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JOHN EMERY – Islamorada, Fl.

John Emery was a fishing guide in the Florida Keys who designed a heavy-duty direct drive fly fishing reel for tarpon fishing.  The reel had a palming spool which was ventilated to help the line dry faster.  Later a bonefish size reel was added to the line-up.

Early Emery reels had a foot that was dove-tailed onto the reel's frame.  This design became a problem so Emery recalled as many reels as he could and added screws to secure the foot to the frame.

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John Emery - Tarpon Reel - Early Dovetailed Foot