FS/T WTT Charlton Reel

dlbak

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I have a used Charlton 8500 .8 RHW that has a drag that will stop a truck! Looking for the same (or something just as great) in a left hand wind.
let me know what you’ve got.
 

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Porter

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The same? or just has great? Is there such a thing? Maybe a Mako? Is that reel not interchangeable to Lefty? I'm not 100 percent but I believe they can be changed, you just need to have someone who knows what they are doing.
 

rwbailey05

GO COUGS
The same? or just has great? Is there such a thing? Maybe a Mako? Is that reel not interchangeable to Lefty? I'm not 100 percent but I believe they can be changed, you just need to have someone who knows what they are doing.
Thought the same thing.... just as great? The same?
Let me know what those would be so I can continue to drool over gear ill Never have
 

dlbak

Member
I have a used Charlton 8500 .8 RHW that has a drag that will stop a truck! Looking for the same (or something just as great) in a left hand wind.
let me know what you’ve got.
I’d entertain Mako, Charlton or other high end reels. As far as I know, these can’t be converted but if anyone knows how, I’d be very greatful for the info. Then I’d keep it and fish it.
 

Porter

Well-Known Member
Try


(Regarding below) Not sure, but this leads me to believe if you sent your reel in to them they could change it for you..Its kinda like billy pate reels...but you need the know how..... or the tools too. Im making a poor educated guess here.

*PLEASE NOTE all 8500 Series reels require permanent factory setting to either LH or RH retrieve. This cannot be changed out of the box. For more information on adjustments and service availability, please contact us. You can also view the Charlton Product Service Form as well as the Terms & Conditions page for detailed information.
 

dlbak

Member
I have looked into this and from what I understand, someone would need to have a “conversation kit” that comes with another plate wind? Not sure what that means but I’m told there’s a magical kit that no one has....
 

Porter

Well-Known Member
Gave you a source ... try Bill and see. If not you not out anything other than a bit of time.
 

Bruce Baker

Active Member
I have looked into this and from what I understand, someone would need to have a “conversation kit” that comes with another plate wind? Not sure what that means but I’m told there’s a magical kit that no one has....
Have you contacted Ross Reels? I heard they now own the company. Have you tried contacting Mako reels to see if they could do something? Just trying to throw out some ideas.
 

Jockurr

WFF Supporter
Good luck with your search for nirvana. I own 2 of the originals and a Mako. Last I knew it was either / or but not reversible. If anyone knows it would be Arch. Not sure who owns what part now. Believe the Mako part is an individual on the west coast. Ross makes great reels with their brand so I believe your response may be a bit long in coming. Good luck. Seamasters are great reels but weigh about what the original Charltons do.
 

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