They are indeed excellent reels, but don't overlook either the Bisterne Aerials or the Centenary Coxon by Paul Witcher. Sadly I don't think he is making any more, but you can still pick one up (on rare ocassions) if available at auction.The best reels on sale today. Get one ordered Sean!
for the spring ,garry mills would be first point of call ,but you know what these reel makers are like ( a little eccentric ) so best e-mail & call ,if he dont have one he might make one
Not always so close Graham. When fishing a river or stream with a good flow it's easy to find you are getting bites at 50 yards range. Most rivers are easily fished with a pin and a fixed spool is not essential. (note I said "most"!)Theres something very attractive about a centrepin, they aren't really practical except when fishing reasonably close, they are difficult to cast a float with but still they excite us anglers. I have two centrepins and they rarely see the light of day, shame really because I do enjoy running a stick through with one.
Just out of interest what are we looking at as regards price £300? or more?