Deluxe II 3.5" Salmon Reel
Model size is listed by the outside
diameter of the reel. Spool width
describes the inside width of the
spool. Reel weight is given in
ounces without line installed. Our
two trout models feature a preset
Gear & Pawl drag system for spool
control while paying out line to a
running fish. The drag is designed
to control the over-run of the spool
with just a light drag to protect light
tippets. Reels are precision
machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum
Alloy, 300 Series Stainless Steel
and Silicone Bronze. Trout models
cannot be retrieve converted, and
must be ordered according to
individual needs LHW or RHW.
Conversion service is free from the
factory if required.
The first reelmaker I contacted when I tried to get this business going in mid-1992 was Joe Saracione. I was
already a proud owner of a bunch of his reels and thought the world of all of them. Quite honestly, I thought that
if I wasn't able to land Saracione I probably didn't have a viable business idea in mind. I have been a Saracione
dealer ever since, except for a brief period when Joe retired from reelmaking. During 2010, Joe decided to
reintroduce his Deluxe II reels as he really missed doing the bench-made type of reel. Just Reels is one of just
a handful of Saracione dealers that has access to the Deluxe II. Like the original Deluxe II models, these have
gorgeous Ebonite hard rubber sideplates that appear to be rich wet black paint.                                                   

The rims are 18% German nickel/silver and the counterbalance and other trim on them is 12% German
nickel/silver. The Trout models have a non-adjustable gear and pawl system while the Salmon models have
Joe's famous cork disc drag featuring a nine position detent lever on the backplate. I've fished reels that have
the multi-shoe drum drag and find the disc drag smoother and the reels themselves quite a bit lighter. I also find
that the drags don't ramp up as quickly as most drum drags do. All of Joe's Salmon models are single action. I'm
trying to keep a few of the trout models in stock. Of course, as a Saracione dealer I can also set you up with
Joe's CNC Mark IV reels which also come in Trout, Salmon Gear and Pawl, and Salmon Disc Drag models. I
will not be keeping these in stock, but can usually get whatever you need within a week or so. I'd much prefer
to use the resources available to keep a few of the Deluxe II models on the shelf. All orders of Deluxe II models
require a 20% deposit and a quoted waiting time of 60-90 days. My experiences thus far have been that the
wait will likely be longer than that, but not the year plus that it could end up taking twenty years ago.
In August, 2012, Joe announced a new high-end saltwater reel called the Islamorada. In three sizes to match
up with the very popular bonefish, permit, and tarpon, each would of course serve many other purposes
including some in freshwater. The drag is actuated by a lever and has strong detents in each position. The
drag itself features three carbon fibre discs bearing against heavily anodized aluminum washers. It has a very
strong maximum drag and is designed and lubricated with the intent that it will eventually get wet. Even though
it's an open drag design, this should eliminate any hydroplaning. The bearings used are massive compared to
those used in most fly reels. That's one of the reasons for the slightly higher weights than many of the other
new reels on the market. These reels are intended to be serious gear that will stand up to the rigors that
saltwater fishing often provides. They are available in black, gold, silver, or any combination (frame/spool) of
those colors. I will, for now, be stocking them in all black. After the initial startup these should be available with
virtually no wait. That would mean ordering different colors should add only a few days to the process. All parts
are made by Saracione Mfg. in their shop in Oregon. Nothing is made overseas. Joe even does his own
anodizing. Call or e-mail me for more information on them.
Single action direct drive. Materials used: Precision machined 6061-T6 aluminum for frames, spools, side
plates, and reel foot. Screws and reel spindle are stainless steel. Bushings and bearings are made from
silicone-aluminum bronze. The trout models cannot be converted from right to left hand retrieve, and must be
ordered according to individual needs. The salmon models can be easily converted from right to left hand
retrieve and have a super smooth disc drag made up of Rulon impregnated cork. Spools can be quickly
changed on all salmon models. Each reel is individually numbered and carries a lifetime warranty for the
original purchaser. A warranty card is provided with each reel and simply needs to be filled out and mailed to
Saracione Manufacturing.
Our salmon and steelhead models
feature a multi- disc drag system
with a 10 position drag knob
located on the back side plate of
the reel. Additionally, each Disc
Drag reel model features a preset
Gear & Pawl drag system also;
designed to control spool overrun
when lighter disc drag settings are
made. This is not just a “clicker” it
is a spool controlling drag system.
All salmon and steelhead disc drag
models can be easily converted for
LHW or RHW reeling. Spare spools
are available and can be quickly
changed. All Mark IV reels are
designed for freshwater use only.
They are very “Sport specific in
design” and are designed
specifically for salmon and
steelhead fly fishing with long two
handed rods.
Deluxe II Salmon and Steelhead reels are available on a made to order
basis. We are delivering reels approximately 60-90 days after receiving
your order. We are now making all Deluxe II reels with one piece
aluminum spools. So overall weights have changed from the original
models we made years ago with multi-piece aluminum and bronze
assembled spools. This makes the reel just a little bit lighter for a better
fit and performance with modern high modulus graphite rods. Just like
our Deluxe II trout reels the salmon and steelhead models are made with
our own ebonite hard rubber material for the black side plates, 18%
nickel silver protective side bands and 12% nickel silver fittings. The
spool, foot and serpentine handle are aluminum alloy. The entire reel is
hand polished to a jewel like finish. The reels feature our time proven
rotor and caliper disc drag system utilizing oil impregnated cork calipers,
and a floating rotor disc for an ultra smooth drag. Drag adjustments are
set via lever control with 9-detent settings. Additionally every reel has a
preset gear & pawl drag for controlling spool overrun when light disc drag
settings are made. This also contributes to the great sound of the reel
when a fish makes a strong run. Deluxe disc drag reels have been in
service since 1990 world wide, performing trouble free on steelhead
rivers of the Pacific Northwest to Atlantic salmon rivers in eastern
Canada, Scotland and Norway. Every Deluxe II reel is supplied with a
hand crafted hard leather case made exclusively for us by Arne Mason of
Ashland Oregon. Arne’s materials and craftsmanship are second to none,
we wouldn’t think of delivering our Deluxe II reels in anything less than
the Arne Mason case.
Model 3 1/2”: Spool width: 1
5/32”. Fly line: 7,8,9 wt. Single
hand fly lines. Application: The
3 1/2” has been a favorite of
anglers for use on single hand
rods for salmon dry fly, and
low water salmon and
steelhead fishing. This reel
also crosses over for 12 to 12
½ ft two handed rods in the
5,6,7 wt class.