Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

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 after 1953. The reel sold for just under $10.00 making it not a cheap reel by any means, but it was a step down from the P41 series. The reel has beautiful almost sea foam in color side plates and green swirl or molted bell shaped knobs.

No. P51 Dowagiac Reel

This is an extremely light, durable and easy casting reel with Heddon’s exclusive patented feature – the famous removable head ring. Without the use of a single tool, the head ring can be unscrewed in a jiffy, thus exposing gears for easy lubricating, and replaced just as quickly, without changing or making a single adjustment. Another outstanding feature is the adjustable anti backlash cap which will entirely eliminate backlashes. This cap carries a full years supply of lubricant. End plates anodized in beautiful moss green to prevent corrosion. Featherweight aluminum spool starts easy, permitting casting of all weight lures. Bronze gears, quadruple multiplying. Capacity 100 yard 18lb test line. 

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2017-10-29T09:35:18+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Antique Reels|Comments Off on Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

by John Etchieson

 87 years ago in 1930 the Shakespeare Tackle Company introduced a very high quality enameled “Super Silk” fly line for trout fishing that they called the CADILLAC brand. This new fly line came packaged inside of an orange cardboard box with a checkerboard racing stripe that ran across the top left corner. That particular box design was used by the company between 1925 and 1936 for all of the firms fishing lines.

The design of the label for the card to which the CADILLAC fly line was attached was changed to a hang tag style label in 1935 and the line now came packaged inside of a celluloid two piece round box which also sat inside of the checkerboard box.

This new design and double packaging combination was produced for only two more years until 1937 when still another packaging design change was made for all of the company’s fishing lines. Thus, this particular tackle rarity shown here with the 1935 hang tag and the checkerboard box combination could only have been made in either 1935 or 1936 making it an even shorter lived example of the already rare and famous CADILLAC brand of fly fishing lines.

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2017-09-05T12:01:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association

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 ever compile on their own. The amount of research capabilities are second to none. The great women and men who make up the reel community are a organization worthy of supporting. From the rich and deep history of fly fishing, to the turn of the century bait casting, to the wild world of Big Game Fishing ORCA Welcomes all.

If your looking to expand your knowledge, figure out what just what you might have in your collection, or just be part of a great group of people who are working diligently to provide and share the history of the Sport-Fishing please consider joining ORCA.

You Can do so by clicking the link below .


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If youve missed the NFLCC National or would like to attend another, ORCA is having their national on Sept 6-10. Details by clicking the banner below.

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The History as borrowed from the ORCA Website

In 1989 Mike Nogay, a dedicated reel collector from West Virginia, decided that it was time for reel collectors to have their own organization. He thought up the name, had the club logo designed, and had ORCA incorporated as a non-profit, educational corporation in the state of West Virginia.

On October 9, 1990 a letter was mailed out to reel collectors that had expressed an interest in the formation of such a club. Finally, in January 1991 the first Newsletter of the Old Reel Collectors Association, Inc. was mailed to the original 36 charter members.

From those first wobbly steps, ORCA has grown into an adventurous adolescent. As ORCA passed our tenth anniversary in 2000, we have reached our identity. ORCA’s membership currently remains between 800 and 1000 dedicated members.

The original four page newsletter has now grown into a 32-36 page magazine, The Reel News. The first ORCA Convention was held in Pennsylvania in June, 1999. This event was a fully rounded Convention rather than just a tackle show. In 1998 ORCA was the first tackle collector’s club to jump into the electronic age, with its own Web Site, and electronic data to help out our members who are on line.

ORCA is headed toward maturity with a full head of steam. We are now leading the field in collectible fishing tackle information.

2017-07-28T11:37:31+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Fly Fishing, NFLCC|Comments Off on ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

This a great Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV. CDV or Carte De Viste is a photography format or medium like we a few have discussed before with Samuel Tisdale the Black bass Man. The Carte De Viste CDV was invented and patented by France by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854. This medium of smallish sized card would be supplanted or followed by “cabinet cards”, in the early 1870’s as the popular or medium of choice.

As I’ve stated before a Fisherman or Fishing scenes are considered difficult to find. Usually the subjects of the early photos were of some importance, and or elevated social status. Being able to afford a true Rod, Reel, Creel and Fishing outfit was not generally widespread.

In this great pose we see our subject Sam Wallace presenting with all the needed items for a great day on the water or stream. If anyone is able to ID the Rod or especially the reel I would be great-full for the help. If you have any photos youd be willing to let me use and share with the readers please contact me. I would love to add some more period images to the site and would be more than happy to give full credit for the submission.

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

2016-11-03T11:55:51+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

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