A question from a friend, plus the constant banter on the Net over What is the best large saltwater reel, prompted me to think about Seamaster reels and how reel-poor we all were before the 1990s rolled around. Here’s a bit of history from Jim Williams’s Just Reels site.
I remember the days when a Seamaster was on every serious saltwater fly fisherman’s wish list. The only problem was you didn’t know when you might get it, given Bob McChristian’s refusal to adhere to a production schedule. When you did finally get one, of course, you wondered whether it shouldn’t go directly into the safety deposit box.