Going through some boxes in the lock-up in preparation for the market tomorrow I came across a growing collection of Post-War British made fishing reels made cheaply from alloy or tin. None of them are expensive, arguably the Monarch by KP Morritts might be considered so, or the Hydraflow by Strike Right but most are cheap and cheerful like the Eton Sun. A lot of them would have been out of reach of the pockets of a nation on rationing. But what all of these brands have in common is that they all represent an age of optimism when anglers could look forward to better days. In Arcadia we celebrate this as much as some revere the more obvious brands such as Hardy's or Allcock's.