. It was great to teach my boys how to fix something rather than pitch it in the trash. The Ster-line will be back on the water where she belongs....