I totally agree, Alvey reels are tough, mainly due their lack of moving parts. They are very simple inside.
They can handle water in and around them, I have been selling alot to the surf fishing guys because as we all know sometimes you have to get wet!
They are also becoming very popular with the kayak fishermen, I havn’t done any of this myself yet but I know if you want your gear to last in a kayak it has to be able to get wet.
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