Otto Zwarg was born in Germany and immigrated to New York where he found a job as a machinist working for the Edward vom Hofe Co. making fishing tackle. Zwarg was a quick study and vom Hofe soon had him heading up the reel making division.
When the Edward vom Hofe Co. closed its doors, Zwarg acquired the rights to make three vom Hofe style reels and set up shop in Brooklyn in 1946. In the middle of his second year, Zwarg moved his operation to St. Petersburg Florida where the company continued to make reels until 1958.
Zwarg made three different style reels to include; The Model "600" - "Maximo" salt water trolling reel, the Model "400" - "Laurentian" multiplying salmon fly reel, and Model "300" - "Saguenay" single action salmon fly reel. The reels came in sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, and 6/0. The "Maximo" came in special order 9/0 and 12/0 sizes.
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