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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

George W. Burgess, early Pennsylvania rodmaker

John Krider and the Sportsmen's Depot

Augustus D. Hendrick and the Star Reel Works

An interesting drag by Julius Vom Hofe

The Smithsonian Institution's Fishing Reel Patent models

Elmer J. Sellers and His Fishing Reel

The Spinning Reels of Edward F. Small

Who's Yer Reelmaker?

Assailed in Two Cities: John Kopf, Reelmaker

An American original: The First Patented Spinning Reel

The Terry Clock Company's Fishing Reels

Origins of the Closed-Face Spinning Reels

Studies in Pre-Shakespearian Literature

Origins of the Automatic Fishing Reel

Fredrick Wilkie's Clutch Hit

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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