Welcome to Antique Fishing Reels.

This site is dedicated to people who are interested in finding out the history and value of their antique fishing reels.  Contained in these pages you will find information to help you identify your reel, assess the condition and age of your reel, and also determine what your reel is worth.  There are also comprehensive lists of reel manufacturers with lots of old photos to make it easy for you to identify and find out the value of your reel.  Be sure to visit our vintage photo gallery full of wonderful big game fishing photos from days gone by.  Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in selling your old fishing reel or if you just want a free appraisal.

Collector Paying Top Dollar For High Quality Fishing Reels

Please feel free to give me a call or drop me an e-mail and I will do my best to help you determine the value of your reel. I also pay top dollar for high quality fishing reels!

CALL BETWEEN 9:00am and 8:30 PM EST:



Leonard Fly Reel

Learning More About Your Reel And Its Maker

To start finding out more about your reel and its maker, click on one of the four selections below that most closely matches the type of reel that you own. There are photos and information on many manufacturers listed in each section.

About Us

Since the early 1980's, Ed Pritchard has been researching and collecting high-quality antique fishing reels, rods and lures with an emphasis on big game reels by such makers as Kovalovsky, Coxe, Hardy, vom Hofe, and Fin-Nor and fly fishing reels by Leonard, Vom Hofe, and Hardy just to name a few.  In his quest for antique reels, Ed has been “On the Road with Charles Kuralt” and was featured on the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels".  Ed has also worked closely with the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach Florida as well as with Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops.

For more information about Ed - click to visit our "About Us" page.

Vintage Fisherman photo

For a look at some photos and a bit of history about Big Game Reels and their makers -

To find out what makes a reel a Big Game Reels and to see a list of Big Game Reel manufacturers -

To see some vintage photos of Big Game Fishing personalities and their catches -

Ready to find out more?


How To Determine The Value Of Your Reel

What Makes a Reel Valuable

Find out all the factors that go into to determining what makes a reel valuable.

Reel Manufacturers

View our list of reel makers whose reels tend to be valuable.

Grade Your Reel's Condition

Use our reel grading chart to determine your reel's condition.

Other Vintage Fishing Tackle

Hemingway Collectible Fishing Rod

I am also looking for high quality antique fishing tackle including:

Vintage Rods - Lures - Photos - Creels - Fishing Club Pins & Patches - Old Fishing Flags - Trophies - Antiquarian Books.  If you have something interesting, give me a call.

Visit our Miscellaneous Tackle Gallery, and take a look at some great vintage tackle from the past.

Vintage Fishing Photo Gallery

What was it like to fish with Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey & Michael Lerner?

Here are just a few of the vintage photos from our extensive collection.  We also buy photos.

Vintage Fishing Photo
Ernest Hemingway - Bimini
Vintage Fishing Photo
Vintage Fishing Photo
Zane Grey - Marlin

For a look at more Vintage photos and more information about some famous fishing personalities - Click the Info button here.

Contact Ed

Please feel free to call, text, or e-mail me if you are interested in selling your antique reel or fishing collectibles.  I pay top collector prices for high-quality fishing equipment.  Also, if there are any questions you may have regarding your antique fishing reels please feel free to call between the hours of 9:00am to 8:00pm EST.  Please DO NOT CALL even to leave a message after 8:00pm EST, thank you. You can also text me at any time with messages and pictures at the phone number listed below.

You can also send me an e-mail, with or without photos, to the e-mail address listed below, please include your phone number if you wish a call back.  I am always happy to give FREE APPRAISALS.  Thank you!

Our contact info:

PHONE: 561-818-1081

IF NO ANSWER: Please leave a message and I will get back to you soon.

EMAIL: Ed@AntiqueFishingReels.com