Shakespeare beaulite

Heard it's the same as the jw young 1540. Any opinions? Is 100 a good price for one in decent condition! Looking to line up a T&T 1307 with it.



Ed Call

Well-Known Member
J. W. Youngs 1540 is an awesome reel. I really enjoy the 1500 series, having the 1540, 1535, 1530 and 1525 and some various spare spools. I like them better than the Hardy reels that I have. Just a personal preference. That wide drummed 1540 ought to balance your 13' 7wt nice.


New Member
I have a 3 3/4" wide drum Beaulite & spool coming in a few weeks. Looking to put it on my 7 yr old son's 11ft 5wt TFO Pro switch rod. Is it too much reel (I.E. heavy) or will it be OK? I also have a 3 1/2" Hardy Uniqua coming in the same package. Any info's appreciated.

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
Between 1965 - 2001, J.W. Young designed and produced reels for a wide variety of companies including but not limited to:

Shakespeare - too many models to list, over 20 models including the Beaudex, Beaulite, Condex & Speedex
Orvis - Battenkill Ultra-Light, Featherweight, Lightweight
Daiwa - 800 series & 500 series
Sage - models 106 & 108
Bruce & Walker - Expert Fly Reel
Henry Aiken Ltd - Connoisseur Fly Reel
G. Loomis - Premier Fly Reel
Thames Fishing Tackle - Mucilin Brand Fly Reel
Bob Church - Viking Fly Reel
L.L. Bean - Guide Series Fly Reel
Ryobi Masterline - Reflex, Neauvex, 1500 series
Austin Forbes

During most of this period J.W.Young was under the ownership of Shakespeare

For the definitive history of J.W. Young reels read A Century of the Art of Making Fishing Reels, by Elwyn 'Rube' Attwood, The Medlar Press, 2009

Maybe it is just me, but whenever I stop at Cabela's in Coeur D'Alene I feel like I am in WalMart with a lot of taxidermy. My buddy in Alaska has had me stop by there to look at some different things in person, and most of the time they do not have it there anyway. I will be sticking to the local shops.

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
. . . whenever I stop at Cabela's . . . I feel like I am in WalMart with a lot of taxidermy.
Not sure what this has to do with the original thread topic, but coffee came out my nose thanks to the comparison between Cabelas and WalMart with taxidermy. Very good analogy - thanks for the chuckle.