When the name Grice & Young comes up you immediately think of centre pins such the Avon & Crown models, sea reels like the Jecta & Orlando plus large game reels in the Tatler range. All offer good value for money and a sturdy construction.
Well known for quality craftsmanship, G&Y followed a similar path to that of JW Young in supplying aircraft components during WW2.
Post-war, companies resumed their trade and the Agila fly reel was born, named after their Agila Works. This reel is seldom seen and less often talked about.
Various models exist; this is a second model, Size 3 with a three screw drum latch and oddly, a centre screw for trimming the spindle. This is weird as you normally see this feature on a centre pin reel, but this reel does not free spin.
Crackle finish alloy drum & smooth painted frame, a little name disc is riveted to the back plate. A twin spring and pawl check more than does the job, so why are there not more of these about?
Probably a combination of lack of advertising and the competitors’ products sealed it fate.
It must have been difficult to compete against the might of JW Young; they are a hard act to follow.
So, is it collectable? Yes.
Is it rare? Well it’s certainly scarce.
And value? Probably on par with a good JW Young Beaudex and with an interesting story to tell.