Planning to take on a few lakes with the old man this summer. He still uses the first reel he ever bought back in the 1970's. Made by an E.J. Brown who used to work for Hardys in London. Apparently he was an engineer who was involved in making Perfects. I'm not sure if he was a kiwi or he emigrated to New Zealand, however he brought the secrets of the Perfect to New Zealand with him. I believe Hardys may have tried to take him to court over the matter. Anyhow he was able to make and sell many of the Perfect copies in a few colours, from metallic green and pink through to matt black, silver and a weird textured coated black. They were sold under the name F. Steans and Coy LTD - Chch NZ. I also have seen them with the name "Stream Fly" as well. The early models have no markings on them. Many years ago I was talking to a fishing friend who thinks there may have been 2 people making them, 1 in Christchurch and the other in Kaikoura.
By chance I was chatting to a guy in a second hand shop in Ch-Ch and he knew E.J. Brown. I was so surprised as this story had always interested me. Unfortunately Mr. Brown had passed away, but this guy had been given Mr. Browns reels and parts. After some discussion he agreed to let me buy (actually trade some goods) for one of his reels. I was delighted when I discovered it was a new model he had been working on and as far as I know not yet released.
Front and rear The F. Stean & Coy Ltd.
Debatable - The F. Stean & Coy's a "Perfect " copy.
Centre back purchased from the dealer.