The Spinning Reels of Edward F. Small
This article combines two articles originally published in The Reel News, Vol. XI, No. 4, October, 2001, pp. 7-9, and in The Reel News, Vol. XVII, No. 5, September, 2007, pp. 4-7.
Edward Small invented several spinning reels, and his innovations were incorporated into reels manufactured and sold by at least five different companies. They include the "Cormorant," the Ocean City 350, the "Holliday" reels, some "Ted Williams" reels sold by Sears, and several spincast reels made by Horrocks-Ibbotson.
An American Original: The First Patented Spinning Reel
Originally published in The Reel News, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, March, 2008, pp. 8-10
The first fixed-spool reel for sport-fishing was patented in 1875 by two members of Baltimore's high society: Thomas Winans and Thomas Whistler.
Origins of the Closed-Face Spinning Reel
Originally published in The Reel News, Vol. XV, No. 6, November, 2005, pp. 16-19
Closed-face spinning reels have been around longer than most fishermen realize.