Mark V 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
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.
When talking about handmade fly reels Saracione can easily be called “The Best” by many fly fishing
enthusiasts. The quality and craftsmanship is evident in every reel, right down to each individual handmade
screw. These reels are made in Sandy, OR so you get that made in the USA superiority. Each reel is individually
numbered and carries a lifetime warranty for the life of the original purchaser. We are honored to carry these fine
reels and would love to make them a part of your fly fishing arsenal.
Model 3 ¾”: Spool Width: 1 5/32.” Weight: 14.4 ounces. Fly line: 6,7,8 Capacity: 125+yds. Application: The 3 ¾”
Mark IV disc drag is our most popular salmon and steelhead reel period! Anglers from all over the world have
shown us that this is their reel of choice. We have trouble keeping this reel model in stock. The spool capacity
accommodates some of the most popular line weights, and the reel balances well on the latest 12ft to 13 1/2ft
Saracione’s 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
After 2 1/2 years of development and testing, Joe Saracione is happy to
release his latest version of the Mark series salmon reels; the Mark V.
I had the pleasure of talking with Joe about this new reel last week, and
you could really tell he is excited about the new line of these sealed drag
Here is what Joe had to say about the Mark V Salmon reel. “If you liked the
Mark IV you are going to love the Mark V. This reel has undergone a
complete redesign in every mechanical aspect, while keeping the classic
look and style you love. Bronze bushings have been replaced by 4 sets of
ball bearings. We updated the drag by replacing the cork drag disc with a
high tech carbon fiber disc, and where we had occasional issues with
water effecting the drag we now have a totally sealed drag system. By
popular demand we have eliminated the vented front side plate for a more
classic look. And finally to keep up with the latest lighter weight fly rod
designs we have reduced the weight of the Mark V by 20% over its Mark IV
One other item of note which Joe talked about is they have elected not to
polish the aluminum exterior. This gives you a classic edge and gorgeous
lines on the reel. Not only is this elegant, it also cuts down on the amount
of time devoted to each reel, about an hour each.
Joe went on to say if you were to put a Mark IV and a Mark V next to each
other the consumer would be hard pressed to see which was polished and
which wasn’t, that is how well milled those reels are.
I am really looking forward to holding one of these beauties in my hand.
Model 3 ½”: Spool Width: 1 5/32.”
Weight: 10 ounces Fly Line: 7,8,9
single hand rods, 4,5,6 two handed
rods and switch rods. Capacity:
150yds 20# micron 450gr Skagit
Head +100ft/.035 shooting line
Application: Our smallest disc drag
model designed for single hand
salmon and steelhead rods in the
7,8 and 9 weight class. Also a
perfect choice for lighter two
handed rods in 5, 6 & 7 weights,
and of course switch rods. It is our