Nice rescue from the 'Bay

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I took a chance on an EVH 3/0 Restigouche that showed up on ebay. It was a sorry mess and I had no idea what might not be seen in its innards, but I just couldn't leave the poor thing:




When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find minimal damage. The biggest problem was some hunks out of the hard rubber on the inner rim, at the typical flaw points with EVH reels...where the side plate rims were pinned to the HR:




This early version was also set up to have a continuous clicker, which was missing, most likely because the owner got tired of listening to it and removed it. the drag shoes and detente to set the drag were also missing:




After a bit of cleaning and synthesis of the missing components including the detente and spring, click pawl and screw, and handle nut (drag is still in progress), it all went back together in better shape than I had a right to expect, given the starting material...this reel is ready for either stream or shelf fish!



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Fantastic....a reel worthy of your skilled restoration efforts.

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Beautiful work John ! Hard to believe it's the same reel. Doug

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You do nice work.
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Nice work, JE! Once again, a magnificent transformation. :cool
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Thanks, Folks! Seems to be the year for EVH Restigouchi! Here’s another rescue, this one a 6/0 that was mounted on a lamp that i got off the ‘Bay:




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The 6/0 is an interesting reel in that the drag is working fine and is the later version that works one way, rather than both ways, as with the early reel that Ron Gast posted about the other day (viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22554). However, in contrast to Rons and all other Restigouche reels i have worked with, this one lacks a detente to hold the drag in a given setting. Since later reels with the one-way drag all have the detente, Edward must have concluded a little encouragement was needed to keep the drag in place.

I thought the 6/0 drag would be a good model for the fab of the missjng 3/0 drag. Shape is okay, but the ramps on the two drags are in opposite orientation, since the 3/0 drag is on the back plate and 6/0 is on the front:

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You are THE master.

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John - that was not a “rescue” nor a “salvage.” Your skills gave new life to two important reels for future generations to enjoy. In the classics paintings field I follow closely, we call that a “faithful restoration,” faithful to the hands that originally created such a mechanical work of art. My hat is off to you. I assure you Edward VH approves.

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