5" Bronze Adcock Stanton
Adcock Stanton Reels are manufactured, designed and hand
built in Great Britain. The basic design has been tried and tested on
rivers and lakes by thousands of anglers over the last 25 years. With our
latest improvements, it’s ready to be launched as the “new” Adcock
Stanton. The return of this world class centre-pin reel available in both a
4.5” and 5” model is now also available in six different color choices.
These reels are machined from the highest quality aircraft grade aluminum,
feature a quick change spool system and a one piece end cap. They are
virtually maintenance free incorporating sealed ABEC 5 bearings aided by
Dupont Krytox lubricant. This method of lubrication operates down to
-60°C / -80°F. Adcock Stanton reels are suitable for float fishing on
rocky mountain rivers to the quietest of small streams and lakes and have
been extensively tested on both barbel and steelhead. Adcock Stanton reels
are backed by a five year guarantee.
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Why Should You Purchase a New Adcock Stanton Reel?
70 years of
reliability over 25 years
Hand built and
from aircraft grade aluminum
Improved aluminum reel foot
Sealed ABEC 5 bearings
Stainless steel shaft improvement
Quick change front knob/spool release
Designed stainless steel clicker
Custom combinations and options.
Six color anodizing
All reel assembly plates diamond cut for outstanding finish
Optional diamond engraving includes fish and name
enhancements and improvements inspected and approved by Cliff Adcock
The New Model's Design Improvements
Plate is now a one piece unit, (see photograph) replacing two piece design and
bearing housing of old reel. In the process, reducing 22mm of aluminum in the
width. Not only does this increase the machining accuracy, but also produces a
stronger spool. This change is more costly, but the results are evident when
steel Shaft Ground to three tenths of a thousandth resulting in a stronger and
longer lasting spool spindle. End float tolerance machined to one thousandth.
steel clicker and gear redesigned to lock down with authority, the resulting
transport of rod and reel between fishing locations.
piece aluminium reel foot, there is more engineering and labor in this area
(involving 6 steps by hand and machine) than any other part of the reel. The
rear of the foot itself has been recessed to accept the brass name plate. It
also plays double duty by disguising for sight all assembly hardware Not only
is the reel foot more structurally sound than previous generations, but it
possesses the added advantage of protecting the maker’s plate against
accidental dislodging and loss.
Krytox bearing lubricant - Aerospace derived PFPE/PTFE synthetic lubricant
for a lifetime of protection for the precision bearing assembly, making the
bearings three times more expensive and durable.
extremely smooth running and low noise of reel assembly.
temperature performance and free spool rotation at even sub-zero
temperatures and still provides excellent lubrication even in tropical
properties ensure optimal lubrication at all times.
no solubility in water. It is impervious to the effects of submersion and
cannot be washed out or emulsified if reel assembly is accidentally splashed
or dropped in water.
Receiving the package
in the mail direct from Ray @ Adcock Stanton, I found myself giddy with
excitement. I wasted
no time and quickly and carefully made my way through the bubble wrap to find that he
had included "all the trimmings". This included the Krytox
lubricant, protective neoprene case, bespoke canvas case, spalted wood
presentation box and several anodized color choice sample blanks. I
couldn't help but smile; this reel is a stunner! The
elegantly rounded finished edges really speak of the attention to detail
and a well thought
out-polished looking design. A quick flick of the spool revealed bearings that
ran smooth, true and virtually silent. Looking over the various
design aspects, the fit, finish and the color scheme...well, they just made
me even more impressed with this new version of an old favorite. This reel certainly qualifies as a refined version of the Adcock Stanton complete with the
history, but with the benefit of added modern day construction and
I found the reel
extremely solid and well built. Referring to fit and finish, the
spool ran true within the back plate housing without any visual wobble.
