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SITE MAP

INTRODUCTION

Home page and site search engine

Why I enjoy collecting antique fishing reels

TIPS ON COLLECTING

Starting a collection

Tips on cleaning your old reels

Official collector club guide to grading your old reels

Glossary of common terms used by reel collectors

Recommended books for novice tackle collectors

Links to collector clubs, museums, etc.

PHOTOS OF ANTIQUE FISHING REELS

Gallery 1

Gallery 2

Some old level-wind reels

Some old British reels

Some ball-handle and NY-style reels

Some old baitbasting reels

ARTICLES ON ANTIQUE TACKLE MAKERS

REELS AND REELMAKERS

Augustus D. Hendrick and the Star Reel Works

Elmer J. Sellers and His Fishing Reel

Who's Yer Reelmaker?

Assailed in Two Cities: John Kopf, Reelmaker

The Terry Clock Company's Fishing Reels

Fredrick Wilkie's Clutch Hit

The Clark Brothers and Their Slote Machines

Kopfing Up More Reels

Cranking Out Smith Reels

The "Thunderbird Keahoni" Reel

Jabez B. Crook, Pioneer Reelmaker

The Brinsmaid brothers, early reelmakers from Vermont

James Golcher, noted gunsmith, also made fishing reels.

Matthias Horst, an early Brooklyn Reelmaker

Lemon & Nessel made reels in Indiana.

HISTORY OF REEL FEATURES

The Smithsonian Institution's Fishing Reel Patent models

"Windshield-Wiper" Level Winds

Early adjustable brakes on fishing reels

Early magnetic brakes on fishing reels

An interesting drag by Julius Vom Hofe

SPINNING REELS

The Spinning Reels of Edward F. Small

An American original: The First Patented Spinning Reel

Origins of the Closed-Face Spinning Reels

AUTOMATIC REELS

Origins of the Automatic Fishing Reel

Spring Fever in Kentucky: George Cook's automatic reel

FISHING MISCELLANY

Andrew B. Hendryx Uncaged

Leonardo da Vinciís Reel Failure

The murder of Vaiden Bordner, reel inventor, has never been solved.

OTHER TACKLE

George W. Burgess, early Pennsylvania rodmaker

John Krider and the Sportsmen's Depot


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON VARIOUS REEL TOPICS

General reel topics

Brands and companies

Spinning and spincast reels

Rod-and-reel combinations

Contact me


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