For those of you who don't know, Struble makes (made) reel seats of all kinds right here in the USA. Their products were excellent, well made, & well designed. The quality of their work was always above board at the best prices in the business. Their reel seats could be found on some Sage fly rods as well as some of mine.
I would, from time to time, use Struble seats. They were the standard seat on my Prudential & Classical Series rods. They allowed me to maintain high quality on my rods at an affordable price. If a client has a specific request for a reel seat, I either make the seat in my shop -custom to meet their requests- or buy a seat from a different manufacturer that meets their needs. This is usually decided by meeting the clients needs at the best price without compromising quality. Struble allowed me to do that easily. If they didn't have what a client needed - or I could make it cheaper myself - than I would make the reel seat. Many times they could make certain types of reel seats cheaper than I could & at high levels of quality. Now that they're no longer making them this doesn't mean we'll be limited when designing your custom fly rod, it just means that we'll have to adjust.
Starting soon there will be a different standard reel seat on my Prudential & Classical Series rods. This will most certainly mean a slight price increase on these rods. It will NOT be a significant price increase, but I wanted you to know this ahead of time.
It's a shame that Struble will no longer be in the reel seat business. Let's hope that things will improve & that they can get back in the game sometime very soon. In the meantime you & I will just keep on keeping on.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.