J W Young’s Superlightweight reel

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J W Young Super Lightweight Centrepin Reel | Angling Direct
I was looking to buy new one of these to match with an Acolyte Plus or Drennan Floatmaster rod. Before I parted with my hard earned. I saw one for sale on a centrepin website. It was going for a fraction of the new price and was advertised as without; box, bag or papers. When it arrived it was absolutely mint. I am writing a review on the reel as the reel is still a current Young’s model.

My reel didn’t seem to spin for quite as long as I thought it should. Rather than lubricate the bearings which are the shielded type I thought I would upgrade them to abec7 bearings which are of a higher tolerance than standard. This improved the free spinning time by 30%, so proved a worthwhile effort. Free spinning time in itself means very little but it does show if you have made an improvement.

I have and have had a fair few centrepins and why they put the check lever anywhere but on the front edge of the backplate is anybody’s guess. Anyway the lightweight’s is where it should be. I have a Sheffield and although it’s a nice reel I don’t like fumbling on the blind side to engage or disengage the ratchet. The reels lightness is achieved by slotting both the spool and backplate. Something else I prefer is one piece spools as they don’t kink the line into a series of flats. The line comes off the Lightweights drum impeccably. Wallis casting is also made easier due to the low weight of the drum and the reduced flywheel effect. I have given it a few outings and I am delighted with it. I think centrepins are generally overpriced and I struck lucky with mine but if I hadn’t then I would have had to pay full price which I would have done. I am delighted with it.





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I have and have had a fair few centrepins and why they put the check lever anywhere but on the front edge of the backplate is anybody’s guess.
I have developed a similar preference in centrepins. There are a few different styles of lever/switch/button that I can cope with, but a front edge lever or switch (Youngs reels tend to have one or the other) are my preferred method. Any knob/button that requires a twist to operate (Okuma/Allcocks etc) is not really for me.

However, I know a few centrepin users that don't like front edge levers. I guess it's just another of those pesky preference things.
 

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I have a couple of Youngs reels with the ratchet lever on the rim of the backplate, but I prefer the up and down button as is on the bewick.
I got this one just as the season closed last year and had to waiit until it opened before using it. The reel has a lever switch same as the BJ but it also has a ratchet tensioing knob on the back for legering in stronger flows....







These FJT reels have my prefered ratchet button....

 
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I have a couple of Youngs reels with the ratchet lever on the rim of the backplate, but I prefer the up and down button as is on the bewick.
I got this one just as the season closed last year and had to waiit until it opened before using it. The reel has a lever switch same as the BJ but it also has a ratchet tensioing knob on the back for legering in stronger flows....





These FJT reels have my prefered ratchet button....

The ratchet tensioner seems a good idea.


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Very much like my favourite 'ancient' Youngs BJ Lightweight Ray - they never did the Superlightweight version of it in those days..........My first choice trotting and margins pin.

PS I don't normally fish for carp using the 14' Accy Ultra with 2lb line and a size 20 - but if one gate crashes a crucian session no probs...................:)

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The ratchet tensioner seems a good idea.


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To be honest Ray, I haven't used the drag yet, but it is a handy thing to have if legering in a river that's pushing through.
 

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I have developed a similar preference in centrepins. There are a few different styles of lever/switch/button that I can cope with, but a front edge lever or switch (Youngs reels tend to have one or the other) are my preferred method. Any knob/button that requires a twist to operate (Okuma/Allcocks etc) is not really for me.

However, I know a few centrepin users that don't like front edge levers. I guess it's just another of those pesky preference things.
I totally agree. I have all types but the front edge lever is, to my mind, in exactly the right place and requires little thought [ or effort] to operate. I wish my Bewick had one....the uppy down button is OK but not as easy to find or operate as the Youngs lever. The Okuma Sheffield is a great reel but the twist button is an abomination. Its far too stiff to operate with one finger....assuming you can even reach it. I end up fumbling with my other hand which is a right pain and probably why my Sheffield doesnt see as much bank time as the other pins in my armoury.
 

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I totally agree. I have all types but the front edge lever is, to my mind, in exactly the right place and requires little thought [ or effort] to operate. I wish my Bewick had one....the uppy down button is OK but not as easy to find or operate as the Youngs lever. The Okuma Sheffield is a great reel but the twist button is an abomination. Its far too stiff to operate with one finger....assuming you can even reach it. I end up fumbling with my other hand which is a right pain and probably why my Sheffield doesnt see as much bank time as the other pins in my armoury.
That twist button is awful, they are nice otherwise.


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