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FIN-NOR – Miami, Fl.

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Designed by Gar Wood Jr. and made in Miami Florida this bulletproof reel hit the market in 1959 just after Charlie Dunn of Southern Tackle had purchased the company.  The Fin-Nor spinner came in two different sizes, the “No.3” and the larger “No.4” size.  The Gar Wood Jr. designed spinning reels have a fixed bail…

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FIN-NOR – Miami, Fl.

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In the early 1930s, Fred Grieten was the owner of the Fin-Nor Machine Shop in Miami, Florida where he performed auto and boat repairs.  In 1933 Capt. Lloyd Knowles dropped into his shop with his latest project, a big game reel. Knowles, a Miami fishing Captain, had designed a massive big game reel to stop…

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FIN-NOR – Miami, Fl.

Charles Dunn purchased Fin-Nor from founder Fred Grieten in 1957 and decided to expand the line of reel beyond the line-up of high quality trolling reels that made the Fin-Nor famous worldwide.  Dunn, an early South Florida salt water fly fisherman, derived little pleasure from watching his Pflueger Medalist reels explode the under the pressure…

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MICHAEL & HELEN LERNER GALLERY

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Welcome to the Michael and Helen Lerner Gallery, we hope you enjoy this look back into fishing’s history. Please remember, all photos on this website are the personal property of AntiqueFishingReels.com and may not be reproduced in print or on the internet in any form without the expressed written permission of Ed Pritchard. Permission may…

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CABO BLANCO PERU GALLERY

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Welcome to the Cabo Blanco Peru Gallery, we hope you enjoy this look back into fishing’s history. Please remember, all photos on this website are the personal property of AntiqueFishingReels.com and may not be reproduced in print or on the internet in any form without the expressed written permission of Ed Pritchard. Permission may be…

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TUNA GALLERY

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Welcome to the Tuna Gallery, we hope you enjoy this look back into fishing’s history. Please remember, all photos on this website are the personal property of AntiqueFishingReels.com and may not be reproduced in print or on the internet in any form without the expressed written permission of Ed Pritchard. Permission may be given without…

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TYCOON TACKLE – Miami, Fl.

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In 1931 nineteen-year-old Frank O’Brien Jr. decided to quit his job at the John Reynolds Cutlery Company and move to Florida to work for his friend Jack Reynolds at the newly formed Florida Fishing Tackle Company in St. Petersburg Florida.  O’Brien traveled the state of Florida and on one of his trips to Miami O’Brien…

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SEAMASTER – Miami, Fl.

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Made in Miami Florida by Bob McChristian (Capt. Mack), Seamaster fly reels are considered to be some of the finest salt water fly reels ever produced.  McChristian ran “Capt. Mack’s Tackle Shack”, a well-stocked tackle shop in Miami Florida in the 1950’s.  A talented machinist, McChristian started making high quality spinning reels in the 1960’s. …

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OTHER MISC.

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Over the years anglers have been looking for things that will help them catch even the wariest of fish.  Over the years many companies have been making products to hook even the most warey of anglers.  Below you will find lots of great old fishing paraphernalia from days gone by.  Have fun looking and try…

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HARNESSES & FIGHTING BELTS

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Over the years anglers have always pursued larger fish.  With really large fish comes some amount of risk to the angler.  Fishing belts have cups or gimbals that are strategically placed to not only make it easier for the angler to hold the rod while fighting the fish, but also serve to protect the anglers…

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FISHING TACKLE CATALOGS

As the barkers used to yell at baseball games, “You can’t tell the players without a program”.  Vintage fishing tackle catalogs are a great glimpse into the world of antique fishing tackle and what was available for anglers back in the day.  Today they serve as a guide that collector’s can use to make a…

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THOMPSON

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Little is known about the Thompson reel or its maker.  What we do know is that the reel is a roughly made knock-off of the 1936 first model Fin-Nor “Big Drum” reel built by Fred Grieten in Miami, Florida. Complete with a second handle and a narrow spool this reel has been found with, and…

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STEVENS – Miami, Fl.

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Miami Captain George M. Stevens owned a radio repair shop and was the manager of the Chamber of Commerce Docks on Miami Beach. Stevens also captained the cruiser “Baby Skylark”, running his own fishing charter business.  Witnessing the success of the Fin-Nor reel’s debut in 1935, Stevens designed his own reel and had it constructed…

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REEL KING – Greer, S.C.

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“Reel King” reels were produced and marketed by SOMACO (Southern Machinery Company), a South Carolina textile machinery manufacturer of which James Stuart was president.  Stuart was an avid angler, spending much of his time aboard his boat, the “Peggy B”.  The story goes that one day, upon mentioning to his captain, Duke Sanchez, his interest…

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LEE’S – Miami Fl.

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Roswell Lee was not an angler but made many contributions to big game fishing through his innovative efforts.  Lee worked out of his father’s Miami sports shop, which opened around 1920 at 324 N.E. 13 St. in Miami.  Witnessing Fin-Nor’s recent success, Roswell Lee saw an opportunity to jump into a quickly expanding big game…

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KNOWLES TUNA REEL – Miami, Fl.

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Elwin Lloyd Knowles captained the Yacht Byronic which was owned by Byron Miller, the president, and treasurer of W. D. Woolworth Company. Knowles was a talented machinist, a student of mechanical engineering, and successful inventor.  One of Knowles’ creations was a card table that would automatically deal cards to four players; it switched on a…

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GAR WOOD JR. – Miami, Fl.

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Garfield (Gar) Wood Jr. grew up on Miami’s Fisher Island which was owned by his father, Gar Wood Sr.  Wood Sr. was a successful businessman and at one point held more patents than any man in America.  Perhaps best known for building and racing speedboats, Wood Sr. loved the water and passed this passion down…

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History and Evolution

History and Evolution Big Game Fishing’s Golden Years by Ed Pritchard Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then,…

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SEAMASTER – Miami, Fl.

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Made in Miami Florida by Bob McChristian (Capt. Mack) Seamaster fly reels are considered to be some of the finest salt water fly reels ever produced.  McChristian ran “Capt. Mack’s Tackle Shack”, a well-stocked tackle shop in Miami Florida in the 1950’s.  A talented machinist, McChristian started making high quality spinning reels in the 1960’s. …

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Antique Spinning Reels

History and Evolution Spinning Reel Makers – Information & Photos Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then, in…

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Antique Salt Water Reels

History and Evolution Spinning Reel Makers – Information & Photos Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then, in…

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Antique Fly Fishing Reels

History and Evolution Spinning Reel Makers – Information & Photos Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then, in…

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Determining Value

History and Evolution Spinning Reel Makers – Information & Photos Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then, in…

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History and Evolution Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then, in 1880 and against all odds, Mr. Samuel…

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Big Game Reels

History and Evolution Spinning Reel Makers – Information & Photos Prior to 1880, it was believed that catching a fish weighing over 100 pounds was an impossible task and, to a large degree, that belief was due to a lack of faith in the fishing tackle that was being manufactured at the time. Then, in…

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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…

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