I took notice of the gap between the spool and backplate while giving it a
good spin finding the space remained even around the entire circumference. Tugging side to side on the spool
resulted in absolutely no movement. The redesigned spool retention
nut does a fine job of locking the spool in place, but not producing drag
in the process. I like the fact that the new reel foot had the
maker's plate embedded into the attachment point. With this method,
the plate is
protected from accidental dislodging and at the same time hides the
assembly screws that attach the reel foot to the back plate. A very
As a 5" spool
being of the Stanton lineage, you can expect the reel size, width and mass
to be greater than most. While it is true that the Stanton is a tad bit heavier
and a only slightly wider than many pins on the market today, it is not at all
objectionable. When rigged with an ample amount of backing and a
150yards of quality line, it feels similar to just about every other 5"
reel on the market in terms of weight. I mention this because I am
very aware of the importance that most customers place on the weight of
their reels. The spool features large holes drilled nearest the axle and
small holes drilled along the outer edge. The large holes serve
double duty as an easy means to retrieve line with a simple flick of the
finger. The clicker control knob is simple
to locate, low profile and easy to change positions from "On" to "Off".
The outside edge of the spool features a fine machine knurling. This
is an often overlooked asset when fighting fish as it permits an even drag
pressure regardless of whether the palm is wet or dry. At the same
time, when fighting fish, it permits instant clamp down pressure without
the possibility of slipping. The ridges are just smooth enough to
permit this without harming the hands. Many are not accurately
informed regarding this design feature fearing it will tear their palms
up, this simply isn't the case and this argument is often ignored by
anyone that has had the experience to fish a pin with it.
Another facet of the
design that I found interesting was the stubby tapered reel handles.
Their size repels line loops and cuts down on accidental "out of the bed" handle
side spooling. They aren't too small though and maintaining
a good amount of fingertip/thumb griping area when tugging in fish isn't a
Ray Hyland, owner of Adcock Stanton
telephoned me soon after I was able to fish with the new design and was
anxious to hear of my experience and opinion on its performance. I struggled to
come up with words to describe my satisfaction. I attempted to draw
an analogy to share my enthusiasm for his changes and how it fished.
In professional home audio circles, when an audio amplifier is under
review and performs extremely well to the listeners, it is common to be
referred to as "transparent" or "invisible" to the music inputted and amplified. My
experience with the Stanton would reflect this opinion. The Stanton
is transparent to the fishing experience. With the lack of clicks,
slight bearing bumps, and other mechanical noises, it is very difficult to
tell the reel apart from the fishing experience. It performs so
smoothly during the trot and the reel flick technique retrieves and with
such authority during fish battle, using the reel is second nature and
becomes an extension of your will to receive.
and value are placed together for a reason. They are directly linked
to one another! With the current favorable conversion rates of the
US dollar to that of the British pound, owning this reel becomes an
excellent value. With low production manufactured reels, whether
custom one offs or custom order production models, commanding higher
prices as material costs increase, it is to be expected that a reel of
this quality be where it is priced. Owning a Adcock Stanton
centre-pin, or any other high quality non-Asian made reel, is about many
things other than the price. When purchasing a reel of this caliber,
you are inheriting the history and lineage of a reel that (in one shape or
form) predates WWII! Having the ability to customized the color
schemes to your preferences, diamond engraving, collector quality display
boxes and an entire host of other purchase possibilities are to be
expected from a company that is top-notch in both manufacturing and customer
service. In summary, the investment is well worth it and I am sure
that you will find yourself as pleased with the reel as I am!
I've hooked and
landed well over 80 fish with the reel thus far, 02.20.09, and still have
no complaints. It has performed extremely well in conditions that
have run the gamut in terms of temperature and abuse. It has
accidentally gotten splashed with frigid water, frozen and after a quick
removal of ice between the spool and backplate, spun like a top.
This was even with the remainder of frozen ice still attached to the
outside of the spool! If I had to come up with a couple complaints,
and really dig for them, I'd say that I wish for a fully ported model.
I fear this would be taken as sacrilege due the design's historical look.
I would also wish for a spool retention mechanism that cannot be dropped
or lost. I exercised precaution, but a bronze retention nut in a
cold water run full of gravel only a foot deep could spell disaster if