Thomas & Thomas / Bill Ballan - 25th Anniversary Prototype Reel
For sale here is a prototype reel made by Bill Ballan for the 25th anniversary of Thomas & Thomas in 1994. This reel is very similar to the final product that was included in an anniversary rod & reel package produced in a limited series of 50. Featuring bright side plates (ported on the handle side), champagne colored frame, turned wooden handle with monogrammed counterbalance, and ventilated brass foot. The bias is neutral and the check work offers rather light resistance. Diameter is 2 5/8" with spool width of 3/4", and the reel weighs 5.15oz. Originally designed to pair with a 7'6" 3wt cane rod. Excellent used condition, with signs of light handling/use. Possibly unique collectors item, sold in a very handsome felt lined solid walnut presentation box.