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  Welcome! This website is about collecting antique fishing reels. I have been collecting vintage reels and other old tackle for over four decades, with a specialized interest in the history of reel design. Along the way, I've written several books on reel history and over a hundred articles on a variety of topics related to vintage tackle.

  I hope you enjoy some of the in-depth articles I've added to this site. The topics vary: reelmakers well-known to collectors, newly-discovered makers, stories of well-known and little-known reels, histories of reel features, origins of different types of reels, fishing miscellany, articles on other collectible fishing tackle. If you're curious at all about the history of fishing, you should be able to find some articles that will pique your interest.

  The purposes of publishing this site are to demonstrate some of the qualities of these old machines that make them so interesting and to provide some information on collecting them. I hope you enjoy "leafing through" these pages. If you have antique fishing reels that you wish to trade or sell, please feel free to e-mail me. I usually have some reels available for sale or trade, as well, so let me know what you may be looking for. In addition, I always welcome information on interesting old reels.

Steve Vernon



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Updated January 18, 2023

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