Edward vom Hofe grew up in Brooklyn New York and was the son of reel maker Friedrich vom Hofe and brother of reel maker Julius vom Hofe. Edward started building reels as an apprentice to his father in the mid-1860s and established his own reel making company in 1867.
Edward went on to produce some of the finest fishing reels ever made right up until his death in 1920. After Edward's death reels marked EDWARD VOM HOFE continued to be produced by his sons, Edwin and Clarence, up until 1940.
The Edward Vom Hofe Co. made a wide range of reels including salmon fly reels, trout fly reels, surf casting reels, trolling reels, small casting reels, and huge big game fishing reels.
Edward Vom Hofe made two different trout size fly reels the first model being the "Peerless" which was stamped with either model number "350" or "355". The second model was the "Perfection" which was stamped with model number "360" and had a front mounted arrow drag. Vom Hofe's salmon reel line included the "Cascapedia" which was model "403" or "413". Vom Hofe also made the single action "Restigouche" stamped with model "423" and the multiplying "Tobique" stamped with model "504". The "Col. Thompson" salmon reel was stamped with model "484" and the "Griswold" was stamped with the model number "496".
Edward vom Hofe's reels were considered some of the finest made in their day and today are considered highly collectible.
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