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ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

By | 2017-12-15T08:30:40+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS The ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS  has been published and has something for everyone! This edition’s front cover features an amazing Bradley reel bearing a historic inscription. The Reel News has a fascinating story to go with, entitled “Never say Never”. ORCA President David Lehmann recognizes the extraordinary efforts of [...]

Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

By | 2017-12-13T12:02:16+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC, Uncategorized|

The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures In the Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures; Everyone has an opinion on what a vintage fishing lure is worth, but there is only one way to know for sure: find out what similar or identical lures have sold for in the recent past. But [...]

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

By | 2017-12-12T21:59:53+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod In the Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod Robert W. Crompton was many things — artist, writer, advertising man, outdoorsman, fly fisherman — but we remember him best today as the father of the five strip bamboo fly rod. Noted bamboo rod maker and author [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines

By | 2017-12-12T07:24:34+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines by John Etchieson - Kingfisher Lines - 98 years ago this month in December 1919 the Horton Mfg. Company of Bristol Connecticut (est. 1887) purchased the factory, equipment, patents and trade marks of the E. J. Martin's Sons firm, makers of the "Kingfisher" brand braided silk fish lines of Rockville, [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

By | 2017-12-05T06:51:00+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk by John Etchieson As a longtime collector, researcher, and an author on the history of America's fishing lines I have seen many wonderful examples of the packaging and graphics used to sell fishing lines one hundred or more years ago. One such recent discovery I made was this Abbey [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday President Grover Cleveland

By | 2017-11-28T07:10:19+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday President Grover Cleveland by John Etchieson 90+ years ago in 1925 the Newton Line Company of Homer New York honored American President Grover Cleveland (1837 -1908) an avid fisherman noted for using tarred Cuttyhunk lines for the striped bass at Buzzards Bay in Bourne, Massachusetts where he owned the Gray Gables estate [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan

By | 2017-11-21T07:44:33+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan by John Etchieson Sometime in the fall of 1621, the Puritans invited their Indian friends to join them in a three-day festival which we now call the first Thanksgiving. As an avid collector of all kinds of antique fishing tackle items, I just had to show off this 93 year [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

By | 2017-11-14T07:06:46+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika by John Etchieson Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika; The Swastika was not always an evil symbol - 100+ years ago in 1914 this very rare "Speckled Beauty" fly fishing line featuring the lithographic image of a leaping Brown Trout was introduced and sold by the Ashaway Line and Twine Company [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch

By | 2017-10-31T08:42:53+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch by John Etchieson For Halloween today the BLACK WITCH brand fishing line would be the Ideal one to use. Made in the late 1930s by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York, this black colored supreme silk casting line had a label featuring an image of a black [...]

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Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

By | 2017-10-29T09:35:18+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Antique Reels|

Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel The Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel was first introduced in 1952. The beautiful reel expounded on the Heddon Pal line up and was the brother to the P-41. While not nearly as popular this vintage bait casting reel was only made for 2 short years, and gone from Heddon Catalogs [...]

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Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel

By | 2017-08-07T08:05:20+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Antique Reels, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel The Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel is a reel that seems to have transcended the years. Made in Akron, Ohio this reel would last over three decades in the Pflueger Reel line up. Introduced as new in 1941 the lure would be produced until into the 1970's. A good reel if your [...]

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Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel

By | 2017-08-07T08:03:07+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Antique Reels, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel The Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel was first introduced around 1927. Made in Dowagiac Michigan by James Heddons Sons, the Heddon NO.31 AB "WALTONIAN" Casting reel was produced. The level wind reel themselves made are of lightweight aluminum. The casting reels were first introduced by James Heddon's Sons in their [...]

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ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association

By | 2017-07-28T11:37:31+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Fly Fishing, NFLCC|

ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association The ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association is a wonderful group of guys and gals focused on and promoting the History of Sport Fishing Reels. If your not a member, you should be. For the membership fees you are given access to more information, history and research capabilities then one could [...]

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Winchester Reel Model 4250

By | 2017-06-14T12:49:15+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Antique Reels|

Winchester Reel Model 4250 In the 1920s and into the 1930s the Winchester Repeating Arms company dabbled in fishing goods selling Winchester reel and well as rods, lures and flies. As of today is still one of the most prominent names that comes to mind when one thinks longevity in the sporting good vein. Diving [...]

J.A Coxe Reel Oil Bottle

By | 2016-12-13T08:50:00+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

J.A Coxe Reel Oil Bottle This great J.A Coxe Reel Oil bottle shows us that yes there are other things we can collect besides just the lures, reel and rods themselves. This hard to find oil bottle is part of a segment of collecting, Reel Oil Bottles, Rod Varnish Bottles, even Fly Dope or Mosquito [...]

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Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

By | 2016-09-02T10:19:50+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog is from 1893. Its one of my favorite antique fishing lure and reel catalogs. The company playing a major role in the outdoor sporting fields both hunting, fishing, and fly fishing for many decades. Acting as a major jobber and distributor of fishing tackle [...]

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Heddon Dowagiac Pal P41 Reel

By | 2016-07-05T23:32:16+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Antique Reels|

Heddon Dowagiac Pal P41 Reel The Heddon Dowagiac Pal P41 Reel is almost 70 years old. Its hard to believe when you find examples as clean as this. This antique reel mad by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1947.  I was really suprised to read that Bronson made this reel for Heddon, [...]

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Fowler Reel Ad Abbey Imbrie 1884

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 6th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Reels|

Fowler Reel Ad Abbey Imbrie 1884 This Fowler Reel Ad comes to us from a Abbey Imbrie antique fishing tackle catalog. The antique lure and reel catalog was published in 1884 and provides for us this great ad. Enough cant be said about vintage or antique advertising giving us glimpses into the past from which the [...]

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LS Mirro Reel

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Antique Reels|

LS Mirro Reel in Box The LS Mirro Reel is a nifty miscellaneous reel. The antique reel born of the same make as the famous L&S bait Company, out of Bradley Illinois and Clearwater Florida.The marketing behind the reel was to couple or ride upon the already successful lures and make it a combination that [...]

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Atlas Portage Reel Raised Pillar

By | 2016-06-19T01:55:02+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Antique Reels|

Atlas Portage Reel Atlas Portage reel the raised pillar type as shown in the photos are one of the more common raised pillar fly reels I seem to run into. Some marked on the side plate with their trademark rising sun, some not at all. Atlas reels take a front seat as far as availability [...]

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